Mark De Ste Croix, Ph.D.

Mark De Ste Croix has worked in the area of paediatric sport and exercise physiology for over 17 years with a specific focus on enhancing our understanding of growth and maturation related changes in muscle strength. Mark studied for his PhD and held a post-doctoral research fellowship post at the world renowned Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre at the University of Exeter. Since joining the University of Gloucestershire in 2003 Mark has employed his expertise in paediatric neuromuscular development to explore injury risk in youth sport. This has included securing competitive research grants from both FIFA and UEFA to explore the effects of football match play on injury risk in female youth footballers. Mark has also been commissioned by the English FA to conduct research into injury risk and injury incidence in female youth footballers. Mark also works closely with a number of football clubs around the world including Barcelona, Athletic Club Bilbao, and more locally with Bristol City and Bristol Ladies Academy. Mark has published over 60 articles on the topic in academic peer reviewed journals, co-edited 1 book, written 25 book chapters, presented at over 70 International Conferences and presented keynote lectures at 15 International conferences. Mark is currently the deputy-convener of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science special interest group on paediatric sport and exercise, and co-director of the Exercise and Sport Research Centre at the University of Gloucestershire.

 prof. Joseph Hamill, Ph.D.

Joseph Hamill completed his undergraduate degrees at York University in Toronto (B.A., Political Science) and Concordia University in Montreal (B.S., Science). He completed his graduate work in Biomechanics at the University of Oregon (M.S., Ph.D.). He is currently a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Limerick in Ireland, a Distinguished Research Professor at the Republic Polytechnic in Singapore and a Staff Scientist at the Shriner’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. He has authored or co-authored over 300 research papers and research proceedings, several book chapters and three books. He has also presented numerous papers at both national and international conferences. He has been an invited speaker at universities in the United States and in countries such as Brazil, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Austria, Singapore, Czech Republic, Ireland and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. During his academic career, he has mentored more than 50 graduate students. Dr. Hamill’s research interests are focused on lower extremity biomechanics during normal and pathological locomotion. His current projects include studies on coordination variability in the determination of cumulative micro-trauma injuries and the interaction of biomechanical and biochemical factors in overuse injuries. Professionally, he has served on the Executive Boards of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Footwear Biomechanics Group, the International Society of Biomechanics, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics and the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports.

prof. James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.

James Rimmer, Ph.D., is the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Director of Research at Lakeshore Foundation. He also has adjunct appointments in Department of Nutrition Sciences and the Schools of Medicine and Engineering at UAB. His research focuses on the contextual factors (personal-environmental mediators) associated with physical inactivity and obesity in people with disabilities and the effects of rich-tailored messaging support (telephone, internet, text message, video) in providing a flexible, cost-effective delivery system for weight management and reduction of advanced physical decline in youths and adults with disabilities. He is Director of two federally funded Centers -- the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for Persons with Disabilities. He is also Director of the Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Obesity and Obesity-Related Secondary Conditions in Youths and Young Adults with Disabilities. Since 1997 he has received $35M in federal funding over 21 consecutive years. He was recently appointed to the Scientific Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

 prof. Józef A. Opara, Ph.D.

Graduated in 1967medical study at Silesian University of Medicine in Katowice. His two main specialties are neurology and medical rehabilitation.
In 1998 became Professor in Academy of Physical Education in Katowice. Then he was working as a chair of Physiotherapy in Neurology. And few years later he became a Full Professor in Physical Culture. Between years 1980 – 2009 worked as a Head of Dept. of Neurological Rehabilitation in Rehab Centre “Repty” in Tarnowskie Góry. Since 2009 became a Regional vice-President of World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation for Central and Eastern Europe.
Scholarship: Austria – invited by AUVA - Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt – 1986.
Member of European Panels in EFNS: Neurorehabilitation, Neurotraumatology, Post-Polio.
Leader of European Panel of Neurorehabilitation in EFNS: 1998-2000.
Certificate: tutor in Evidence Based Medicine 2001.
Co-originator and member of council of WFNR: since 2001.
Originator of Polish Society for Neurological Rehabilitation 2003.
He is interested in topics like stroke rehabilitation, spasticity, rehabilitation in paraplegia (SCI), Spondylotic Cervical Myelopathy (SCM), Post-Polio, clinimetrics, Quality of Life measures, rehabilitation after TBI, rehabilitation in PD, rehabilitation in MS.

prof. James F. Sallis, Ph.D., dr.hc.

A distinguished scientist, professor of psychology and preventive medicine, who contributed to the worldwide implementation of research results into policy, psychosocial and environmental changes to improve the quality of life of the general population through increased physical activity. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of active living and one of the most cited authors in the social sciences. Futher information on


prof. Jude Hirsch, Ph.D.

Jude Hirsch, Ed.D. is Professor of Outdoor Education in the School of Health and Human Performance at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She is past member and chair of the Association for Experiential Education Accreditation Council and provides risk management and program development consultation to national and international organizations who use experiential or adventure-based activities to achieve their missions. Jude's primary area of practice and research is in experiential education curriculum and instruction in which she has worked for over 40 years.
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assoc. prof. John Cairney, Ph.D.

is the Director of the INCH Lab. In addition to being the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Professorship in Child Health Research, he is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Kinesiology at McMaster University. He is also a core a member of both the Offord Centre for Child Studies and the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Cairney held a Canada Research Chair in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and was a also Senior Scientist in the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He was the youngest scientist to be awarded a Canada Research Chair at CAMH, and the youngest member of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto to hold such a distinction.
Dr. Cairney has held numerous funded grants, totaling more than $10 million in research grants and contracts in the past five years. He has published over 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 1996, and has received numerous awards for his scholarly achievements, including two nominations for the prestigious Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award. He is the Editor/Author of two books, Mental Disorder in Canada: An Epidemiological Perspective (with Dr. David Streiner) and Developmental Coordination Disorder and Its Consequences, both published by the University of Toronto Press. Dr. Cairney also sits on the Editorial Board of two journals – Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and BMC Pediatrics. As well, he is the Editor-in-Chief of a new journal titled Current Developmental Disorders Reports, which is published by Springer Press. Dr. Cairney has a multidisciplinary program of research, involving epidemiology, population health, kinesiology, psychiatry, social psychology, and pediatric exercise medicine. Broadly, he is interested in the association between physical activity and health (physical and mental), with a specific interest in the role that physical activity plays in the health and quality of life of children with chronic disease. Internationally recognized for his work in developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and its impact on the health and well-being of children, an important focus of INCH will be on understanding the determinants and consequences of this disorder. Dr. Cairney is also interested screening for early developmental delay, including DCD, and in health system response to identification of delay in children.

prof. David Weaver

prof Dave WeaverDr. David Weaver, employed as a Professor of Tourism Research at Griffith University (Australia) since 2008, has more than 30 years of experience teaching and researching in the areas of ecotourism, sustainable tourism, and destination management. He has held prior academic appointments in Australia (also Griffith University), Canada (University of Regina), and the USA (George Mason University & University of South Carolina), and during this time has authored or edited 10 books and written more than 100 refereed scientific journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Weaver is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Ecotourism and sits on the editorial boards of seven academic journals. In 2009 he was elected as a Fellow in the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the peak international body for tourism academics. In recent years he has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in Korea, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Norway and China, and has participated in consultancies in destinations as diverse as Thailand, Panama and Andorra. Dr. Weaver holds a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant to investigate the willingness of protected area visitors in Australia to participate in activities that enhance the environmental condition of national parks.