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.
Director of Sports Nutrition, University of North Texas
Prof James Betts
James is Professor of Metabolic Physiology at the University of Bath, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise & Metabolism and Chair of the Department for Health Research Ethics Committee. His research employs randomised controlled trials to study the effects of nutrition on metabolic regulation, the findings of which have been published in scientific papers in top-ranking scholarly journals. A particular focus of his work has been to examine the links between nutrient timing and human health, for which James was awarded the Nutrition Society Cuthbertson Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine for 'excellence in clinical nutrition and metabolism research'. James contributes widely within the University, having supervised many doctoral students through their research training; his integration of research into teaching was recognised by the University's Mary Tasker Award for excellence in teaching.
Dr Liz Broad
Prof Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with 40 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She worked at the Australian Institute of Sport for thirty years, first as Head of Sports Nutrition and then as Chief of Nutrition Strategy. She was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of several textbooks on sports nutrition. She is an editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is a Director of the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition. Louise was appointed as Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute of Health Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2014 and took up this position in a full-time capacity in 2020.
Prof Graeme Close
Graeme is a professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University where he combines his academic research with nutrition and physiology consultancy to some of the worlds leading sporting organizations.
Graeme is currently the 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.
Angela is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) from the Commission on Dietetics Registration and is the Lead Performance Dietitian for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee as well as Major Games Canada and the Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic. Angela is also a Lead Task Force Member of Own the Podium’s Sports Supplement working group and a part time professor in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, CA and owns and operates Nutrition in Action, a private sports nutrition counseling service . She has authored and published: PowerFUEL Food, Planning Meals for Maximum Performance and can be seen regularly on CTV News at Five and CTV Morning Live.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters degree in Adult Education and is a graduate from the inaugural class of the International Olympic Committee’s Graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She is also a certified Level 2 Anthropometrist from the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. Angela is currently undergoing research in collaboration with the University of the Sunshine Coast in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences in the areas of: Nutrition support, food provision, food choices of athletes menus and pandemic preparedness of food service operations at major international competition events.
Alicia Edge is an Aussie Advanced Sports Dietitian that had the absolute privilege of learning from the best during her fellowship at the start of her Sports Dietetics career at the Australian Institute of Sport a decade ago now. However, when pausing her career to start a family and move to a small country town for family support, it was a loss of career opportunities and a lack of access to professional athletes that led to a necessity to innovate.
Fast forward a few years and Alicia is now the co-CEO of a tech Startup (Compeat Nutrition) alongside being a mum to three crazies, the lead Sports Dietitian for Football Australia and growing a team of Sports Dietitians to elevate the impact and value Sports Nutrition can hold in the lives of the athlete in both the home and high performance environment.
Prof Mark Febbraio
Professor Mark Febbraio is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC, and the Head of the Cellular and Molecular Metabolism Laboratory within the Drug Discovery Program at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University Australia. He is also the CSO of N-Gene Research Laboratories Inc., a USA based Biotechnology Company and the Founder and CSO of a recently incorporated company. His research is focussed on understanding mechanisms associated with exercise, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer and his aim is to develop novel drugs to treat lifestyle related diseases. He has authored over 270 peer reviewed papers in leading journals and has over 40,000 career citations. Throughout his career, he has many prestigious awards including the A K McIntyre Prize for significant contributions to Australian Physiological Science (1999), the Kellion Award for the Australian Diabetes Society (2017), The Eureka Scientific Prize (2020), The GSK Award for Research Excellence (2020) and The Endocrinology Society UK International Medallist (2021).
Dr Therese Fostervold Mathisen
Dr. Therese Fostervold Mathisen is an associate professor and post-doctor at Østfold University College (Norway), and president in the Norwegian Eating Disorder Society and in the Norwegian association of Exercise Physiologists. She is a dietitian and exercise physiologist, and has specific expertise in sport nutrition, and in treatment of eating disorders (EDs). In her PhD, affiliated with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, she developed and tested a new successful therapy for EDs. Projects that she is involved in, evaluates associations and effects on physical and mental health from nutrition, diet, and physical activity behavior, and involves both cross-sectional- and longitudinal designs, with the latter being either preventive or treating in nature. Currently, projects cover screening and prevention of RED-s and EDs in female athletes, improving body image in adolescent athletes to prevent EDs, intervention to improve bone mass in young cross country skiers, implementation of a new ED-therapy in municipal health service, evaluating health effects from heavy resistance training during pregnancy, intervening with digital apps to reduce food waste and improve diets in students, and evaluating health effects from free meal serving in primary school. She is a former volleyball player and national powerlifter.
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.
Prof Asker Jeukendrup
Dr Anna Melin
Dr. Anna Melin has worked as a sport nutritionist within Danish and Swedish elite sport for more than 20 years, with special focus of strategies regarding prevention, early detection and treatment of eating disorders. After a 4-year individual PhD scholarship at the University of Copenhagen with the PhD thesis “Energy Availability and Reproductive Function in Female Endurance Athletes”, her research has mainly focused on nutritional considerations, and the physiological consequences of RED-S including reproductive dysfunction, metabolic adaptations and the impact on performance in both male and female athletes. She is a member of the IOC RED-S expert group (2018), as well as the sport nutrition expert group of FINA (2014) and IAAF (2019).
Prof Nanna Meyer
Nanna is Associate Professor in Human Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Colorado (UCCS). Nanna founded the UCCS Sport Nutrition Graduate Program. She has worked in Olympic sport nutrition for 20 years, supporting US athletes at 5 Olympic games, while helping to found professional sport nutrition organizations nationally and internationally.
As the world’s urgency to address climate change and health is rising, Nanna’s time is now focused on sustainable food systems in the Rocky Mountain region. With a team of graduate students, Nanna links food value chains to engaged eaters, using transformative farm and food literacy concepts of UCCS’s Sustainability, Wellness and Learning (SWELL) initiative through various programs, research, and academic courses.
Marisa Michael, MSc, RDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She has a master’s degree in sports nutrition from the University of Stirling and holds the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition. She is a leader in the rock climbing nutrition community, having published original research, numerous articles for climbing publications, and the book Nutrition for Climbers: Fuel for the Send. Marisa also serves on the USA Climbing Medical Committee. She owns a private practice in the USA and specializes in sports nutrition and eating disorders.
Prof James Morton
James is a Professor of Exercise Metabolism at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), where he has authored over 170 research publications related to sports science, physiology and nutrition. In addition to academia, James has also worked in a number of sport nutrition related roles across both high performance sport and industry. From 2010-2015, he was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC before taking up the position of Nutrition and Physical Performance Lead for Team Sky between 2015 and 2019. In this role, he was responsible for the performance nutrition strategy for 5 consecutive Tour de France wins. James is also the Director of Performance Solutions for Science in Sport (SiS) where he leads the Performance Solutions programme that encompasses the strategic delivery of bespoke performance solutions and innovation for SiS and their elite partners (e.g. the Ineos Grenadiers, Milwaukee Bucks and the FA Women’s teams). He also sits on the Technical Steering Panel for the English Institute of Sport and is a High Performance Mentor for the FA Premier League.
Prof Fiona Pelly
Professor Fiona Pelly is the Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at The University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. She is a Fellow of Dietitians Australia and Sports Dietitians Australia. Fiona is internationally recognised for her expertise in food provision at major sporting competition events and has evaluated the menu and food provision for the Olympic Games and other major competition events for the past 20 years. She has worked closely with international catering companies to provide a nutrition service to athletes attending major events. She is the current president of the global professional organisation PINES (Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport). Fiona is also an academic member of the Australian Dietetic Council responsible for professional accreditation of dietetic education programs in Australia.
Dr Reid Reale
Recognized as a leading expert in combat sports nutrition research and practice, Reid has 10+ years experience working with elite, professional and Olympic athletes. Currently, Reid is the Performance Nutrition Manager for the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai, where he oversees all facets of athlete nutrition for professional MMA fighters.
Prior to joining the UFC, Reid held a position with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute where he conducted research and provided sports science and nutrition services to elite and professional athletes, including those in the NFL, NBA and MLB. Prior to his role with GSSI, Reid worked as a dietitian at the Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) working with the country’s Olympic combat sport athletes in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympics and beyond. Additionally Reid provided services to many of the top combat sports nations in the world’s elite teams. During his time at the AIS, Reid also completed his PhD which focused on acute weight management (weight cutting and post-weigh-in recovery) in Olympic Combat Sport athletes.
Dr Claudia Reardon
Dr. Claudia Reardon holds an MD degree from the University of Wisconsin (USA) School of Medicine and Public Health, where she also completed psychiatry residency training. She is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin and serves as consulting sports psychiatrist for University of Wisconsin athletes. Dr Reardon Co-Chairs the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Workgroup on Mental Health in Elite Athletes, which led to 2019 publication of the manuscript “Mental health in elite athletes: International Olympic Committee Consensus Statement (2019)”. She also serves as Co-Program Director of the IOC Diploma and Certificate Programs on Mental Health in Elite Sport, as a member of the NFL Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee, and as the Mental Health Consultant for the US Open Tennis Tournament. Dr Reardon has served on the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP) Board of Directors since 2010, currently as its Education Committee Chair. She has published and presented widely on a number of sports psychiatry related topics and is Co-Editor of the book “Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective”.
Alba Reguant Closa
Alba Reguant Closa is a Post-Doctorate researcher at the Life Cycle Assessment group at Agroscope (Zurich) under Dr. Gérard Gaillard and Dr. Thomas Nemecek. She is a Registered Dietitian and IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition graduate, highly interested in sports nutrition and performance but also on the environmental impact of diets. As a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Alba graduated from a Master’s degree in sports nutrition at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and developed her final master’s project in collaboration of the United States Olympic Center. With her rising interest in sustainability, her PhD under Dr. Nanna Meyer was focused on the integration of sustainability in sports nutrition with a focus on the environmental impacts of diets from athletes. Born in Andorra, at the heart of the mountains of the Pyrenees and passionate about nature, she is now focusing her efforts on raising awareness relative to the links between health-nutrition and environmental impacts of food production and consumption.
Dr Gary Slater
Gary is an advanced accredited sports dietitian who has been working in elite sport since 1996. Gary currently splits his time between his role as National Performance Nutrition Network Lead at the Australian Institute of Sport and coordinating a Master’s Degree in Sports Nutrition at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He has consulted to a number of professional teams and wide array of individual elite & recreational athletes in supporting their sporting ambitions. Gary’s professional interests relate primarily to enhancing sports performance. Gary is particularly passionate about factors influencing muscle protein metabolism and muscle hypertrophy/atrophy, nutritional ergogenic aids, nutrient timing, enhancing the assessment of physique and metabolic adaptations, plus the influence of body composition on sports performance. His publications include over 100 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Gary supported the Australian Olympic team during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Dr Trent Stellingwerff
Since 2011, Dr Trent Stellingwerff serves as the Director of Performance Solutions at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Victoria, Canada). In this role, he directs several different research projects across different sport performance discipline areas, with Master’s, Phd and Post-Doctorate students involved. He is also the Sport Science, Sports Medicine & Innovation Lead for Athletics Canada – the governing body of track and field. His primary sport and research focuses are in the field of physiology and nutrition interactions, as well as environmental (altitude and heat) expertise, and he also serves on Own The Podium’s (OTP) National I&R Advisory Council. Prior to 2011, Trent was a Senior Scientist in Performance Nutrition for PowerBar at the Nestle Research Center (Lausanne Switzerland). Trent has more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and authored 10-book chapters, in the areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle metabolism, sports nutrition and performance. In 2010 Trent was a lead author and presenter for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Nutrition Consensus Meeting. Over the years, Trent has attended and serviced athletes and sports over 4 Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and >15 World Championships across several sports.
Prof Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen
Dr Oliver Witard
Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism at King’s College London and deputy programme director for the UG programme in Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences. He is board member of The Nutrition Society and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. Oliver’s research focus is protein nutrition for maximising muscle adaptation to exercise training. His publications focus on establishing the optimal dose, source and timing of dietary protein for muscle recovery and performance in athletes. Recently, Oliver has delivered invited talks on protein nutrition at international symposiums, including the inaugural FC Barcelona Sports Nutrition in Football conference, The Gatorade Sport Science Institute pre ACSM conference in Boston, and the Royal Society of Medicine winter meeting in London. He has attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference for the past 6 years.