Who am I ?

My name is Professor James Mercer.

I am a thermal physiologist who has been involved in Medical Research for over 40 years and specifically in Medical Thermography since the year 2000. and have published extensively in the scientific literature (see Publications)

My primary University degree was in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from The University of Dublin, Trinity College (1971). I completed my Ph.D. in Physiology (neo-natal thermal physiology) at the same University (1975). Between 1975 and 1981 I worked as a research scientist in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research (Kerckhoff Institute), Bad Nauheim, and the Department of Physiology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, studying thermal physiology, mainly focusing on the central control of temperature regulation. In 1981 I moved to the Department of Arctic Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway, first as an associate Professor and later as a full Professor. Research focused on comparative aspects of thermal physiology in several high arctic species of mammals and birds, among other things studying selective brain cooling in Reindeer. In 1994 I moved to the Department of Medical Physiology (now the Cardiovascular Research Group) at the Faculty Of Health Sciences in Tromsø. Two years ago I became attached to a new Research Group in the field of Medical Imaging.

For many years my main research centered on cold temperature physiology in humans including studies on excess winter mortality from cardiovascular disease and its relation to indoor climate in elderly. Since then interests have focused on peripheral circulation, especially that related to autologous tissue transfer in plastic surgery. Infrared Thermography has been an essential element in this research. Most of this work has been carried out in humans but I also have some experience in animal thermography.

I have a wide experience in planning scientific projects, publishing and reviewing scientific literature, supervising PhD, MSc & other students, as well as holding introductory courses in Medical Thermography.

I hold a part time position at the Department of Radiology, University Hospital North Norway, where I have been running a laboratory for medical thermography since 2004.

I was previously a member of the Commission on Thermal Physiology of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) (1989– 2002), and chaired the commission from 1996.

I was President of the European Association of Thermology (EAT) from 2009 to 20015 and am now a life-time honorary member.

My business as a consultant in Medical Thermography is registered in Norway under the name – MEDICAL THERMOGRAPHY CONSULTANT – James Mercer

I retired from my University position at the end September 2016 and will continue my thermography interests as Professor Emeritus at the University. In addition I will continue in my part time position at the Department of Radioloy (Thermography Lab) at the University Hospital of North Norway.

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