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Does Race Impact Vascular Function?

Research Title: Racial differences in cutaneous vascular function

Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science

The overall purpose of this study is to examine the differences in toe and finger vascular function between healthy, young Caucasian and African/Caribbean individuals. Investigating this will give us a greater understanding of why African/Caribbean individuals experience a greater likelihood of vascular associated morbidity and mortality (such as hypertension or diabetes).
You will be invited to the laboratory on one occasion lasting no longer than two hours. The study will involve measuring the responses of your thumb and greater toe to a mild local thermal stimulus. This is a non-invasive method during which you will be seated. The study will also be measuring blood flow responses to an occlusion similar to a blood pressure monitor.

Volunteers must be:

  • Age: 18 to 30
  • Gender: Either
  • Staff/Student: Both

Individuals of either Caucasian or African-Caribbean race

More Information:

You will not receive any financial compensation for your participation in this study. You will be given the opportunity to experience one of the few extreme environments laboratories in the UK, this is something that may be of value to student studying sports or physiology degrees.

  • Dates: 01/03/19 to 31/05/19
  • Duration: On-going
  • Location: University of Portsmouth, DSES, Spinnaker building, 2 Cambridge Rd, Portsmouth, PO1 2EF

If you would like more information, contact Scott Bell at

This testing has been reviewed by the Science Faculty ethics committee and been given the following ethics code: SERC 2019-017

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