School of Sport and Service Management

A new sports research centre and a new professor

A new sports research centre will be officially opened tonight at the University of Brighton’s Eastbourne campus: the centre for sport and exercise science and medicine (known as SESAME).

The centre will be opened in the presence of a number of sporting VIPs including Dr Uğur Erdener – IOC (International Olympic Committee) Executive Board Member and Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, Professor Olivier Rabin – Science Director of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and Professor Fabio Pigozzi – President of FIMS (International Federation of Sports Medicine).

The centre for sport and exercise science and medicine promises to champion a fairer and more competitive future for elite sport, aiming to find new ways to help sport’s ruling bodies to beat the cheats, while helping sport stars to beat world records.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in research into sport, exercise science and health,” said Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, professor of sport and exercise science at the University of Brighton. “As well as pioneering research into the next generation of anti-doping tests and helping athletes aspire to levels of performance that were previously unimaginable; there’s also a growing desire amongst funders to prioritise lifestyle-related research that potential to have a positive social impact on the general public.”

Professor Pitsiladis is one of a team of academics based at SESAME who have a world-renowned reputation for their research into sport, exercise and health. The projects that the SESAME team have already been involved in include:

  • the development of new generation anti-doping tests
  • the sub2hr project dedicate to helping marathon runners to break the two hour barrier
  • the implementation of community based interventions to tackle childhood obesity

Representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS) will be amongst the sporting VIPs to take a tour of the new research facilities at the university’s Eastbourne campus, later this month.Nick W

We’re also delighted to announce that SESAMEs Medical Director, Nick Webborn, has just been awarded the title of Clinical Professor (Sport and Exercise Medicine). Professor Webborn’s work is wide ranging from original research, to his role as chief medical officer at the London 2012 Paralympic games, his treatment of individual patients at the Sportswise clinic and his work as a primary member of an international group of researchers with the I.O.C.

Kerry Burnett • November 13, 2014

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