Professor Philip Ainslie

University of British Columbia


Phil Ainslie is Professor of Human Physiology and the Co-director for the Centre of Heart Lung and Vascular Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research program aims to better understand the mechanisms regulating brain blood flow in health, disease and during environmental stress. His diverse expertise in assessing cerebrovascular function during physiological scenarios ranging from sleep to exercise, the stresses of high altitude to deep-sea diving, and healthy aging to heart disease, has made him an international authority on brain vascular function.


His work in cerebrovascular physiology and pathology encompasses the lifespan, with clinical focus on spinal cord injury, lung disease and ischemic brain injuries. Phil has published >300 peer-reviewed scientific articles with >12k citations, h-index of >50 and i10 of >200 (Google Scholar). He has recently co-authored two textbooks in the area of environmental physiology, including the 6th Edition of the textbook High-Altitude Medicine and Physiology. In addition to mechanistic laboratory-based experiments he leads regular field expeditions, including various outreach initiatives, to high altitude to study acclimatization and adaptation with particular focus on indigenous populations located in the mountainous regions of Tibet, South America and Ethiopia. Phil has won numerous national and international awards for his research and sits on various senior international scientific leadership and advisory groups. He also currently co-organizes a number of international conferences related to environmental physiology. Phil continues to maintain a healthy balance in life with a keen interest in ultra-endurance trail running and various forms of climbing and water-based activities.

Presentation details

Thursday, 4 March 2021
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Riverside Theatre

Andry Jones

Professor Andy Jones

University of Exeter


Andrew M Jones is Professor of Applied Physiology at the University of Exeter, UK, where he was formerly Head of Sport and Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Research and Impact in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Prof Jones received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Brighton, after which he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in respiratory physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prof Jones is internationally recognized for his expertise in the following areas: 1) control of, and limitations to, human skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism; 2) causes of exercise intolerance in health and disease; 3) respiratory physiology, particularly the kinetics of pulmonary gas exchange during exercise; and 4) sports performance physiology and nutrition. The Jones lab combines non-invasive (pulmonary gas exchange, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, near infra-red spectrometry) and invasive (blood and skeletal muscle sampling) techniques to investigate the limitations to sustainable exercise across the spectrum of human capabilities.

Prof Jones has published >300 peer-reviewed scientific articles with >23K citations, h-index of 80 and i10 of 284 (Google Scholar). Jones is a Fellow of ACSM, BASES, ECSS and the Physiological Society. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Sport Science and a member of the editorial boards of several other leading journals in the exercise sciences. As a former international-level runner, Prof Jones has a keen interest in the translation of sports science research to aid elite sports performance and he has served as a consultant to UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport and Nike Inc.

Presentation details

Friday, 5 March 2021
8:30am – 9:30am
Riverside Theatre

Professor Lorimer Moseley

University of South Australia


Lorimer is a physiotherapist and pain scientist. He has authored 340 papers and five books. His public education and outreach articles and videos have had over 7 million reads/views.


He leads the Innovation in Implementation & Clinical Translation (IIMPACT) Collaboration, and an interdisciplinary research team that undertakes human systems research aimed at (i) understanding pain better, (ii) developing and testing better strategies to prevent and treat persistent pain, and (iii) implementing effective strategies.


He has a long-standing interest in using contemporary and innovative methods to ‘translate’ contemporary pain science into concepts and language that clinicians and patients can both understand and then integrate into their own decision making. His innovative experimental approaches have been widely recognised, for example by IASP’s inaugural clinical science prize and the Australian government’s most prestigious prize for innovation and potential transformation in medical or health research.


His ongoing commitment to education, translation and implementation is exemplified by innovative community targeted strategies such as the Pain Revolution Rural Outreach Tour and Local Pain Educator program. This work has also been widely recognised, for example by the American Pain Society’s Prize for Public Service.


His contribution to the pain field has been recognised by the University of South Australia’s first Doctor of Science award, honorary fellowship of the Australian Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australia & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, honoured membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and awards from government or community groups in 14 countries.

Presentation details

Thursday, 4 March 2021
9:00am – 10:00am
Riverside Theatre

Professor Fiona Wood AM, FRCS, FRACS

Fiona Wood Foundation


Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher for over 30 years and is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia (BSWA). She is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Winthrop Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly The McComb Foundation).


Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work with co-inventor Marie Stoner, pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), where today the technique is used worldwide.


In October 2002, Fiona was propelled into the media spotlight when the largest proportion of survivors from the 2002 Bali bombings arrived in Perth where Fiona led the medical team at Royal Perth Hospital to save many lives.


Fiona was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Western Australia Citizen of the Year award for her contribution to Medicine in the field of burns research. Fiona was then named Australian of the Year for 2005. She is an Australian Living Treasure. Fiona is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.


Fiona is married to fellow surgeon Tony Kierath and is mother to four boys and two girls.

Presentation details

Saturday, 6 March 2021
8:30am – 9:30am
Riverside Theatre