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Global leaders in bio-analytics for elite sports performance.  

Orreco Team testing athletes biomarkers
Professor John Newell presenting research at an Orreco summit
Dr Andy Barr and Dr Nathan Lewis speaking at an Orreco summit
Orreco team testing an athlete with a point-of-care biomarker test
Orreco team showing software to athletes on an athletics track
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PhDs

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

2,500+

Elite Athletes Served

A Team Within Your Team

We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team with decades of experience in high performance sport that brings together Sports Science, Data Science, Nutrition, Statistical Modeling and Machine Learning. We operate as a team within your team, giving you immediate access to unrivalled expertise.

Dr Brian Moore

CEO, Sports Scientist

Dr Brian Moore is co-founder and CEO of Orreco. Brian has led global research into sports haematology since 2005 when he uncovered patterns in the haematology of elite athletes as part of his doctoral research at Brunel University, London. He has worked directly with multiple World and Olympic medalists, and numerous pro sports teams and athletes competing in MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA Tour, UEFA, America’s Cup Sailing and Formula1. An Applied Physiologist and expert in blood biomarker technologies, Brian has an international reputation for using sports science and data science to provide evidence-based actionable analytics to accelerate recovery, optimize performance and prolong the careers of elite athletes.

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Clinical Director

Dr Andrew Hodgson is co-founder and Clinical Director of Orreco. Andrew is Consultant Haematologist at Sligo University Hospital and provides clinical support where needed. He qualified from St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, and has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. Andrew lectures at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and at Galway and Sligo University Hospitals. He is a Member of the Irish National Accreditation Board and has served as the National Specialty Director in Haematologist for the RCPI. He has also worked with the European Haematology Association as part of a EU funded group to improve haematology training across Europe.

Dr Charles Pedlar

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Charles Pedlar is Orreco’s Chief Scientific Officer and Sports Scientist. He was previously a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School and was awarded BASES Physiologist of the year in 2014. He has been working directly with elite athletes across the world for over 18 years. Charlie holds a PhD from Brunel University, London, and is a Centre Director at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is an acknowledged research leader on sleep, sports physiology and athlete recovery strategies with over 50 peer-reviewed publications.

Professor John Newell

Advisor, Data Science & Biostatistics

Professor John Newell is a world leader in Biostatistics in sport. Through our NUIG Insight partnership, he leads Orreco’s Data Science division who develop and apply computationally intensive statistical and machine learning methods to model injury occurrence and identify optimal training loads. John is a Professor of Biostatistics in NUI Galway and a Fulbright Scholar. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Glasgow and was the founder and Head of the Biostatistics Unit in the HRB-Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored ‘Statistics for Sports and Exercise Science: A Practical Approach’, the first book to be published on Biostatistics for Sports and Exercise Scientists.

Dr Nathan Lewis

Clinical Performance Nutritionist

Dr Nathan Lewis is Orreco’s Clinical Performance Nutritionist. He provides scientific analysis of blood biomarker data, devises biomarker protocols, and delivers personalised nutritional strategies that address injury prevention, wellness and recovery. He has worked with multiple Olympic medalists through four Olympic cycles at the English Institute of Sport and with numerous pro sport teams in the UK and USA including NBA, NHL, MLB, PGA Tour and UEFA. Nathan holds a PhD from the University of Surrey in Exercise Biochemistry and Physiology. He has published several peer-reviewed papers and is a leading authority on redox homeostasis, Vitamin D status and overtraining syndrome.

Dr Georgie Bruinvels

Senior Sports Scientist

Georgie Bruinvels is a Senior Sports Scientist and Research Scientist at Orreco. She manages Orreco’s Redox testing at client sites, analyses blood biomarker data, and leads the science behind our Female Athlete Program and FitrWoman™ and FitrCoach™ applications. Georgie holds a PhD from University College London and has published widely on the female athlete, iron deficiency and the menstrual cycle.

Prior to joining Orreco, she worked for 3 years with UK Anti-Doping. Georgie is also an elite endurance athlete. She has represented the British Athletics Team and won her first international marathon in 2015.

Colin Morrissey

VP of Operations

Colin Morrissey is Orreco’s Vice President of Operations. Colin leads our marketing, media and corporate division and manages our global network of contacts and partners. Prior to joining Orreco, he was a founding partner of Horizon Sports Management, one of the world’s premier golf management companies, where he managed the business affairs of multiple Major winners and Ryder Cup players. Colin is a member of the board of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation USA and has helped to raise over $5m since 2012 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Ireland.

Dr Ara Suppiah

Sports Medicine Physician

Dr Ara Suppiah is a Sports Medicine Physician and provides clinical support where needed. Trained in Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine, he has spent more than 20 years practicing medicine and working with elite athletes around the world. A global leader in the field of High Performance Medicine, Ara was the official team physician for the 2016 USA Ryder Cup Team and is a highly sought after sports physician on the PGA and LPGA Tours. He is the pioneer and founder of Functional Sports Medicine. He is also the Chief Medical Analyst on NBC’s Golf Channel and a regular contributor to Golf Digest.

Dr Kristin Popp

Senior Sports Scientist & Bone Physiology Specialist

Dr Kristin Popp is a Senior Sports Scientist and Bone Physiology Specialist at Orreco. Based in the USA, she works directly with our professional sports teams and athletes, analysing blood biomarker data. Kristy is a Research Associate at Harvard Medical School and has published widely on bone physiology and modifiable risk factors for bone stress injuries in military recruits and endurance athletes. She holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and has been coaching endurance athletes for more than 13 years.

Dr Andy Barr

High Performance & Movement Specialist

Dr Andrew Barr is a High Performance and Movement Specialist at Orreco. He is an established international leader in sports performance and injury risk reduction. He has a specific focus on the assessment and training of movement with over 20 years experience working with pro sport teams and elite athletes around the world. Andy has served as Director of Performance and Rehabilitation at the New York Knicks, Director of Medicine and Performance at New York City FC, and Head Physiotherapist at Manchester City FC. A former professional football player, he holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is the founder of Quantum Performance.

Nicholas Sprague

Legal Executive

Nicholas Sprague is a seasoned executive with unique expertise in strategy, negotiation, business development, government affairs and international law in Sports, Energy and Infrastructure. Nick has worked closely as an advisor to professional teams and athletes across the Americas and Europe. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of love.futbol—a global non-profit dedicated to partnering with underserved communities to plan, build and manage safe spaces to play for youth.

Nick wrote the original concept of the film The Two Escobars, critically acclaimed by Sports Illustrated as “The finest soccer documentary ever, period”.  He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and has lived or worked extensively in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctorate degree from George Mason University School of Law.

Dr Colm O'Riordan

Advisor, Cognitive Computing

Dr Colm O’Riordan is a research leader in computational intelligence and genetic algorithms. He advises Orreco’s Cognitive Computing division in the research and development of information retrieval and machine learning systems that analyse both structured and unstructured data to generate deeper scientific insights on athlete performance, recovery and welfare. Colm holds a PhD in Computer Science from University College Cork. He is a lecturer in the Department of Information Technology, NUI Galway, and has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers.

Anthony Jackson

Product Design Engineer

Anthony Jackson is a Product Design Engineer at Orreco. He manages the design and development of Orreco’s applications and data-driven software solutions for pro sport teams. Anthony holds a BSc in Computer Science from NUI Galway where he was awarded three consecutive university scholarships and won the Cisco Award for Best Final Year Project in 2016. He is a specialist in machine learning and cognitive computing.

Forrest Baker

PhD Researcher, Exercise Immunology

Forrest Baker is a Research Scientist at Orreco. He manages the components of Orreco’s immunology testing and provides data analysis on biomarker indicators of immune function and wellbeing in elite athletes. Forrest holds a BSc in Kinesiology from Southwestern University and is currently a member of the NASA funded immunology team at the University of Houston where he is completing his PhD in Exercise Immunology.

Marc Cleary

Sports Scientist

Marc Cleary is a Sports Scientist at Orreco. He conducts Orreco's Redox testing at client sites and analyses blood biomarker data. Before joining Orreco, he worked with multiple American Football teams and elite athletes in the USA and Ireland in the area of performance development. Marc is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a certified phlebotomist. He holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick and is completing an MSc in Performance Science at Setanta College. He is also an international weightlifter and 2017 Irish National Champion

David Dunne

Performance Nutritionist, PhD Researcher

David Dunne is a Performance Nutritionist at Orreco with a track record in delivering individualised nutrition programs that maximise health, training adaptation and performance. He has worked with multiple pro sport teams and elite athletes in the UK and USA. David holds a BSc in Nutrition and Sport Science from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, an IOC Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition, and is completing his PhD at Liverpool John Moores University in Digital Health and Behaviour Change.

Niamh Mallon

Sports Scientist

Niamh Mallon is a Sports Scientist at Orreco. She conducts Orreco's Redox testing at client sites and also works on the development of our Elite Female Athlete Program and FitrWoman™ and FitrCoach™ applications. Niamh is a certified phlebotomist and holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Ulster University. She is also an elite Camogie player, operating at the highest level of sport for over eight years.

Diarmuid Daniels

PhD Researcher and Sports Physiologist

Diarmuid Daniels is a PhD Researcher and Sports Physiologist at Orreco working in partnership with the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Diarmuid conducts Orreco’s Redox testing at client sites and provides analysis on blood biomarker data. Prior to joining Orreco, he worked as a Sports Scientist with multiple pro sport teams in Europe and the USA. Diarmuid holds an MSc in Exercise Physiology from University College Dublin and is completing his PhD in Sports Science & Analytics at NUI Galway.

Esther Goldsmith

Sports & Exercise Physiologist

Esther Goldsmith is a Sports and Exercise Physiologist at Orreco. She conducts Orreco's Redox testing at client sites, and works on the science and delivery of our Elite Female Athlete Program and FitrWoman™ and FitrCoach™ applications. Esther holds an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and is a specialist on the female athlete. Prior to joining Orreco, she trained as an elite contemporary dancer.

Conor Maguire

Lead Software Engineer

Conor Maguire is Orreco’s Lead Software Engineer. He leads the design and development of our applications and data-driven software solutions for pro sport teams. Conor has over 20 years experience working as a software engineer and technology consultant in large IT multinational and Fortune 500 companies.

Suzanne Rowland

Project Delivery Director

Suzanne Rowland is Orreco’s Project Delivery Director. She leads the delivery of Orreco services to our individual athletes and pro teams across all sports. Suzanne coordinates all of the logistics associated with client testing, data management and service delivery. Previously, she led Orreco’s Administration and Operations team. Before joining Orreco, Suzanne worked in marketing management and has assisted with team trials and administration within the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite training camp for over 10 years.

Dr Úna Newell

Managing Editor

Dr Úna Newell is Orreco's Managing Editor. She leads the end-to-end development of Orreco content across all our platforms, ensuring a world-class client experience. She is also a domain expert in content management systems. Úna holds a PhD in History from University College Dublin and has over ten years publishing experience.

Dr Kenny McMillan

Sports Scientist & Sports Data Consultant

Dr Kenny McMillan is a Sports Scientist and Sports Data Consultant at Orreco. He guides our Data Science and Cognitive Computing divisions in the development of data-driven software solutions for pro sport teams. Kenny has over 18 years experience working in data management and analysis in pro football. He has served as Head of Football Physiology at Aspire Academy, Qatar, and Head of Sports Science at Newcastle United, Celtic, Aston Villa, and Al Ain Football Clubs. Kenny holds a PhD in Sports Physiology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, a PgDip in Football Business from the Johan Cryuff Institute, and a FA Fitness Trainers Award. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and co-author of the book ‘Fitness in Soccer: The Science and Practical Application’.

Jaynal Abedin

PhD Researcher, Data Science & Biostatistics

Jaynal Abedin is a PhD researcher in Statistics at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and is affiliated with Orreco and NUI Galway. He develops computationally intensive statistical methods to model the likelihood of injury occurrence and identify optimal training load and recovery strategies. In 2012, Jaynal participated in an international data analysis competition to predict the team rankings in the UEFA Euro Cup. He was runner-up in the competition. Prior to working with Orreco, Jaynal was a statistician for five years at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.

Dr Thiago de Paula Oliveira

Advisor, Data Science & Biostatistics

Dr Thiago de Paula Oliveira is a Data Science and Biostatistics Advisor at Orreco. His expertise is in statistical modeling, in particular the study of individual level responses over time. Thiago holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has over five years experience in all aspects of statistical modeling and has published several peer-reviewed papers. Before joining Orreco, Thiago was Assistant Professor at the University of São Paulo. He is bilingual in English and Portuguese.

Keith O'Connor

Software Engineer

Keith O’Connor is a Software Engineer at Orreco. He builds web applications and analytics solutions for pro sports teams and is a specialist in recommender systems and game theory. Keith holds an MSc in Data Analytics from NUI Galway and is an avid sportsman.

Dr Andrew Simpkin

Advisor, Data Science & Biostatistics

Dr Andrew Simpkin is a Data Science and Biostatistics Advisor at Orreco. He builds predictive models for longitudinal athlete performance data to identify patterns and indicators of injury occurrence and optimal training load. Andrew holds a PhD in Statistics from NUI Galway, where he is a lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, and has over ten years experience modeling longitudinal data. In 2014, he received a Medical Research Council Career Development Award in Biostatistics. He has published several peer-reviewed papers and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Kevin McGinley

Software Engineer

Kevin McGinley is a Software Engineer at Orreco. He works on our web applications and analytics solutions for pro sports teams, particularly our FitrCoach™ platform. Kevin holds a First Class Honours BSc in Computer Science from NUI Galway and is a keen distance runner.

Professor Cathal Seoighe

Scientific Advisor, Genomics

Professor Cathal Seoighe is Orreco’s Scientific Advisor on Genomics. Stokes Professor of Bioinformatics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway, he is an acknowledged research leader in the development and application of computational methods to analyze gene expression, mRNA splicing and epigenetic data. Cathal holds a PhD in Molecular Evolution/Bioinformatics from Trinity College Dublin and has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr Kathryn Ackerman

Scientific Advisor, Female Athlete

Dr Kathryn Ackerman is Orreco’s Scientific Advisor on the Female Athlete. A Sports Medicine Physician and Endocrinologist, she is a recognized expert in sports endocrinology, particularly Female Athlete Triad and RED-S, hormones and performance and metabolic bone issues. She has published widely in these areas. Kate is Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, Assistant Director of the Sports Endocrine Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the team physician for USA Women’s Rowing and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Niall Moore

Creative Director

Niall Moore is Orreco’s Creative Director. He leads the design of Orreco’s brand strategy across all our pro sport delivery platforms. Niall holds an MA from Goldsmith University, London, and is a specialist in Art and Design Theory. He has over ten years commercial experience working as a consultant in Creative Industries and has served as Technical Co-ordinator at White Cube Gallery, London.

Dr Kate Morton

Scientific Advisor, Behavioural Science & Digital Health

Dr Kate Morton is Orreco’s Scientific Advisor on Behavioural Science, Digital Health and our FitrWoman™ application. A chartered psychologist, Katie is a recognized expert in health psychology, digital health, intervention development and evaluation, user testing and quantitative research. She is a member of a global innovation consultancy in Cambridge, UK, where she applies behavioural insights to gain a deeper understanding of how people interact with new technology. Previously, she held research positions at the University of Cambridge and St Mary’s University Twickenham. Katie holds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine from the University of British Columbia, Canada, an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University, London, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers.

Robin Parisotto

Scientific Advisor, Sports Haematology

Robin Parisotto is Orreco’s Scientific Advisor on Sports Haematology. Robin is a former Australian Institute of Sport scientist, and was the principal researcher of the EPO 2000 Project. He developed the first ever blood tests to be used at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 to detect the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO). He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for these efforts. In parallel to this research, Robin investigated a range of haematological parameters which led to the development of sports-specific blood profiles that could be used as peak performance indicators. Other blood parameters were identified which could detect sub-optimal health and/or physiology and, in many cases, the ability to predict (and resolve) under-performance in elite athletes. Robin is a member of the International Cycling Federation (UCI) expert panel for the Athlete Biological Passport program. He is currently the senior scientist in the haemopoietic stem cell transplant laboratory at Canberra Hospital.

Dr Bruce Hamilton

Scientific Advisor, Sports Medicine

Dr Bruce Hamilton is Orreco's Scientific Advisor on Sports Medicine. Bruce completed the Australasian Fellowship in Sports Medicine in 2002, having spent several years working at the Australian Institute of sport in Canberra. Working full time in sports medicine since 1998, he was the chief medical officer for Athletics Australia, and also worked and travelled with the Australian Triathlon Team. Moving to the United Kingdom in 2003, he was UK Athletics Chief Medical Officer from 2004 to 2008. Since 2008, Bruce has worked as a Sports Physician in Aspetar, Qatar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, and was appointed Chief of Sports Medicine in 2010. He has attended four athletics World Championships, two Commonwealth Games, two Triathlon World Championships, and two Olympic Games as a Team Physician. In addition, Bruce has completed post-graduate studies in Sports Law and Tropical Medicine. He is actively involved in and regularly publishes clinical research, with particular interests in muscle and tendon injuries.

Dr Christian Cook

Scientific Advisor, Speed and Power Physiology

Dr Christian Cook is Orreco's Scientific Advisor on Speed and Power Physiology. Christian began his career in clinical research in the 1980s, involved in projects looking at heat loss management and muscle mass maintenance in burn patients. Since 1998, Christian has worked with top-level rugby teams including Waikato rugby, the Chiefs, and the Auckland Blues. In 2000, Christian began a five-year association with America’s Cup yachting primarily working on maximizing gains from gym training, but also on stress management and competitive psychological approaches. From 2003 to 2008, Christian worked with the New Zealand Rugby Union as a specialist consultant, including work with the All Blacks. In 2008, he took up a larger consultancy role to guide training sciences for UK Sport. He has also worked with NZ cricket, Australia Rugby league and Australian Rules football, a number of American sportsmen and women both individually and for several NFL franchises. Christian’s favoured areas of research are development of power and speed, recovery, maximizing training time gains, balance of power, and skill execution during competition including stress management.

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