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, and Sports Physical Therapies.
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. Professor Betts is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the British Nutrition Foundation, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.
Dr Meghan Bentley
Meghan completed her PhD in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and the English Institute of Sport. Her PhD used behavioural science to understand the dietary behaviour of elite athletes in order to advance the professional practice of sports nutritionists. In 2019 she took up a position in the Carnegie School of Sport where she is now a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Within this role, Meghan’s research will continue to draw on behavioural science to develop the sports nutrition field. Meghan is also a part of the sports nutrition team at the English Institute of Sport and is currently working with GB Para Powerlifting and England Women’s Cricket. She is also a National Trainer with UK Anti-doping and her personal interests include running, gardening, cooking, yoga and beer tasting.
Louise is part of the Performance Nutrition Team at the English Institute of Sport, currently working with British Diving and British Judo. Louise represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics and retired from sprinting in 2017. Since then, she has also worked as a consultant on British Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme and also their Futures Programme.
Louise’s greatest challenge remains in judo; creating a culture-shift towards safe weight-making, from performance level down to grassroots. She is passionate about driving athlete and coach education, enabling both to understand how to use food to aid performance and empowering athletes to develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food - during and beyond their sporting careers.
Prof Barry Braun
Barry Braun did his Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and post-doctoral work at Stanford University Medical School. He was Professor and Director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at UMASS Amherst for 14 years. Since 2014, he is Professor and Head of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology. Dr. Braun’s research is focused on how the nutritional and pharmacologic context modulate the effects of exercise to oppose insulin resistance and prevent type-2 diabetes. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed research articles with funding from NIH and the American Diabetes Association but is more proud of his awards for undergraduate teaching including the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award.
Kathryn is the Lead performance Nutritionist for British Cycling working through the English Institute of sport (EIS) and has over 12 years experience of working in elite sport. She joined the British Cycling team in 2015 in the lead into the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kathryn works with the endurance squads and leads and manages the British cycling performance nutrition team. Prior to working at British Cycling Kathryn was the lead performance nutritionist for British Swimming through the EIS. Kathryn has also previously worked with England Women’s Rugby Union, GB Hockey, GB Synchronised Swimming & GB adaptive rowing and from 2009-2013 was the lead performance nutritionist at the Sport Wales Institute. Kathryn has also worked as a performance nutritionist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Prof Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with nearly 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 Philip Calder
Philip Calder is Professor of Nutritional Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. He is an internationally recognized researcher on the metabolism and functionality of fatty acids, with an emphasis on the roles of omega-3 fatty acids, and on the influence of diet and nutrients on the immune and inflammatory responses. His research addresses both life course and translational considerations and includes research in cell and animal models and in healthy humans and patients. He has received many awards and prizes for his work including the ESPEN Cuthbertson Award and Lecture (2008), the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Oil Chemists’ Society (2015), the British Nutrition Foundation Prize (2015), the prestigious Danone International Prize for Nutrition (2016), and the DSM Lifetime Achievement Prize in Human Nutrition (2017). Professor Calder was President of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (2009-2012), Chair of the Scientific Committee of ESPEN (2012-2016) and President of the Nutrition Society (2016-2019). He is currently President of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (2019-2023). He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition and is currently an Associate Editor of several journals.
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 expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, the Head of Performance Nutrition to The European 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.
James is a sport and exercise nutritionist and Managing Director of Intra Performance Group.
He started his career with The English Institute of Sport and has worked with Team GB athletes and teams over three Olympic Games. He joined Arsenal FC in 2010, where he spent seven seasons as the club’s Head of Nutrition. He has worked with England Football, France Football (2018 World Cup winners), and is currently a consultant with Chelsea FC. He is part of the steering committee for the 2020 ‘UEFA Expert Group Statement on Nutrition in Elite Football’ (in press).
Previously elected President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Food and Health Forum, James is a registered Sport and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr) and author of the book, ‘The Energy Plan’ (Penguin Random House). He also maintains a private practice on Harley Street, London with Intra Performance Group, seeing performing artists, business executives and clients from all walks of life.
Christine Dziedzic, RD, CSSD, APD, AdvSD. Christine is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (USA) and Advanced Sports Dietitian (Australia), and is currently the Sports Dietitian for the Buffalo Bills (NFL) and Buffalo Sabres (NHL). She holds a Masters in Sports Nutrition and International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Christine has more than 10 years of experience developing and delivering performance nutrition services to professional teams and athletes as well as Olympic medalists in several national teams across three countries – Australia, Canada and the USA. She has published research in international scientific journals, is a contributing author of several books on nutrition for athletes, and has presented to scientific and coaching audiences around the world. Christine is constantly exploring ways to integrate evidence-informed sports nutrition strategies within the culture and dynamics of the teams with which she works.
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.
Ina Garthe works with Olympic-level scholarship athletes in office, in field and travelling with teams. Are responsible for Olympics, pre-camps and research related to exercise physiology and Sports Nutrition. PhD in exercise physiology from Norwegian school of Sports and Sciences, department of sports medicine, 2-year clinically education in treating eating disorders at Ullevaal university hospital and the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Member of PINES and IOC expert group (supplements). Research interests include weight loss, body composition, metabolism, exercise physiology, recovery, adaptation, strength, hypertrophy and power, supplements, RED-S and different performance cultures in an ethical perspective. Former competitive athlete in kickboxing.
Dr Javier Gonzalez
Javier is a Human Physiologist based in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. He is also the Lead Performance Nutritionist for the Ineos Grenadiers Cycling Team.
Javier's research is aimed at understanding diet-exercise interactions in health and disease. A major focus is to explore the role of carbohydrate availability in metabolic health, energy balance and (endurance) sports performance.
Javier has published more than 85 peer-reviewed articles in addition to some book chapters. In recognition of this work, he received the Julie Wallace Award 2018 by the Nutrition Society. He also has editorial roles with The Journal of Physiology, The Journal of Nutrition, and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism.
Prior to his lectureship at Bath, Javier completed a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, an MRes in Exercise Physiology, and a PhD in Human Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Following this, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in collaboration with the University of Maastricht and Newcastle University studying the effects of nutrition on liver and muscle metabolism.
Dr Stuart Gray
Stuart graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Physiology and Sports Science and subsequently completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Strathclyde. After post-doctoral positions at Strathclyde and Loughborough Stuart was appointed to Lectureship at the University of Aberdeen. In 2015 he took up a position in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow where he is now Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Metabolic Health. He has wide ranging research interests which have been funded by industry, research councils (MRC and BBSRC) and charities (e.g. BHF, Dunhill Medical Trust and Versus Arthritis) and has resulted in ~100 publications. Current research focusses on nutritional strategies to counteract the age-related decline in muscle mass and function, which sadly affect us all, with a particular interest in omega-3 fatty acids. He is also interested in developing pragmatic muscle strengthening exercise interventions for older adults and people with type 2 diabetes. He also is director of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine (online) at the University of Glasgow.
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.
Prof Peter Hespel
Peter Hespel is a Professor in Exercise Physiology at KU Leuven, and Scientific Director of the ‘Bakala Academy’, KU Leuven Athletic Performance Center. After obtaining his Ph.D. degree at KU Leuven (1987) he did a postdoc at the August Krogh Institute, University of Copenhagen, under the supervision of Prof Erik Richter. He eventually was appointed as a Professor at KU Leuven in 1989 where he has been teaching courses in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and endurance training till today.
Peter’s research work has focused on regulation of carbohydrate and fat metabolism during exercise, and physiological nutritional strategies to enhance exercise performance, training adaptation, and recovery, with specific focus on nutrition and nutritional supplements. He has been closely involved physiological and nutritional coaching in endurance sports for more than 20 years, trying to translate novel scientific findings to the field of elite sports. He collaborates with the Belgian Olympic Team ‘Team Belgium’, the Belgian national soccer team ‘Red Devils’, the Belgian Cycling Federation, the Deceuninck-QuickStep pro cycling team, as well as the Belgian 4 x 400m relay squads.
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 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.
Prof Enette Larson-Meyer
Dr Enette Larson-Meyer recently joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise where she directs the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her research interests center around how nutrition influences the health and performance of active individuals at all stages of the lifecycle and at all levels of performance--from the casual exerciser to the elite athlete. Her most recent research interest include assessment of iodine and vitamin D status and the importance of these nutrients in disease prevention, general wellness and exercise performance. Enette has authored over ninety scientific articles and book chapters, is the author of “Plant-Based Sports Nutrition. Expert Fueling Strategies for Training, Recovery, and Performance” with Matt Ruscigno (Human Kinetics, 2020) and has served on several recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) consensus panels. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as an Associate Editor for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Her personal interests include trail running, flat water kayaking, Irish Step dancing, strength training, gardening, yoga, cooking and tasting wine. She is the proud mother of three college students, two of whom play D2 collegiate football (soccer) at US Universities.
Dr Dana Lis
One foot in leading edge-research and the other in high performance sport Dana plays a unique simultaneous role of researcher and practitioner. In the role of Project Scientist in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at University California Davis she leads human studies in the Baar lab focused on nutrition strategies to reduce injury, accelerate return to play and improve performance in athletes. Also, as a high-performance sport dietitian Dana currently focuses on two polar sports as a consultant in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and also with the World Tour Cycling Israel Start-Up Nation. She has also spent her fair share of time racing bikes but now focuses on helping others get faster, fitter and even win the biggest events in the World. Importantly, she is also a mother to an adventurous little boy and spends every spare second in the mountains on skis or bikes. Dana continues to strive towards pushing the envelope of evidence-influenced sport nutrition by closing the gap between novel research and applied performance nutrition.
Dr Dana Lis RD, IOC Dipl Sport Nutrition, CSSD, PhD High Performance Sport Nutritionist, Director of Performance Nutrition Project Scientist, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Intercollegiate Athletics, UC Davis Performance Dietitian for Israel Start-Up Nation World Tour Cycling, Sacramento Kings NBA, Golden State Warriors NBA
Joe is a Lecturer at Birmingham City University and a practicing Sports Nutritionist, with his applied work focusing on safe approaches to making weight for combat sport athletes, specifically in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. This work has led to several publications, most recently as co-author on the ACSM Expert Consensus Statement on Weight Loss in Weight-Category Sports. His current research in this area aims to understand how rules and regulations influence weight management in combat sports. Joe is also undertaking his PhD in the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University, where his doctoral research focuses on the physiological roles of carnosine and beta-alanine in healthy and type 2 diabetic skeletal muscle.
Rachel McCormick recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia in Perth and is affiliated with the Research Centre at the Western Australian Institute of Sport, where she currently works. Her research interests are centred on the relationship between iron metabolism and endurance exercise, with the goal of translating their interaction into practical strategies of iron supplementation for athletes.
Alannah McKay attained a Bachelor of Science (Exercise, Health and Sports Science) at the University of Western Australia in 2014. Subsequently, she completed a post-graduate position within the Physiology department at the Australian Institute of Sport, where she was involved in the preparation of many Australian athletes prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic games. Since, Alannah has submitted her PhD titled “The Effect of Dietary Manipulation on Iron Metabolism and the Immune System in Elite Athletes”, which was undertaken in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport, Western Australian Institute of Sport and the University of Western Australia. Recently, Alannah has joined the Mary MacKilliop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research will continue to explore the impact of diet and exercise on a range of health outcomes in athletes, with a specific interest in iron metabolism.
Michael is currently the Head of Nutrition for the English Institute of Sport where he works with 20 nutritionists providing support to 19 of Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic sports. He was the lead nutritionist for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Michael has also been providing performance nutrition support to England Rugby for over 7 years including working with the 2014 World Cup winning women's team and is currently working with the senior men's team in the lead to the World Cup in Japan.
Michael was the performance nutritionist at Southampton FC for 5 seasons and now works with England Football and was part of the support team that travelled to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Dr Terri Paulson
Dr Terri Paulson is a Senior Performance Nutritionist within the EIS and is the current Paralympic Nutrition Lead where the aim is to advance the knowledge, understanding and confidence of practitioners in their Paralympic sports. Terri also currently works with GB Canoeing, GB Short Track Speed Skating and England Netball. She was privileged to work at the Rio Paralympic preparation camp as Hub Coordinator & will be in Tokyo 2021 as the ParalympicsGB Prep camp Nutritionist/Keio Manager. Terri completed her PhD at Loughborough University exploring the effects of supplementation in athletes with a physical impairment, focusing on caffeine in athletes with a spinal cord injury.
Associate Prof Peter Peeling
Peter received his PhD from the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he investigated the impact of exercise on various mechanisms associated to iron deficiency in endurance athletes. This work highlighted the influence of exercise-induced inflammation on the transient increase of the hormone, hepcidin, which plays a regulatory role in controlling dietary iron absorption in the gut. Over the decade that followed this work, Peter has continued to explore the impact of exercise on iron metabolism, with a focus on practical strategies that can optimise iron stores in active populations. Currently, Peter is the Director of Research at the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), where he oversees the WA High Performance Sport Research Centre. Additionally, Peter holds a teaching and research role at UWA, in the School of Human Sciences, where he teaches courses in applied sports physiology, and supervises several graduate student research programs.
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 Scott Powers
Scott K. Powers, Ph.D., is a physiologist who specializes in investigating the effects of muscular exercise and inactivity on both cardiac and skeletal muscle. Specifically, Powers’ research has focused upon exercise mediated changes in cardiac and skeletal muscle antioxidant systems and the role that these changes play in providing protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. The current focus of the Powers’ laboratory is to investigate the mechanisms responsible for respiratory muscle weakness in patients subjected to prolonged periods of mechanical ventilation. Powers’ laboratory research has been funded by extramural grants from the National Institutes of Health, Florida Biomedical Research Program, American Heart Association-Florida, and American Lung Association-Florida.
In addition to conducting research, Powers is an enthusiastic teacher, having earned three University of Florida teaching awards. Moreover, he has co-authored four textbooks that are used in college exercise physiology courses.
In addition to teaching awards, Powers has received several academic honors including being elected President of the Southeastern chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (1986) and Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (1997-99). Furthermore, Powers was selected as the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Scholar in 1995 and he has earned a Career Enhancement Award from the American Physiological Society. He has served on grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association-Florida, and NASA. Powers also serves on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals and is currently a senior editor for the Journal of Physiology.
Prof Eric Rawson
Eric S. Rawson is Chair and Professor of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Dr. Rawson received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Clarkson. Over the past two decades, Dr. Rawson’s research has focused on the interactions between nutrition and skeletal muscle. In particular, Dr. Rawson has studied the effects of the dietary supplement creatine on muscle and brain function. Dr. Rawson has been an active member in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) since 1996, has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees, on the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee, as Chair of the ACSM National Chapter Nutrition Interest Group, and is a past president of the Mid-Atlantic ACSM regional chapter. Dr. Rawson has delivered more than 150 professional presentations, is co-editor of the text Nutrition for Elite Athletes, co-author of Nutrition for Health Fitness and Sport, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and various foundations.
Dr Reid Reale
Dr. Reid Reale is an Advanced Sports Dietitian (Sports Dietitians Australia), and is the head of the Performance Nutrition Department at the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai. Reid completed his PhD through the University of the Sunshine Coast, while based at the Australian Institute of Sport, where he worked with Australia’s combat sports teams in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Reid’s PhD studies and subsequent research has focused on acute weight manipulation (weight cutting and recovery) in combat sports as well as the optimisation of nutrition and body composition for athletes in weight category sports. In addition to his research and applied work in the combat sports domain, Reid previously held a position with Gatorade Sports Science Institute where he worked with American pro-sport athletes and conducted research on sleep, hydration, supplementation and resting metabolic rate.
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.
Dr Lawrence Spriet
Dr. Lawrence L. Spriet is a Professor and former Chair in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph in Canada. Dr. Spriet conducts basic research examining the regulation of human skeletal muscle fat and carbohydrate metabolism during exercise and sporting situations and how exercise training increases the capacity of these energy provision pathways.
He also conducts practical Sports Nutrition research to examine whether suggested "ergogenic" aids augment muscle metabolism and/or improve human exercise performance (e.g. pyruvate, taurine, caffeine, omega fatty acids). Dr. Spriet also works with many amateur and professional ice hockey athletes and teams, assessing their hydration and fuel status during practices and games, to prevent the negative performance effects of mildly dehydration and poor nutrition.
Dr. Spriet works closely with Canadian arm of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) and chairs the US-based GSSI Expert Panel. He is a member of the IOC “Diploma in Sports Nutrition” Academic Advisory Board and is a lifetime member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Canadian and American Physiological Societies, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
He has been married to Anne for 40+ years and has 3 grown children. He is also an avid ice hockey fan and continues to play 3-4/week.
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.
Dr Brianna Stubbs
Dr. Stubbs is a world expert in exogenous ketone metabolism and its implications for performance, resilience and health-span. She completed her PhD in Metabolic Physiology at the University of Oxford, studying the metabolism and the application of exogenous ketone salts and esters. Whilst completing her studies, she competed on the British International Rowing Team, and was a two-time World Champion lightweight athlete. Brianna spent two years as Research Lead at a San Francisco based start-up called HVMN, where she helped to launch the world's first commercially available ketone ester drink and set up a collaboration with the US Special Operations Command to investigate the effects of ketone drinks on physical and cognitive performance in extreme environments. Brianna is currently Lead Translational Scientist at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging where she's part of a team focused on developing our understanding of ketone biology, the metabolic effects of novel exogenous ketones, and the translation of these findings into tools for implementation as part of a holistic approach to healthy aging.
Prof Kevin Tipton
Kevin Tipton is a Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. His research has focused on nutrition and exercise metabolism with emphasis on protein nutrition and metabolism in athletes, healthy volunteers and clinical populations, as well as nutrition support for brain injuries. He is an author of over 100 papers, book chapters and review articles. He reviews for and serves on the editorial boards of, several scientific journals. His interest in exercise science and nutrition extends to the application of the science of nutrition to athletic populations, including the military. He served on the USA National Academy of Science’s, Institute of Medicine, Committee for Military Nutrition Research. He has helped develop sports nutrition consensus statements for the IOC, FIFA, FINA and IAAF and has served on the UK Sport Nutritional Supplements Advisory Board. When not working he enjoys practicing what he preaches, at least as much as possible.
Dr Becky Townsend
Dr Becky Townsend is part of the Performance Nutrition Team at the English Institute of Sport, currently working with Great Britain Hockey, having recently left The Royal Ballet School to move into Professional Rugby with Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club.
Becky graduated from Loughborough University with a MSc in Exercise Physiology before completing her PhD which was in partnership with Nottingham Trent University and the English Institute of Sport. Becky’s research investigated the effect of nutrition on bone metabolism in endurance athletes, specifically, elite triathletes and distance runners. Becky’s PhD research has influenced the bone health protocols that are implemented across the English Institute of Sport.
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.
Lucy is a Senior Performance Nutritionist working British Triathlon as part of the English Institute of Sport nutrition team. Lucy has been a member of the EIS nutrition team since 2013, working with a range of Olympic and Paralympic Sports. In her current role Lucy supports the Olympic and Paralympic triathletes, helping them to deliver optimal performance through innovation, support and an evidence-based approach. Lucy provided support through the Rio cycle and was due to be Tokyo bound with the team this year working closely with other members of the support team to develop a comprehensive heat and humidity strategy. Lucy has a background in elite sport competing as part of the Great Britain Flatwater Canoe team for fifteen years, becoming an individual finalist at both the Athens and Beijing Olympic games. Lucy combines her academic knowledge, experiences as an elite athlete and her work as a practitioner and has supported a wide range of sports and athletes both in Canada and the UK to provide a practical and athlete centred approach.
Dr Ben Wall
Benjamin Wall obtained his BSc from the University of Birmingham and his PhD from the University of Nottingham Medical School, where his thesis addressed the integration of fat and carbohydrate metabolism during exercise. Thereafter, Benjamin worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Maastricht University Medical Centre where he studied the nutritional regulation of muscle mass in health and disease. Benjamin is currently an Associate Professor of Nutritional Physiology in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, where his general research interests concern how nutrition and physical (in)activity influence metabolic health and performance in a variety of populations. Benjamin’s current research projects are focussed on how inactivity and ageing alters the capacity of muscle tissue to utilise nutrients, and how this can inform on optimising nutritional requirements for injured athletes and in support of healthy ageing. A particular interest is placed on developing an evidence base around novel and sustainable dietary protein sources in various populations.
Dr Gareth Wallis
Dr Wallis is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. He received his PhD in on Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition from the University of Birmingham, UK in 2006 and undertook his Postdoctoral training in Integrative Biology at the University of California-Berkley from 2006-2008. Dr Wallis then worked in New Product Research at GlaxoSmithKline, within a scientific program developing new nutritional products and health claims. He started at the University of Birmingham in 2012, where he now conducts academic research in exercise science with a major focus on nutrition and metabolism. His goal is to better understand how nutrition can be manipulated to enhance metabolic or adaptive responses to exercise, with a particular focus on macronutrients and their roles in performance, training adaptation and health. To study these areas he utilises a range of experimental approaches that enable detailed profiling of metabolic responses to exercise and nutrition intervention in humans. His research and approaches adopted aim to generate the translational knowledge needed for practical application within sport, exercise and health nutrition settings.
Dr Floris Wardenaar
Floris Wardenaar, PhD is currently appointed as Assistant Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) in the US. Since the start of 2020 he has been an educational officer for Pines www.pinesnutrition.org) a worldwide organization for professional in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport and is faculty advisor of the Sun Devil Sport Nutrition Student Club at ASU.
As a former Sports Dietitian in the Netherlands, team leader of the Dutch Olympic Nutrition team (2014-2017) and chair of the Dutch Association of Sport Dietetics, Dr. Wardenaar’s expertise lies in performance nutrition in highly competitive athletes.
His current research focuses on measuring hydration status in athletes and validating simple and practical hydration assessment methods that can be used by health professionals. Over the last years his research has focused on dietary intake of athletes, sport nutrition knowledge and attitude towards dietary supplements and food and fluid intake and GI complaints in (ultra) endurance runners.