BASES 2017 Keynote Speakers

Professor Keith George

Professor Keith George is the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) and Professor of Exercise and Cardiovascular Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. He was Head of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University for 8 years including the REF2013 submission. Throughout his academic career his primary interest has been the impact of acute or chronic exercise on the heart and circulatory system with a technical focus on novel imaging technologies.  He has published over 250 original peer-review journal articles and is currently an Editor/Board member for three International Journals (EJAP, PTiS and JAP).  He has been a member of BASES since 1990 and a Fellow since 2012. He has a specific interest in the impact of prolonged exercise/ultra-endurance athletic events upon cardiac structure, function and biomarkers of cellular damage and cardiac strain and this will be the focus of his talk at the BASES student conference.


Dr Kate Hays

Kate took over the position of Head of Performance Psychology for the English Institute of Sport in September 2015, after a 13 year career as an applied sport psychologist. Whilst Kate has experience working with several sports, her primary contracts have been with British Diving and Harlequins Rugby Union team. In both contexts she has worked within a multidisciplinary team; contributing to Olympic medals and World Championship gold medal winning performances in diving, and the 2011-2012 Premiership title, and the 2012-2013 LV Cup titles in rugby. In her role as a sport psychologist she has travelled extensively and has supported the diving team at several National and International competitions including the Olympic Games and World Championships, and Harlequins at all domestic and international competitions. As such, she has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the high performance sport environment, and the needs of a diverse range of elite athletes and coaches. Throughout her applied sport psychology career, Kate has continued to pursue her research interests. Her own PhD thesis examined ‘The Role of Sport Confidence in World Class Sport Performance’, and was based upon the experiences of World Championship and Olympic medallists. Kate now remains research active through her supervision of applied sport psychology PhD research programmes, the most recent of which explored the psychology of the yips and lost move syndrome in sport.


Dr Sharon Dixon

 Dr Sharon Dixon is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter, and has been a lecturer here since January 1999. Dr Dixon gained her Ph.D. (Loughborough University) in 1996, investigating the influence of footwear interventions on Achilles tendon loading. In the period 1997-1998, she held postdoctoral research positions in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham and in the Human Performance Laboratory, University of Calgary. Dr Dixon leads the Exeter Biomechanics Research Team (ExBiRT), comprising fellow lecturers, post-doctoral staff and research students. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in Sport and Health Sciences. Dr Dixon is the Equality and Diversity Champion for Sport and Health Sciences, and is a lead member of the Athena SWAN working group


Professor Andy Jones

Andrew Jones PhD is Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter, UK, where he is presently Associate Dean for Research & Impact in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his expertise 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. Recent work, in collaboration with colleagues in the University of Exeter Medical School, has focused on the role of dietary nitrate in enhancing nitric oxide production and in modulating blood pressure, blood flow, and muscle efficiency and performance. Prof Jones has authored more than 250 original research and review articles 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, and the European College of Sport Science. Jones is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Sport Science and serves on the Editorial Board of nine other international journals in sports medicine and exercise science. Prof Jones acted as consultant physiologist to UK Athletics for many years and has held advisory positions with the English Institute of Sport, Gatorade Sports Science Institute and Nike Sport Research.