International Committee on Equine Exercise Physiology:

    Warwick Bayly Warwick Bayly BVSc, MS, PhD, DipACVIM
Designated ICEEP Treasurer
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).

Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck

Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She obtained a PhD on respiratory function testing in horses at the University of Liège (Belgium) and worked as a clinician in equine sports medicine. She worked two years at the equine clinic at the veterinary school of Lyon (France). In 2006, she contributed to developing the equine sports medicine unit in the CIRALE in Normandy (France) where she consulted as senior clinician. In 2010, she set up the Equine Sports Medicine Practice (ESMP), a private ambulatory referral practice based in Belgium, specialized in equine internal and sports medicine. Emmanuelle specializes in the investigation of performance and poor performance in equine athletes of all disciplines, from racing Thoroughbreds to elite endurance horses. She has been appointed team veterinarian by the Royal Belgian Federation for Equestrian Sports and follows horses competing at international level in show jumping, eventing and dressage. Emmanuelle is a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) and an expert with the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List Group. She is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences.

Dr. Jonathan Foreman Dr. Jonathan Foreman
(USA, secretary)

Dr. Jonathan Foreman has served as the President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine and as the Chair of the Sports Medicine Committee of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He graduated from the College of William and Mary (BS, Biology, 1978), the University of Georgia (DVM, 1981), and Washington State University (MS, Exercise Physiology, 1984). He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Washington State University and became board-certified by the American College of Internal Medicine in 1986. His current position is Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Foreman served as an official veterinarian at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, the 2019 Tokyo Test Event, and the 2010 and 2018 World Equestrian Games. His research on thermoregulation was instrumental in modifying the 1996 Olympic Three-Day Events in Atlanta to make them safer for horses competing in inhospitable southeastern summer heat conditions. Dr. Foreman also has studied extensively the responses of horses to various drugs used illegally to influence the outcome of races and horse shows. He currently studies the effects of single and multiple analgesics on horses at rest and during exercise.

Dr. Pat Harris Dr. Sam Franklin
(Australia, national committee chair)

Sam graduated from the University of Bristol in the UK in 1995 and, following a period working in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to complete a PhD relating to dynamic upper airway obstructions in equine athletes. Whilst in the UK, Sam was instrumental in the development of the world's first overground endoscope with the aid of funding from the Horserace Betting Levy Board. Sam moved to the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 2010, where she holds the post of Associate Professor and is currently the Head of the Department of Equine Health and Performance. Her clinical and research interests relate to poor performance in equine athletes, with a particular interest in cardiorespiratory disorders. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and an RCVS and Australian recognised specialist in equine sports medicine. Sam was previously the chair of the local committee for the highly successful 2018 Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, held in Australia.

Dr. Anna Jansson Dr. Anna Jansson
Anna (MSc, PhD, Docent) graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 1994 and completed her PhD on sodium and potassium regulation in athletic horses at the same university in 1999. Since then, her research has been focused on training, nutrition, management and health of sport horses. According to Scopus (2016) she is among the top five most publishing authors on the combined subjects of exercise and nutrition in horses. In 2012, Anna was recruited as Professor in Equine Science at Hólar University College on Iceland and promoted to Professor in Equine Nutrition and Management at SLU. In 2015, she was appointed as Professor in Domestic Animal Physiology at SLU.

Renaud LĂ©guillette Dr. Renaud Léguillette is the Calgary Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and is diplomate of the ACVIM (Internal Medicine) and the ACVSMR (Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Equine). Dr. Léguillette is Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and has been a member of the UCVM department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences since its early days in 2006. Dr. Léguillette is practicing as a UCVM equine internal medicine and sports medicine specialist at Moore Equine in Balzac, Alberta. Dr. Léguillette graduated from the ENVA (Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort), Paris, in 1994, and earned his M.Sc. for a study on horses affected with asthma and 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 equine asthma) and exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), as well as in equine sports medicine with a focus on cardio-respiratory exercise physiology. His clinical research often involves collecting data in the field in sports horses from the community in Alberta and from international collaborations.

Dr. Ken McKeever Kenneth Harrington McKeever, Ph.D., FACSM, FAPS

Ken McKeever received his B.S. degree and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and Fresno State University. Following completion of his Masters he worked as the Assistant Manager of Post-Time Thoroughbred Ranch in Tulare, California. McKeever earned his Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at the University of Arizona where he also managed the University Horse Center and Quarter Horse breeding program. Upon completing his Ph.D. McKeever served for two years as a National Academies of Sciences-National Research Council Resident Research Associate in the Cardiovascular Research Lab at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. From 1987 to 1994 Dr. McKeever developed and coordinated research at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory at the Ohio State University. In 1995 he joined the Faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers University as an Associate Professor and proceeded to build, develop, and coordinate one of the most active Equine Exercise Physiology laboratories in the USA. Dr. McKeever earned the rank of Full Professor in 2009 and currently serves as Associate Director of the Rutgers University Equine Science Center. He currently serves as Past-President of the Equine Science Society as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Comparative Exercise Physiology. On a basic level his research has focused on comparative exercise and cardiovascular physiology with a particular interest in the effects of aging on the integration of the cardiovascular, renal, and endocrine systems in the control of blood pressure, blood volume and fluid and electrolyte balance. On an applied level, his research has focused on the effects of performance enhancing practices on the physiological responses of the equine athlete. These studies are just part of the more than 220 book chapters, journal articles and proceedings papers, and more than 70 abstracts that have advanced our understanding of the athletic horse. Dr. McKeever was one of the first scientists to be named a Fellow of the American College Sports Medicine for work with horses and he is the first and only Equine Physiologist named a Fellow by the American Physiological Society.

Dr. Erica McKenzie

Dr. Erica McKenzie
(Oregon State University, USA, Chair)

Dr. McKenzie is the chair of the international committee of ICEEP for the 2018-2022 term. She graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1996. She obtained her PhD in 2003 studying exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses with Dr. Stephanie Valberg and then completed a two-year post-doctoral position studying exercising horses and sled dogs with Dr. Michael Davis. She is a Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Oregon State University where she has been located since 2005, performing research, clinical duty and teaching of third and fourth year veterinary students. Dr. McKenzie is also a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation; the author of more than 30 research manuscripts relevant to exercising horses and dogs, and an editorial consultant regarding exercise based manuscripts for two scientific journals. Special interests include characterization and prevention of myopathies in horses, the factors relevant to successful athletic performance, and features of nutrition and disease relevant to long distance exercise in horses, dogs and humans.

Dr. Toshiyuki Takahashi Dr. Toshiyuki Takahashi
(Japan) DVM, PhD

Dr Takahashi graduated in 1992 from Hokkaido University in Japan. He worked for five years as a clinician at the Racehorse Hospital of the training center of the Japan Racing Association (JRA). In 1997 he started working at the JRA Equine Research Institute, and currently he is head of the Sports Science Division of this institute. In 2007, he obtained a PhD on biomechanics and epidemiology of tendon injury in racehorses at Hokkaido University. His current research interests are in biomechanics, tendon and ligaments, EMG, and the epidemiology of limb injuries in racehorses.

Professor René van Weeren

Dr. René van Weeren graduated in 1983 from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and stayed there at the Department of General and Large Animal Surgery. In 1989 he defended his PhD-thesis entitled “Skin displacement in equine kinematic gait analysis”. From 1991 until 1993 he worked at the Veterinary School of the “Universidad Nacional” in Heredia, Costa Rica. After returning to Utrecht, he qualified as a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994 and became an associate professor in 1996. He was appointed as full professor in Equine Musculoskeletal Biology in 2007. Currently he is mainly involved in management and research and was the manager of a large project focusing on the influence of exercise on the development of the equine musculoskeletal system and osteochondrosis. His areas of interest are regenerative medicine of articular cartilage, tendons and biomechanics with a special focus on quantitative gait analysis. He has been a supervisor of 35 PhD students, and is currently supervising 12 others. He has been an associate editor of the Equine Veterinary Journal for years and has been external examiner for PhD students in the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications or book chapters and is co-editor of the 2nd edition of “Joint Disease in the Horse”. He is currently Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Utrecht University.