Prof Ron Maughan
Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and was based in the Medical School there for almost 25 years before moving to England. He is now Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at St Andrews University.
He spent much of his career trying to understand the physiological responses to exercise and the nature of fatigue, but has included many digressions along the way.
He chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He is a director of the IOC Diploma programs in Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Sports Physical Therapies.
Prof Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She was Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport during its existence from 1990-2018 and continues at the AIS as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. In 2014 she was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
Prof Graeme Close
A former professional Rugby League player, Graeme is now a Professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he is the programme leader for the MSc Sport Nutrition. His research is focused on basic and applied sport nutrition where he has published ~100 papers and review articles. Specifically, Graeme’s current research is focused upon the effects of Vitamin D on skeletal muscle function, the effects of weight-making on health and performance, and the metabolic and nutritional demands of elite rugby. Graeme is accredited with the UKSCA, BASES and SENr. He is currently the deputy chair of SENr and a fellow of BASES. From an applied perspective, Graeme is the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, nutrition consultant to Everton FC & West Bromwich Albion FC, he consults to several Super League Rugby League Clubs, professional tennis players and is the lead nutritionist to many European Tour Golfers.
Dr Oliver Witard
Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Nutrition at The University of Stirling, Scotland. He is also board member of the Nutrition Society and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Oliver’s research focus is protein nutrition for maximising muscle adaptation to exercise training. His publications focus on establishing the optimal dose, source and timing of dietary protein for muscle recovery and performance in athletes. Recently, Oliver has delivered several invited talks on protein nutrition at international symposiums, including the Futbol Club Barcelona’s (FCB) first conference for Nutrition in football, Gatorade Sport Science Institute pre ACSM conference in Boston, USA, and Rank Prize in Sport Nutrition. He has also had the privilege of presenting at the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference for the past 3 years.
Prof Asker Jeukendrup
Professor Asker Jeukendrup is one of the world’s leading sports nutritionists and exercise physiologist who spent most of his career as a professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) (sports sciences). He was the Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and is currently director of his own performance consulting business “Mysportscience”, and co-founder and CEO of a Nutrition Planning software business fuelthecore.com as well as a professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University. Asker is also Performance Manager Nutrition for the Dutch Olympic team and Head performance Nutrition for the Lotto Jumbo Pro cycling team.
His research interests are in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, endurance performance, periodized nutrition and training and overtraining. Dr Jeukendrup authored 8 books, including the recently published 3rd edition of the Textbook Sport Nutrition and over 250 research papers and book chapters, he worked with Olympic and World champions, Tour de France cyclists, Champions league football teams, and other elite athletes but he also worked extensively with recreational athletes. Regardless of the level, the goals is always to use science to help athletes achieve their goals.
Asker practices what he preaches and is competing in Ironman distance triathlons as well as other endurance events. To date he completed 21 Ironman races including 6 time the Ironman world Championship in Hawaii. www.mysportscience.com (twitter @jeukendrup).
Prof Craig Sale
Craig is a Professor of Human Physiology working in the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University. He is Director of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre. Craig received his doctorate from Liverpool John Moores University, following the completion of his BSc and MSc programmes at the same institution. Following his studies, he was a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University of Chichester and then a Senior Scientist and Deputy Capability Group Leader at QinetiQ Ltd. Craig has spent over 20 years investigating the impact of exercise and nutrition on health and performance in humans, with a particular focus on the triggers for adaptations in bone and muscle. He has experience of conducting research on a range of human participants, including elite level and recreational level athletes, military personnel and members of the general population. Craig is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Chair of the ACSM BONE Interest Group, a section Editor for the European Journal of Sports Sciences and Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Health.