You can now find the University's latest news, events and blogs at

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

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

UoP News © 2019 All Rights Reserved