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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.