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We are delighted to announce our speakers for the BASES Student Conference 2023.

Dr Anita Biswas

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Sports Physician - English Institute of Sport

Dr Biswas qualified at Nottingham University in 1993, working in Accident and Emergency and paediatrics before completing a master’s degree in Sports Medicine. She qualified as a GP, worked at Headley Court (Military Rehabilitation Centre) and then completed a Clinical Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Queen Medical Centre in Nottingham.  For 20 years, she has worked with national and international sports teams (including football, cycling, athletics, sailing, canoeing, hockey, tennis) working at the Olympic Medical Institute, The British Olympic Association Intensive Rehabilitation Unit and the English Institute of Sport. She currently works at the English Institute of Sport at Bisham Abbey with part of her role responsible for optimising athlete health.

Dr Biswas has worked at three Summer and one Winter Paralympic Games (two as Chief Medical Officer), The Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and Olympic Games in London and Rio. She is a tournament doctor for Queen’s and Wimbledon tennis tournaments.  She is passionate about keeping athletes playing their sports, keeping active people active, regardless of their age, and helping inactive people become active. She has a holistic approach, treating not only the injury but also addressing the underlying causes, working closely with allied professionals e.g. physiotherapists and osteopaths to optimise care.

Professor Andy Jones

Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter

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Andrew M Jones PhD is Professor of Applied Physiology in the Department of Sport and Health Sciences. Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his research in the following areas:

  1. Control of, and limitations to, skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism;
  2. Causes of exercise intolerance in health and disease;
  3. Respiratory physiology, particularly the kinetics of pulmonary gas exchange and ventilation during and following exercise; and
  4. Sports performance physiology and nutrition, particularly in relation to endurance athletics.

Prof Jones has authored more than 350 original research and review articles (>35K citations) and is co-Editor of three books. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the European College of Sport Science and the Physiological Society. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and serves on the Editorial Board of six other international journals in sports medicine and exercise science. Prof Jones has acted as a consultant to a number of governing bodies of sport or commercial companies including UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Nike Inc.

Dr Phil Birch

Senior Lecturer, University of Chichester

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After completing his PhD in 2014 which developed instruments to measure mental toughness in sport, Phil joined the team at the University of Chichester. Phil leads a range of undergraduate sport and exercise psychology and esports modules and leads the postgraduate module titled Advanced Performance Psychology.

Phil’s main area of research interest is performance psychology in traditional sports and esport. Phil is currently examining stress, coping, and mental ill health in esports athletes and the use of think aloud protocols in both traditional sports and esports. Phil’s research activity in the psychology of esports field is reflected by his role on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Electronic Gaming and Esports.