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Sir Chris Hoy Celebrity guest speaker for the Welcome Reception.

Sir Chris Hoy is a six-time Olympic track cycling gold medallist and Britain’s most successful Olympian. He has also taken 11 World titles, earning himself a fearsome reputation on the track and the admiration of sports enthusiasts world-wide.

Chris has had a longstanding relationship with Science in Sport and has been using our products for many years. As our Ambassador he works closely with our team of experts, with the aim of using his experience to refine our world class nutrition products.

In addition to his overwhelming sporting success, Chris has a BSc in Applied Sports Science from the University of Edinburgh and has been able to offer his extensive knowledge as one of the most experienced members of the GB Track team.

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Prof. Barry Braun
Barry Braun received his Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and did his post-doctoral work at Stanford University Medical School. He spent 14 years as Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. Dr. Braun’s research is focused on optimizing the use of exercise to prevent and/or manage type-2 diabetes, the role of exercise in preventing recurrence of breast cancer and the impact of activity and inactivity on hormonal regulation of appetite. Dr. Braun’s work is funded by governmental and private sources including the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association and the Rays of Hope Foundation. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed research articles in journals such as the American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Diabetes Care. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, the American College of Sports Medicine and a past chairperson of their Nutrition Interest Group. He has received several awards for undergraduate teaching including the highest honor from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, their Distinguished Teaching Award.

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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.

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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.

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Dr Gethin Evans
Dr Gethin Evans is a Principal Lecturer within the School of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. Gethin received his Undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2004 before completing his Doctoral studies at Loughborough University in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Susan Shirreffs and Professor Ron Maughan. Gethin currently leads the Nutritional Physiology research group within the Centre for Biomedicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focusses on four main areas: the metabolic effects of simple sugar ingestion, the regulation of gastrointestinal function with links to appetite, the use of nutritional supplements to enhance gastrointestinal function during exercise and post-exercise rehydration. Recently, Gethin has expanded his interests in the use of Carbon 13 breath testing for the measurement of gastrointestinal function as well as the validity of such tests in clinical environments.

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Prof Susan Lanham-New
Professor Susan Lanham-New is Professor of Human Nutrition and Head of the Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on the area of nutrition and bone health, for which she has won a number of awards including the Nutrition Society Medal for her work on the role of the skeleton in acid-base homeostasis.

She is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Editor in Chief of the Nutrition Society Textbook Series (6 books, >60,000 copies sold). She is also Editor (with Professor J-P Bonjour, Geneva) of the first academic textbook on Nutritional Aspects of Bone Health. She is on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International and Osteoporosis Review.

She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed original papers, book chapters and reviews and raised more than £6.5M in research grants.

Her H index is 35. She has 17 students who have successfully completed their PhD and a further 5 students in active PhD study.

She is a member of the Nutrition Forum for the National Osteoporosis Society and the Scientific Advisory Group and Governor of British Nutrition Foundation and the BNF Taskforce on Ageing and was Honorary Communications Officer of the UK Nutrition Society from 2000-2006.

She has recently been awarded Fellowship status of the Society of Biology and Fellowship status of the Association for Nutrition and is the new Honorary Secretary for the Nutrition Society.

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Prof. Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with over 35 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She has been Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport since 1990 and holds a Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Louise’s publications include nearly 300 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. 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.

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Prof John Mathers
John Mathers is Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Centre in the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, UK. He is a past President of the Nutrition Society. John Mathers undertook undergraduate studies in Newcastle University and PhD training in Nutrition at Cambridge University. He was a post doc in Cambridge University and in Edinburgh University before being appointed to Newcastle University. His major research interests are in understanding how what we eat influences risks of common age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and bowel cancer. John Mathers was a founding member of NuGO (the European Nutrigenomics Organisation) and his research includes use of genomic and epigenomics tools to understand the mechanisms though which nutrition influences cell function and, ultimately, health. He led the EU FP7-funded Food4Me intervention study across 7 European countries which tested the idea that a personalised nutrition approach is more effective that the conventional “one-size-fits-all” approach in improving dietary behaviour.

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Prof. Emma Stevenson
Emma Stevenson is Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and theme lead for the Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism research theme in the Institute of Cellular Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. Emma is also a Principle Investigator in the Human Nutrition Research Centre at Newcastle. Emma is leading the developments in Sport and Exercise Science in the Medical Faculty including a new BSc in the discipline, which started in September 2017.

Emma’s research focuses on nutritional interventions to maximise exercise recovery and the effects of exercise and nutritional interventions on appetite regulation and metabolism. Recently, Emma’s work has focussed on the role of food products such as milk and beetroot in post-exercise nutrition strategies. She is currently leading a research council funded multidisciplinary study on protein foods for an ageing population, which involves both academics and industry partners.

Emma has worked as a consultant Sports Nutritionist across several sports and has worked with a number of International athletes and squads including the England Women’s football squads, Great Britain Ice Skating, England Netball, British Triathlon and The Professional Golf Association. Emma is an Academic Associate of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and a member of The Physiological Society, The Nutrition Society, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES).

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Dr. Oliver Witard
Dr Oliver C. Witard Oliver is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Stirling, Scotland and board member of the Nutrition Society. 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 maximising gains in muscle mass, function and performance in young and older adult populations. Recently, Oliver has delivered several invited talks on protein nutrition at international symposiums, including the Gatorade Sport Science Institute pre ACSM conference in Boston, USA, Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) meeting at Murrayfield stadium and the recent BASES conference in Nottingham. Oliver also provides nutrition consultancy for Scottish Ballet and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Prof. Ian Needleman
Ian Needleman BDS, MSc, PhD, MRDRCS(Eng), FDSRCS(Eng), FFPH, FHEA Professor of Restorative Dentistry & Evidence-Based Healthcare & Honorary Consultant, Periodontology, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, London UK Ian is Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Evidence-Based Healthcare at UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Honorary Consultant in Periodontology with UCLH. He also leads the Centre for Oral Health and Performance (www.ucl.ac.uk/cohp) which is part of the IOC Research Centre for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health in collaboration with the ISEH and the NCSEM. His research has been awarded prizes by the European Federation of Periodontology, Royal Society of Medicine, German Periodontal Society, German Cochrane Centre and International Association for Dental Research. Ian was nominated as an inspiring teacher at UCL in 2007 and received the UCL Provost’s Award for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2017. Ian was a member of the International Olympic Committee, Scientific Committee for the 2014 Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Monaco and has produced guidance for the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and the British Olympic Association.

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Ben Crighton
Ben is a martial arts instructor and former amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor; he received a first class degree with honours in Nutrition before completing his Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. His MSc thesis studied the dietary habits and weight cutting practices of MMA athletes in the UK, which lead to his current PhD investigating issues that affect the health and wellbeing of fighters. As an applied practitioner he has worked with world champion boxers, kick boxers and MMA athletes as well as male and female physique competitors.

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Dan Martin
Formerly a lecturer in Further Education, Dan is now a PhD candidate at Liverpool John Moores University focusing on weight-making and weight management in professional jockeys. Combining his interests in both pedagogy and nutrition, his research centers around the development of an industry-specific education platform for the horseracing industry to help reduce the incidence of archaic and health-detrimental weight-making practices in the sport. He is a performance nutritionist for the Professional Jockeys Association and Injured Jockeys Fund, whilst maintains his role as nutrition consultant to Super League club Widnes Vikings in his childhood sport of Rugby League. He is also performance nutritionist in the AASE development pathways with England Hockey and British Athletics.

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Prof John Hawley
John is Director of the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at The Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia and Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition in the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, U.K. He has published over 250 scientific manuscripts, written over 100 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. The focus of his laboratories 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 currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Diabetologia, The Journal of Applied Physiology (U.S.A.), Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (U.S.A.), Molecular & Structural Endocrinology, Sports Medicine (New Zealand) and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (U.S.A.) and is a regular invited speaker at both National and International scientific meetings.

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Dr. James Morton
James is a Reader in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). His research interests focuses on the role of nutrient availability on modulating training adaptations and exercise performance and to date, he has authored over 100 research publications in the fields of sports nutrition, physiology and metabolism as well as numerous books / book chapters on these topics. In addition to research, James also works in professional sport in both sports physiology and nutrition support roles. From 2010-2015, he was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC and also provides nutritional and conditioning support to a range of professional boxers, MMA athletes and jockeys. Since December 2014, James has also acted as Head of Nutrition for Team Sky leading the nutrition strategy for the consecutive 2015 , 2016 and 2017 Tour de France victories. He is also nutritional consultant to the Northern Ireland national football team. He also leads nutrition related research projects for the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and is Director of World Class Knowledge for Science in Sport (SiS)

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Dr. James Betts
Dr Betts joined the University of Bath in 2005 having completed his PhD at Loughborough University and is currently a Reader in Nutrition & Metabolism. Since joining the University he has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials to explore how components of energy balance interact to regulate human health and physiological function. The complex nature of energy balance regulation requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates both basic and applied science methodologies. The findings of Dr Betts’ research have therefore been widely published in many invited and peer-reviewed papers across >25 leading journals spanning the broad scientific disciplines of: basic science (e.g. PNAS), physiology (e.g. AJP); obesity/health (e.g. IJO); nutrition (e.g. AJCN); sports nutrition (e.g. IJSNEM) and exercise science (e.g. MSSE).

Dr Betts is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), member of the Physiological Society and Associate Editor of two journals (Trials and International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism). At Bath he convenes one of three research themes (Lifelong Health and Wellbeing) and is Chair of the Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH).

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Dr Javier Gonzalez
Javier is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human Physiology at the University of Bath. His research seeks to understand the interactions between nutrition and exercise in the context of health and disease. One strand of this work is to explore the role of carbohydrate availability in the regulation of energy balance, metabolic health and sports performance. A second strand aims to uncover new dietary approaches to influence the production of hormones from the gut, and thereby regulate appetite and energy expenditure.

Javier has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Diabetes Care, Obesity Reviews, American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He also has editorial roles with Nutrients, BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation and the International Rugby Board Science Network, and has acted as an expert panel member for the Research Council of Norway and a grant reviewer for the BBSRC and Diabetes UK. Furthermore, Javier is the University of Bath ambassador for The Nutrition Society and The Physiological Society.

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Prof Andrew 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.

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Dr. Lee Hamilton
A graduate of the University of Dundee’s Sports Biomedicine BSc Lee completed his PhD at the same institution in molecular exercise physiology under the supervision of Dr Keith Baar. From there he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Ninewells Hospital and Medical school investigating the molecular links between dementia and skeletal muscle insulin resistance. In March 2012 he took up the position of Lecturer in the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. As an independent researcher Lee’s focus has been on the molecular mechanisms by which skeletal muscle responds and adapts to nutrition and exercise stimuli. In particular he has focussed on the molecular mechanisms by which omega3 fatty acids regulate skeletal muscle metabolism. He is also Undergraduate Programme Director for the Sport and Exercise Science degree at the University of Stirling. He has published widely throughout his career co- authoring papers in journals such as PNAS, FASEB and the Journal of Physiology.

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Dr. Emma Foster
Dr Emma Foster is a Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition based in the Human Nutrition Research Centre at Newcastle University. She completed her PhD on assessing dietary intake in primary school children in 2004. Her research has focused on improving methods of assessing dietary intake, with particular focus on portion size assessment and technology based dietary assessment. She developed and validated portion size assessment tools for use with children, including the Young Person’s Food Atlas, a book of age appropriate food portion photographs. She led a team to develop Intake24: an online 24hr dietary recall, for people aged 11 years and over. Recent work has included development of Intake24 for use in other countries (including New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Denmark and Portugal) and development of personal dietary feedback for the system. She also undertook a small GCRF funded study to examine how technology might facilitate dietary assessment in Tanzania. Emma is a keen skier and a reluctant runner!