4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance 28 November - 1 December 2017
Melbourne Australia

Special Feature

  • Dr Bruce Jones

    Dr. Bruce Jones is a physician epidemiologist who has studied the interrelationships of physical training, fitness and injuries in military populations for over 30 years. He began his career as an Army General Medical Officer, at Ft. Jackson, SC in 1977. In 1980 he joined the staff of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA where he was the Occupation Medicine Division Chief. In 1994 he transitioned to the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine where he became the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance. He served 21 years on active duty and retired as a Colonel in 1998.

    He subsequently joined the staff of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he managed the Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program. He returned to the Army as a civilian and is currently the Injury Prevention Division Chief at the Army Public Health Center, APG, MD. He has served as chair or deputy chairman of several DOD work groups including the DOD Injury Surveillance and Prevention Work Group, the Armed Forces Epidemiologic Board Injury Prevention Work Group, and the Military Training Task Force. Under Dr. Jones’s editorship, the work groups published respectively, the Atlas of Injuries in the U.S. Armed Forces (Milit Med, 1999), Injuries in the U.S. Armed Forces (Am J Prev Med, 2000) and A Public Health Approach to Injury Prevention: the U.S. Military Experience (Am J Prev Med, 2010). Dr. Jones is an author of over 140 peer-reviewed publications.

  • Professor Samuele Marcora

    As a keynote speaker at ICSPP2017 I will present a psychobiological model of endurance, and how this interdisciplinary knowledge can be applied to improve endurance in humans. This field of research is important because it integrates in an interdisciplinary way what we know about exercise physiology with modern motivation psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Resistance to physical (and mental) fatigue is key for optimal performance and safety of soldiers involved in demanding and prolonged missions, often with poor sleep. I’m most looking forward to ICSPP2017 to interact with an amazing line up of scientists with a research interest in soldier performance, and with the military and civilian personnel that apply this science in the field.

  • Professor Bradley Nindl

    As the Co-Chair of the Soldiers Physical Performance Congress in 2014, I am looking forward to having some great scientific dialogue with colleagues across the world in Melbourne this December. The 4th ICSPP Organising Committee and the Australian DST Group have worked diligently to build upon the previous ICSPPs, such as offering student and early career travel awards as a great way of involving young professionals.

    I’m anticipating a strong attendance from the University of Pittsburgh’s Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Centre. Also, I know that other colleagues from both the US and internationally are eagerly looking forward to the meeting. On a personal note, I’ve visited Australia twice previously and my experiences were phenomenal. I am currently planning on bringing my family the week before and we will celebrate our Thanksgiving in Australia.

  • Professor Heikki Kyröläinen

    Having been involved in the International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance since 2005, I’m so happy that we now have a genuine congress series and excellent organisers from all over the world!. The ICSPP is a great opportunity to meet people from many different nations to discuss issues relevant to soldiers’ physical performance. The previous congresses have been very interactive and stimulating experiences and I am sure ICSPP2017 will be no different. My presentation will focus on the optimisation of soldiers’ physical training and consequently physical performance, as this is critical to the successful execution of military operations. Personally, I am particularly interested in hearing about new methods and tools for measuring soldier physical performance in the field and better understanding the relationship between cognitive factors and physical performance in a military context.

  • Dr Karl Friedl

    As a keynote speaker at ICSPP2017, I will talk about the military applications of wearable physiological monitoring. There has been great enthusiasm for the bright shiny objects of technology that are currently available on the commercial market but none of these toys have been focused on providing important and actionable information to soldiers and small unit leaders. Military leaders are equally enamoured with technology but military physiologists must develop the useful options for their attention.

    The ICSPP is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and hatch collaborations in a gathering of military performance research stars. DST Group, the hosts of ICSPP2017, have been tightly focused on problem-solving research for the Australian Defence Force and, provide a broad and relevant foundation in military performance physiology for this meeting, possibly unmatched by any other country or single laboratory at present. I am very grateful to our Finnish friends who had the vision and tenacity to start this meeting concept. There is no other forum for international military exchanges in biomedical performance research. For many of us, this is now becoming our key international science meeting.

    Whilst visiting Australia I’m quite excited about any opportunities for Australian wildlife encounters and also fancy an exploration of bush tucker. There are lessons to be learned from some of the traditional foods of the indigenous community including the superfoods composed of desert berries and other plants that have developed antioxidant defences for survival in extreme environments.

  • CPL Mark Donaldson, VC

    We are very pleased to announce that Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC will provide a closing address to delegates at the networking function on the evening of Fri 1 Dec 2017. Corporal Donaldson is an Australian Army soldier from the Special Air Service Regiment and was our first Victoria Cross recipient in 40 years. The Victoria Cross for Australia is awarded for acts of bravery in wartime and is our country's highest military honour. Corporal Donaldson will share his insights and experiences on the importance of human performance in the military context.

  • Maria Fiatarone Singh

    I am most looking forward to contributing to the discussion about the health benefits of anabolic exercise for aging and chronic disease. Most research regarding the health benefits of exercise has traditionally focused on aerobic or cardiovascular exercise, with less attention given to alternative modalities of exercise such as resistance training. However, growing epidemiological and empirical evidence support the benefits of weight lifting exercise for many different health-related conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, pulmonary disease, renal failure, osteoporosis, stroke, cancer, and neuromuscular diseases, amongst many other debilitating conditions. In addition, resistance training has been shown to lead to clinically relevant improvements in neuropsychological outcomes including cognitive function, depression, insomnia, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. My keynote presentation will summarize the rationale and evidence base for the role of resistance training in cognitive and psychological function and explore potential mechanisms of action and current gaps in the literature.


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