Dr. Martin Gibala

McMaster University


Dr. Martin Gibala is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He studies the beneficial effects of exercise at the molecular to whole-body level in both healthy individuals and people with chronic diseases. Gibala also conducts applied research on the impact of training and nutrition on human performance. His groundbreaking work on the physiological and health adaptations to interval training has attracted immense scientific attention and worldwide media coverage.


Gibala has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, the results of which have been featured by outlets including The New York Times, CNN and TIME. His science communication efforts include a bestselling book, The One-Minute Workout, which was published in 2017 by Penguin Random House. It explains the science behind time-efficient exercise strategies designed to improve fitness and health. Gibala has received three awards for teaching excellence at McMaster as well as the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.


Keynote Session: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 9.00am – 10.00am
Abstract: Physiological adaptations to interval exercise training in health and disease


Dr Gibala is also presenting on two Panels and being a Session Chairperson.

Dr. Robert Sallis

University of California


Dr. Sallis is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California, where he serves as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine.  He is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association.  He also chaired the Healthcare Sector of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan and is the physician spokesperson for the “Every Body Walk!” campaign.


Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy (where he played intercollegiate basketball) and his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA, where he served as chief resident. He is the head team physician at Pomona College and Chairs the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.


Among his professional awards, he received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI) and the 2011 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis was the founding editor-in-chief of ACSM’s clinical journal Current Sports Medicine Reports and currently serves as section editor for this journal.


Keynote Session: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 9.00am – 10.00am
Abstract: Exercise is Medicine: From Bench to Bedside


Dr Sallis is also presenting on two Panels.