Saying "Yes" to Diversity in Sport – FIMS Genetics Symposium at ICSEMIS 2016

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio will feature some of the finest athletes in the world - outstanding examples of determination and achievement. But  what makes an elite athlete? The answer is complex. It is often said that to be an Olympian you need to “choose your parents carefully”. However, despite numerous attempts to discover genetic variants associated with elite athletic performance and world-class athletic status, there has been limited progress to date. FIMSWill therefore host a special symposium "GENETICS OF SPORT PERFORMANCE” at this year’s ICSEMIS.

Prof. João Bosco Pesquero (BRA)) from the University of São Paulo and Coordinator of the Project Athletes of the Future, the Omics in Sports, will chair the discussion with the following speakers:

Jane Seto (AUS): A gene for speed: ACTN3, athletes and human health

Masashi Tanaka (JPN): The 1000 Athlomes Project: An initiative for whole genome sequencing of elite athletes

Yannis Pitsiladis (GRC): Genomics of elite sporting performance: The Human Athlome Project

FIMS supports this symposium within our recently renewed commitment to forward this important field of sports medicine and protecting athletes’ health. FIMS' engagement in ICSEMIS forms part of our key function in education and our active networking within sports worldwide.   

The 3rd International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) "Saying 'Yes' To Diversity in Sport" will take place from 31st August to 4th September 2016 in Santos, Brazil. We invite you to embrace this unique opportunity to combine academic discussion with watching its application life as the convention is organised during the window between the Olympic and Paralympic Games. With 2000 attendees from all over the world, ICSEMIS also allows you to nurture your international network. Visit www.icsemis2016.org <http://www.icsemis2016.org>  now to view the programmeoutline and register.

ICSEMIS is the successor of the former pre-Olympic/ Paralympic Congresses and aims to provide a true multidisciplinary platform in the host country of the Games. In 2004, the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and FIMS joined forces to bring the major stakeholders in science, education andmedicine together. The 1st ICSEMIS in Guangzhou, China, in 2008 and the 2nd ICSEMIS in Glasgow, UK, in 2012 were stimulating events demonstrating the need for such a platform.