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Speakers of the Leaders in Performance Conference: Sports Nutrition 2019.

Professor John Hawley, Ph.D.
Professor John Hawley 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 270 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.

Professor Romain Meeusen, Ph.D.
Prof Dr Romain Meeusen (PhD) is Vice-Rector Internationalisation and head of the Human Physiology Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interest is focused on “Exercise and the Brain in Health & Disease” exploring the influence of neurotransmitters on human performance, training, rehabilitation. Recent work is on Thermoregulation, Neurogenesis, Cognition, nutrition in health & disease. He teaches on exercise physiology, training & coaching and sports physiotherapy. Romain published ca 550 articles, abstracts, and book chapters in peer-reviewed national and international journals, 21 books on sport physiotherapy, and gave lectures at more than 950 national and international conferences.

He is past President of the Belgian Society of Kinesiology, and the Belgian Federation of Sports Physiotherapy. He is former Board member of the European College of Sport Science ECSS (2000-2013), and of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2010-2013). In 2006 he gave the ‘presidents lecture’ at the annual meeting of ACSM. In 2009 he received the Belgian ‘Francqui Chair’ at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on ‘Exercise and the Brain’. In 2017 he received an honorary Fellowship of the society for the promotion of Science in Japan. He is also holder of two named lecturing chairs at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is director of the Human Performance lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he works with several top athletes, and is scientific advisor of the ‘Lotto Cycling Institute’ (Lotto-Soudal professional cycling team).

Professor Stuart Philips, Ph.D.
Professor, Kinesiology and Medicine, McMaster University Tier 1 Canada Research Chair – Skeletal Muscle Health. Stuart Phillips obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Human Physiology in 1995. He joined McMaster University in 1999 and is currently a full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and 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 Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research and the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and exercise on human protein turnover, specifically in skeletal muscle. He is also dedicated to understanding how exercise and dietary protein impact body composition, strength, and function in aging.

Dr. Phillips has authored more than 180 original research papers and 70 reviews. He has mentored 7 Postdoctoral, 13 Ph.D. and 17 M.Sc. students and more than 100 undergraduate thesis students. He is a 5-time nominee, and a 3-time recipient, of McMaster Student Union’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He was also the first recipient of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s Mentorship award in 2017. In 2018, he was named to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list as a being in the top 1% of all cited researchers in nutrition research.

His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the US Department of Agriculture, and a variety of industry sources.
Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Professor Andrew Jones, Ph.D.
Andrew Jones PhD is Professor of Applied Physiology in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK. Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his research in the following areas: 1) bioenergetics and the 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 during exercise; 4) sports performance physiology, particularly in relation to endurance athletics; and 5) sports nutrition and ergogenic aids, especially in relation to nitric oxide precursors such as dietary nitrate.

Prof Jones has authored approximately 300 original research and review articles and is co-Editor of three books. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the European College of Sport Science and the Physiological Society. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Sport Science and serves on the Editorial Board of several other international journals in sports medicine and exercise science. Prof Jones has acted as a consultant to a number of governing bodies of sport or commercial companies including UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Nike Inc.

Professor James Betts, Ph.D.
Professor Betts joined the University of Bath in 2015 and since then has conducted numerous randomised controlled trials in the area of nutrition and human function. His research interests span with human health and human performance and he has accumulated a portfolio of research funding across these areas of >£2M from government research councils (e.g. BBSRC x 2, MRC), international industry (e.g. GlaxoSmithKline, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Nestle), learned societies and global charities.

He is a recognised expert in his field, having published >70 peer-reviewed journal articles, with over one-third within the top 10% most highly cited papers and within the top 5% of high-ranking journals (e.g. PNAS, Cell Metab., eLIFE, AJCN, AJP, J.Physiol.). In 2015 Professor Betts was awarded the Cuthbertson Medal at the Royal Society of Medicine for ‘excellence in clinical nutrition and metabolic research'.

His international reputation is further evidenced by appointment to governmental organisations (UK-Sport, All-Parliamentary reports), grant-review boards (Academy of Finland) and industry expert panels (ILSI, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo, Dairy Council), along with a Fellowship with the American College of Sports Medicine and he is a editor with the International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. His opinion in the area of nutrition and human function is regularly sought for review articles, invited conference presentations and mainstream interviews broadcast to millions (e.g. BBC World News, Sky News, Channel 4), along with dedicated print-media features in New Scientist, New York Times, Huffington Post, TIME Magazine and South China Morning Post

Professor Asker Jeukendrup, Ph.D.
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 as well as a (visiting) professor 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.

In addition to his academic career during which Dr. Jeukendrup authored 8 books and over 200 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.
(twitter @jeukendrup).