Expertise in demand

The expertise of Dr Arthur Stewart from the School of Health Sciences, has been in high demand over the past few months, with his recent appointment as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) specialist in body composition, and his pioneering research in 3D body scanning with healthy and overweight individuals, athletes and patients with eating disorders. With further projects on the horizon, there is no sign of such demand stopping anytime soon.

Dr Arthur StewartDr Arthur Stewart, Deputy Director of the University's Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology (CORE), was recently invited to deliver a keynote address about 3D scanning and anthropometry (body measurement) at the bi-annual conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK), which was held on 11 and 12 November, hosted by the Lisboa University of Technology in Lisbon.

Due to his experience in the field of anthropometry spanning nearly three decades, Dr Stewart, was nominated as the lead author of the new ISAK manual, which provides comprehensive technique guidelines, making it the foundation for all practical tuition in the ISAK Anthropometry Accreditation Scheme.

Dr Stewart said, "Serving as the Vice-President of this organisation for two years has enabled me to appreciate the international efforts being made to standardise practice for body measurement, which now uses the ISAK protocol in over 50 countries worldwide."

Dr Stewart is also currently editing a book entitled Body Composition in Sport, Exercise and Health which will be published towards the end of the year. The idea for the book was originally that of the late Professor Tom Reilly of Liverpool John Moores University, a longstanding mentor of Dr Stewart, and PhD supervisor for his co-editor, Dr Laura Sutton, now at Sheffield Hallam University.

Professor Reilly died not long after the viva took place in 2009, and Dr Stewart concludes, "It would no doubt give him pleasure to appreciate that two individuals, who always held him in the highest esteem, with a similar passion for understanding the science of body composition, will continue the project."