Programme | Speakers


31 October, 6:00-7:00 pm, Conference Room 2, Dunedin Events Centre, Harrop Street Entrance


06:30  CONFERENCE DINNERUniversity of Otago Staff Club

The “Sports Medicine New Zealand Annual Conference” event, has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 13 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

Keynote Speakers 

Dr Kathryn E Ackerman

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH is a sports medicine physician and the medical director of the Female Athlete Program in the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her interests include female athletes, rowing injuries, endocrinology, female athlete triad, optimising performance and health in athletes with diabetes, exercise-associated hyponatremia, and exercise and bone health in adolescents.

Dr Ackerman’s interests in clinical care and education involve merging disciplines of sports medicine and endocrinology, while advancing the science and understanding of these interwoven specialties. She has presented internationally about the female athlete triad as well as diabetes and exercise. Dr Ackerman is a former national team lightweight rower, a team physician for US Rowing, and the course director for the Female Athlete Conference, held biennially at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr Cara L Lewis

Cara Lewis, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training within Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She also holds appointments in the Department of Health Sciences and the School of Medicine.

The long-term goal of her research is to improve the lives of individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain and prevent or slow the progression of musculoskeletal damage through improved knowledge of joint function, leading to advanced, targeted intervention strategies. Her current focus is on treatment for hip pain, especially in young active adults with variant hip morphology, such as femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) and acetabular dysplasia. She has received research funding from multiple sources including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Dr. Lewis is currently funded to investigate using movement screening to detect movement pattern differences in young adults with and without hip pain. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally in biomechanics, physical therapy, and motor control forums.

Dr Stacy T Sims

Stacy Sims, PhD, is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Waikato after returning to academia from a 6-year hiatus in industry. She is an applied researcher, innovator and entrepreneur in human performance, specifically sex differences in training, nutrition, and environmental conditions.  Prior to being launched into industry, she served as an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist at Stanford University from 2007 to 2012, where she specialised in sex differences of environmental and nutritional considerations for recovery and performance, specialising in women’s health and performance.  With the unique opportunities Silicon Valley has to offer, during her tenure at Stanford, she had the opportunity to translate earlier research into consumer products and a science-based layperson’s book (ROAR) written to explain sex differences in training and nutrition across the lifespan. Both the consumer product companies and the book challenged the existing dogma for women in exercise, nutrition, and health outcomes.

Her contributions to the international research environment and the sports nutrition industry has established a new niche in sports nutrition; and established her reputation as the expert in sex differences in training, nutrition, and health.  As a direct result, she has been named as one of the top 50 visionaries of the running industry (2015), one of the top 40 women changing the paradigm of  her field (2017), one of the top four visionaries in the outdoor sport industry (2017), and one of the top four individuals changing the landscape in triathlon nutrition (2017). A regular featured speaker at professional and academic conferences, including those hosted by USOC, HPSNZ, and USA cycling, she resides in Mount Maunganui with her husband and young daughter.