A to Zzzs of Pediatric Sleep




The Oded Bar-Or Memorial Lecture: Is Too Much Sitting Really a Big Issue in Children and Adolescents?



Cardiac Adaptation in Paediatric Athletes and the Implications for Screening

Neil Armstrong is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Physiology and Founding Director of the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) at the University of Exeter, UK. He chairs the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology and serves on the IOC expert group on sport and health in youth. Neil has received honorary doctorates from universities in both Europe and North America for his research in developmental physiology and the promotion of children's health. The work of Neil and his CHERC team won the only Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to be awarded for research in exercise medicine. The award was presented by HM Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for "world class work which is of outstanding quality and importance to the nation". A former professional soccer player, Neil remains a sad but optimistic supporter of EPL's Newcastle United even though they have not won a domestic trophy since 1955.

Professor Mark Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, Chair of Outdoor Play Canada, and Adjunct/Visiting Professor at five other universities on four continents. He has more than 450 scientific publications and 150 invited and keynote addresses in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology, outdoor play and health surveillance. Dr. Tremblay received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lawson Foundation 60th Anniversary Award, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award, the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada and around the world.



Panel on Assessing Aerobic Fitness

Dan M. Cooper is a Professor of Pediatrics and Bioengineering and Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Translational Sciences at the University of California at Irvine. He is the Principal Investigator of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and Director of the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Professor Cooper is recognized for his transformative efforts to uncover the molecular mechanisms of exercise that affect children's health. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology and has conducted NIH-funded research for more than 30 years. The primary focus of his research is how exercise can best be used to prevent asthma and obesity in children, with particular interest in new therapies involving both pharmacologic and lifestyle interventions. His projects are designed to develop platforms to translate research discoveries that will ultimately benefit children's health.

Dan Cooper
David Dunstan
Lisa Meltzer

Lisa Meltzer is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Meltzer is board certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She directs both the Pediatric Behavioral Sleep Clinic and Actigraphy Clinic at National Jewish Health, and is the co-author of Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician's Guide to Behavioral Interventions.  Dr. Meltzer has a funded program of research examining sleep in children with chronic illnesses and their parents, objective and subjective measures of pediatric sleep, and the impact of changing school start times on health outcomes.

Professor David Dunstan is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Baker Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research program encompasses the interdisciplinary cross-talk and integration of observational, experimental, mechanistic and intervention evidence on the role of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He has published over 260 peer reviewed papers and in 2018 was included in the Clarivate list of the 1% of the most highly cited researchers globally. Over the past 15 years David has had extensive media interest in his research including interviews with National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist, New Scientist, the New York Times and the LA Times.

David Oxborough
Neil Armstrong
Kim Lu



American Academy of Pediatrics Exchange Lecture:

Implementing Exercise Medicine Tools in Primary Pediatric Care -- A Call to Action



Panel on Assessing Aerobic Fitness;

Keynote Lecture: Is Physical Fitness a Right of Every Child on Earth? Time to Amend the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Dr. Kim D. Lu is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Through the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC) (, she studies the interaction between obesity, exercise and asthma in children through epidemiologic studies and community based clinical studies. Her studies explore ways clinicians can use exercise as treatment for children with asthma and obesity. She is also studying the role of the glucocorticoid receptor in white blood cells and its role in exercise and asthma.

David Oxborough is a Clinical Cardiac Sonographer and a Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a fellow of the British Society of Echocardiography and lead author on professional guidelines for the use of echocardiography in the athlete whilst contributing to numerous others. He is also the Past-Chair of the Consortium for Accrediting Sonographic Education in the U.K. and acts as a lead accreditor for ultrasound education programmes nationwide.

As an academic researcher, Dr Oxborough has published over 100 peer reviewed papers on echocardiography and its applications in Clinical and Exercise Cardiology. He has continuously worked in the imaging-based assessment of sudden cardiac death syndromes and pre-participation screening environment and has screened over 7000 athletes. He is a member of the England (soccer) Football Association (F.A.) Cardiology Consensus Panel and is directly involved in the screening of scholar and academy adolescent players.

Mark Tremblay

Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and an Advisory Member of the Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre at the University of Toronto in Canada. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Director of Knowledge Mobilization for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, and an Associate Editor of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Situated within the field of exercise psychology, her research program is theory-driven, using both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure, understand, and change physical activity behaviour in clinical and community-based populations living with chronic disability. Knowledge mobilization is at the heart of her research. As such, she actively collaborates with families and persons with lived experience as well as community organizations to ensure her research addresses inclusion and access barriers to physical activity within the disability community.



Panel on Assessing Aerobic Fitness

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos



Assessing the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: Where Does Disability Fit in?