Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 

Professor Craig Crandall - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Keynote Speaker - Craig Crandall

Craig Crandall completed a Doctorate in Physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as well as the Director of the Thermal and Vascular Physiology Laboratory at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He mentored 19 post-doctoral fellows and has received over $10 million in extramural grant support where he is the PI.


Dr Olivier Girard - University of Lausanne

Keynote Speaker - Olivier GirardAfter completing his Doctoral Degree (2006) in Human Movement Sciences at Montpellier University in France, Dr. Olivier Girard has been working (2008-2014) as a Research Scientist at Aspetar – Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Qatar. Currently he is working at Lausanne University in Switzerland. His actual researches are mainly concerned with the impact of an environmental stress on neuromuscular fatigue development and the relevance of altitude training for team-sport athletes. They articulate around the importance of neuro-mechanical, metabolic and cardiorespiratory adjustments in response to high-intensity, intermittent locomotor exercises (repeated sprints) performed in stressful conditions (high temperature and/or elevated altitude). He has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Associate Professor Rod Pope -  Bond University

Keynote Speaker - Rod Pope

Rod Pope is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy and co-leads the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University, Australia. Rod consulted to the Australian Department of Defence for 17 years and established and led the ADF’s Defence Injury Prevention Program, 2000-2006. In this role, he worked closely with senior military physical training instructors to optimize physical training practices in the ADF, Australia-wide. Rod continues to conduct and supervise wide ranging research and consultancy projects on preventing injuries and enhancing performance during physical activity, across various tactical training and operational contexts.


Associate Professor Nigel Taylor -  University of Wollongong

Keynote Speaker - Nigel Taylor

Nigel has over thirty years of research experience in human stress physiology, with particular emphases upon environmental and exercise physiology, and in particular, human temperature regulation. He has published more than 100 refereed journal manuscripts, seven monographs and over 30 chapter contributions. He is the Reviews Editor for the European Journal of Applied Physiology, and is an International Editorial Board member of nine other refereed journals. He is the immediate past Chair of the Section on Thermal Physiology (International Commission on Comparative Physiology) of the International Union of Physiological Sciences.