Sports Nutrition Live, 23 April 2016, Cavendish Conference Centre, London

£84 (inc.VAT) - additional discounts also available for students and members of associations. BANT and REPS CPD points pending.


8.45 – 9.15:

Teas, herbal teas, coffee and a fruit platter are available for you to enjoy during registration

9.15 – 9.45:
Introduction to the day

Ian Craig the course leader will welcome you to the day, introducing the concept of ‘functional sports nutrition’ to you and his experiences using the model.

9.45 – 10.45:
Dr Justin Roberts PhD

Nutritional Physiology and the Gut

Nutritional strategies employed by athletes and recreationally active individuals can place significant ‘load’ on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. With a relatively high number of individuals reporting GI related issues during both training and events, this session will explore the role functional nutrition may have on supporting the GI tract. With an aim on reducing GI endotoxemia and/or structural integrity through probiotic and amino acid strategies, this session will also discuss the potential therapeutic effect of nutritional strategies to benefit the athlete.

About Dr Justin Roberts PhD

Justin is a Senior Lecturer and researcher with our The Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences . He is an accredited Sport and Exercise Physiologist and Chartered Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and a Member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is also a Registered Nutritional Therapist with the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the Nutrition Therapy Council (NTC) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

With over 20 years’ experience in sport and exercise physiology and nutrition, Justin has worked at various institutions including the British Olympic Medical Centre (London), Brunel University, Victoria University (Melbourne) and the University of Hertfordshire (where he was the BASES laboratory director).
Justin specialises in performance and functional nutrition with a central aim of exploring dietary and supplementation strategies to support performance, recovery and health-related adaptations to exercise. His current research interests involve the use of probiotic strategies to minimise gastro-intestinal endotoxemia in ultra-endurance athletes.

10.45 – 11.00:

A short break for teas, herbal teas, coffee and water.  This is also your opportunity to speak to exhibitors about the products and services they can offer you.

11.00 – 12.00:
Dr Peter Koeppel PhD


Physiological and health benefits of nucleotides and its effect on performance

External stresses can have both positive and negative effects on the immune function and the susceptibility to minor illnesses. Dietary nucleotides can improve the relationship between external stresses (e.g. exercise), the immune system and host protection, since they are the basic components of DNA/RNA and are involved in cell replacement, protein synthesis and the endocrine system. Trials have shown that supplementary nucleotides can improve the gut flora, the gut health and the length of the villi, extending significant impact on digestion and absorption of nutrients. Intensive stress sports studies have proven the relationship of ‘controlled’ cortisol release and immune protection through nucleotide supplementation.

About Dr Peter Koepell PhD

Dr. Peter Koeppel has a PhD in Biochemistry and Immunology. He was trained in Biochemistry with a special interest in clinical Immunology at the Institute of Virology at the University of Zürich. He then worked as a researcher in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis in a pharmaceutical company in Basel. Since 1989 he has been involved in producing special additives for human nutrition for ProBio Ltd, laterally becoming the managing director of this company in year 2000.

Justin Roberts

12.00 – 13.00:

A healthy, freshly prepared, three-course buffet lunch is served.

13.00 – 14.00:
Eifion Weinzweig

Periodised nutritional strategies for Tour de France riders and other endurance athletes

Preparing an athlete for the Tour de France takes time; going through the segments of the season require different testing protocols, red flag analyses, and ultimately different nutrition and supplement regimes. Taking an in-depth view of the first stages of testing protocols for cyclists, as well as types of nutritional changes or cases we could see, this session providing an insight into testing protocols for the 4 segments of a cyclists season in preparation for the Tour. This will provide possible strategies that can be adapted to many types of endurance sports.

About Eifion Weinzweig

Eifion Weinzweig BSc is a seasoned sports performer who studied Sports Science at Newport University. Having won 2 World Championships as a dancer, he then converted to the world of elite cycling. He is the Managing Director of the Centre for Integrated Sports Medicine and the Centre for Integrated Healthcare who, with the aid of a group of specialists, concentrates on health and performance enhancement working with European professional cycling teams, Olympic athletes and the general public.

14.00 – 14.15:

The final short refreshment break of the day.


14.15 – 15.15:
Dr Graeme Close BSc., PhD

Metabolic and Nutritional Requirements of Elite Rugby: Are carbohydrates still king when it comes to performance?

Sport Nutrition has witnessed significant changes in the last decade. Whilst traditional guidelines have been focused upon maximising game-day performance, emerging research is beginning to suggest that the metabolic adaptations to training may require a very different nutritional approach; an approach that could be described as “targeted carbohydrate periodisation.” Unfortunately, this message is being somewhat confused in the popular media with suggestions now emerging that elite rugby players (and all athletes in fact) may not need carbohydrate per se during training or competition. This presentation will look at the role of carbohydrate in cell signalling, as well as re-examining the importance of carbohydrate for match day performance using classic and contemporary research, combined with my applied experiences from over two decades of working within professional rugby. Finally, a working model will be proposed and discussed to help practitioners develop their own periodised carbohydrate strategies.

About Dr Graeme Close BSc., PhD

Graeme Close is a Reader in Applied Physiology and Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, UK where he is the programme lead for the MSc in Sport Nutrition. His research is focused upon the effects of vitamin D deficiencies in athletic performance, the role of antioxidants in the recovery of muscle function and practical nutrition in elite rugby. He has published approximately 75 papers on various aspects of sport nutrition & exercise physiology and is currently supervising 12 PhD students.

From an applied perspective, Graeme is accredited with the UK Strength and conditioning Association (UKSCA), he is an accredited physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and is on the Sport and exercise Nutrition register (SENr) where he also serves on the executive committee. Graeme is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, he is the lead nutritionist for British Ski and Snowboard he works with professional jockeys and European Tour golfers as well as regularly providing nutrition consultancy to Super League Rugby clubs. Prior to his academic studies, Graeme was a former professional rugby league player and has represented his country at youth and student level.

15.15 – 15.30:

The final short refreshment break of the day.


15.30 – 16.30:
Dr Hannah Moir, BSc, PGCE, PhD

Dietary strategies to recover from exercise: Are antioxidants the answer?

Exhaustive or unaccustomed intense exercise has been associated to the onset of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) and the associated occurrence of the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS). Such effects have led to a wide-spread area of investigation into ways to assist the recovery or reduce the impact of exercise, especially considering the involvement oxidative stress and inflammation. The use of antioxidants and associated food sources in supporting our natural antioxidant defence system has gained focus in recent years; so what is the current evidence and which sources play an effective part, if any.

About Dr Hannah Moir, BSc, PGCE, PhD

Dr Hannah Moir, BSc, PGCE, PhD. Completed her PhD in the expression and activation of 5’AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) and immune function in aerobic exercise at the Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2009. She is currently a senior lecturer in health and exercise prescription and Theme Leader for the Sport, Exercise, Nutrition and Public Health Research Group at Kingston University, London. Hannah’s current research is on the recovery of muscle damage and inflammation and the association to clinical conditions such as diabetes, as well as the application to extreme environments and ultra-endurance events. She has a number of peer-reviewed articles in the field of exercise immunology, biochemistry and physiology, and provides consultancy for injury, inflammatory conditions and exercise prescription. Hannah is also the STEM Outreach Champion for Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry. Hannah is a member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences, the Physiological Society and International Society of Exercise and Immunology. Hannah also enjoys playing netball.

Peter Koepell

16.30 – 17.00:
Q and A session

Question and Answer session

All speakers take the stage for a live and interactive question and answer session.

Just some of the learning outcomes
  • How intense and prolonged exercise impacts the gastrointestinal system, plus nutritional strategies to improve the structural integrity of the gut.
  • The metabolic requirements of rugby and how to optimally support players from a perspective of macronutrient intake.
  • To put antioxidant use into practical and effective application when it comes to supporting an athlete’s recovery.
  • How to support a team of cyclists (or other endurance athletes) through periodised laboratory assessment and nutritional intervention.
What's included with your booking
  • A full day’s education with six internationally-recognised speakers in the field of sports nutrition.
  • Free goody bag.
  • Free product samples.
  • Free healthy refreshments and buffet lunch, all freshly prepared.
  • Free audio, video and presentation downloads sent to you after the event.
  • CPD accreditation for each event. (BANT and REPs CPD accreditation pending).


“Really great content and excellent speakers”

Jack Weeks

Delegate, Sports Nutrition Live 2014

“Great information, very current, I enjoyed it!”

Emma Mayou

Delegate, Sports Nutrition Live 2014

“A great day!”

Sam Dunkley

Delegate, Sports Nutrition Live 2014

“Today was super!”

Dorthe Hummel

Delegate, Sports Nutrition Live 2014

Book your place

Places cost £84, with additional discounts for members of associations and students.