We are looking forward to hearing from these great and inspiring speakers, find out more about them

  • Dr Ben Desbrow, Associate Professor in Clinical and Sports Nutrition, Program Director Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hon), Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
  • Dr James Morton, Liverpool John Moores University 
  • Dr Kirsty Elliot-SaleAssociate Professor of Female Physiology, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Dan Martin, Post Doctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University & Performance Nutritionist, Professional Jockeys Association
  • Nessan Costello, Performance Nutritionist, PhD Student & Lecturer, Leeds United Football Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby Football League Club & Leeds Beckett University
  • Dr Julia Bone, Performance Nutritionist, Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute
  • Marcus Hannon, PhD candidate - Liverpool John Moores University, Performance Nutritionist - Everton FC (Academy) & Northampton Saints RFC
  • Dr Terri Paulson, Performance Nutrition Paralympic Lead,   Performance Nutritionist GB Canoeing & England Netball (EIS)


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Ben Desbrow

Associate Professor in Clinical and Sports Nutrition, Program Director Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hon), Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

Ben is presenting the influence of recovery stations on acute fluid and nutrient intake in recreational runners

Summary - Post-exercise “recovery stations” (where food and fluids are available) are a common features of mass participation events (e.g. fun runs, marathons, triathlons). This talk will describe our attempts to understand if providing different foods and beverages in a post-exercise recovery area influences voluntarily fluid consumption, subsequent dietary intake and next-morning hydration status.

About Ben - Dr Ben Desbrow is an Advanced Sports Dietitian and Associate Professor at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Ben’s research program spans sports and clinical nutrition with a particular focus on food-borne drugs (specifically caffeine and alcohol) and he has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Ben has worked in many professional sporting environments, including at The Australian Institute of Sport and for the British Olympic Team before the Sydney Olympics. Recently, his research group have undertaken a series of rehydration studies incorporating more “real world” methods (i.e. the voluntary consumption of food and fluid following activity). These studies highlight Ben's keen interest in conducting applied research which can be readily translated into practice.  

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Dan Martin

Post Doctoral Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University & Performance Nutritionist, Professional Jockeys Association

Dan is presenting Development & Implementation of an Industry-Specific Nutrition Education & Behaviour Change Platform

Summary - Despite knowing the detrimental impact of archaic weight-making practices on health and performance, rapid weight loss remains prevalent amongst professional jockeys. This talk describes the journey from understanding the reasons why, and the subsequent development and implementation of an industry-wise education and behaviour change intervention. 

About Dan - Dan is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Liverpool John Moores University after completing his PhD under the supervision of Prof Graeme Close and Prof James Morton. He has been a Performance Nutritionist for the Professional Jockeys Association since 2014 and consults for the Injured Jockeys Fund and the British Horseracing Authority.

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Kirsty Elliott-Sale

Associate Professor of Female Physiology, Nottingham Trent University

Kirsty is presenting Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) The Female Perspective as a joint session with James Morton who will be providing the male perspective.  

Summary - In 2014, the International Olympic Committee created a new term, 'Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport [RED-S]', with the intention of extending the Female Athlete Triad to include more physiological and health-related implications that may arise due to prolonged low energy availability. Although RED-S is in its infancy, it represents a forward-thinking model that has struck a chord with many athletes, practitioners and scientists. Given its potential breadth and depth to affect athletic health and performance, there is an urgent need to better understand the physiological and psychological foundation of RED-S and its prevalence across all athletic groups. In my opinion, there is no need to choose between the established Female Athlete Triad and the newcomer RED-S. Both models are based upon the notion that when faced with insufficient energy, the body will sacrifice less important/imminent physiological functions in order to prioritise more forthcoming tasks (i.e., the energetic cost of exercise) and to sustain life. During this talk, we will explore the similarities and differences between RED-S and the Triad, focussing on the unique female early warning detection system, and will discuss the controversy surrounding RED-S and how to progress this important area of research.

About Kirsty - Dr Elliott-Sale completed her undergraduate degree and PhD [Exercise Physiology] at Liverpool John Moores University. Her PhD examined the effects of female reproductive hormones on muscle strength and since then her work has mainly focused on female athletes. She worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Brighton before undertaking a four-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Kings College London. Dr Elliott-Sale joined Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in September 2009. In addition to her research on female athletes [the Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport], her work in recent years has involved designing exercise interventions for weight management in overweight and obese pregnant and postpartum women. She is an Associate Professor [Reader] of Female Physiology and the Head of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at NTU.

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Nessan Costello 

Performance Nutritionist, Leeds United Football Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby Football League Club PhD Student & Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Nessan is presenting Snap-N-Send: Do We Really Know What Athletes Are Eating? 

Summary - The accurate assessment of diet is imperative to efficacious sport & exercise nutrition practice, therefore, you'd think it would be a quick and effective task. However, contemporary dietary assessment remains a challenge within everyday sports nutrition, with the potential for considerable errors of validity and reliability that misrepresent true assessments of energy intake by hundreds of calories per day. These errors challenge the accuracy of what we think our athletes eat, affecting our ability to successful evaluate and then implement evidence-based nutritional advice. Consequently, this presentation will introduce a novel behavioural approach and dietary assessment tool titled 'Snap-N-Send', investigating whether we really know what are athletes are eating?

About Nessan - ‚ÄčA performance nutritionist at Leeds United Football club, sport & exercise nutrition lecturer and PhD student at Leeds Beckett University.

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Dr Julia Bone

Performance Nutritionist, Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute

Julia is presenting DXA Gold Standard or Gold Plated? Standardisation & measurement errors in body composition assessment

Summary - In recent years DXA has become  a “gold standard”  of body composition assessment. However, like any assessment it is prone to biological measurement errors. This talk will discuss how standardisation for DXA assessment goes beyond athletes being fasted and rested. It will highlight how changes in intramuscular substrates and fluid affect the DXA measurement of body composition assessment and the real-life implications of these errors of measurement.

About Julia - A SENr Practitioner and Advanced Sports Dietitian. She completed her PhD at the Australian Institute of Sport where she investigated the reliability and validity of DXA and RMR measures in athletes. Since finishing her studies she has been working as a Performance Nutritionist for Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute, where she provides nutrition support for Northern Ireland senior and developing athletes across a number of different sports.

Marcus Hannon

PhD candidate - Liverpool John Moores University, Performance Nutritionist - Everton FC (Academy) & Northampton Saints RFC

Marcus is presenting Every Feed Counts: The Energy Requirements of Elite Youth Footballers

Summary - Marcus will present some of his PhD data on the energy requirements of of Premier League Academy footballers and will provide some practical advice and strategies that he has used in his practice with youth footballers.

About Marcus: Marcus is an SENr registered performance nutritionist currently working with Everton Academy and Northampton Saints. Marcus has worked with a range of youth and adult athletes across a variety of sports including football, rugby and boxing. Alongside his current roles, Marcus is also completing a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the energy requirements of Premier League Academy footballers.


Dr Terri Paulson

Performance Nutrition Paralympic Lead, Performance Nutritionist GB Canoeing & England Netball (EIS)

Terri is presenting Nutrition for the Paralympic Athlete: Does it differ?

Summary - With the rise in both the professionalism and profile of Paralympic Sport in recent years it is important to consider whether the nutritional needs of these athletes differ.

The presentation will explore some of the similarities and differences in Performance Nutrition delivery for these athletes. It will cover areas such as energy expenditure/intake, body composition, supplementation and communication methods. There will also be a number of short case studies to highlight the practical application of such differences.

About Terri - Dr Terri Paulson is a Performance Nutritionist within the EIS and is their current Paralympic Lead where she aims to advance the knowledge, understanding and confidence of practitioners in their Paralympic sports. Terri currently works with GB Canoeing and England Netball having previously worked for British Athletics, GB Triathlon/Paratriathlon, GB Archery, England and Wales Disability Cricket and GB Short Track Speed Skating. She was also privileged to work at the Rio Paralympic preparation camp as Hub Coordinator.

Terri completed her PhD at Loughborough University exploring the effects of supplementation in athletes with a physical impairment, focusing on caffeine in athletes with a spinal cord injury. She also developed and promoted five impairment-specific guides that aimed to help individuals with a physical impairment become 'Fit for Life and Sport' during her time at The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport.




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