Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Dr Mohammed Ihsan Abdullah - Singapore Sports Institute

Dr Mohammed Ihsan AbdullahDr Mohammed Ihsan is a Sport Physiologist with the Singapore Sports Institute. His research interests centre on applied human physiology and exercise performance, with a focus on muscle physiology, thermoregulation, physiological recovery and training adaptations.

He is actively researching the use of cold/heat therapy on fatigue, performance and physiological adaptations to training. In his current position, Dr Ihsan also works with sports such as Field Hockey, Seven’s Rugby, Badminton and Pencak Silat.


Dr Matt Brearley - Thermal Hyperformance

Invited Speaker - Matt Brearley

Dr Matt Brearley holds a PhD in Thermal Physiology and was the heat specialist of the 2008 Australian Olympic team in Beijing, China prior to focusing on occupational heat stress. Matt established a research program with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, developing evidence based procedures to maximise worker health, safety and performance in the heat. Matt provides heat stress mitigation services based upon this evidence to a wide range of industries including mining, construction, oil and gas transportation, electrical utilities and emergency services.


Dr Andrew Hunt - Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Andrew HuntDr Hunt’s research interests focus on human health and performance in extreme environments. Dr Hunt completed his PhD studies of the heat strain experienced by surface mine workers at the Queensland University of Technology before commencing as a thermal physiologist for the Defence Science and Technology Group. In this role he has conducted research into the development of novel solutions for enhancing the operational capabilities of the individual combatant through the vast array of environments to which military personnel may be exposed. Specifically he has addressed the physiological tolerance of military personnel to operations in the heat, the risk management of heat-related illnesses, the influence of protective clothing systems such as body armour and chemical & biological protection on body heat loss, human performance in cold weather operations, the physiological effects of decompression and hypoxia in aircraft, and the development of physical employment standards. Dr Hunt’s presentation will discuss the unique challenges to human performance in extreme environments that are posed by military training and operational activities.


Dr Ollie Jay - University of Sydney

Invited Speaker - Ollie Jay

Ollie is Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory in the Faculty of Health Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and a member of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) at the University of Sydney. Prior to his arrival in Australia in January 2014, he was a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada (2008-2013). Ollie's research activities primarily focus on developing a better understanding of the physiological and physical factors that determine human heat strain during work and/or physical activity, as well as among the general population during heat waves.

To date, Ollie has published 75+ peer-reviewed journal articles and has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, MS Research Australia, National Football League (NFL) Charities, and the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and former Chair of the ACSM Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group.


Professor David Pyne - Australian Institute of Sport

Invited Speaker - David Pyne

Professor David Pyne is a sports scientist in the Department of Physiology at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Pyne has 25 years’ experience at the AIS and been involved with every Australian Olympic Swimming Team from Seoul, 1988 to London, 2012.  He has extensive experience with basketball, rugby union, rugby league, Australian Football, cricket and swimming at the AIS and national levels.  His work in the areas of exercise and the immune system, the applied physiology of swimming, and fitness and conditioning for team sports is recognised internationally. Pyne has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and holds Adjunct Professor appointments at the Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, and the Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University.

He was Foundation Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance from 2004-2009 and currently serves as the Consulting Editor.  Pyne is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  He values equally the metrics of a publication record, hard-earned experience and street smarts to maintain relevance in elite sport.


Associate Professor Ian Stewart - Queensland University of Technology

Invited Speaker - Ian Stewart

Associate Professor Ian Stewart is a Director of Research and Program Leader at the Queensland University of Technology. A/Prof Stewart’s research focusses on environmental and occupational physiology. He has attracted in excess of $5.5 million in funding investigating environmental issues in the mining and security industries as well as police/military organisations. This work has seen the development of national operating procedures in the area of heat stress management, as well as multiple publications and reports to industry and government organisations. He has also served as an expert witness in industrial court cases.