International Committee on Equine Exercise Physiology:

    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 and the 2010 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 Franklin BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, DipACVSMR, RCVS recognized specialist in Equine Medicine (Sports Medicine) Sam graduated from the University of Bristol in the UK and, following a period 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. Her clinical and research interests relate to poor performance in equine athletes, with a particular interest in cardiorespiratory disorders. Sam moved to the University of Adelaide in 2010. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the ICEEP international committee in 2014 and is the chair of the local committee for the 2018 conference, which will be 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.

Dr. Cathy McGowan Dr. Cathy McGowan
(University of Liverpool, England)

Cathy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 where she then went on to complete an Equine Internship followed by a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology. After 3 years working in predominantly equine racetrack practice in Australia, Cathy was appointed a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. She then worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Clinical Teacher at the University of Helsinki before joining the University of Liverpool in 2008 where she is now Professor of Equine Internal Medicine. She holds her RCVS and European Diplomas in Equine Internal Medicine. Cathy's research interests in performance horse medicine have focussed on muscle diseases and muscle function (functional biomechanics) and equine physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She is co-editor of the second editions of the textbooks "The Athletic Horse" and "Animal Physiotherapy".

Dr. Ken McKeever Dr. Ken McKeever

Dr. 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 coordinated 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. 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 190 book chapters, journal articles and proceedings papers, and more than 60 abstracts that have advanced our understanding of the athletic horse.

Dr. Erica McKenzie

Dr. Erica McKenzie
(Oregon State University, USA)

Dr. McKenzie is a specialist in internal medicine and a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her PhD studies focused on investigating equine exertional rhabdomyolysis with Dr. Stephanie Valberg at the University of Minnesota. Dr. McKenzie is currently an Associate Professor at Oregon State University and maintains a strong interest in both animal and human exercise physiology.

Professor René van Weeren

Dr. René van Weeren
(The Netherlands, chair)

René 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 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. He has been a supervisor of 29 PhD students, and is currently supervising 10 others. He is an associate editor of Equine Veterinary Journal and has been external examiner for PhD students in the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland. He is author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications or book chapters and is co-editor of the recently published 2nd edition of “Joint Disease in the Horse”. He is currently Head of Department of the Utrecht Department of Equine Sciences.