be active 2014


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Keynote speakers

Professor Stuart Biddle
Stuart Biddle is Professor of Physical Activity & Health in the School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. His research concerns the study of physical activity and sedentary behaviours with a focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to health behaviour change. He has just completed a Medical Research Council (NPRI-3) funded intervention designed to reduce sedentary behaviour in young adults at risk of diabetes, and has a new MRC grant investigating sedentary behaviour in older adults and a British Heart Foundation grant on screen time and snacking in children. He is a theme lead for the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit.  In 2009-10 he chaired the Government’s Department of Health’s Expert Group on ‘Sedentary Behaviour and Obesity’ which led to sedentary behaviour guidelines.  He is Past-President of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity (FEPSAC) and the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Stuart is co-author of the book Psychology of physical activity (Routledge; 2nd edition, 2008), with a 3rd edition in preparation.
Darren Burgess Dr Darren Burgess
Darren is currently Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club having returned to Australia in November 2012 to take on this role. Prior to this appointment Darren was Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club, having started with the club immediately after the 2010 Football World Cup.
From 2008 till 2010 Darren was employed as Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach. Darren has previously worked as Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football Club (2004-2007) and Assistant Fitness Coach with Sydney Swans in the AFL (1997-2000), as well as Head Fitness Coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League (2002-2004). Darren has also worked as a video analyst with the Australian Olympic Soccer Team prior to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Darren worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and is a reviewer for The Journal of Sports Sciences and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Darren is also a Nike Sparq Performance Expert.
Dr Tim Gabbett Dr Tim Gabbett
Tim Gabbett has 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.
He holds a PhD in human physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the ‘Applied Science of Professional Rugby League’ (2011), with special reference to the physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition in this sport.
Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles.
He continues to work as a sport science consultant and advisor for several high performance teams around the world.  Tim has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 100 national and international conferences.
Refshauge Lecturer
Winthrop Professor Daniel J Green
Australian Sports Medicine Federation Fellows Sponsored Speaker
Daniel Green is currently Winthrop Professor at the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health – The University of Western Australia and Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences – Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He completed a BSc (Hons) and PhD (University of Western Australia) and has worked in Australia, the US and UK. His research revolves around exercise, exercise training and physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. This includes the best combinations of exercise, pharmacological and other preventative measures to minimise future development of atherosclerosis in young people at risk and re-occurrence of cardiovascular disease in older individuals. His research encompasses the lifespan; from exercise training in the prevention of the development of atherosclerosis in obese children and adolescents, to research on the best combination of exercise and medications in the management of patients with hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, coronary disease and end-stage heart failure patients awaiting cardiac transplantation.
Paul Hodges Professor Paul Hodges
Paul Hodges is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE) in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. He has 3 doctorates (one in Rehabilitation and two in Neuroscience), and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. His research blends basic science and clinical skills to understand pain, control of movement, and the multiple functions of trunk muscles including spine control, continence, respiration and balance. The large multidisciplinary Research Centre that Paul leads aims to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical practice. His research forms the basis of effective treatments for musculoskeletal conditions including back and neck pain. He has received numerous international research awards (including 2006 and 2011 ISSLS Prize), published >300 papers and book chapters, presented >120 invited lectures at conferences in >30 countries, and received >$AU22 million in research funds. He received the 2011 NHMRC Achievement Award as the highest ranked NHMRC Research Fellow. He is co-editor/author of the recent book Spinal Control: The Rehabilitation of Back Pain (2013, Elsevier, UK).
 Andrew McIntosh Dr Andrew McIntosh
Dr. Andrew McIntosh (BAppSci(PT), MBiomedE, PhD) is a biomechanist with a special interest in impact related injury and safety.  He is a self employed consultant, adjunct Professor at ACRISP, Federation University Australia and adjunct Associate Professor at MIRI, Monash University.  He has examined concussive impacts in football in Australia, the role and performance of headgear in football, concussion in football(soccer), in addition to directing major research studies in Rugby Union football.  He has a particular interest in equipment standards and regulations.
Jill McNitt-Gray Professor Jill McNitt-Gray
Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray is a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California and a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics. She is also the Director of the USC Biomechanics Research Laboratory and is the founding director of a cross-cutting interdisciplinary graduate program in biological sciences at USC.Her research focuses on the neuromuscular control and dynamics of human movements and aims to identify risk factors and develop effective methods for performance enhancement for individuals with various ability levels (clinical populations as well as elite athletes). Dr. McNitt-Gray received her doctoral degree from Penn State. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics and a former member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics.She has served as a biomechanist for the International Olympic Committee, the US Olympic Committee, multiple National Governing Bodies of Sport, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. She has also led research projects sponsored by the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission as part of the Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney, Australia. Dr. McNitt-Gray has been recognized as a USC Mellon mentor and is actively involved in translation of science into the practice of coaches and athletes.Her innovative approaches to research and translation into STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) have been recognized by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching and funded by the National Science Foundation.
  Professor Neville Owen
Neville Owen is Head of the Behavioural Epidemiology Laboratory at Baker IDI. He is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. Prior to his most recent move to Melbourne he was Foundation Professor of Human Movement Science and Head of the School of Human Movement at Deakin University (1995-1999) and Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Centre at the University of Queensland (2002-2011). His research relates to the primary prevention of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, through identifying the health consequences and environmental determinants of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour – too little exercise and too much sitting. This involves laboratory-based experimental work, large-scale prospective observational studies and real-world intervention trials. Neville has been supported continuously by grants from the NHMRC since 1992 and currently leads his second five-year Program Grant (Sitting less and moving more: population health research to understand and influence sedentary behaviour).
 Catrine Tudor-Locke Associate Professor Catrine Tudor-Locke
Catrine Tudor-Locke is an Associate Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, USA.  The focus of Catrine’s research is on measurement and promotion of walking behaviours broadly applied across the lifespan and health conditions, from both a clinical and public health perspective.  She has an interest in user-friendly and feasible objective monitoring metrics that support translation across science and practice.  Catrine also studies dose-response issues (eg. how much is enough, how much is too little, how fast, etc.) and simple approaches to pattern recognition, including habit recognition.  Catrine favours accessible technologies, environments, programs and policies that support walking more frequently, farther and faster.


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About be active 2014

be active 2014 will incorporate the Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (ACSMS), the National Physical Activity Conference (NPAC), and the National Sports Injury Prevention Conference (NSIPC). Together the three conferences will focus on current research and practice in areas relating to the promotion of, and safe participation in, all kinds of sport, exercise and physical activity. be active 2014 will provide an interactive educational forum of the highest standard, promoting the latest physical activity and health developments amongst key and influential industry professionals.

be active 2014 will be held at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia, 15 – 18 October 2014.

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