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Yumna Albertus

Dr. Yumna Albertus is a Senior Lecturer, Division of Physiological Sciences, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.
Her research focus is on neuromuscular physiology. Her research has ranged from rehabilitation using robotic over-ground walking in spinal cord injury, exercise-based rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, elite para-athletes with Cerebral Palsy, injury risk in running using different shoe conditions. She has a keen interest in understanding the effects of rehabilitation interventions on neuroplasticity, functional outcomes and quality of life.

Rafael Reimann Baptista

Rafael Reimann Baptista, PhD, is a Full Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil. He is also member of the Brazilian Society of Biomechanics. Professor Baptista completed his PhD in Human Movement Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2011. Professor Baptista maintains active membership of numerous professional and academic societies. In 2012, he was awarded by the Young PhD grant by the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS), Brazil. In 2017, he was the President of the XVII Brazilian Congress of Biomechanics, supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological (CNPQ), the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and the Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement (CAPES). Professor Baptista sits on the editorial board for the Frontiers in Physiology as Associate Editor in Exercise Physiology and at the Editorial Board of PeerJ Life and Environment, and has published 78 papers including 30 in international peer-reviewed journals according to Scopus, with a 9 h-index. He is a frequent invited keynote speaker at academic conferences and educational events across Brazil and South America. He works in exercise physiology and biomechanics, with an emphasis in the clinical aspects of gait in older adults. He coordinates the Physical Activity Research and Evaluation Laboratory (LAPAFI) at the School of Health and Life Sciences at PUCRS.

Tiago M Barbosa

Tiago Barbosa holds an appointment as professor of sport sciences (biomechanics) at the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal.
His research interests encompass the forecast and modelling of the performance of elite and age-group athletes, notably in time-based sports. He is serving as Science and Technology consultant for the Portuguese Olympic Committee, board member for the Portuguese Swimming Federation, member of the sub-committee for Events and Development at FINA, the world swimming governing body.
Tiago Barbosa is the biomechananist of Mário Trindade, Paralympics finalist and European champion in wheelchair sprinting events. He also serves in several editorial boards of peer-review journals.

Octavio Barbosa Neto

Associate Professor at the Institute of Physical Education and Sports (IEFES) at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). He completed a master's degree and doctorate in Sciences (General Pathology) from the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM). Advisor of the Postgraduate Program in Physical Education at UFTM. Researcher in the areas of Human Physiology and Exercise with an emphasis on Exercise Cardiology (acute and chronic effects of aerobic and resistance exercises) applied to healthy subjects (young and elderly) and those with Chronic Diseases (hypertension, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, among others), Cardiovascular Physiology in Human Performance and Ergogenic Resources, Autonomic Controls and Reflexes, Neovascularization, Cardiovascular Variability and Cellular Therapy.

Scotty J Butcher

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Teaching and research interests in strength training and high-intensity training with rehabilitation implications; Founder of The Strength Jedi, an educational company providing online continuing education resources for health and fitness professionals and on-site strength and conditioning for older adults, post-rehabilitation, and general health.

Cosme F Buzzachera

Associate Professor & Researcher at the Department of Public Health, Experimental Medicine & Forensic Science, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy | Interested in Human Performance

Vittoria Carnevale Pellino

Dr. Vittoria Carnevale Pellino obtained a Master's degree in Sports Science and Adapted Physical Activity at the University of Pavia, Italy, and Ph.D. in technologies for rehabilitation and sports medicine at the University of Tor Vergata Rome, Italy. She is a member of the Laboratory of Adapted Motor Activity (LAMA) at the University of Pavia.

Dr. Carnevale Pellino expertise includes adapted exercise training for metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, especially in the youth population, and physical fitness evaluation in children and adolescents.

Joshua C Carr

Dr. Joshua Carr is an Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology Department at Texas Christian University and the Department of Medical Education at the Burnett School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory on TCU’s main campus and was recently awarded the BIGXII Faculty Fellowship Award. His primary research focus relates to exercise training with a specific interest in the adaptations that occur with single-limb exercise and interventions that restore and enhance neuromuscular function. He uses surface electromyography, mechanomyography, and neuromuscular stimulation techniques to assess the human neuromuscular system with fatigue, training, injury, and disease.

Emiliano Cè

Emiliano Cè was born in Italy in 1976. He received the Degree in Sport Sciences from the University of Milan (Italy) in 2002. He achieved his PhD in Morphological Sciences (2007) at the University of Milan (Italy). He received the BSc in Osteopathy from the University of Wales (Wales, UK) in 2010. Present position: Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health of the University of Milan (Italy). His research interests are addressed to the study of muscle biological signals, in particular force, surface electromyogram (EMG) and mechanomyogram (MMG), in muscle during voluntary or stimulated contractions in different physiological models (fatigue, training, temperature, etc.). Currently, his scientific activity is focused on the properties of the muscle-tendon unit mechanical model and the possibility to monitor the motor unit activation strategy by the analysis of force, EMG and MMG signals. He is a member of the Italian Society of Sport Sciences (SISMES).

Christoph Centner

Dr. Christoph Centner is a researcher within the Department of Sport and Sport Science at the University of Freiburg. Christoph carries out research in Nutrition and Exercise as well as Sports Medicine.

His primary research areas include, Nutrition, Resistance Training, Muscle Physiology, Oxidative Stress, Sports Medicine, and Exercise Physiology. More specifically, his current project focuses on the effects of blood flow restriction training on musculoskeletal adaptations.

Chong Chen

My main research interest is to understand the cognitive and neural computational mechanisms of human decision-making and learning, and how they are dysregulated in neuropsychiatric diseases (in particular, major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders). I am also interested in exploring behavioral and psychological interventions (such as physical exercise and contact with natural environments) that help to enhance cognitive functions, build resilience, promote mental health, and/or have therapeutic effects for neuropsychiatric diseases. My research employs a range of methodologies, including psychometric tests, behavioral tests, cognitive theories-informed computational modelling, neuroimaging, and machine learning. By combining these techniques, I am currently conducting studies to predict the incidence of neuropsychiatric diseases in a public health setting and predict patients’ responses to various treatments to promote personalized medicine. Previously, I have also conducted basic research with rats using behavioral experiments and microdialysis and microinjection techniques, for the purpose of investigating the neurobiological (neuroendocrinological and neurotransmitter) basis of the antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of drugs and physical exercise. Based on these results, I have proposed “The Exercise-Glucocorticoid Paradox”, which describes the phenomenon that despite increasing the stress hormone cortisol, a mediator of the detrimental effects of stress on cognition and mental health, physical exercise enhances cognition and promotes mental health.

Yung-Sheng Chen

I am a full-time academic professor with a specificity in neuromuscular and cardiovascular physiology in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at University of Taipei. I completed a M.Sc. degree in Sports Sciences from Brunel University, the UK, in 2007 and a Ph.D. degree in the School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia in 2011. My current research interests focus on the effects of training load monitoring, exercise recovery intervention on autonomic nervous function, effects of biofeedback training on cardiovascular adaptation, and effects of ageing on neuromuscular function, physical activity and health, and football/futsal sciences