Speakers

Prof Ron Maughan (Chair of the Program Committee)

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, Sports Physical Therapies, Mental Health in Elite Sport and Drugs in Sport.

Prof James Betts

James is Professor of Metabolic Physiology at the University of Bath, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise & Metabolism and Chair of the Department for Health Research Ethics Committee. His research employs randomised controlled trials to study the effects of nutrition on metabolic regulation, the findings of which have been published in scientific papers in top-ranking scholarly journals. A particular focus of his work has been to examine the links between nutrient timing and human health, for which James was awarded the Nutrition Society Cuthbertson Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine for ‘excellence in clinical nutrition and metabolism research’. James contributes widely within the University, having supervised many doctoral students through their research training; his integration of research into teaching was recognised by the University’s Mary Tasker Award for excellence in teaching.

Prof Louise Burke

Louise is a sports dietitian with 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then 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 350 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. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.

Prof Graeme Close

Graeme is a professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he combines his academic research with nutrition and physiology consultancy to some of the worlds leading sporting organizations.

Graeme is currently the head of performance nutrition for England Rugby, the Head of Performance Nutrition to The DP World Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team and consults to several Premier League Football clubs and players. Graeme is the Deputy Chair of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and is a fellow of both The European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and The British Association Of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Academically, Graeme’s research is focussed upon muscle damage and repair with a specific interest in Vitamin D and most recently cannabidiol (CBD). Graeme has published over 140 research publications and regularly delivers keynote conference presentations in sport nutrition throughout the world

Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale

Dr Elliott-Sale completed her undergraduate degree and PhD [Exercise Physiology] at Liverpool John Moores University. Her PhD examined the effects of female reproductive hormones on muscle strength and since then her work has mainly focused on female athletes. She worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Brighton before undertaking a four-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Kings College London. Dr Elliott-Sale joined Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in September 2009. In addition to her research on female athletes, which includes the menstrual cycle, hormonal contraceptives, the Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport, her work in recent years has involved designing exercise interventions for weight management in overweight and obese pregnant and postpartum women. She is an Associate Professor [Reader] of Female Physiology and the Head of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at NTU.

Dr Elliott-Sale has recently moved to Institute of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Therese Fostervold Mathisen

Dr. Therese Fostervold Mathisen is an associate professor and post-doctor at Østfold University College (Norway), and president in the Norwegian Eating Disorder Society and in the Norwegian association of Exercise Physiologists. She is a dietitian and exercise physiologist, and has specific expertise in sport nutrition, and in treatment of eating disorders (EDs). In her PhD, affiliated with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, she developed and tested a new successful therapy for EDs. Projects that she is involved in, evaluates associations and effects on physical and mental health from nutrition, diet, and physical activity behavior, and involves both cross-sectional- and longitudinal designs, with the latter being either preventive or treating in nature. Currently, projects cover screening and prevention of RED-s and EDs in female athletes, improving body image in adolescent athletes to prevent EDs, intervention to improve bone mass in young cross country skiers, implementation of a new ED-therapy in municipal health service, evaluating health effects from heavy resistance training during pregnancy, intervening with digital apps to reduce food waste and improve diets in students, and evaluating health effects from free meal serving in primary school. She is a former volleyball player and national powerlifter.

Dr Stuart Galloway

Dr Stuart Galloway is a Reader in the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. His research focusses on human nutrition and exercise metabolism, and on factors influencing hydration status. His current research projects include exploring carbohydrate feeding requirements during endurance exercise, understanding the role of carnitine in substrate metabolism, investigating the impact of fish oil feeding on skeletal muscle metabolism and function, and examining the hydration potential of different drinks in young and older adults. His research uses a range of techniques to assess whole body physiological responses and more recently includes a focus on tissue and cell culture methodologies. Stuart has authored over 50 original peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and book chapters. He is the current Chair of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (an organization leading the professional registration of sport and exercise nutritionists / dietitians in the UK) and is an Advisory board member for Nutrition and
Biochemistry with the Journal of Sports Sciences.

He is Head of Subject for Sport within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of
Stirling, and provides consultancy advice to nutritionists, dietitians and coaches working in
track and field athletics, golf, cycling, and alpine and cross-country skiing.

Dr Javier Gonzalez

I am interested in human fuel use. How we get fuel from our diet, burn fuels during exercise; and store fuels when they exceed our requirements. I am motivated by curiosity, and understanding ways to improve human health and performance.

My research group employs a variety of methods to understand human fuel use, including indirect calorimetry, tissue biopsies and stable isotope infusion and ingestion. We use these methods across laboratory-based and free-living studies to answer questions from a basic science perspective and others with practical-relevance.

I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in 2014 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human Physiology before being promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2017 and Reader (Associate Professor) in 2020. I am also a consultant to sports teams and industry (e.g., having worked as the Lead Performance Nutritionist at INEOS Grenadiers cycling team).

In recognition of my research, I received the Julie Wallace Award 2018 by the Nutrition Society. I also serve on the editorial board of The Journal of Physiology and am an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.

Prof John Hawley

John is currently Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research and Head of the Exercise and Nutrition Research Program at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia. He has published over 280 scientific manuscripts, written over 100 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. He currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism), The Journal of Applied Physiology (U.S.A.), The Journal of Sports Sciences (U.K), Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (U.S.A.), Sports Medicine (New Zealand) and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (U.S.A.). The focus of his lab’s work includes the interaction of exercise and diet on skeletal muscle metabolism, the molecular bases of exercise training adaptation and the cellular bases underlying exercise-induced improvements in insulin action. He is a frequently invited speaker at both National and International scientific meetings.

Dr Lewis James

Lewis is currently Senior Lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and a member of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, East Midlands. Lewis’s research examines the role of nutrition in sports performance, metabolism and energy balance, where he has published >75 papers. Specifically, most of his current research focusses water and electrolytes balance for exercise performance and health, with additional work focussing on nutrition to support exercise in the heat and nutritional effects on appetite regulation and energy balance. Lewis has a keen interest in applied sports nutrition and over the years has provided nutrition consultancy to professional/ elite athletes, particularly combat sports athletes and endurance athletes, with much of this athlete-focussed work now centred around optimising water and electrolyte intakes. Lewis serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sport nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Prof Andy M Jones

Andrew Jones PhD is Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter, UK, where he was formerly Head of Sport and Health Sciences (2010-2015) and is presently Associate Dean for Research and Impact in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his expertise in the following areas: 1) control of, and limitations to, skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism; 2) causes of exercise intolerance in health and disease; 3) respiratory physiology, particularly the kinetics of pulmonary gas exchange and ventilation during and following exercise; and 4) sports performance physiology, particularly in relation to endurance athletics. Prof Jones has authored more than 250 original research and review articles and is co-Editor of three books. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Sport Science, Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and serves on the Editorial Board of five other international journals in sports medicine and exercise science. He serves or has served as consultant physiologist to UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and Nike Inc.

Prof James Morton

James is a Professor of Exercise Metabolism at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), where he has authored over 170 research publications related to sports science, physiology and nutrition. In addition to academia, James has also worked in a number of sport nutrition related roles across both high performance sport and industry. From 2010-2015, he was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC before taking up the position of Nutrition and Physical Performance Lead for Team Sky between 2015 and 2019. In this role, he was responsible for the performance nutrition strategy for 5 consecutive Tour de France wins. James is also the Director of Performance Solutions for Science in Sport (SiS) where he leads the Performance Solutions programme that encompasses the strategic delivery of bespoke performance solutions and innovation for SiS and their elite partners (e.g. the Ineos Grenadiers, Milwaukee Bucks and the FA Women’s teams). He also sits on the Technical Steering Panel for the English Institute of Sport and is a High Performance Mentor for the FA Premier League.

Prof Stuart Phillips

Stuart Phillips is a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and a member of the School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health. He is also the Director of the McMaster University Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Phillips has authored more than 220 original research papers and 90 reviews. He is a 5-time nominee, and a 3-time recipient, of McMaster Student Union’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s Mentorship award in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, he was named to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list as a being in the top 1% of all cited researchers in nutrition and exercise research. Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. His work and enthusiasm for science are supported by an incredible pool of talented and industrious undergraduate, graduate students and research fellows.

Prof Craig Sale

Craig is an experienced research leader, responsible for coordinating research activity relating to exercise and nutrition interventions in the Institute of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University. In his previous role he was responsible for coordinating the research activity of staff across Nottingham Trent University as the Co-Lead of the NTU Health & Wellbeing Strategic Research Theme and of over 50 staff in the School of Science and Technology in his role as the Director of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Centre. He was also the REF Unit of Assessment Coordinator for UoA C24 since 2009, wherein he oversaw a significant upturn in the Units REF related performance and its sector position. Prior to NTU, Craig was a Senior Scientist and then Deputy Capability Group Leader of the Human Protection and Performance Enhancement Group at QinetiQ Ltd, where he was partly responsible for the activity of around 20-30 scientists conducting defence and security work for the Ministry of Defence and other commercial entities. Among other things, Craig is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a Section Editor for the European Journal of Sports Sciences. 

Dr Trent Stellingwerff

Since 2011, Dr Trent Stellingwerff serves as the Director of Performance Solutions at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Victoria, Canada). In this role, he directs several different research projects across different sport performance discipline areas, with Master’s, Phd and Post-Doctorate students involved. He is also the Sport Science, Sports Medicine & Innovation Lead for Athletics Canada – the governing body of track and field. His primary sport and research focuses are in the field of physiology and nutrition interactions, as well as environmental (altitude and heat) expertise, and he also serves on Own The Podium’s (OTP) National I&R Advisory Council. Prior to 2011, Trent was a Senior Scientist in Performance Nutrition for PowerBar at the Nestle Research Center (Lausanne Switzerland). Trent has more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and authored 10-book chapters, in the areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle metabolism, sports nutrition and performance. In 2010 Trent was a lead author and presenter for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Nutrition Consensus Meeting. Over the years, Trent has attended and serviced athletes and sports over 4 Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and >15 World Championships across several sports.

Prof Luc van Loon

Luc van Loon is a Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University Medical Centre. Luc has an international research standing in the area of skeletal muscle metabolism. Current research in his laboratory focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutritional and pharmacological interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease. The main research interests of his laboratory include muscle metabolism, sports nutrition, clinical nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise, and the use of physical activity and/or nutritional interventions to improve health in chronic metabolic disease and aging. The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue, and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest.

Prof Neil Walsh

Neil’s team at Liverpool John Moores University has produced leading research on nutritional strategies to maintain immune health; practical strategies to acclimate to the heat; and, new techniques for non-invasive biomonitoring of athletes and soldiers. His team’s work has influenced UK military policy by showing the benefits of preventing nutritional deficits in soldiers for health and performance. Neil has published widely in international journals, co-authored a textbook in Exercise Immunology and either led or co-authored several consensus statements (e.g., exercise and immunity, dietary supplements and the high-performance athlete). He currently serves on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise Immunology Review.

Dr Oliver Witard

Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism at King’s College London and deputy programme director for the UG programme in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences. He is 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 invited talks on protein nutrition at international symposiums, including the inaugural FC Barcelona Sports Nutrition in Football conference, The Gatorade Sport Science Institute pre ACSM conference in Boston, and the Royal Society of Medicine winter meeting in London. He has attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference for the past 6 years.

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