Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Get Involved

These studies are carried out by The Research Group in Breast Health, headed by Professor Joanna Scurr. Read more about the research group on our Breast Health website.

We are always seeking volunteers to take part in our research studies. These studies are often interesting and provide an insight in to the work we undertake. The requirements for participating vary for each study, for instance, some studies will require you to undertake daily activity or others, prolonged exercise. Similarly, some of our research may require a single visit to the laboratory, whereas others may require multiple visits. Our research involves the recruitment of female participants only and usually a small amount of money or gifts are available for volunteers to cover their expenses.

If you would like to get involved, would like to be added to our database of potential volunteers, or would like to discuss our research in greater detail, then please contact

A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.

See below studies that you can participate in to help us with our research.

Call for participants

Maternity Fitnesswear Focus Group

two women examining a sports bra
  • Have you given birth in the last year?
  • Do you consider yourself to be physically active? 
We are running a focus group to investigate the barriers to exercise that women experience throughout their pregnancy or postpartum, with a focus on fitnesswear. 
The focus group will be 1.5 hours in duration and will be held on the 5th (10:00 am), 6th (2:00 pm), or 12th (2:00 pm) of February. For your time you will receive a £15 fitnesswear gift voucher!
If you would like to express your interest or to find out more please email Sophie Rej by Friday 26th January 2018.


Bra Services Study

bra fit

Do you wear bras? Do you feel your bra needs are not being met? Are you struggling to find appropriate bras? Do you experience breast pain?

We are currently running a questionnaire about bras and a potential bra service they can provide. The Research group are looking for females aged 18 years and over to complete the questionnaire.

There is no obligation for you to complete this questionnaire but by completing it you could help us to develop a service to provide breast health and bra advice. The questionnaire is anonymous and data will be kept securely. The questionnaire should take around 5 minutes of your time.

Complete the Bra Services questionnaire here

Please contact us for any further information about the study:

implant study

Breast implant study

Help us understand if your breast implants have long term health benefits.

We are looking for females who:

  • Are aged 18 - 39 years
  • Have or are scheduled to have B-lite or standard mass breast implants
  • Can run on a treadmill

You will receive a £50 Amazon gift card for attending testing as well as up to £45 to cover your travel costs to Portsmouth.

Not had your implants yet? Earn £90 and a £100 Amazon voucher

This project is sponsored by G&G  biotechnology Ltd. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please complete this form.

sports bra study

Sports Bra Testing

We regularly provide scientific bra testing services to help brands all over the world to develop the best possible products. To test these products, we are looking for females who:

  • Are aged between 18 and 39 years old
  • Bra size 32-36 B-E 
  • Regularly exercising and able to run on a treadmill at a moderate speed for up to two minutes at a time
  • If you are unsure of your bra size we provide a professional bra fit
  • Testing sessions should take no longer than 90 minutes. 
  • We can offer you £15 for your time

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please email Brogan Horler or drop into the University of Portsmouth, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, Spinnaker Building, Room 1.02 , Cambridge Road, PO1 2ER.