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

Research Title: The pathology and classification of non-freezing cold injury

Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science

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

We are looking for African and Caribbean volunteers (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 vascular and neural 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 involves:
– 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: 21 to 40
  • Gender: Either
  • Staff/Student: Staff

Ethics approval number: 909/MoDREC/4/24/2019

More Information:


  • Dates: 27/06/2019 to 02/08/2019
  • Duration: 6.5 hrs
  • Location: Department of Sport and 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:

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