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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 Reader in Applied Physiology and Sport Nutrition 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 ~75 papers and review articles. Specifically, Graeme’s current research is investigating the effects of Vitamin D deficiencies on skeletal muscle function, the role of free radicals in skeletal muscle adaptations 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 has recently been awarded a fellowship with BASES. From an applied perspective, Graeme is the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby. He consults to several Super League Rugby League Clubs. He is the lead nutritionist with British Ski, and Snowboard and nutrition consultant 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 Burke OAM, PhD, APD, FACSM, 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. 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. She is on the editorial board 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 holds a Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University.

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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 in the Institute of Cellular Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. She is leading the developments in Sport and Exercise Science in the Medical Faculty including a new BSc in the discipline, which will start in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Emma was at Northumbria University for 9 years where she led the Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism Research Group in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and was also the Associate Director of the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. Emma completed her PhD in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Clyde Williams in 2005. Following this, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Emma’s research focuses on nutritional interventions to maximise recovery following exercise 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. Emma has worked as a consultant Sports Nutritionist for both Sunderland Association Football Club and Middlesbrough Football Club. She has also previously 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 is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Stirling, Scotland and board member of the Nutrition Society (Scottish section). 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 national/international symposiums, including the recent Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) meeting at Murrayfield stadium, the GSSI ACSM pre conference in Boston and The Sports Nutrition Series in Bogota, Columbia.

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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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