Understanding non-freezing cold injury (trench foot) in men and women

Research Title: Understanding non-freezing cold injury (trench foot) in men and women

Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science

We are looking for volunteers to participate in research looking at non-freezing cold injury (NFCI), a condition sometimes called trench foot.

We are looking for physically active people (aged 25 to 35 years old) who do not have a cold injury (including Raynaud’s Phenomenon) and who have had little exposure to the cold (i.e. undertake indoor sports/activities) to match our patient participants. Most of the testing involves sitting or lying down in a warm room while the responses of your feet are measured. You will be asked to visit the lab on 1 to 3 occasions depending on your time availability. The total study time is 6.5hrs.

The tests involve:
– Measurement of the blood flow in your skin (this does not involve needles)
– How sensitive your skin is to touch and temperature
– Your response to mild foot cooling
– Small blood samples and a skin biopsy (optional)

Volunteers must be:

  • Age: 25 to 35 years
  • Gender: Either
  • Staff/Student: Both

More Information:


  • Dates: 6th May 2019 - 31th May 2019
  • Duration: 6.5hrs
  • Location: Department of Sport & Exercise Science, Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ER

If you would like more information, contact Jennifer Wright at jennifer.wright@port.ac.uk

This testing has been reviewed by the Science Faculty ethics committee and been given the following ethics code: 909/MoDREC/4/24/2019

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