John Babraj, Abertay University, Dundee, United Kingdom

Dr John Babraj is a lecturer in exercise physiology at Abertay University and has extensive research experience in how humans respond to exercise and nutrition. A major focus of his research is on high intensity training for health and sports performance. As such he has carried out a number of studies on high intensity training looking at the efficacy of this type of training in both long distance endurance events and team sports.

Marta Bienkiewicz, Aix-Marseille University, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement, Marseille, France

Marta Bienkiewicz is currently a Research Fellow at Aix-Marseille University. She received her PhD from Queen’s University of Belfast in 2011 and M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and MA degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Lodz in 2006. Her academic work is focused on human motor control in the context of behavioural neuroscience and motor disorders. Her current research is based on harnessing technology (with embedded patterns of sensory information) to facilitate the rehabilitation of neurological patients by developing assistive devices and enhance athletic performance. She has been involved in several projects with a goal to aid movement and daily functioning in patients with Parkinson’s disease and stroke survivors.

Emma Cockburn, London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Dr Emma Cockburn is currently a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University and is Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.  Emma’s PhD investigated the use of milk as a recovery supplement following exercise-induced muscle damage, and she now publishes and supervises PhD students within the area of recovery strategies in sport.

Neil J. Cronin, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Neil Cronin currently works in Jyväskylä, Finland, but is originally from the UK. He has also worked in Denmark and Australia. His primary research interest is in the area of human locomotion, and he has examined this from a range of perspectives (e.g. mechanics, energetics, motor control) and in various human populations (e.g. athletes, diabetics, elderly people). To date he has given numerous invited talks about his work in 10 different countries.

Ming-Yang Dylan Cheng, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Ming-Yang Cheng is a PhD student in Bielefeld University, Germany and specializes in sport psychophysiology. He grew up in Taiwan and earned his master degree there. Now, he’s conducting a line of research regarding how to fine-tune athletes’ focused attention by using electroencephalography (EEG), so called neurofeedback training. The results are very encouraging. Learn more him at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ming-Yang_Cheng

Patrícia L. Campos-Ferraz, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, School of Physical Education and Sport, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Biodinamics of the Human Movement – USP – Brazil

PhD in Biochemistry (Functional and Molecular Biology) – UNICAMP, Brazil

Research Fellow at Univ of Sao Paulo and State University of Campinas, Brazil

Invited Professor – Sports Nutrition – State University of Campinas, Brazil

Glen Davison, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, University of Kent, Kent, United Kingdom

Dr Glen Davison is a senior lecturer in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at the University of Kent, UK.  There he is the current co-ordinator of the Endurance Research Group. He is a BASES Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist and Chartered Scientist (CSci). He has worked with amateur and professional/elite athletes from a range of sports, including Football, Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Triathlon and Cycling. Glen’s current research interests include: Nutrition and Exercise Immunology; Immune System Function in athletes; Immune responses to various types of training (including HIIT); Nutritional supplements and upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) risk in athletes.

Nick Draper, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom

Dr. Nick Draper is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Derby, UK.  Nick has a B.Ed. Hons and PhD in physical education and has taught physical education in primary, middle and secondary schools in New Zealand, the US and the UK.  He has been involved in, and led, physical education teacher education in New Zealand and the UK. Nick is a passionate advocate for physical education and is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, which is chaired by Baroness Benjamin, where is key concern is around maintaining and improving physical education opportunities for children in early childhood, primary and secondary education.

Patrick Rene Diel, Deutsche Sporthochschule Koeln, Cologne, Germany

Study of Biology and  Biochemistry , PhD in Biochemistry. Postdoc in a   pharmaceutical company in the field fertility control and hormone replacement therapy.  Since November 1995 Head of the working group molecular endocrinology and molecular muscle physiology at the Institute of Morphology of the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln.  Proffessor for moecular Endocrinology. Research activities in the field of tissue specific action of steroid hormones and phytoestrogens. Studies on molecular mechanisms of the adaptation of the skeletal muscle to of physical activity.

Fábio Fernandes, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Fábio Fernandes is currently a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro. He obtained the BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aveiro, in 2010 and 2012 respectively.  After the MSc, Fábio Fernandes started his career as researcher at the Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA) of the University of Aveiro, in the project “Head Protection Systems: New solutions based on the use of alternative materials and advanced injury criteria”, funded by FCT. Currently, he is a PhD student (FCT scholarship) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro, being author of 9 scientific articles published in peer-reviewed international journals and 3 book chapters.

Susan Giblin, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Susan completed her doctoral research with the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire investigating protocols for assessing psychomotor skill development. Susan currently heads up movement research at Kitman Labs, focusing on the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data in elite sports settings (NFL, NBA, MLB).

Adrian Paul Harrison, Copenhagen University, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Trained in biochemistry and nutrition at Newcastle University and finally a D.Phil. in physiology from Cambridge University, Dr Adrian Harrison has a broad level of expertise. His main research interest has been muscle, first at the level of porcine muscle development, later with isolated rat muscle contraction, and recently with clinical studies of muscle weakness in renal failure patients. Current research is focused on the use of multi-frequency bioimpedance and acoustic myography in both horses and humans alike with the aim of better understanding skeletal muscle function in health and disease. Dr Adrian Harrison’s research also covers intestinal function and factors affecting motility, bone density and nutrient interactions as well as ancient analgesics and Etruscan studies.

Bettina Karsten, University of Greenwich,London, United Kingdom

Dr Bettina Karsten is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Physiology at the University of Greenwich. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Analysis of Reliability and Validity of Critical Power Testing in the Field’ in 2014. Her other areas of research interest are strength and conditioning and exercise rehabilitation of athletes.

Jørgen K Kanters, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jorgen Kanters has worked in clinical Cardiology and has a scientific background in Electrocardiography with special interest in heart rate variability and repolarization abnormalities including inherited arrhythmias.

He has studied the effects of sport and exercise on electrocardiopgraphic markers.

Tobias Stephan Kaeding, Institute of Sports Science Carl von Ossietzky, University of Oldenburg Department of Sports and Health, Oldenburg, Germany

Sports scientist Dr. Kaeding worked as a scientific co-worker at the Institute of Sports Medicine of the Hanover Medical School (MHH) and meanwhile got a Master of Science in public health at the MHH. Thereafter he worked at the Institute of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health Systems Research of the MHH. Currently he is a scientific co-worker at the Institute of Sports Science at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. He does research in the field of whole body vibration training since 2005 and published numerous scientific articles and specialised books in this field.

Professor Karen Knapp, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, United Kingdom

Karen Knapp, Associate Professor in Musculoskeletal Imaging, University of Exeter.  Combining a passion for research and education with her clinical background, Karen utilises research-led teaching to inspire students.  With a background in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students from master’s through to professional doctorates and supervising  PhD students, Karen is keen to engage at all levels of higher education.  Karen’s primary research interest is in bone health, osteoporosis and associated pathologies, along with developing and testing computer aided detection (CAD) software in vertebral fracture patients.  Karen is actively involved in the National Osteoporosis Society and the Society and College of Radiographers.

Tanya Anne Mackenzie, The University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom

Tanya graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1988. She has developed a special interest in the shoulder complex. Tanya has screened and treated athletes of all disciplines and this gave her a keen interest in shoulder biomechanics, the sporting shoulder, and injury prevention. Tanya has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy, a Masters in Trauma and Orthopedic Management, and a PhD researching the relationship between shoulder biomechanics and various shoulder pathologies in professional sportsmen.Tanya has several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at several international conferences on the sporting shoulder.

Maria Isabel Mourão-Carvalhal, University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

Retired as an Associated Professor, at University Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro since 2013. Graduation in Physical Education (1977), Master degree in Physical Education Methodology (1995), PHD in Human Kinesiology (2000). Physical Education teacher (1974- 1985), Professor at University trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (1986-2005), Full professor at University Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (2006-2013). Scientific coordinator of master degree in Physical education, specialization in Child Development (2006-2013).Responsible for the curriculum unit: Graduation course: Motor Development and Motor Learning Master Degree: Growth Maturation and Motor Development; Motor Control and Learning; Physical Activity Exercise and Heath; Multidisciplinary Projects in Physical Education Doctoral Course: Neurobiological Assessment. 50 master’s theses completed in the area of Physical activity and health, and 4 in progress. Supervises 8 doctoral dissertations in the area of Physical Education and Sport and 3 in progress. Coordinates and integrates researches projects funded by entities like: Science and Technology Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portuguese Sports Institute, Municipality of Vila Real. Published 8 book, 35 book chapters about 26 papers in pier review journals, and about 60 papers in other international and national publications. Participated in more than 80 conferences with oral presentations. Is a refereeing for Motricidade Humana since 2010. ISSN 1646-107X,eISSN 2182-2972.

Babak Nakhostin-Roohi, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil, Iran

I have received my Ph.D in Guilan University, Iran during the period of 4.5 years. Currently, I am working as scientific staff in Islamic Azad University, Ardabil branch, Iran. My main domain of research are antioxidants and exercise-induced oxidative stress, as well as health and exercise. I am serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals like novel physiotherapies, clinical research in foot and ankles & expert reviewers for journals like Asian Journal of sports medicine, Sport physiology etc.  I have authored more than 40 research articles/books with more than 180 citations and received several awards and honors. I am a member of Iranian physiotherapy association, European college of sport science, and IRI medical council.

Dimitrios Patikas, University of Thessaloniki, Serres, Greece

Graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Sport Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and earned the Master’s degree in Coaching and Exercise Physiology from the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. In 2001 he received his Ph.D. degree in Neuromuscular Control and currently he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and his research interests are related to factors that affect the biomechanical and neuromuscular function (fatigue, neuromuscular diseases, sport injuries, gender, developmental ages, training and footwear) and their underlying mechanisms.

Greg Robertson, Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Greg Robertson is a Specialty Trainee in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit. He obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Medicine during Medical School, and following this, has continued to pursue research in the field of Sports Injuries. His current research focuses  on the Epidemiology, Management and Outcome of Fractures in Sport. With one of the few comprehensive population-based databases in this area, his studies aim to provide a clearer description of the incidence of fractures in sport, their morbidity and return to sport, allowing optimisation of the management and outcome of these injuries.

Sten Rasmussen, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark

Sten Rasmussen is associated professor in orthopaedic surgery at Aalborg University Hospital. He is head of research within sports medicine and arthroscopy. Sten Rasmussen is head of the research initiative and spearhead function “Motivated and maintained running based on evidence” at Aalborg University Hospital and co-founder of the “RunSafe” research group. He has a PhD in surgical pathophysiology and multimodal pain management in arthroscopic surgery. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers within running related injuries, knee pain, arthroscopy and accelerated treatment programs.

Giorgos K. Sakkas, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Thessaly, Greece

Dr. Sakkas is an Exercise Physiologist specializing in interventions to improve Quality of Life and overall Health Prognosis. He is an Associate Professor at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth. He has a BSc (Hons) in Exercise Sciences from the University of Athens and a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a Researcher at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Sakkas has more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in PubMed with more than 1600 citations. He serves as an Editorial Board Member in many international journals. He is a competitive free diving athlete holding two national records and ranked within the 10 top free divers in the world.

Tania Spiteri, The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Australia

Dr. Tania Spiteri is a lecturer at The University of Notre Dame Australia, researching in the area of Sports Biomechanics, Strength and Conditioning and Motor Control. Dr. Spiteri’s research focuses around investigating performance based differences in change of direction, agility, decision-making, strength and neuromuscular strategies between genders and level of expertise in various high performance sport. Throughout her research, Dr. Spiteri collaborates and consults with multiple universities, sporting institutes and high performance sport across Australia and the United States, including Purdue Sports Performance, several NBA and WNBA teams and Australia Football. In addition to this Dr. Spiteri is also working as the Sports Biomechanist for the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics and with the National Football League (NFL).

Ana Maria Teixeira, University of Coimbra, Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Education, Sta Clara, Coimbra, Portugal

Ana Teixeira is Associated Professor at the Faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education. She is a member of the operational group of the Ageing@Coimbra consorsium and member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging A2 Action Group – Falls Prevention, member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Exercise and Immunology, member of the European College of Sport Science and member of the Editorial Board of Coimbra University Press. Main research field is exercise immunology, namely on the Influence of training load in immune and biochemical parameters in elite athletes. She also works on health promotion, exercise, mucosal immunity and chronic diseases.

Moritz Schumann, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Dr. Moritz Schumann completed his undergraduate studies in Germany, the UK and Finland and received his PhD in the Science of Sports Coaching and Fitness Testing from the Department of Biology of Physical Activity at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 2015. Dr. Schumann’s research interests are within the biological responses and adaptations to concurrent endurance and strength training. He was a visiting fellow at several internationally recognized research centers; including the Edith Cowan University, Perth (Australia) and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil). He has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and has given multiple international presentations. Dr. Schumann is also an invited international member of the research group of strength training at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil).

Karin Weman-Josefsson, Högskolan i Halmstad/Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden

Karin has worked as a lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at Halmstad University since 2007 and will finish her PhD at University of Gothenburg in spring 2016. In 2014 she also initiated an interdisiplinary research project on digital innovations in exercise motivation based on self-determination theory. Researchers from the fields of psychology, interaction design and business model innovation collaborate in order to create the best possible platform for the projects’ applications. The project spans over five years and is co-produced and partly financed by business actors in the e-health industry were project results also will be directly implemented.

Mark Willems, University of Chichester, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Since 2003, Mark is based at the University of Chichester (UK). He has wide experience in teaching on many topics of Exercise Physiology. In his research, he has multidisciplinary working experience ranging from Exercise Physiology, Anatomy, Biomechanics and Human Movement Sciences. His current research interest is focused on eccentric-contraction induced muscle injury, muscle fatigue, and sports nutrition. He is on the advisory editorial board of the European Journal of Applied Physiology, and the editorial board of the European Journal of Sport Science. Mark is a Fellow of the European College of Sports Science.

Mark Williams, Brunel University London, London, United Kingdom

Mark Williams is a Professor in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London. His research interests focus on the neural and psychological mechanisms underpinning the acquisition and development of perceptual-cognitive and perceptual-motor skills. He has published more than 150 full articles in peer-reviewed journals in numerous fields including exercise and sports science, experimental psychology, neuroscience and medicine. He has written 15 books, over 60 book chapters, 60 professional articles, 86 journal abstracts, and has delivered almost 200 keynote and invited lectures over 30 countries. He is Editor in Chief for the Journal of Sports Sciences and sits on several editorial boards. His research work has been funded by research councils in Australia and the UK, as well as by industry partners, national governing bodies and professional sports.

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