Prof. Dr. Walter Herzog, University of Calgary, Canada
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 11:00 hrs – 11:45 hrs
Title: “Optimizing Sport Performance through Muscle Mechanics”
Prof. Walter Herzog is a Professor of Biomechanics with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine. He holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics and the prestigious Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary, CA. His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics. He investigates mechanisms of muscle contraction and the biomechanics of joints with a focus on the mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Herzog is the recipient of the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics and the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics. Dr. Herzog’s lab also examines the effect that proteins such as Titin have on muscle force regulation
Prof. Dr. Erich Müller, University of Salzburg, Austria
Thursday, Februay 9, 2017, 16:15 hrs– 17:00 hrs
Title: “Biomechanics in Alpine ski racing: a challenge on performance and safety!”
Prof. Erich Müller is a Professor at the Faculty for Sport and Movement Science, University Salzburg, AUT and currently the vice-rector of the University. His group has pioneered tools for the objective movement analysis of ski racers and their equipment. He also investigated injury patterns in professional ski racers and subsequently evaluated new norms for professional alpine skiing equipment that reduces the risk of severe injuries. Several of his evidence-based recommendations have now been implemented by the International Ski Federation (FIS).
Prof. Dr. Romain Barrès, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday, February 10, 2017, 09:30 hrs – 10:15 hrs
Title: “Epigenomic Responses to Exercise in Muscle and Gametes”
Prof. Romain Barrès is Associate Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on identifying which environmental factors induce epigenetic modifications that either predispose or protect individuals from Diabetes. His work aims at answering the question of how much our free-will alters the way our genes are expressed and do we transmit our environmentally attributes to our offspring?
Prof. Dr. Benedicte Deforche, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Friday, February 10, 2017, 13:30 hrs – 14:15 hrs
Title: “Environmental determinants of physical activity and health”
Benedicte Deforche is Full Professor at the Department of Public Health (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University) and is also affiliated with the ‘Physical activity, nutrition and health unit’ of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is head of the Research Group Health Promotion and of the Master program in Health Education and Promotion (Ghent University). B. Deforche is President of the work group “nutrition and physical activity” within the Flemish Health Prevention Policy Agency. She is also member of the General Assembly and Member of the Board of Directors of the Flemish Institute of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VIGEZ). B. Deforche is a member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a member of the “International Physical Activity and the Environment Network” and her current work focuses on how environmental factors can either enhance or hamper physical activity (including active transport) in different age groups.