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Yves C. Vanlandewijck

Yves C. Vanlandewijck (Co-Chair)

Yves C. Vanlandewijck is Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Leuven. His research interests include exercise physiology, biomechanics and ergonomics, applied to neuromusculoskeletal impairment in a rehabilitation to elite sports continuum. His main research applications focus on the development of evidence-based classification systems in disability sports to ensure fairness in athletic competition categories, with a particular interest in the relationship between intellectual functioning and performance of athletes with intellectual disability. From 1997 to 2001 he was the vice-president of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity; he is the founding editor of the European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity and the editor of the IOC Series Book “The Paralympic Athlete”. He was a member of the IOC Medical and Scientific Working Group and member of the Associations Board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. He is a member of the Sport Science Committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 1995 and Chairperson since 2004.


Osnat Fliess-Douer

Osnat Fliess-Douer (PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at KU Leuven, Belgium) is an appointed lecturer and the director of the Hydrotherapy courses at Wingate collage Israel. Osnat is an Associate Professor at the Erasmus Mundas Program in Adapted Physical Activity at the Catholic University of Leuven where she teaches theoretical and practical courses. She is a member of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Sport Science Committee since 2010. Her recent research focuses on wheeled mobility rehabilitation in spinal cord injuries, and on validation of aerobic and anaerobic field tests for talent identification in Paralympic sports. Osnat is a certified international Jahara® aquatic technique teacher, wheelchair basketball coach and classifier



Yannis Pitsiladis

Professor 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 (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences) where he created the largest known DNA biobank from world-class athletes, he was appointed Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton (School of Sport and Service Management). Here he is in the process of establishing state-of-the-art laboratories in human systems biology with special applications to sport and exercise science, sports medicine and sports nutrition. His 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) and growth hormone (rHuGH). His most recent research is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he has sat on two WADA committees and an expert group of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He is a member of the scientific commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and an expert committee pool member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He is an adjunct Professor of Medical Physiology at the University of Technology (Kingston, Jamaica), Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya) and Addis Ababa University (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, written and edited a number of books and has featured in numerous research documentaries (e.g. BBC, NHK Japan, CNBC) and popular books (e.g. Bounce, The Sports Gene).

José Kawazoe LazzoliJosé Kawazoe Lazzoli

Member of the FIMS Executive Committee. Treasurer of the FIMS - International Federation of Sports Medicine. Professor at Cardiology Division, Hospital Santa Teresa, Petropolis, RJ, BRAZIL.


Annette Hofmann Annette Hofmann

Is full professor for Sports Studies at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany. She teaches various aspects of sport pedagogy and cultural studies of sport. Her main research interests are: Ethnicity and sport, gender and sport, sport and the ´ill´ female body, German-American sports and bilingual aspects of teaching Physical Education.
Annette Hofmann is the President of the International Society for the History of Sport and Physical Education (ISHPES) and Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund), the biggest sports for all association. She is an academic editor of the International Journal of the History of Sport and review editor of the Journal of Sport History. She holds several other positions on national and international academic boards, and has about 200 publications.

Joseph Maguire Joseph Maguire

Studied as an undergraduate in London and gained a BEd (1st class honours) from the University of London. Professor Maguire completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He is a two–term former President of the International Sociology of Sport Association. He is currently an executive board member of the International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education and Velux Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Maguire has received a number of major accolades:
. Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for his contribution to sociology and the social sciences of sport (2012).
. The International Sociology of Sport Association ISSA Honorary Member's Award (2011).
. The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) The Distinguished Service Award (2010).

Brazil Based

Alessandra Medeiros

Alessandra Medeiros, UNIFESP

Graduated at Physical Education (1997) and Ph.d. at Physical Education from University of São Paulo (2006). Has experience in exercise training and cardiovascular disease, acting on the following subjects: heart failure, hypertension, hemodynamics, sympathetic nervous system, ventricular function and skeletal muscle.

José Angelo Barela

José Angelo Barela, UNESP

Degree in Sport Physical Education and Technical State University Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (1987), master's degree in Human Movement Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1992) and PhD in Motor Development from the University of Maryland, United States (1997). He is currently adjunct professor at Southern Cross University and the Universidade Estadual Paulista, operating graduation, teaching classes in the Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. Also directs and Teaches courses at the Graduate in Human Movement Sciences program, line of research Coordination and Control of Human Movement, University of Southern Cross has experience in Physical Education, acting on the sub-themes :. Development and control motor and postural control.

Julio Cesar Serrão

Julio Cerca Serrão, USP

Bachelor (1993) in Physical Education from the School of Physical Education and Sport at the University of São Paulo (USP-EEFE), master's (1996) in Science of Motricity at the Biosciences Institute of the São Paulo State University, Ph.D. (1999) and Full Professor (2007) by EEFE-USP. He is currently Deputy Director of Physical Education and Sport – University of São Paulo. Which Also has the coordination of the Biomechanics Laboratory. It has experience in Biophysics, with emphasis on Biomechanics. His research Involves the Biomechanics of Sport Biomechanics of Locomotion, the biomechanics of exercise, and the Biomechanics Footwear.

Marco Tulio de Mello

Marco Tulio de Mello, UFMG

Marco Túlio de Mello is graduated in Physical Education at Federal University of Uberlândia-UFU (1989) and he has specialization in Physical Education for Persons with Special Needs also by UFU. He is Ph.D. in psychobiology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo - UNIFESP (1997) and Full Professor at the University of Campinas - UNICAMP (2007) and the Federal University of Sao Paulo UNIFESP (2009). He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports at Faculty of Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (FEFFTO) in Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He has experience in Sleep, Sleep Disorders, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Accidents, Stress Physiology and Athletic Training. He is supervisor of masters and doctoral programs for graduate at UNIFESP and UFMG. He is also Coordinator of the Psychobiology and Exercise Studies Centre, and Technical Director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Sleepiness and Accidents. He is a member of the INAPSS/IPC (International Network for Research in Paralympic Sport Science, linked to the International Paralympic Committee) and Member of the Brazilian Paralympic Academy (APB) and Scientific Coordinator of the APB. He is currently a sitting member/owner of the Thematic Chamber Health and Environment of the National Transit - CONTRAN and Deputy Member of the Advisory Board of Physical Education, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq, the Federal Government.

Miguel de Arruda Miguel de Arruda, UNICAMP

Graduated in Physical Education from the Catholic University of Campinas (1975), Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of São Paulo (1990). PhD in Physical Education from the Faculty of Physical Education UNICAMP (1997). Actualy is Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education - Unicamp. It has experience in Physiology with emphasis on stress physiology, acting on the following topics: football, sports training, physical examination, anthropometry and motor performance.

Ricardo Arida

Ricardo Mario Arida, UNIFESP (Chair)

Ricardo Mario Arida received his Ph.D. from the Department of Neurology at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil (1999) for his work studying the relationship between epilepsy and physical exercise. He did his postdoctoral research on the role of central fatigue hypothesis at Oxford University, UK (1999-2000). He continued his research on the effect of physical activity in epilepsy as Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Experimental Neurology at Universidade Federal de São Paulo – Brazil (2001-2006). Currently, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology – Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo. He was elected as a Member of Taskforce on Sports and Epilepsy - International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and Member of São Paulo State Academy of Science. His scientific activity is documented by more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed and indexed international journals. He has experience in Neurophysiology, acting on the following subjects: neuroplasticity, physical exercise and brain, exercise during brain development and brain aging and exercise. Specifically, his research is focused on the mechanisms by which exercise reduces seizure frequency in animal models of epilepsy. Research Interests: Neurological diseases and exercise, neuroplasticity, epilepsy and exercise, brain and exercise.

Victor Matsudo Victor Matsudo, CELAFISCS

Medical Doctor, Especialized in Orthopedics and Traumathology; and in Sports Medicine. Full Professor in Medicine (Gama Filho Universtiy). Scientific Coordinator of the Center of Studies of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory from São Caetano do Sul – CELAFISCS. General Chair of the Agita São Paulo Program, of São Paulo State Secretariat of Health. Past-Vice-President of the International Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education - ICSSPE/CIEPSS, Status A- UNESCO. Chairman of the Physical Activity of Network from the Americas – RAFA/PANA. Past Chairman and Member of the Executive Board of the Agita Mundo Network . Received the International Grand Prix in Sports Medicine at Barcelona Olympic Games, 1992. Received the “ Philip Noël Baker” Award, in Sports Medicine Area, by the International the International de Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education, 1995. Received the Prince Faisal Award, by the International Federation of Physical Education (FIEP), 1996. Received the Carso Foundation Award, 2011. Received the Citation Award do American College of Sports Medicine, 2014. Received the Odyssey Award, do American College of Sports Medicine, 2015. Member of the Sports Nutrition Commission from the International Olympic Committee. Member of Scientific Board of Actigraph Company. Member of the Preventive Medicine Committee of Stanford Universit Former Scientific Editor of Brazilian Journal of Science and Movement. Member of the "American College of Sports Medicine" . Fellow do "American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education". Founder of the "International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry".