Scientific commitee

Panel of distinguished clinicians / researchers who excel in the field of Medicine, Physiotherapy and Exercise, whose function is to assist in preparing the syllabus of various editions PRACTICE

Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM

Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM

Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He has served as the head team physician at Pomona College since 1988, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Sallis lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine and serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM's clinical journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports

José Luís Themudo Barata, MD, MsC, PhD

José Luís Themudo Barata, MD, MsC, PhD

He has taken his degree in Medicine taken in 1978 at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon. He mastered in 1994 by the same university on "Techniques of Measuring Body Fat in Athletes" and doctorate from the same university in 2006 on "Physical Activity in Obesity". He is a specialist in Medicine internal Medicine and Sports, with special interest in Nutrition. He is the Director of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Center Hospital of Cova da Beira. His clinical practice is mainly in Obesity and Weight Control. He is a Professor in the College of Sports and Medicine in University of Beira Interior, and also in the course of the Nutrition in the Costa da Caparica Institute of Health Sciences.

Shane Patman, PT, MsC, PhD

Shane Patman, PT, MsC, PhD

Associate Professor Shane Patman is a specialist cardiorespiratory physiotherapist (as awarded by the
Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009) currently working in the School Physiotherapy at The
University of Notre Dame Australia. Shane graduated from Sydney University, and then went on to
complete a research Masters (1999) and then a PhD (2005), both with Curtin University. He also has
completed a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at Notre Dame (2007) and the Company
Directors Course Diploma with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2011).
Shane commenced at Notre Dame in 2005; prior to that he had been working as a senior physiotherapist
within critical care at Royal Perth Hospital since 1994. Presently Shane maintains a clinical appointment
as a senior physiotherapist in the ICU on weekends at Fremantle Hospital.
Beyond Notre Dame Shane is actively engaged with the physiotherapy profession. He is involved with
registration (WA Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia), accreditation (Australian Physiotherapy
Council) and is a Board Director of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Shane also sits on the
Board of Censors of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and is the inaugural chair of the
International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists (a subgroup of the World
Confederation of Physical Therapy).

Isabel Maria Sander de Souza Guerra, PT, MsC

Isabel Maria Sander de Souza Guerra, PT, MsC

Physiotherapist at the School of Rehabilitation Alcoitão
Master in Management of Health Services, INDEG-ISCTE
Complementary Course of Technical Education and Management for Diagnostic and
Coordinator of Masters in Physiotherapy, ESSA
Specialization Branch Coordinator "Women's Health" of the Master's Degree in Physical
Therapy, ESSA
Professor and Head of course "Health Systems and Management in Physical Therapy" 4th year
of undergraduate physiotherapy
Teaching graduate in Physiotherapy in Pediatrics, ESSCVP
Professor and Head of course "Management and Administration of Health Units" in the 4th
year of degree in physical therapy, ESSCVP
Director of the magazine "FISI" Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists
Career Award given by the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists in 2005

Fernando Ribeiro, PT, MSc, PhD

Fernando Ribeiro, PT, MsC, PhD

He has a degree in Physical Therapy, Master in Sports Sciences with specialization in Physical
Activity for the 3rd Age. Doctorate in Physical Activity and Health
He is Coordinator Invited Professor at Escola Superior de Saúde da Universidade de Aveiro He
previously was a researcher at the Center for Research in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure School of
Sport, University of Porto.
He specialized in Cardiac Rehabilitation is accredited by the European Board Accrediation in
Cardiology (EBAC).
Scientific activity as a reviewer of several international scientific journals, including Journal of
Applied Physiology, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Experimental Aging Research,
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Archives of Exercise in Health and Disease, Journal of
Sports Sciences, Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences . Scientific adviser to the publication of
Consumer Reports on Health.
He is author or co-authored over 30 papers in peer-reviewed national and international
He is author and co-author of over 50 communications (invited oral presentations, poster and
other communications in oral presentations) at national and international conferences.

Stuart Biddle, PhD

Stuart Biddle, PhD

After a first degree in Physical Education and Social Studies at Loughborough University, Professor Stuart Biddle studied the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been lecturing in higher education since 1979, during which time he gained a PhD in Psychology. He was Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences 2001-2007.
His main interests are in behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviours and health. Initially focussed on motivational and emotional aspects of physical activity, Stuart has broadened his approach to include studies of the behavioural epidemiology of sedentary behaviours and physical activity, including the investigation of the prevalence of such behaviours in young people, as well as when and where active and sedentary pursuits take place. Recent work includes an intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in young adults at risk of diabetes.
Current and recent research projects have been sponsored by the Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation, NHS Health Scotland, Masterfoods, SportsScotland, Esporta Health Clubs, the Coca-Cola Foundation,, and The Golf Foundation.
Some of selected Research-Related Roles are:

  • Chair, Sedentary Behaviour & Obesity Expert Group, Department of Health’s Cross-Government Obesity Unit, 2009-2010.
  • Chair, Research Review Panel, Faculty of Physical Education & Physiotherapy, Free University of Brussels, 2010-11
  • Member, Review Panel, Nordic Sport Sciences, 2011.
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Queensland, Australia, 2006-
  • Member, Executive Committee, International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2007-2011.
  • President, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2009-2010.
  • Member of Review Panel for the School of Human Movement, University of Queensland (Chair, School Research Review Panel), 2005
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Belgian National Research Centre for Physical Activity & Sport, 2003-2007

He currently is member of the following Editorial Boards

  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 2002-
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 2004-
  • Preventive Medicine, 2005-
  • Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports, 2006-
  • European Physical Education Review, 1995-
  • Revista de Psicologia del Deporta, 1992-
  • Studia Kinanthropologica, 1999-
  • Journal of Tianjin Institute of Physical Education, 2001-

Jorge Mota, MSc, PhD

Jorge Mota, MsC, PhD

Dr. Mota earned his PhD in Sports Sciences at the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of
Porto in Portugal. He joined the faculty of the University of Porto as a Professor of Sports
Recreation and Leisure, serving as the Dean of Faculty during a two year appointment from
1996-1998. Currently Dr. Mota is Director of Research Centre in Physical Activity, Health and
Leisure and Faculty’s President of General Assembly. A visiting Professor at several Brazilian
institutions, Dr. Mota is adviser for the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity
(MEXA-SE) and is involved in physical activity promotion networks including HEPA Europe and
IPEN. His primary area of work is in issues relating to physical activity, its health related effects,
and specifically its relationship with non- communicable diseases. Dr. Mota is also involved in
the development and implementation of programmes related to physical activity and health
promotion, and he has authored numerous peer reviewed publications.


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