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Dr Doug Thake is an internationally recognised Applied Human Physiologist with extensive experience of developing new understanding of exposure to extreme circumstances on aspects of human physiological function and performance. Specifically he has a strong body of work in understanding acute and chronic responses to altitude and heat (personal protective clothing). More recently he has studied cross-acclimation and cross-tolerance between these stressors in Humans. Amongst other things this work has potential implication for clinical intervention, military deployment and athletic performance. He has also lead research projects during two field expeditions to high altitude in the Nepal Himalaya.


Doug is skilled and experienced in brokering core ideas rooted in strong science to understand questions and evolve solutions for industrial clients. His work has impacted on and informed real-life bespoke solutions for clients including NP aerospace, Atomic Weapons Establishment and Jaguar Land Rover. Foci of this work include characterisation, evaluation and optimisation of human tolerance and performance whilst operating in personal protective clothing and developing vehicular based postural and thermal comfort systems.


He has supervised 14 MScR and 4 PhD’s to completion being director of studies for 9 and 3 respectively; examined 10 PhD’s (6 external and 4 internal); and is currently supervising 5 PhD’s. He has published 37 fully peer reviewed papers including 26 journal papers; 1 government report and 10 full conference papers). In addition he has authored two book chapters and over 60 published conference abstracts and presentations. He also provides expert review for a range of physiology and sport and exercise science based journals.

Research Interests

Applied Human Physiology; Altitude; Heat; Cross Acclimation; Occupational Physiology

Vision Statement

My work focuses on developing our understanding of the physiological and perceptual responses experienced by humans in extreme and changeable environments. This is conducted with a view to optimising safety, well-being and productivity in occupational, leisure and sporting contexts. It is envisaged that this general theme, alongside appropriate applied research work, will continue with an emphasis on experimental work to characterise tolerance to various environmental stressors (on an individual basis and in combination) and inform our understanding of adaptive mechanisms (physiological and biomolecular) when repeat exposures are experienced.

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Research Output

Increased bone conducted vibration reduces motion sickness in automated vehicles

Salter, S., Diels, C., Kanarachos, S., Thake, C. D., Herriotts, P. & Depireux, D., 17 Feb 2020, In : International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics. 6, 4, p. 299-318 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    Motion sickness in automated vehicles with forward and rearward facing seating orientations

    Salter, S., Diels, C., Herriotts, P., Kanarachos, S. & Thake, D., Jul 2019, In : Applied Ergonomics. 78, p. 54-61 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    12 Downloads (Pure)

    Motion Sickness Prediction Device for Automated Vehicles

    Salter, S., Thake, D., Kanarachos, S. & Diels, C., 21 May 2019, In : International Journal of Mechanical and Production Engineering . 7, 2, p. 68-74 16 p., IA-ICMAELNDN-07118-10117.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Transplantee athlete training characteristics

    Hames, T., Leddington Wright, S., Thake, D. & Price, M., Feb 2019, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Activities

    • 4 Participation in conference
    • 4 Invited talk
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    Transplantee Athlete Training Characteristics, World Transplant Games Federation Symposium (WTGF).

    Thomas Hames (Speaker), Sheila Leddington Wright (Speaker), Doug Thake (Speaker), Mike Price (Speaker)
    17 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    An Introduction to the Transplant Athlete

    Thomas Hames (Speaker), Sheila Leddington Wright (Speaker), Doug Thake (Speaker), Mike Price (Speaker)
    8 Feb 20199 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Training Characteristics of Competitive Transplantees

    Thomas Hames (Speaker), Sheila Leddington Wright (Speaker), Doug Thake (Speaker), Mike Price (Speaker)
    10 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Who are the transplantee athletes?

    Thomas Hames (Speaker), Sheila Leddington Wright (Speaker), Doug Thake (Speaker), Mike Price (Speaker)
    12 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering (Journal)

    Spencer Salter (Associate Editor), Stratis Kanarachos (Co-editor), Paul Herriotts (Co-editor), Doug Thake (Co-editor), Cyriel Diels (Co-editor)
    10 Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


    Thermal response during explosive ordnance disposal operations: optimising the use of phase change material vests in hot conditions

    Author: Smith, M. A., Oct 2011

    Supervisor: Thake, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science by Research