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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
Professor Ron Maughan is Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He chaired the Human and Exercise Physiology group of the Physiological Society for 10 years, and now chairs the Sports Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He has worked with many teams and organisations within football and other sports. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and is author or editor of a number of books on sports nutrition and exercise biochemistry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several Journals, including the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Experimental Physiology, the Journal of Sports Sciences, the International Journal of Sports Medicine & Nutrition.

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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. Asker Jeukendrup
Prof. Asker Jeukendrup(PhD) holds a Professorship at Loughborough University and is director of mysportscience Ltd performance consulting and cofounder and Co-CEO of CORE Nutrition Planning. After obtaining his degrees at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, he spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin before accepting a position at the University of Birmingham (UK). In Birmingham he was for 12 years the director of the Human Performance Laboratory, heading up the Exercise Metabolism Research Group. His research focused on the metabolic responses to exercise, the regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, adaptations to training and the influence of nutrition on metabolism and exercise nutrition. Asker is considered a leading expert in the general areas of sports nutrition, training and overtraining and recovery. In his academic career, Asker has published over 250 papers and book chapters and published 8 books, including several books on Sports Nutrition and a book on High Performance Cycling. He was the youngest person ever to receive a full Professorship at the University of Birmingham. He received the Otto Wolff von Amerongen prize for his achievements in 2003 and was awarded the Danone Chair at the University of Brussels in 2005. He was also a member of the editorial board of several other academic journals and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Sport Science of which he is currently deputy editor. In 2011 he became the Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, defining strategies for research, education and sport science services for the largest sports nutrition company in the world. Currently Asker is operating mysportscience, a performance consultancy business based in the UK and a software development company in the US that provides nutrition planning tools for athletes. His clients included many elite athletes from all over the globe. For example, Asker worked closely with Dutch Olympic sports, the Rabobank and Lotto Soudal professional cycling teams, Chelsea FC, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, FC Barcelona and FC Salzburg. He also worked with UK Athletics and some of the World’s best marathon runners (Haile Gebrselassie), swimmers and triathletes (Chrissie Wellington, Andreas Raelert). His main mission is to translate science into practical application. He is currently building the mysportscience.com web site to give athletes and coaches a place to go to for trusted and unbiased information that is evidence based and easy to understand and apply. Ultimately this should help athletes and teams achieve their personal performance goals and support practitioners and teams to keep raising the bar! In his spare time Asker competes in Ironman triathlon races. Asker has completed 21 Ironman races including 6 times the Ironman world championship in Hawaii.

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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)

Other speakers

  • Dr James Betts
  • Prof Andy Jones
  • Prof Susan Lanham-New

 

  • Dr James Morton