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UK Anti-Doping co-sponsors weekend’s anti-doping symposium

Delegates for the 2011 USADA Anti-Doping Symposium, co-sponsored by UK Anti-Doping

Delegates for the 2011 USADA Anti-Doping Symposium, co-sponsored by UK Anti-Doping
(Credit: Geoff Wilson)

The Detection of Growth Factors will be the topic of discussion at the tenth annual symposium on Anti-Doping Science, this year hosted in London on 1-2 October.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Symposium is co-sponsored by UK Anti-Doping and attended by over 100 of the world’s leading anti-doping experts.

Scientists, laboratory directors and sports administrators, representing renowned entities such as research institutes, international sport federations, universities, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Paralympic Committee, professional sports leagues, and the London Olympic Organizing Committee. Participants from nearly 30 countries will attend this two-day event.

With a focus on detection of growth factors, the 2011 symposium will include interactive workshops and keynote addresses on specific topic areas such, as hGH isoforms and biomarkers, monoclonal antibodies to GH, serum proteins and RNA biomarkers. This dynamic and interactive annual symposium enables scientists and experts from both in and out of the anti-doping community to share their expertise, and generate vital dialogue and illumination around the present issues facing the anti-doping movement as well as into the future.

Esteemed speakers will include such experts as Dr. Gerhard Baumann of Northwestern University and the Partnership for Clean Competition, Dr. Pierre-Edouard Sottas of the World Anti-Doping Agency and Professor David Cowan of the Drug Control Centre King’s College London.

Held annually, the USADA Symposium on Anti-Doping Science is designed to enable the medical and science communities to gather and discuss the science behind doping with the potential for developing a uniform testing scheme, a research agenda and timeline, and to make the science and legal aspects of testing more efficient.

UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson commented: “This is the first time UK Anti-Doping has co-sponsored the annual USADA science symposium. As the excitement builds towards next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are delighted that the symposium is being held in London in the UK.

“Our aim has always been to play a leading role in the international fight against doping and to do so we need strong partners around the world. This Symposium is a valuable opportunity to work together with USADA and discuss scientific advances in the world of anti-doping and testing, to protect our clean athletes.”