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Professor Mike Lambert
Emeritus Professor

Health through Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Sport Research Centre
University of Cape Town

Emeritus Professor Mike Lambert, a distinguished figure in exercise science, earned his PhD from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1990. His illustrious career saw him rise to the rank of full professor in 2009, marked by a prolific output of scholarly work. With 262 research papers and a patent to his name, his contributions have made a significant impact, evidenced by over 11,000 citations of his work. Professor Lambert’s influence extends beyond publications; he has mentored 30 PhD students, shaping the next generation of scholars.

His leadership roles include serving as Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Sports Medicine and as a member of the Executive Committee of the South African Sports Medicine Association. Following his retirement from academia in 2021, Professor Lambert continues his scholarly pursuits as a senior research scholar at UCT. Additionally, he curates a weekly newsletter, providing insights to practitioners in athletic performance through Athletic Performance Insider (

Professor Georgia Torres
Head of department

Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
University of the Witwatersrand

Associate Professor Georgia Torres has a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in the field of Metabolic Syndrome and Exercise Programming. Georgia also holds a Medical Exercise Specialist and a Health Coaching qualification with the American Council on Exercise. She is Head of the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, a member of the Exercise is Medicine national advisory board of South Africa and has also been a strength and conditioning specialist for provincial and national sports teams. She has published in the fields of chronic disease exercise rehabilitation and Sport Science. Prof Torres is also involved in the research of physical activity dose and its effect on exerkines.

Dr Natalia Neophytou

Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine
University of the Witwatersrand

Natalia Neophytou, MSc(Med), BHSc(Hons), from Johannesburg, South Africa, holds a Master’s degree in Biokinetics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her research focused on “The efficacy of a 12-week exercise intervention in adolescents aged 11-16 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Currently pursuing a PhD in ASD, she lectures at the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and operates a private Biokinetics practice. Specializing in motor deficits in ASD, she publishes extensively and has authored two book chapters. Her research interests span rehabilitation through exercise, isokinetic testing, and physical activity interventions across diverse populations. Alongside her academic pursuits, Natalia is an accomplished oil painter, developing coloring/activity books tailored for individuals with ASD.