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Exeter Head Impacts, Brain Injury and Trauma research group​ (ExHIBIT)

Exeter Head Impacts, Brain Injury and Trauma research group​

Exeter Head Impacts, Brain Injury and Trauma research group​

We are a collective of scientists from a variety of research backgrounds (physiology, motor control, psychology, nutrition, medicine), which allow us to uniquely examine the consequences of head impacts from a powerful, interdisciplinary perspective.

This research allows us to better understand player welfare, and the link between head impacts and health outcomes.

Collaborators in this work include UEFA, Exeter Chiefs, Alzheimer's Research UKThe Racing Foundation​ and The Physiological Society.​

Current research projects

The acute effects of amateur boxing on cerebrovascular function ​

Quantifying the acute and chronic effects of resistance exercise on cerebral autoregulation

The effects of sleep deprivation and caffeine on cognitive and cerebrovascular function​

Exploring vibration injury on neuromotor control and cerebrovascular function in jockeys

Research expertise

We can utilise near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), transcranial Doppler, duplex carotid sonography and 3T MR imaging to quantify the delivery and regulation of brain blood flow at rest and during a physiological challenge. These include: blood pressure (autoregulation), arterial blood gasses (typically CO2 reactivity), metabolism (neurovascular coupling) and exercise.

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MSc / PhD opportunities

The ExHIBIT team are accepting applications for self-funded postgraduate study. Please email a staff member directly if you would like to discuss possibilities for MSc or PhD study.​

​Current ExHIBIT research students

Alice Lester​

Jacob Jack ​

Jess Thomas​

Will Wallis​

Alex Woodgates​

Ollie Smail​

Alumni

Qais Al-Alem​

Ishbel Lomax​

Hamish Lorimer​