Professor Yannis Pitsiladis has an established history of research into the importance of lifestyle and genetics for human health and performance. Following 15 years at the University of Glasgow, Scotland where he created the largest known DNA biobank from world-class athletes, he was appointed (in 2013) Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton. Current research priority is the application of “omics” (i.e. genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics) to the detection of drugs in sport with particular reference to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo), blood doping and testosterone. Research undertaken in the Collaborating Centre [affiliated to “Foro Italico” University of Rome] of Sports Medicine (part of an international network of 27 research laboratories with a mission to promote best practice sport medicine principles for athlete care and active living, www.fims.org/about/ccsm) is having a significant impact in the field of sport, exercise science and medicine. Two primary examples are the Sub2 marathon project (www.sub2hrs.com) and the Athlome Project (www.athlomeconsortium.org). His most recent research is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), he is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission, a member of the IOC Adverse Weather Impact Expert Group of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, member of the Transgender and Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Expert Group of the IOC, and member of the IOC Medical and Scientific Research Fund for the protection of athletes’ health through prevention of injury and illness in sport and anti-doping. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), member of the Scientific Commission of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA), has sat on two WADA committees and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has published over 185 peer-reviewed papers, written and edited a number of books and has featured in numerous research documentaries (e.g. ESPN, BBC, NHK Japan, CNBC) and popular books (e.g. Bounce, The Sports Gene).