The world's leading minds in the fight against doping in sport will come together at Bond University on the Gold Coast next month (April 5 to 6, 2017) to discuss how to better prevent and detect the use of performance enhancing drugs.
The two-day 'Anti-Doping Research and Regulations: World Experts Give the Facts' conference will hear from the peak international anti-doping body, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Olympic athletes and internationally-respected representatives from the medical, sporting, legal and commercial arenas.
The conference is being organised by Bond University Anti-Doping Research Group's Associate Professor Lotti Tajouri and Associate Professor Bon Gray, who said the event aimed to open an honest discussion and debate about the issue.
"The conference will bring together leaders in their field - including top scientists from WADA, the AIS and Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright - to discuss the latest best practice and emerging techniques for preventing and detecting doping," said Associate Professor Tajouri.
"This is a complex issue and, as such, it is important that we are addressing it on all fronts. The conference is an opportunity to initiate an active discussion on how to best work towards the 'gold standard' of 'clean' sport.
"With major sporting events on the horizon for the Gold Coast and Australia, now, more than ever, we need to ensure that we are tackling this issue head on."
Internationally-renowned experts and leaders who will present at the conference include:
- WADA Scientific Deputy Director Dr Osquel Barroso (Canada): "WADA and the anti-doping laboratories in the fight against doping in sports: achievements, present and future challenges."
- Olympic athlete, Bond Sport Ambassador Melanie Wright: "The legacy of sport - the university language: emotion and beauty."
- WADA Chair of Gene and Cell Doping Expert Committee and Japan Prize Winner (2015), Professor Theodore Friedman (USA): "Can DNA manipulation impact the doping question - what sport and anti-doping organisations should do?"
- Arbitrator for the ad hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics, Professor Ulrich Haas: "The Russian doping scandal and the jurisprudence of CAS."
- Sport and Anti-Doping Consultant Catherine Ordway: "Governance and Anti-Doping: Beyond the fox and the hen house."
- Chief Executive of Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) John Didulica: "Sport regulations do not provide appropriate protection for - and encouragement to - athlete whistleblowers. Empowering athletes would promote and improve the protection of integrity within sport."
- Executive Chairman of Skins International, Jaimie Fuller (Switzerland): "Drugs in sport; the role of the brand in holding those in charge to account and athlete welfare."
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Chief Medical Officer Dr David Hughes: "Logistical and ethical challenges for anti-doping in sport."
- Olympic Athlete, OAM, Legal Counsel, Australian Olympic Committee Annabelle Williams: "Training, dedication, mental strength and the opportunity for diversity."
The two-day conference will be held at Bond University on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April, with tickets priced at $500.
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