Prof Ron Maughan
Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and was based in the Medical School there for almost 25 years before moving to England. He is now Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine at St Andrews University.
He spent much of his career trying to understand the physiological responses to exercise and the nature of fatigue, but has included many digressions along the way.
He chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He is a director of the IOC Diploma programs in Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine, and Sports Physical Therapies.
Prof Louise Burke
Louise is a sports dietitian with over 35 years of experience in the education and counselling of elite athletes. She was the Head of Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport throughout its existence from 1990-2018 and remains as Chief of Nutrition strategy in the restructured AIS. She holds a Chair in Sports Nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. Louise was the team dietitian for the Australian Olympic Teams for the 1996-2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her publications include over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, and the authorship or editorship of many textbooks on sports nutrition. Louise was a founding member of the Executive of Sports Dietitians Australia and is Special Projects Editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to sports nutrition.
Louise Burke OAM, PhD, APD, FACSM
Dr Javier Gonzalez
Javier is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Human Physiology at the University of Bath. His research seeks to understand the interactions between nutrition and exercise in the context of health and disease. One strand of this work is to explore the role of carbohydrate availability in the regulation of energy balance, metabolic health and sports performance. A second strand aims to uncover new dietary approaches to influence the production of hormones from the gut, and thereby regulate appetite and energy expenditure.
Javier has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in the area of Nutrition and Metabolism and has editorial roles with The Journal of Physiology and Nutrition Research Reviews. In recognition of his research, Javier received the Nutrition Society Julie Wallace Award 2018 for scientific excellence in the field of nutrition. Javier is also the Physiological Society and Nutrition Society Ambassador at the University of Bath.
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)
Dr James Betts
Dr Betts joined the University of Bath in 2005 having completed his PhD at Loughborough University and is currently a Reader in Nutrition & Metabolism. Since joining the University he has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials to explore how components of energy balance interact to regulate human health and physiological function. The complex nature of energy balance regulation requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates both basic and applied science methodologies. The findings of Dr Betts’ research have therefore been widely published in many invited and peer-reviewed papers across >25 leading journals spanning the broad scientific disciplines of: basic science (e.g. PNAS), physiology (e.g. AJP); obesity/health (e.g. IJO); nutrition (e.g. AJCN); sports nutrition (e.g. IJSNEM) and exercise science (e.g. MSSE).
Dr Betts is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), member of the Physiological Society and Associate Editor of two journals (Trials and International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism). At Bath he convenes one of three research themes (Lifelong Health and Wellbeing) and is Chair of the Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH).
Dr Alun Williams
Alun Williams has research interests that originated in muscle physiology and nutrition, then quickly spread to the genetics underlying inter-individual variability in human physiological function and injury susceptibility during exercise and sport. He has a PhD from the University of Birmingham and works at Manchester Metropolitan University where he heads the Sports Genomics Laboratory. Alun is also Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London. The UK-based athlete cohort GENESIS that Alun established with several collaborators, as part of the international Athlome Project Consortium, is aimed at revealing important genetics characteristics that underpin elite athlete health and performance. He has played a leading role in writing a BASES Position Stand, a BASES Expert Statement and a FIMS Consensus Statement on genetic testing in sport and exercise.
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 and former Scientific Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University. 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 a Research Fellow in Edinburgh University before being appointed to Newcastle University.
John Mathers’ major research interests are in understanding how eating patterns influence risks of common age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and bowel cancer. He was a founding member, and is currently Chair, 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. In addition, in collaboration with colleagues in the University of Aberystwyth and Imperial College London, he has developed novel metabolomics-based methods for assessing dietary intake.
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Prof Don MacLaren
Don is an emeritus professor of Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, which is a testimony to his many publications on the subject in journals and books as well as his presentations at scientific and coaching conferences. He has been research active since 1980 in the fields of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, nutritional supplements, and applied aspects of sports nutrition. A consequence of the work undertaken has resulted in two fellowships being awarded i.e. FBASES and FECSS.
Don has been nutritional consultant with Liverpool FC (1998-2007), Bolton Wanderers FC (2001-2004 and 2012-2014), Sunderland FC (2002-03), Everton FC (2004-2015), Derby County FC (2005), Colchester United FC (2005-06), Hull FC (2006), Wigan Athletic FC (2006-08), Manchester City FC (2007-08), as well as Sale Sharks RUFC (2002-06), and Northampton Saints RUFC (2006-09). His lecturing duties have resulted in many successful PhD, MSc and BSc students ‘passing through his hands’. Although retired from full time duties at LJMU in 2010, Don has kept his links by lecturing to final year students and on the MSc programmes at LJMU as well as helping with research ideas and projects.
Prof Clyde Williams
Clyde Williams is emeritus professor of sports science at Loughborough University where he has held several roles during his 40 years at the University. He was head to the School of Sports Science, pro-vice chancellor for research and more recently visiting professor. During his career in sports science, he was founding chairman of BASS (now BASES), chairman of BASES and until recently chair of the Board of Registration for professionals in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Currently he is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and adjunct professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and visiting professor at the University of Suffolk. He chaired the 2008 RAE sub panel for sport and exercise related subjects and acts as an advisor to several universities on research strategic planning. During his early research career he contributed to the emerging recognition of the importance of carbohydrate nutrition on performance during exercise.
He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009 and awarded honorary doctorates from Loughborough and Victoria Universities. Professor Williams is also an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Dr Gareth Wallis
Dr Wallis is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher 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 Sport and Exercise Sciences (focussing 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 Oliver Witard
Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Nutrition at The University of Stirling, Scotland. He is also 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 several invited talks on protein nutrition at international symposiums, including the Futbol Club Barcelona’s (FCB) first conference for Nutrition in football, Gatorade Sport Science Institute pre ACSM conference in Boston, USA, and Rank Prize in Sport Nutrition. He has also had the privilege of presenting at the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference for the past 3 years.
Dr Nick Gant
Nick Gant is Director of the Exercise Neurometabolism Laboratory at the University of Auckland. His group investigate the role of nutrition in brain health and performance. Nick is particularly interested in foods and supplements that prevent brain fatigue and improve physical and cognitive function.
Dr Gant is a principal within the Auckland Centre for Brain Research and leads an interdisciplinary Human Performance research theme. He also provides scientific and educational support for elite athletes, government and military organisations.
Dr Stuart Galloway
Stuart Galloway is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. His research focusses on human nutrition and exercise metabolism, and on hydration for health and sport. He has published over 50 papers on these topics, including several review papers, book chapters and position statements. His current projects include: further exploration of carbohydrate feeding requirements during endurance exercise; understanding the role of carnitine in substrate metabolism; investigating the impact of fish oil feeding on skeletal muscle metabolism, adaptation and function; and examining hydration in clinical and active populations. His research uses a range of techniques to assess whole body physiological responses and more recently includes a focus on tissue and cell culture methodologies.
Prof Asker Jeukendrup
Professor Asker Jeukendrup is one of the world’s leading sports nutritionists and exercise physiologist who spent most of his career as a professor at the University of Birmingham (UK) (sports sciences). He was the Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and is currently director of his own performance consulting business “Mysportscience”, and co-founder and CEO of a Nutrition Planning software business fuelthecore.com as well as a professor of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University. Asker is also Performance Manager Nutrition for the Dutch Olympic team and Head performance Nutrition for the Lotto Jumbo Pro cycling team.
His research interests are in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, endurance performance, periodized nutrition and training and overtraining. Dr Jeukendrup authored 8 books, including the recently published 3rd edition of the Textbook Sport Nutrition and over 250 research papers and book chapters, he worked with Olympic and World champions, Tour de France cyclists, Champions league football teams, and other elite athletes but he also worked extensively with recreational athletes. Regardless of the level, the goals is always to use science to help athletes achieve their goals.
Asker practices what he preaches and is competing in Ironman distance triathlons as well as other endurance events. To date he completed 21 Ironman races including 6 time the Ironman world Championship in Hawaii. www.mysportscience.com (twitter @jeukendrup).
Dr Trent Stellingwerff
Since 2011, Dr Trent Stellingwerff serves as the Director of Performance Solutions / Innovation & Research at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Victoria, Canada). He is also the Director of Sport Science & Sports Medicine for Athletics Canada. His primary sport and research focuses is via his physiology and nutrition expertise primarily to Canada’s National track and field team. Prior to this, Trent was a senior scientist in Performance Nutrition for PowerBar at the Nestle Research Center (Lausanne Switzerland). Trent has more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle metabolism and performance nutrition and supplementation. Furthermore, he has co-authors 7 book-chapters focusing on the role that nutrition can play in supporting elite athlete performance. In 2010 Trent was a lead author and presenter for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Consensus Meeting in Nutrition. Over the years, Trent has attended 3 Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and 5 World Championships.
Ms Wendy Martinson
A graduate from Kings College London University, Wendy is a Registered Dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. She has a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from the University of Westminster and also holds the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition. Wendy is a board member and Practitioner registrant with the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.
Wendy started her career as a Dietitian within the National Health Service and for many years worked in both clinical and managerial roles based in central London.
Since developing her career in sport, Wendy has worked with a wide range of organisations including British Gymnastics, GB Hockey, The Great Britain Rowing Team and The British Olympic Association. She also worked a season with West Ham united FC in 2002 and consulted with the England Football Squad in preparation for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.
Wendy has worked as Team GB Performance Nutritionist at four summer Olympic games. At the 2016 Rio Olympic games she supported rowing, triathlon, sprint canoe, marathon swimming and road cycling. She was a consultant for LOCOG in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic games and was based at Eton Dorney during the Olympic games period providing nutrition support to rowing and sprint canoe. She worked in China at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and also at the Barcelona holding camp prior to the Athens Olympics 2004.
She currently works for the English Institute of Sport as Technical Lead Performance Nutritionist and Intensive Rehabilitation Nutritionist. She also works for The Great Britain Rowing Team as Lead Nutritionist.
In the New Year 2010 Honours list Wendy was awarded an OBE for services to sport and to nutrition.
Prof Yannis Pitsiladis
Professor Yannis Pitsiladis has an established history of research into the importance of lifestyle and genetics for human health and performance. Following 15 years at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where he created the largest known DNA biobank from world-class athletes, he was appointed (in 2013) Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Director of the FIMS Reference Collaborating Centre of Sports Medicine at the University of Brighton. Current research priority is the application of “omics” (i.e. genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics) to the detection of drugs in sport with particular reference to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo), blood doping and testosterone. His most recent research is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission, a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), has sat on two WADA committees and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, written and edited a number of books and has featured in numerous research documentaries (e.g. ESPN, BBC, NHK Japan, CNBC) and popular books (e.g. Bounce, The Sports Gene). He is the founding member of the Sub2 marathon project (www.sub2hrs.com): the SUB2 marathon project is the first dedicated international research initiative made up of specialist multidisciplinary scientists from academia, elite athletes and strategic industry partners with the aim to promote clean marathon running i.e. high performance marathon running without doping.
Prof James Morton
James is a Professor of Exercise Metabolism at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). James' specific research interests focus on the molecular and cellular responses of human skeletal muscle to acute and chronic exercise and the impact of diet and nutrition on modulating these responses. To date, he has authored over 120 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 elite professional sport in both sports physiology and nutrition support roles. From 2010-2015, he was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC and also specializes in providing 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 2015 , 2016, 2017 and 2018 Tour de France victories. He also directs nutrition related research projects for the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and is Director of World Class Knowledge for Science in Sport (SiS).
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. 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. In addition to teaching and research activities, Gethin is currently the School of Healthcare Science Health & Safety co-ordinator, the Chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics and Governance Committee and lead for research integrity for the Research Centre for Biosciences.
Mr Russell Best
Russ is an Academic staff member at the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC), in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Nutrition pathways. Prior to WINTEC he taught Interpersonal skills for Medicine, and Anatomy and Biomechanics, at Durham and Teesside Universities respectively, alongside running a sports nutrition consultancy.
Russ is currently a PhD candidate at Teesside University, investigating the application of menthol mouth swilling to endurance exercise performance in the heat. Alongside his PhD studies, he supervises several postgraduate students who are placed with local partners across a range of sports, consults with High Performance Sport New Zealand, and is initiating research in the equestrian sport of Polo.
Prof Lawrence Armstrong
Lawrence E. Armstrong, Ph.D., FACSM is a Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut, USA, trained in Human Bioenergetics. His laboratory research interests include the effects of dehydration on cognitive and physical performance, water-electrolyte balance during exercise in hot environments, factors influencing thirst, human temperature regulation, the human intestinal microbiota, and dietary interventions (i.e., low salt diets) as they apply to laborers, athletes and military personnel. Professor Armstrong's field studies have focused on summer ultraendurance cycling (Wichita Falls, TX), effects of diuretic-induced dehydration on endurance and sprint running performance (Muncie, IN and Storrs, CT), heat exhaustion in military units (Panama), fluid-electrolyte balance in tennis players (Miami, FL), and casualty rates at the Boston Marathon. He has taught university courses in Exercise Metabolism, Thermal Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Physiological Responses to Stressful Environments. He has authored/coauthored over 220 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has edited/authored three books, the most recent titled Research Methods. He formerly held the position of Physiologist at the Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Heat Research Division, Natick, MA and has served on multiple committees of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, USA. Dr. Armstrong is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2015-2016
Mr Mark Evans
Mark is a graduate student in the School of Health & Human Performance at Dublin City University, Ireland. He received his MSc in Sport Nutrition from Liverpool John Moores University in 2015. His research focuses on the effect of exogenous ketone supplementation on the metabolic response to exercise and performance outcomes in athletes. His work is funded through the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scholarship. Mark has teaching experience as an Associate Lecturer in Human Nutrition at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght.
Mark has worked as a practitioner with Leinster Rugby and most recently the FAI (Football Association of Ireland), where he was responsible for overseeing the development of a sport nutrition programme for the youth and senior teams.
Mr Mike Naylor
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.
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 Tom Hill
Dr Tom Hill has published over 40 scientific papers in the areas of nutrition and musculoskeletal health. His widely cited vitamin D research has informed a number of national and international reports on dietary vitamin D recommendations including those in the UK, USA and Canada and Europe. He is a collaborator in the MRC-Arthritis Research UK funded Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA- https://www.cimauk.org/) which is a collaboration between the Universities of Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool. This work involves identifying suitable efficacious nutritional interventions which might slow down or improve musculoskeletal health and function as people age. Tom is a collaborator in the MRC-funded Newcastle 85+ cohort study (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/85plus/) which at its beginning in 2006 was the biggest population-based longitudinal study of health and ageing in the over-85s anywhere in the world. The nutrition elements of this research involves elucidating the role of nutrients and whole diets in maintaining health and longevity in very old people. Tom also serves on the editorial board of a number of journals including the British Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition Research Reviews and the Journal of Nutritional Science.