Prof. Ron Maughan

Professor Ron Maughan is Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He chaired the Human and Exercise Physiology group of the Physiological Society for 10 years, and now chairs the Sports Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He has worked with many teams and organisations within football and other sports. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and is author or editor of a number of books on sports nutrition and exercise biochemistry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several Journals, including the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Experimental Physiology, the Journal of Sports Sciences, the International Journal of Sports Medicine & Nutrition.

Dr. Guri Ekås

Dr. Guri Ekås is an orthopedic surgeon and sports physician specializing in knee injuries. She combines clinical and academic work, with a focus on ACL injuries, particularly in the pediatric population.

Currently, she is finalizing her PhD “Long-term outcomes after ACL injury during childhood”. As part of this project, she has conducted clinical, functional and radiological follow-up of 50 young adults who have sustained an ACL injury during childhood.

She participated at the recent 2018 IOC Consensus statement on Management of Pediatric ACL injuries.

She is also working on a systematic review on secondary meniscal injuries after ACL injury. Furthermore, she has been involved in sports medicine since 2010, working as a team physician for soccer, cycling and skiing.

She is currently team physician for the national ski jumping team in Norway. Her affiliations are Oslo University Hospital Ullevål and Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre (OSTRC).

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. Gethin currently leads the Nutritional Physiology research group within the Centre for Biomedicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. 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 and deputy chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics and Governance Committee.

Mr David Clark

Dave Clark is a performance manager with over 20 years’ experience as S&C coach, sports scientist and manager in high performance sport. He is currently working on his PhD and lecturing in the Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Stirling. He has served as national team fitness coach for both the Springboks and Welsh National Rugby Teams. He spent 13 years at the Sportscotland Institute of Sport as Head of S&C where he supported athletes that performed and medaled at summer and winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and European Championship. This experience exposed him to a range of sports and events including; track sprint cycling, canoe slalom, hockey, curling, swimming, badminton, judo, alpine skiing, squash, football, golf, sailing and various athletics disciplines. More recently he managed the Fitness department within the professional game at the Irish Rugby Football Union. They were crowned Six Nations Champions on two occasions during his tenure. His PhD is in neuromuscular physiology and measurement of trunk muscle activation in variation of the back squat exercise.

Dr Paul Catterson

Dr Paul Catterson works closely with Rafa Benítez and the coaching staff in his capacity as club doctor. Dr Catterson heads up the club's medical department, which includes Newcastle United's team of physios, sports scientists and masseurs. Originally from Merseyside, he graduated from medicine at Newcastle University in 1999 and after working as an emergency medicine consultant, he began working full time in elite sport in 2009. As well as Newcastle United, Dr Catterson has previously worked for the Football Association as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team. He also worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has been a medical officer at the Great North Run.

Dr Fiona Wilson

Dr Fiona Wilson BSC, MSc, MA, PhD, MISCP is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.

She has 30 years postgraduate experience and has worked in practice in the UK, South Africa and Ireland.

She practices clinically specializing in exercise approaches to management. She has worked with elite and international athletes throughout her career and was Lead Physiotherapist for Rowing Ireland for 10 years. She has published and presented widely in the area of sports and exercise including a book examining the role of exercise in musculoskeletal disorders.

She is active in research in the area of sport and exercise medicine with a special focus on rowing and back pain and in athlete brain health with Leinster Rugby and Rugby Players Ireland. She is also researching the effect of exercise interventions in the management of arthritis and chronic joint disorders.

She is editorial board member for a number of leading Sports Medicine Journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine and was awarded a Cochrane Fellowship in 2012. She was awarded international colours for rowing as a member of the South African team.

Mr Nick Livadas

Nick Livadas Bsc (Hons) MSc MCSP is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Teesside University and is the Clinical Lead at Physiotherapy Matters.

His clinical experience is wide ranging in both private and public funded sectors and includes experience within professional sports medicine, occupational health, private practice and NHS services.

In 2011 he completed his MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. This led to him working as a Clinical Specialist in Physiotherapy offering triage, assessment of complex conditions and administering joint and soft tissue injections. He has a particular interest clinically in persistent pain, tendinopathy and the integration of evidence into practice.

He has fulfilled various committee roles including research officer and chairman for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Orthopaedic Medicine & Injection Therapy (ACPOMIT).

He also sits on the Professional Committee for the Charted Society of Physiotherapy offering guidance on educational and professional practice issues.

In 2017 he was awarded the inaugural and prestigious award of the North East Chartered Society of Physiotherapy member of the year.

Professor Neil Walsh

Neil is Director of the Extremes Research Group at Bangor University. His team has produced leading research on: nutritional strategies to avoid immune suppression and infection; practical strategies to acclimate to the heat; and, new techniques for non-invasive biomonitoring of athletes and soldiers. This work has influenced UK military policy by showing the benefits of preventing nutritional deficits in soldiers for both immune health and physical performance.

Neil has published widely in international journals, co-authored a textbook in Exercise Immunology and led a highly cited consensus statement on exercise and immunity in 2011. More recently, Neil has co-authored consensus statements on ‘dietary supplements and the high performance athlete’ for the International Olympic Committee and ‘immunonutrition and exercise’ for the International Society of Exercise Immunology.

He currently serves on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Exercise Immunology Review and has previously served as Physiology editor for Journal of Sports Sciences.

Neil frequently provides education and training for staff at world-leading sports teams and organisations.

Dr. Debbie Palmer

Dr Palmer is a researcher and lecturer in sports injury and illness epidemiology and prevention. Her areas of research interest are athlete health, elite athlete injury and illness prevention, and long term consequences of injury and osteoarthritis in both elite and general sporting population. For over 12 years she has conducted research with a variety of National and International funding and governing institutions such as the World Olympians Association, English Rugby Football Union (RFU), the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), Arthritis Research UK, NHS, UK Sport, Enduro World Series (EWS) mountain biking, the English and Scottish Institutes of Sport, and Great Britain National Governing Bodies of Sport. Dr Palmer is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Research expert games group (London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020), Honorary Associate Member of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham.

Dr. Paul Catterson

Dr Paul Catterson works closely with Rafa Benítez and the coaching staff in his capacity as club doctor.. He heads up the club's medical department, which includes Newcastle United's team of physios, sports scientists and masseurs.

Originally from Liverpool, Paul graduated from medicine at Newcastle University in 1999 and after working as an emergency medicine consultant, he began working full time in elite sport in 2009.

As well as Newcastle United, Dr Catterson has previously worked for the Football Association as team doctor for England Futsal, England U17, England U16 and at the World University Games with the Great Britain University Football Team.

He also worked at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and has been a medical officer at the Great North Run

Dr Andrew Murray

Andrew's current roles include Chief Medical Officer for the European Tour Golf, the European Tour Performance Institute and Ryder Cup Europe.

Additionally he is a consultant in Sports Medicine with the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Rugby Union, and an ambassador for NHS Inform.

He provides technical advisory work for the Scottish Government, and the World Health Organisation's Global Action Plan for Physical Activity.

He is a senior associate editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine and has >50 peer reviewed publications.

A former international distance runner, Andrew completed challenges including a 4300 km run from John O'Groats to the Sahara and 7 ultra-marathons on the 7 continents in under a week.

His promotion of physical activity and charitable work have led to awards including from the UK Prime Minister, the Mongolian Prime Minister, as well as Top Outstanding Young Scot

Dr Matthew Weston

Dr Matthew Weston is a Senior Football Researcher within the Football Performance and Science Department at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

Previously a Reader in Exercise Science at Teesside University, he is currently Associate Editor for the Sports Performance section of the Journal of Sports Sciences.

Matthew has published extensively in the area of applied sports science of team sports, with particular emphasis on match analysis and the prescription and monitoring of training loads.

He is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with 20 years’ applied experience with highlights including FIFA Sports Scientist at the 2003 World Youth Championships and the 2006 Football World Cup.

Professor Alison McGregor

Alison is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on the musculoskeletal system with respect to mechanisms of injury; effects of injury on function and management.

She has investigated injury/disease management using a variety of clinical and biomechanical approaches. Alison was a lead investigator in the Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis Centre where she led an initiative into the use of technology to further rehabilitation.

She has also led, with Professor Anthony Bull, a programme of research into rowing performance, with a focus on rowing kinematics and mechanisms of injury. This work has been in association with the GB Rowing team and on-going studies are contributing to the Team’s preparations for the last 5 Olympic Games.

Alison currently leads the Rehabilitation Theme of Imperial’s Centre for Blast Injury Studies and currently supervises work on smart amputee sockets, understanding long term health issues and rehabilitation requirements, and the prevention of osteoporosis in above knee amputates.

Professor John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin is Professor of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Head of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester.

His BSc Physiology, MB ChB (Hons) and PhD degrees were all awarded by Manchester. His research interests are gastrointestinal physiology in health and disease particularly the interactions between nutrients and the gut epithelium, gut inflammation, gut hormones, and gut-to-brain signaling.

He trained in Gastroenterology and General Medicine in the North West Region also, with a period as an MRC Travelling Fellow at Harvard University. Spending 50% of his time as a Consultant Gastroenterologist he manages the clinical GI physiology service at Salford Royal Hospital, and leads the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Gastroenterology and hepatology in Greater Manchester. He was recent Chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology Food and Function Clinical Research Group.

John was awarded the British Society of Gastroenterology's Francis Avery Jones Research Award in 2007, the European Rising Star in Gastroenterology Award in 2008, and the North West Biotechnology Awards Project of the Year in 2018.

Professor David Mottram

David Mottram is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

David is the editor of the book “Drugs in Sport”, first published in 1988, now in its seventh edition.

Since 2001, David has been involved in the development and delivery of medical services at major sporting events. In particular, he was a member of the LOCOG Medical Services Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with responsibility for education, training and management of the pharmacy workforce at the Games. He also worked as a member of the medical services team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He has collaborated on the design and delivery of many undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes on sports pharmacy, most recently in Qatar, in collaboration with colleagues at Qatar University and the Hamad Medical Corporation.

Currently David is a UK Anti-Doping consultant for Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO), a member of the IOC expert group for the development of an Olympic Model Formulary and a director for the IOC online education course in Drugs in Sport.

Dr Ben Clarsen

Ben Clarsen is a physiotherapist at the Norwegian Olympic Training Center and a researcher at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC).

He has a bachelor degree in physiotherapy from the University of Sydney, a master degree in sports physiotherapy from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and a PhD from OSTRC.

Ben’s main clinical and research interest is the treatment and prevention of overuse injuries in sport.

He is a lecturer on the Norwegian sports physiotherapy master program and on the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course.

Ben has 15 years’ experience working with elite athletes, particularly in road cycling where he has been physiotherapist for a number of professional teams, as well as the Norwegian and Australian national programmes.

He is a senior associate editor of BJSM and is currently working as the managing editor of the 5th edition of Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine textbook.

Neil Donald

Neil Donald has over 15 years' experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach providing physical preparation support to athletes at 3 Olympic games, including medallists at multiple World, European and Commonwealth games.

Currently regional physical preparation manager at the sportscotland Institute of Sport as a strength and conditioning coach he has provided support across multiple sports with significant emphasis on swimming across two Olympic cycles

Arnlaug Wangensteen

Arnlaug Wangensteen (b. 1983) is a PhD-candidate at Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC) at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS). She will defend her PhD-project “Diagnosis and prognosis of acute hamstring injuries among male athletes” in August 2018.

The PhD-project is a collaboration with Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, where she worked as Post Graduate Researcher between 2013-2016.

Arnlaug is a trained physiotherapist with a BSc from the Oslo University College (2007) and an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from the NSSS (2011), and she is currently working as a physioterapist at NIMI (Norwegian Institute of Sports Medicine) in Oslo.

Roger Hackney

Roger Hackney graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1981. He joined the RAF to pursue his sporting career and medical careers.

He ran in 3 Olympic games and won a silver medal in the Commonwealth games.

He gained a Diploma in Sports Medicine with distinction before training in orthopaedics in the RAF, London and Nottingham where he was shoulder fellow to Professor WA Wallace.

Roger was appointed to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in upper limb surgery, and sports trauma.

Roger is past-President of the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association and has served on European and International committees.

Roger has published over 50 papers and book chapters. Research interests include shoulder instability, massive rotator cuff tears and proximal hamstring injuries.

He designed the Leeds Kuff patch which is used in the treatment of rotator cuff tears at risk of failure.

He has a major interest in groin pain in sport, publishing a landmark paper on the sports hernia.

Roger resigned from the NHS in 2016 in exasperation, but still treats NHS and private patients in the private (efficient) sector.

Prof. Nicolas Nemyre

Pierre-Nicolas Lemyre is Professor of Sport Psychology and Head of the Coaching and Psychology Department at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) in Oslo. He is also Director of the Norwegian Research Center for Children and Youth Sport.

His research focuses on the motivational processes of young and elite sport participants. He is currently involved in intervention projects aimed at better understanding the prevention the overtraining and burnout in young and elite sport participants, as well as in sport coaches.

Dr. Lemyre holds a part-time position as a High Performance and Development Advisor for Cross- Country Skiing Canada. He has also worked as an accredited sports psychologist for the Norwegian Olympic Team in Vancouver (biathlon and ice hockey) and Sochi (cross-country skiing and biathlon).

Ben Dawson

Ben is currently in his fifth season as coach for Newcastle United’s under 23 development squad. His primary role as coach is to design, deliver and review the development programme for the group of elite players aiming to make the step up to first team football.

Prior to this role he worked for The Football Association as a Youth Coach Developer, providing in situ support to coaches across all age groups (under 9 to first team) at six clubs within the professional game as well as delivery of mandatory qualifications required to work within the Academy structure.

His move into full time coaching came after completing a football scholarship at The Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and a brief playing spell at Queen of the South FC. Whilst coaching full time for Newcastle Football Development Scheme he also began coaching part time for NUFC’s Academy, completed an MSc in Sport Management and continued to play for West Allotment Celtic.

Alongside his 21 years of experience as a coach Ben also holds the UEFA Pro Licence, was one of 16 coaches selected nationally to pilot The FA’s Elite Coaches Award, and more recently both completed and tutored The FA Advanced Youth Award.

Alan McCall

Alan is Head of Research & Development for Arsenal Football Club and Co-head of Research & Innovation for the Football Federation Australia.

Alan’s background is as a fitness coach and sport scientist with over ten years experience working in professional club teams competing in French Ligue 1, English Premier League, A-League, Scottish League and European competitions.

He was Head of Sport Science and fitness coach of the Australian Socceroos at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the U20 Young Socceroos at the 2013 World Cup.

Alan’s research interests include injury prevention, recovery and performance in football. He holds a PhD in ‘Injury Prevention’ from Université de Lille 2 and a Msc in Strength & Conditioning from Edith Cowan University, Australia.

Alan is a member of the Football Research Group, Senior Associate Editor at British Journal of Sports Medicine, Associate Editor at Science and Medicine in Football journal and on the editorial board of Apunts which is a joint publication by the Conseil Catala de l’Esport. Alan is also sport science consultant to FC Barcelona Sport Science Department and the Barca Innovation Hub.