It was another fantastic year for the ECSS Young Investigators Award! A wide range of research was presented by 82 young and emerging scientists to an international audience in MetropolisRuhr, Germany. In fact, there were 15 hours of presentations and questions for the orals and just under 2 hours for the mini-orals – a lot of sport science!

ECSS would like to thank all 82 finalists for their valuable contribution and their hard work and preparation for presenting their findings at this year’s congress. We hope it was a valuable experience for all involved.

The 20 YIA winners are awarded at the Award Ceremony on Saturday, 8 July 2017.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations are given via PowerPoint and participants have 10 minutes to present plus 5 minutes for discussion. In this year’s oral presentations, 60 finalists were chosen to present their work in front of the ECSS scientific committee and the ECSS scientific board. Here are the 10 finalists (the top three are nominated to be ECSS Exchange Delegates for JSPFSM 2017 in Japan):


1st Place (4.000 Euro):

Brent Raiteri, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. Muscle-tendon Length and Force Affect Human Tibialis Anterior Central Aponeurosis Stiffness In Vivo

2nd Place (3.000 Euro):

Kristy O‘Neill, University of Sydney, Australia. Early Developmental Environment and Olympic Success: Historical Analysis of an Australian Sporting “Hotspot”

3rd Place (2.000 Euro):

Louisa Lobigs, University of Western Australia, Australia. A Step Towards Removing Plasma Volume Variance from the Athlete’s Biological Passport: The Use of Biomarkers to Describe Vascular Volumes From a Simple Blood Test

4th Place (1.000 Euro):

Andrew Hale, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Brain Grey Matter Volume and Cerebral Haemodynamic and Metabolic Responses to Exercise: Impacts of Age and Cardiorespiratory Fitness

5th Place (500 Euro):

Marcelo Bigliassi, Brunel University London, United Kingdom. The Influence of Music on Real-Life Physical Activity: An EEG Study

5th Place (500 Euro):

Joseph Bass, University of Notthingam, United Kingdom. The Vitamin D Receptor is a “Biomarker” of Hypertrophic Responses to Resistance Exercise and Mechanistically Regulates Muscle Mass

5th Place (500 Euro):

Antonis Ekizos, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Challenging Locomotion: Stability and Modular Organization in Perturbed Running

5th Place (500 Euro):

Andras Hegyi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Region-dependent Hamstring Muscle Activity in Common Rehabilitation Exercises

5th Place (500 Euro):

Benoit Smeuninx, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Age-related Anabolic Resistance of Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis to Moderate-dose Protein Ingestion is Exacerbated in Obese Inactive Individuals

5th Place (500 Euro):

Thorben Hülsdünker, German Sport University Cologne, Germany. Neural Correlates of Expert Visuomotor Performance as Revealed by Visual Evoked Potentials

Mini-Oral presentations

Mini-oral presentations are short PowerPoints of 3 minutes and a further 2 minutes for questions and answers. The winner will be an ECSS-ESSA exchange delegate and will be invited to present his/her research in the Exercise & Sport Science Australia congress in 2018.


1st Place (3.000 Euro):

Matthew Brook, Nottingham University, United Kingdom. A Novel D2O Technique for Dynamic Quantification of Skeletal Muscle RNA Synthesis in Relation to Exercise and Ribosomal Biogenesis

2nd Place (2.000 Euro):

Yi-Yuan Lin, China Medical University, Taiwan. Effect of Exercise Training on Cardiac Inflammation and Fibrosis in Hypertensive Ovariectomized Rats

3rd Place (1.000 Euro):

Jean Nyakayiru, Maastricht University, Netherlands. Sodium Nitrate Ingestion Increases Skeletal Muscle Nitrate Content in Humans

4th Place (500 Euro):

Marco Konings, University of Essex, United Kingdom. The Athlete-opponent Relationship Alters Pacing Decisions and Information-seeking Behaviour in 4-km Cycling Time Trials

5th Place (300 Euro):

Raphael Bertschinger, University of Konstanz, Germany. Effects of a Short Term Sprint Interval Training on Endurance Capacity and Neuromuscular Fatigue

5th Place (300 Euro):

William Eddolls, Swansea University, United Kingdom. The Effects of a 6-month School-based High-intensity Interval Training Intervention on Mental Well-being and Quality of Life in Children

5th Place (300 Euro):

Marcos Martin-Rincon, IUIBS, Spain. Upregulation of Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase in Skeletal Muscle Following Prolonged Exercise and Caloric Restriction

5th Place (300 Euro):

Koki Omura, University of Tsukuba, Japan. Effectively Enhances Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis Compared to Endurance Training in Rats

5th Place (300 Euro):

Sam Scott, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. High Intensity Interval Training is A Safe, Efficient And Effective Form of Exercise for Type 1 Diabetes Patients

5th Place (300 Euro):

Hikaru Yokoyama, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Neural Decoding of Muscle Synergy Activations from EEG Signals in Human Walking

Congratulations to all winners!

Thank you all for the successful congress in Essen and see you all at ECSS Dublin 2018 next summer!

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