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The inaugural International Sports Science Symposium on Performance Enhancement and Technology will be held at the University of Oregon (UO) in Eugene, OR, July 18-21, 2014, just prior to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Track and Field Championships, which are scheduled at UO’s Hayward Field from July 22-26, 2014. The symposium is expected to draw 250 attendees from around the world, brought together to encourage a dialogue about best practices in sports performance and technology.

The symposium is organized around the following thematic sessions:

  • Performance Maintenance
  • Adaptive Technology
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Drugs and Sport

Scientific abstract submissions are welcome for podium or poster presentation at the symposium.
Abstract submission deadline: March 31. Follow guidelines for submissions.

Four world-renowned experts will be presenting keynote addresses specific to each thematic session. Below are excerpts from their illustrious careers:

Stan James, MD
Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Receiving his MD in 1962, Dr. James has contributed to a lasting legacy of injury prevention and performance enhancement, especially as it pertains to runners. His seminal work on the benefit of exercise on ligament healing was published in The American Journal of Physiology in 1970, well ahead of its time in the history of sports medicine. Dr. James was a collaborator of Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike and legendary track coach at the University of Oregon, contributing to innovative designs for running footwear. Other highlights of his career include being a Founding Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Medical Director for the US Olympic Trials in 1976, 1980, and 2008, and being inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s Hall of Fame in 2012.


Rory Cooper, PhD
University of Pittsburgh and VA RR&D Center of Excellence at Pittsburgh
Dr. Cooper has led an illustrious career, both as a scientist and an athlete. One of his singular achievements was to receive a bronze medal in 1988 at the Paralympic Games, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Completing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 1989, he went on to serve on the steering committee of the 1996 Paralympic Scientific Congress in Atlanta,  and the Sports Scientist for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in Beijing, China. He currently serves as FISA & Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Chair and Distinguished Professor within the Dept. of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehab, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Founding Director and Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA RR&D Center of Excellence at Pittsburgh.


Jack Daniels, PhD
A.T. Still University
Arguably one of the primary pioneers of altitude training research Dr. Daniels is a leading voice in the current discussions on the relative effectiveness of altitude training in its application to sport. He has direct experience, as an athlete, coach and scientist. Dr. Daniels is a two-time Olympic medalist (1956, 1960) who has gone on to coach collegiate and Olympic athletes, receiving the accolade of being named the “world’s best running coach” by Runner’s World. Dr. Daniels continues to coach and teach the next generation of runners and sports scientists, while continuing his ongoing longitudinal research on the physiology of elite athletes.


David Cowan, PhD
King’s College London, Drug Control Centre
Dr. Cowan’s career in pharmaceutical research and drug control analysis serves as an iconic example of diligence in the pursuit of scientific research. Professor Cowan co-founded the Drug Control Centre in 1978 and became its Director in 1990. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in developing novel analytical approaches to detect drug metabolites, especially in the area of sport. Dr. Cowan has contributed his expertise in several Olympic Games, including Salt Lake in 2002, Sydney in 2004, Turin in 2006, and most recently London in 2012. Additionally, he was a member of key international committees which led to the first World Anti-Doping Convention. Professor Cowan currently serves as Head of the Department of Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring at King’s College London and Director of the Drug Control Centre.


For full details, scheduling and contact information, visit http://intlsportsci.uoregon.edu/