Associate Professor Chris Askew – University of the Sunshine Coast

 

Associate Professor Chris Askew is a Senior Research Fellow and leader of the VasoActive research group at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.  He is an accredited exercise physiologist with a particular interest in the pathophysiology and treatment of chronic age-related cardiovascular conditions. Much of his group’s work has focused on the acute and chronic physiological effects of ischaemia, and how these relate to the mechanisms of exercise intolerance in peripheral arterial disease (PAD). He has published a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of exercise rehabilitation, dietary interventions and drug therapies in PAD, and these studies are underpinned by experimental investigations of muscle fatigue, limb blood flow, vascular function, and angiogenesis. Chris is a past President and Board member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and he is currently Chair of the ESSA Professional Standards Advisory Council.

Dr. Jonathan Bartlett – Gold Coast Suns Football

 

Jon is currently the Head of Science & Research at the Gold Coast Suns Football (AFL) club and an adjunct researcher at Victoria University. Prior to this appointment, Jon was Sport Scientist at the Western Bulldogs Football (AFL) club, playing a key role in their partnership with Victoria University.  Prior to his arrival in Australia, Jon worked at Liverpool FC as a Sport Scientist before taking up a role with The England National soccer teams as Lead Sport Scientist. During this time in the UK, Jon obtained his PhD examining the role of carbohydrate availability on cellular and molecular markers of training adaptation. Jon has since published extensively and has ongoing basic and applied research interests in the areas of concurrent training, athlete monitoring, nutrition and sleep.

Professor Stuart Biddle – University of Southern Queensland

 

Stuart Biddle is Professor of Physical Activity and Health and leader of USQ PALs – Physically Active Lifestyles Research Group – in the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Australia. He was Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, 2014-2017, and at Loughborough University in the UK until 2014. Stuart’s research is on sedentary behaviour and physical activity behaviour change, as well as mental health. He is Past-President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) and the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity (FEPSAC). He has published extensively in psychology, public health, and behavioural medicine and has 12,000 citations on Scopus (H-index = 59). He has been involved in the production of national physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines, and has been a consultant to Weight Watchers and Fitness First. His co-authored textbook, ‘Psychology of Physical Activity’ (Routledge), is in its 3rd edition.

Dr. John Booth – UNSW

 

Dr. John Booth (PhD) is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and clinician practicing in musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a special interest in the treatment and management of chronic pain. He is the principal of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation practice in Wollongong, NSW. John is also an academic in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW. His teaching and clinical supervision is focused on developing contemporary clinical skills and evidence based best practice concerning the use of exercise interventions for musculoskeletal and pain rehabilitation. As a clinical educator, John regularly presents professional development opportunities to clinicians and allied health professionals. He also often contributes to chronic pain education events for the general public. John’s research interests include the influence of exercise on pain and the impact of patient and clinician communication on treatment outcomes.

Dr. Donny Camera – Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Australian Catholic University)

 

Dr. Camera is a Researcher Fellow within the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research (Australian Catholic University). Dr Camera has published over 30 original research and review articles in leading integrative physiology journals, and has also primary and co-supervised multiple PhD and Honours students investigating the molecular mechanisms governing exercise adaptation responses. Dr. Camera’s current research interests centre on the anabolic effects of protein ingestion with concurrent resistance and endurance exercise, and determining the mechanisms implicated in the anabolic ‘interference effect’ with concurrent training. Dr. Camera is the previous recipient of a Dora Lush NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship and has been invited to present at multiple national and international exercise science and sports medicine conferences.

Associate Professor Vernon Coffey – Bond University

 

Vernon is currently Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Bond University. Since undertaking a PhD in exercise physiology in 2003 his research career has focused on understanding the molecular bases of training adaptation in skeletal muscle. He spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher continuing study of the molecular aspects of muscle physiology and extending this work to include nutrient-training interactions. Vernon’s main interests are in translational research that attempts to bridge the gap between mechanistic and applied physiology. A primary emphasis of his work has been to try and understand the interference effect with concurrent resistance and endurance training, and the specificity of training adaptation. He is also currently involved in research examining the genetic regulation of skeletal muscle mass and applied sport science projects in team sport athletes and triathletes.

Associate Professor Prue Cormie – Australian Catholic University

 

Associate Professor Prue Cormie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist whose research and clinical work focuses on the role of exercise in the management of cancer. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University and holds Honorary positions at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Austin Health and Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her research outputs include over 65 scientific journal publications, 35 invited presentations at national/international conferences, over 100 refereed conference proceedings and over $3 million in competitive research funding. A/Prof Cormie is a passionate science communicator with over 100 invited presentations in scientific, clinical and general public settings including in a TEDTalk: A new contender in the fight against cancer. She is the founder and inaugural chair of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Exercise and Cancer Group and the Exercise and Sports Science Australia Cancer Special Interest Group. A core component of her work is invested to translating research into practice for meaningful improvements in health care services for people with cancer. More information about her work is available here: www.iha.acu.edu.au/cancer

Professor Aaron Coutts – University of Technology Sydney

 

Aaron is an applied sport scientist and a Professor and Director of the Human Performance Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). For the past 15 years Aaron’s research has focused around developing evidence-based methods for improving performance and health of athletes. Much of Aaron’s research has been on developing systems to measure, monitor and control the training process in high performance athletes.  Further to his academic work, Aaron also provides sport science advice to several of the leading sporting organisations.  He is presently the Director of Sport Science Research and Innovation at the Carlton Football Club. Aaron is also a Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and a member of the Nike Sport Research Laboratory Advisory Board.  He is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Science and Medicine in Football and an editorial board member for the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and Frontiers in Physiology.

Associate Professor André La Gerche MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FCSANZ, FESC

  • Head of Sports Cardiology and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Visiting Professor at University of Leuven, Beligum
  • Early Career Fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and Future Leader Fellow National Heart Foundation

André completed a PhD at St Vincent’s / University of Melbourne and 4 years of post-doctoral research at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium. His research and clinical work focuses on the effect of exercise on the human heart. He studies the range of health from severe heart and lung disease to elite athletes.

André leads a young team of researchers in the Sports Cardiology lab which focuses on defining the physiological limits of cardiac function in health and disease. He has pioneered novel imaging techniques including exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and contrast echocardiography. He has more than 130 peer-review publications and text-book chapters and is regularly invited to present at all major international cardiology conferences.

Professor John Hawley –  Australian Catholic University

John is Director of the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research at The Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia. He has published over 250 scientific manuscripts, written over 100 articles for technical journals and has authored numerous book chapters for exercise biochemistry and sports medicine texts. The focus of his laboratories 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 currently sits on the Editorial Boards of many international journals including the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Diabetologia, The Journal of Applied Physiology (U.S.A.), Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (U.S.A.), Molecular & Structural Endocrinology, Sports Medicine (New Zealand) and The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (U.S.A.) and is a regular invited speaker at both National and International scientific meetings.

Michael Hughes –  Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre

Mick is a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist who practices at the Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre. He completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science studies at ACU in 2002 and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Physio studies at JCU in 2009. He is currently completing his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Mick has a very keen interest in the lower limb, specifically ACL injury rehabilitation and ACL injury prevention, and recently presented a case study of ACL rehabilitation of an elite netballer at the La Trobe University ACL Symposium. His background in sports physiotherapy is extensive and diverse, after previously working within elite sporting team organisations such as the Collingwood Magpies Netball, Newcastle Jets U20s soccer and NQ Cowboys U20s rugby league.

Dr. Jonathan Little – University of British Columbia

 

Dr. Jonathan Little is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, BC, Canada. He is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar whose research focuses on optimizing diet and exercise interventions for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of exercise metabolism, nutrition, immunology, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Within exercise physiology, a particular focus has been on studying the cardiometabolic benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Trine Moholdt – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 

Trine Moholdt has a graduate degree in physiotherapy from Sør-Trøndelag University College Norway and Masters and PhD degrees in human movement science and clinical medicine from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). She is the head of the Exercise, Cardiometabolic Health and Reproduction research group in the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. Trine’s primary research interest is exercise training as a therapeutic tool for preventing and treating cardiometabolic diseases, and for improved fertility or pregnancy outcome, with a special focus on high intensity interval training. She has been involved in both epidemiological studies and clinical trials on health benefits of exercise training and physical activity.

Professor Peter O’Sullivan – Curtin University

 

Peter is Professor at Curtin University, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Western Australia and works part time as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Bodylogic physiotherapy.

 

He and his team conduct clinical research investigating the life course, underlying mechanisms and targeted management of persistent and disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders. With his team he has developed an integrated person centred management approach for disabling musculoskeletal pain disorders called ‘cognitive functional therapy’. He has published over 200 papers and numerous book chapters with his team in international peer review journals, has been an invited speaker at more than 90 National and International conferences and has run clinical workshops in over 24 countries.  Peter’s passion is translating research into clinical practice.

Professor Alexandra Parker – Victoria University

 

Alexandra Parker is the Professor of Physical Activity and Mental Health at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University. Alexandra leads a multidisciplinary research group that engages in projects that aim to measure, understand, and promote exercise and physical activity to optimise mental wellbeing and prevent and treat mental illness. Her research group aims to maximise the potential of physical activity in achieving better clinical outcomes, improved functioning and wellbeing in those at risk of, or experiencing, mental health problems. Her major research interests are investigating the effectiveness of physical activity interventions in clinical settings, translating research findings into practice through workforce development and implementation studies and the mental health and wellbeing of elite athletes. She is the Chief Investigator on a NHMRC project grant multi-site cluster-RCT, examining the effectiveness of integrating a brief physical activity behaviour change intervention into routine clinical care for young people with depression. Prior to her commencing her current appointment within ISEAL in 2017, she was the Associate Director Knowledge Translation at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, where she worked for the past 11 years. Alexandra also works as a sessional psychologist in youth mental health services.

Dr. Evelyn Parr – Australian Catholic University

 

Dr Evelyn Parr is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition, at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. Evelyn’s current work is supported by a grant aiming to delay the development of type 2 diabetes through modifications of circadian rhythms by diet and exercise. Evelyn’s PhD research involved an energy-restricted dietary intervention concurrent with exercise training to improve body composition. Under the guidance of Prof John Hawley, Evelyn’s current research involves investigations in humans into improvements in glycaemic control and appetite through time-restricted feeding, different training modalities and time-of-day exercise and sedentary behaviour.

Dr. Jonathan Peake – Queensland University of Technology

 

Dr Jonathan Peake was awarded his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Queensland in 2004. He is currently a Lecturer in Physiology at Queensland University of Technology. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Queensland Academy of Sport, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.  The focus of his research is recovery from exercise and muscle damage. He has published a book, several book chapters and more than 80 refereed journal articles. In 2016, he was a guest editor of a Highlighted Topic on Recovery from Exercise in the Journal of Applied Physiology. In recent years, he has focused on the fundamental mechanisms of muscle damage, and the effectiveness of post-exercise recovery strategies. His research has demonstrated that cold water immersion provides some benefits for short-term recovery of muscle strength following resistance exercise. By contrast, his work has also shown that acute cold water immersion does not reduce inflammation in muscle after exercise, and regular cold water immersion attenuates long-term adaptations to strength training. He is currently undertaking work on the effects of hot water immersion on exercise recovery and adaptations to training, and the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on muscle regeneration. He is also conducting work using metabolomics and proteomics to identify biomarkers fatigue and injury risk in athletes.

Dr Andy Philp – Garvan Institute of Medical Research

 

Dr Andy Philp is a Group Leader within the Cellular & Molecular Metabolism Laboratory in the Division of Diabetes & Metabolism at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Andy is an established principal investigator with an international reputation of excellence in characterising the molecular regulation of skeletal muscle in response to exercise, inactivity and nutrition. Andy was awarded a New Investigator award from the BBSRC (UK) in 2015, in addition to recruiting post-doctoral fellowships (Sir Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral fellowship, Kidney Research UK fellowship), numerous PhD studentships and research grant funding. Dr Philp has published over 60 original research articles in high impact journals and been an invited speaker at numerous international meetings. Andy currently serves on the editorial board of PLoS One and Translational Sports Medicine and is a Specialty chief editor for Frontiers in Nutrition. The quality of Andy’s research is reflected by New Investigator awards from the American Physiological Society and the RANK prize nutrition funds in addition to being the recipient of the 2012 University of California Davis award for excellence in post-doctoral research.

Professor Jo Salmon

 

Alfred Deakin Professor Jo Salmon is Co-Director of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. Her research focuses on child and youth physical activity and sedentary behaviour. In particular, she has developed effective strategies to reduce and break up children’s and adolescents’ sitting and promote physical activity in the school and home settings. She is also interested in how to best implement efficacious interventions at scale in the population, and the effects of patterns of activity on children’s cardiometabolic health. She was supported by external research fellowships for 15 years, and has been a Chief Investigator on 31 nationally-funded studies worth approximately $16 million and 14 international studies (including the NIH) worth US$7.7 million. Prof Salmon was a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher 2015 and 2016 placing her in the top 1% most cited for her subject field and year of publication. She has published more than 300 peer review papers and book chapters and has an H-index of 65. Other highlights include: playing a lead role in development and refinement of physical activity guidelines for children and young people in Australia (2004; 2008; 2014); Past-President and Fellow of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity; Member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the Development of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2017; and a Distinguished International Affiliate (nominated) of Society for Health Psychology (2017).

Dr Natasha Schranz – Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA)

 

Since being awarded her Doctorate in 2013 Dr Schranz co-founded Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA), a national collaboration of children’s physical activity researchers, and led the production of Australia’s first Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People in 2014. Working as the AHKA Co-Chair at UniSA Dr Schranz has led the development and launch of subsequent Report Cards in 2015 and 2016 while also building partnerships and networks with vested stakeholder, industry and end-user groups to forge a sustainable trajectory for AHKA. Dr Schranz has also played an integral part of the AHK Global Alliance as the executive committee Oceania representative and in a mentor role working with other countries developing Report Cards.

 

Dr Schranz has published 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 peer-reviewed conference abstracts; was funded for four years as a Research Fellow by the University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Development Fund after the successful release of the first Report Card; has been invited to be a part of a number of panels and expert groups to inform children’s physical activity policy, initiatives, programs and surveillance; and has been the primary spokesperson for UniSA and AHKA promoting the Report Card and its key messages via extensive national television, radio and print media and delivering presentations to key stakeholder and end-user groups.

 

Dr Schranz, is committed to advocating for a united focus on increasing the physical activity levels of Aussie kids with a focus on driving conversations and actions that empower children to shape their own physical activity evolution.

Assoc. Prof Clare Scott – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals

 

A/Prof Clare Scott MBBS FRACP PhD is a Laboratory Head in the Division of Stem Cells and Cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne and a Medical Oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals. A/Prof Scott has led efforts to establish clinical and research platforms for the study of rare cancers to enable the provision of improved, more tailored treatment approaches for patients with a rare cancer. She is a Board member of the International Rare Cancer Initiative (IRCI), Co-Chair of the Rare Tumour Committee of the Gynaecologic Cancer Inter-Group (GCIG) and Chair of the Rare Cancers Group of the Clinical Oncology Society Australia (COSA). A/Prof Scott is also Head of the Rare Tumor Stream at BioGrid Australia and was invited to speak at the Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) Canberra Forum, Parliament House (2016, 2017). She was recently awarded a Clinical Fellowship from the Victorian Cancer Agency (2017-2019) and has established a research program to study rare cancers through a $3M funding award from the Stafford Fox Foundation (2016-2020).

Dr. Robert Stanton – Central Queensland University

 

Dr Stanton is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Sciences, and Research Cluster Leader for Muscular and Skeletal Health at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland. Dr Stanton is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at University of Canberra. Dr Stanton received his PhD in 2015, and was awarded the ESSA Medal for the most outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of exercise and sports science for his thesis entitled; ‘Developing an understanding of the role of exercise in the inpatient mental health setting’.

 

As a clinician for more than 10 years, Dr Stanton developed an interest in the association between mental illness and poor physical health, using exercise as medicine to treat the comorbid presentation of anxiety and depressive disorders, and chronic illness and injury. For the past 5 years, much of Dr Stanton’s research has focussed on the physical health of people with mental illness, the role of exercise in the treatment of people with mental illness, and translation of research to consensus and policy statements in mental health care.  Dr Stanton co-authored the Exercise is Medicine fact sheet for Exercise and Depression, and the ESSA Consensus statement on the role of Accredited Exercise Physiologists within the treatment of mental disorders. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than two-thirds of which are in the mental health space.

Associate Professor Nigel Stepto – Victoria University

 

Associate Professor Nigel Stepto completed a substantial proportion of his studies at the University of Cape Town South Africa before completing his PhD at RMIT University in 2002. He joined Victoria University in 2007 after working at Monash University. He holds honorary appointments at Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI) and the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). A/Prof Stepto, while having a substantive teaching load in the Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Science courses at Victoria University, he is servicing patients and actively undertaking basic and mechanistic, and clinical research in exploring impacts of exercise training in health and disease. His work aims to understand aetiologies of metabolic and endocrine diseases from the perspective of dysfunctional skeletal muscle and understanding how exercise therapy can be used to address these metabolic and endocrine disorders, specifically Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).  This work encompasses many disciplines including molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology, muscle physiology and clinical trials and implementation science and is supported by many national and international collaborations.  This work has resulted in 64 publications with >3000 citations.  He obtained significant research income from NHMRC (project grants (CI) and Centre of Research Excellence (AI)), Diabetes Australia and other sources. He has developed expertise in research translation and implementation in lifestyle therapy in PCOS, serving on a national and international guideline development groups, contributing to the translation and implementation of research into practice via evidence synthesis, advocacy and dissemination of these guidelines to patients and healthcare practitioners. Overall A/Prof Stepto’s career has been  driven by a passion to understand complex diseases and explore the role of exercise in prevention and treatment of these diseases.  To achieve these goals he leads a growing team of dynamic early career researchers and research students (PhD, masters, honours and undergraduates) in work that extends from benchtop to bedside and back.

 

As a clinician for more than 10 years, Dr Stanton developed an interest in the association between mental illness and poor physical health, using exercise as medicine to treat the comorbid presentation of anxiety and depressive disorders, and chronic illness and injury. For the past 5 years, much of Dr Stanton’s research has focussed on the physical health of people with mental illness, the role of exercise in the treatment of people with mental illness, and translation of research to consensus and policy statements in mental health care.  Dr Stanton co-authored the Exercise is Medicine fact sheet for Exercise and Depression, and the ESSA Consensus statement on the role of Accredited Exercise Physiologists within the treatment of mental disorders. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, more than two-thirds of which are in the mental health space.

Dr. Megan Teychenne – Deakin University

 

Dr Megan Teychenne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia), undertaking her research at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN). Dr Teychenne’s research investigates the links between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and mental health, particularly amongst women (including pregnant and postpartum) and socio-economically disadvantaged groups. She also focuses on developing evidence-based strategies to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour to prevent mental illness. Dr Teychenne’s research has made a significant contribution to the field of physical activity/sedentary behaviour and health. She is an editorial board member for the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, and her work was used in the ‘British Heart Foundation’s Evidence Briefing on Sedentary Behavior’ (June 2012), an example of how her research is influencing policy and practice at an international level. Dr Teychenne actively contributes to raising public awareness about the importance of physically active lifestyles in reducing mental illness. For example, her research has gained much media attention, having been a guest on several national radio programs (including ABC Melbourne, ABC Sydney, FIVEaa Adelaide) , as well as being profiled in several hundreds of popular media articles worldwide, including in The Boston Globe.

Miss Jane Turner – University of Sydney

 

Jane Turner is an accredited exercise physiologist at the Sydney Survivorship Centre, Concord Cancer Centre and Researcher with the Survivorship Research Group (SuRG) at the University of Sydney. Her clinical and research interests focus on improving outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer through prescribing targeted exercise across the cancer continuum from pre-habilitation through to survivorship.

Jane is an active member of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Exercise Cancer Group and Exercise and Sports Science Australia Cancer Special Interest Group. She also is engaged in undergraduate and master of exercise physiology teaching for cancer sciences courses and is the inaugural chair of the Sydney Local Health District Exercise Physiology Clinical Network.

Dr. Kate Webster – La Trobe University

 

Dr Kate Webster is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area at La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia. Dr Webster’s primary area of research interest is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Her research as it relates to the ACL has focussed on surgical techniques and outcomes, knee biomechanics and return to sport issues, with a focus on the psychological impact of returning to sport participation. Her current research also explores the high ACL re-injury rates in younger athletes and return to sport criteria. She was the lead developer of the ACL-Return to Sport after Injury scale and is a past recipient of the prestigious ACL Study Group traveling scientist award. She has received several national and international awards for her research and has over 150 scientific publications. Dr Webster also teaches evidence based practice, supervises higher degree research students and is a research supervisor for the AOA accredited OrthoSport Victoria Fellowship in Knee Surgery.