News23 Jun 2022

Eugene to host Endurance Medicine Conference


Athletes compete at the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia (© Getty Images)

Experts in endurance performance and medical care will meet in Eugene when the World Athletics Health & Science Department hosts its Endurance Medicine Conference on 19 July.

The conference, held at the University of Oregon during the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, is intended for physicians, coaches, physical therapists, sport scientists and other health care providers who have an interest in endurance performance and quality medical care at endurance events.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required – click here to register.

Four main aspects of endurance races will be discussed:

the evolution of running and injury risk
physiological determinants in endurance performance
medical care organisation at international mass running events
prevention and treatment of heat-related illnesses

The conference will also feature the launch of the World Academy for Endurance Medicine, powered by World Athletics.

Speakers include:

• Chris Troyanos, ATC – Executive Director, International Institute for Race Medicine

Chris Troyanos has an extensive record providing medical leadership and logistical support at road races. He oversees the medical care of the Boston Marathon, serving as the event’s Medical Coordinator. Throughout his career, Troyanos has liaised with numerous stakeholders to establish benchmark medical protocols, pre-event training and communication procedures in endurance medical care. He also shares his expertise through his leadership as Executive Director of the IIRM.

• William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM – Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. William Roberts is an experienced Medical Director at the Twin Cities Marathon, Minnesota. As an academic, Dr. Roberts has authored numerous high relevance research publications in the field of sports medicine and is a fellow, past president, and current foundation president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a founding member and past president of the IIRM and currently serves on the executive board.

• Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB – Professor, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa

Former founding director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy, University of Delaware, Newark. Dr. Davis’ research focuses on the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury, and extends to the development of interventions to alter faulty mechanics through gait retraining. She has also been studying the use of wearable sensors in both the evaluation and treatment of injured runners. Dr. Davis has given over 350 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored 160 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during walking and running gait and was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Running.” She is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Biomechanics and the 2019 ASB Borelli award winner. She is also a Fellow, past Vice President, and current President-Elect of the American College of Sports Medicine.

• Trent Stellingwerff, PhD – Director of Innovation and Research, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

Dr. Trent Stellingwerff is a leading scholar in exercise physiology. His primary research focuses are in the field of nutrition and physiology interactions, as well as in environmental (heat and altitude) physiology. Dr. Stellingwerff provides physiology expertise for the Canadian National rowing and track and field high performance programmes.

• Stephane Bermon, MD, PhD – Medical Director of the Health and Science Department at World Athletics

A leading expert in his field, Dr. Stephane Bermon’s research is mostly focused on exercise physiology and sports medicine. His research work relating to endocrinology and physical performance is deemed benchmark in academia. Dr. Bermon holds vast experience in both leading and informing the development and implementation of medical care protocols of international elite sport competitions.

• John Cianca, MD – Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. John Cianca has overseen the medical care of the Houston Marathon for over 23 years as the race medical director. His extensive record providing medical leadership in marathon events has made him a specialist in the fields of hydration and hyponatremia. He is a founding member and past president of the International Institute for Race Medicine, and currently serves as Executive Board Chair.

• George T. Chiampas, DO – Assistant Professor and Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Dr. George Chiampas is an experienced Medical Director at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Shamrock Shuffle. He is an expert in operational safety and emergency preparedness and response in mass event incidents. Dr. Chiampas provides consultancy on numerous high profile sporting entities in medical guidance and operational plans. A member of several medical societies, Dr. Chiampas is a founding member of the IIRM and currently serves on the executive board.

• Yuri Hosokawa, PhD – Assistant Professor at Waseda University in Tokyo and Science Advisor for Sport Safety Japan

Dr. Yuri Hosokawa is a former president of Communication and Education at the Korey Stringer Institute, where she is currently a member of the advisory board. Dr. Hosokawa’s research interests include prevention and education of sudden death in sport, establishing best practices in road race medicine, development of heat guidelines, and prevention and treatment of exertional heat stroke.

During the conference, participants will improve their knowledge on medical care organisation procedures in endurance events, including how to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses and injuries occurring during endurance events.

The conference, organised together with the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM), will also offer recipients of the World Athletics American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) grants the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

The conference schedule and further information can be found here or by contacting