Inaugural Human Performance Alliance Research Symposium

March 1, 2023 | Stanford, California

Highlighting cutting-edge research that is uncovering and translating the biological principles of human performance to enable athletes and all people to thrive throughout their lifespan.

Through a series of research talks, discussions, and sessions with posters and demos, the event will showcase groundbreaking human performance research and seed new collaborations. 

The event is open to the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance community at all of the institutions in the Alliance’s network. Registration information will be available this Fall. Please save the date.

Symposium Overview

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Digital Twins to Optimize Training, Equipment, and Recovery
  • Female Athlete Performance
  • Reversing Injury with Regenerative Rehabilitation
  • Lunch and Poster Session
  • The Molecular Orchestra of Performance
  • Keynotes
  • Reception and Poster Session

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More information about the planned sessions is below.

Detailed Agenda

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Director of the Alliance at Stanford will welcome attendees, followed by a special performance from a Stanford music and dance group.

Digital Twins to Optimize Training, Equipment, and Recovery 

Advances in computational modeling, along with wearable sensing and device design, are enabling researchers to create digital twins that provide personalized insights to optimize training plans, design equipment and devices, and support recovery from injuries.

This session will feature scientific talks from leading researchers in the field, trainee lightning talks, and Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Ellen Kuhl, PhD | Stanford University

Confirmed Speakers:

Karl Zelik, PhD | Vanderbilt University

Greg Appelbaum, PhD | UC San Diego

Karen Liu, PhD | Stanford University

Mike Snyder, PhD | Stanford University

Female Athlete Performance 

Female-focused research, from basic science to translational, is innovating ways to improve the health of girls and women of all abilities through athletic participation and performance.

This session will feature scientific talks from leading researchers in the field, trainee lightning talks, and Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Heather Owen | Stanford University

Confirmed Speakers:

Kate Ackerman, MD, MPH | Boston Children’s Hospital

Emily Kraus, MD | Stanford University

Silvia Blemker, PhD | University of Virginia

NiCole Keith, PhD, FACSM | IUPUI

Reversing Injury with Regenerative Rehabilitation

Synergizing advances in regenerative medicine and rehabilitation protocols is helping to dramatically accelerate healing for multiple tissue types, helping reach the vision of reversing injury and fully restoring function to damaged tissues.

This session will feature scientific talks from leading researchers in the field, trainee lightning talks, and Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Bob Guldberg, PhD | University of Oregon

Confirmed Speakers: 

Chuck Chan, PhD | Stanford University

Nick Willett, PhD | University of Oregon

Keith Baar, PhD | UC Davis

Helen Blau, PhD | Stanford University

 

Lunch and Poster Session

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows nominated from across the Alliance will present their research through posters and demos in conjunction with a lunch for attendees.

The Molecular Orchestra of Performance

By measuring molecular changes that occur during training, performance, injury, and recovery, research is fueling innovations in functional nutrition and sleep, personalized training, biomarker discovery and diagnostics, therapeutics, and recovery regimens.

This session will feature scientific talks from leading researchers in the field, trainee lightning talks, and Q&A with the audience.

Moderator: Euan Ashley, MD, PhD | Stanford University

Confirmed Speakers: 

Jonathan Long, PhD | Stanford University

Satchin Panda, PhD | Salk Institute

Malene Lindholm, PhD | Stanford University

Sam Ward, PhD | UC San Diego

Keynotes

One or more keynote speakers from the larger human performance community will provide closing remarks about key needs for human performance research and the potential impact on athlete performance and health.

Keynote Speaker:

Ashton Eaton

Reception and Poster Session

The event will close with a happy hour reception with additional time to view the posters, meet with trainees, and network with all attendees.

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