Scientific Program

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Poster only list.

The program includes of the following top keynote speakers:
  • Birgitta Essén-Gustavsson: Muscle metabolic responses to exercise – 40 years of research
  • Ken Hinchcliff: Key publications in equine exercise physiology 2017-2021
  • Mike Davis: Fatigue in Equine Exercise: Multiple Answers to a Simple Question
  • Gunther Van Loon: Diagnosing cardiac arrhythmias in performance horses
  • Hedvig Kjellström: Biomechanics and machine learning
  • Renaud Leguillette and Warwick Bayly: EIPH – the role of blood volume and left sided cardiac function
  • Alan Wilson:  From equine anatomy to cheetah biomechanics:  taking the gait lab into the wild
Warwick Bayly

Dr. Warwick Bayly is a Professor of Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Washington State University. He graduated from the veterinary faculty at the University of Melbourne, and went on to get his MS at Ohio State University in the USA and PhD from the University of Liège in Belgium. He had the good fortune to attend the first ICEEP in Oxford in 1982 and has participated in each conference since then. His principal academic interests are equine exercise science and exercise-associated diseases, with emphasis on the respiratory system. His current focus is on the pathogenesis and management of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Author of over 150 scientific papers and text-book chapters related to equine exercise science and medicine and has co-edited all 4 editions of the well-known text-book, “Equine Internal Medicine." He also served as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (2000-2008), is a past-president of the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) and a former director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

Michael Davis

Dr. Davis earned his veterinary degree in 1988 from Texas A&M University, and earned ACVIM board certification in large animal internal medicine after completing a residency at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in 1995. He earned a PhD in physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1999, and has been employed as a research exercise physiologist at Oklahoma State University since 1998, where he holds the John Oxley Endowed Chair in Equine Sports Medicine. Dr. Davis was part of the inaugural class of board-certified specialists in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2012, and recently completed a term as president of that College. His awards include the Pfizer/Zoetis Award for Research Excellence (2005 & 2016), the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award (2008), and the ACVIM Hero in Medicine award in 2009. His research interests center on the physiology of exercise in extreme environments.

Birgitta Essén Gustavsson

At the University of Stockholm I got my BSc in 1971. I finished my PhD in 1978 at the Karolinska Institutet (Studies of the regulation of metabolism in human skeletal muscle using intermittent exercise as an experimental model). I then worked as a Research Officer at the departement of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala and in 1987 I became Associated professor in physioloogy, especialy muscle metabolism.

The main interest has been to increase the knowledge about skeletal muscle characteristics and metabolic response in relation to physical activity, nutrition, age and different stress-situations. A specific interest has been to study the metabolic response within the individual fibre types. Muscle fibre characteristics and metabolic response to exercise has been studied using biochemical, histochemical and immunohistochemical analyses. Studies have been performed on both humans, horses, pigs, cattle, reindeer and laboratory animals. I have been to 8 ICCEP meetings and was an editor for the 7th ICEEP proceedings.

Ken Hinchcliff

A graduate of the Melbourne Veterinary School, Ken is former Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is currently the Warden (CEO) of Trinity College, Melbourne.

After several years in large animal practice in Victoria, Ken completed an advanced training program in large animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in equine exercise physiology at the Ohio State University with Ken McKeever and Bill Muir. Ken was a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU before joining the University of Melbourne in 2007 as Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. Professor Hinchcliff’s research is focused on exercise science, and in particular exercise and exercise-related diseases of horses and sled dogs. He was a practicing veterinarian until being appointed dean.

Professor Hinchcliff is an ACVIM diplomate (large animal) and the author of over 190 peer- reviewed scientific publications and in particular seminal publications on EIPH, and the 9th, 10th (2007) and 11th (2017) editions of “Veterinary Medicine: A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats” which is the most highly cited textbook in veterinary medicine. He is the lead editor of the first (2004), second (2014) and third (2022) editions of the textbook “Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery: basic and clinical sciences of the equine athlete” and an editor of the second edition of “Five Minute Veterinary Consult – Equine” (2009) and the 5th edition of Saunder’s Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary. He is the author of numerous book chapters and other scholarly works. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the highest ranked veterinary clinical journal (Impact Factor 3.33).

Professor Hinchcliff was a member of the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board (2008-2021), where he chaired its Science Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Listing Committee of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). He was previously chair of the National Committee of ICEEP (2002 Kentucky), a member of the International Committee (2002-2014), Chair of the International Committee (2010-2014, Chester) and member of the National Committee (2018, Lorne, Australia).

Hedvig Kjellström

Hedvig Kjellström is a Professor in the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She is also a Principal AI Scientist at Silo AI, Sweden and an affiliated researcher in the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany. She received an MSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 1997 and 2001, respectively. The topic of her doctoral thesis was 3D reconstruction of human motion in video. Between 2002 and 2006 she worked as a scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, where she focused on Information Fusion and Sensor Fusion. In 2007 she returned to KTH, pursuing research in activity analysis in video. Her present research focuses on methods for enabling artificial agents to interpret the behavior of humans and other animals, and also to behave in ways interpretable to humans. These ideas are applied in performing arts, healthcare, veterinary science, and smart society.

In 2010, she was awarded the Koenderink Prize for fundamental contributions in Computer Vision for her ECCV 2000 article on human motion reconstruction, written together with Michael Black and David Fleet. She has written around 100 papers in the fields of Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics, Information Fusion, Cognitive Science, Speech, and Human-Computer Interaction. She is mostly active within Computer Vision, where she is an Associate Editor for IEEE TPAMI and regularly serves as Area Chair for the major conferences.

Renaud Léguillette

Dr. Renaud Léguillette is the Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and is Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). Dr. Léguillette has been a member of the UCVM department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences since its early days in 2006.

Dr. Léguillette is diplomate of the ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and the ACVSMR (Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Equine) and is mainly practicing as a UCVM specialist at Moore Equine in Balzac, Alberta.

Renaud graduated from the ENVA (Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort), Paris, in 1994, and did an internship and a residency in equine medicine to then earn his M.Sc. for a study on horses affected with asthma at the FMV (Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire), Université de Montreal. He then completed a PhD on airway smooth muscle in human patients with asthma at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories at McGill University. Dr. Léguillette has developed a research program on inflammatory lung diseases (ie horse asthma) and EIPH (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage), as well as in equine sports medicine with a focus on cardio-respiratory exercise physiology. His clinical research is often collecting data in the field on sports horses from the community in Alberta and from international collaborations.

Gunther van Loon

Gunther van Loon graduated from Ghent University, Belgium, in 1992 and has worked at Ghent University, Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, ever since. In 2001 he finished his PhD on “Atrial pacing and experimental atrial fibrillation in equines”. In 2004 he became ECEIM Diplomate and in 2011 Associate Member of ECVDI. In 2015 he received the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) award for ‘Clinical Research’ (Liverpool, UK) and the Merial Applied Equine Research Award for outstanding research regarding ‘Advances in Equine Cardiology’, awarded by the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) (Guadalajara, Mexico). Gunther van Loon is head of the Large Animal Internal Medicine Department and of the Equine Cardioteam at Ghent University. He is Past-President of the Belgian Equine Practitioners Society (BEPS). His major interests are in the field of equine cardiovascular disease, especially arrhythmias, electrocardiography, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, 3D electro-anatomical mapping, radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias, echocardiography, TDI, 2D ST and cardiac biomarkers.

Alan Wilson

Professor Alan Wilson studied Veterinary Medicine and intercalated Physiology at Glasgow University, where he also competed internationally as a distance runner. His PhD at Bristol University was on the mechanical basis of tendon injury. He is now Professor of Locomotor Biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, where he is head of the Structure and Motion Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

His research focuses on the anatomical, mechanical and physiological limits to locomotor performance in species ranging from humans and racehorses to cheetahs and wildebeest. He has pioneered novel GPS and motion tracking technologies for studying wild animals in their natural environment. Most of his current research is based in Botswana where he is involved in all aspects of the research program from capture and collaring of wild animals through to flying aerial surveys. Alan’s work has featured in a number of BBC wildlife documentaries, including ‘The Secret Life of the Cat’ and ‘Big Cats’.

Alan will describe the specialised anatomy of athletic animals with particular reference to muscle and tendon and discuss the factors that define endurance, speed, acceleration and manoeuvring performance. He will present data and insights gained from studies of a range of domestic species, African predators and their prey. He will talk about the evolution from laboratory based measurements to developing wildlife collars containing using GPS and inertial sensors. Topics will include how athletic a prey animal needs to be to evade capture by a cheetah or lion, the tactics the prey should use to maximise its chance of survival and the remarkable anatomy and physiology that enable a wildebeest to cover 80 km over five days in 40 degree heat without drinking.