Gene doping in sports in focus next week

June 3rd, 2008 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Montreal, June 3 (IANS) The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is holding its third gene doping symposium in Saint Petersburg June 10 with the support of the Russian sports authorities. “Gene doping represents a threat to the integrity of sport and the health of athletes, and as the international organisation responsible for promoting, coordinating and monitoring the global fight against doping in sport in all its forms, WADA is devoting significant resources and attention to ways to detect and deter gene doping,” the agency said in a statement.

This third symposium, following on those held in 2002 in Banbury (Connecticut) and in 2005 in Stockholm, will provide an opportunity to receive an update on the latest research activities and developments.

Participants will consider the boundaries between therapy and enhancement from both technical and ethical perspectives, and further address legal frameworks and law enforcement issues relating to gene doping.

Attendees will include experts in gene transfer, scientists from the field of anti-doping, members of WADA’s Gene Doping Panel (a group of international experts responsible for studying the latest advances in the field of gene therapy, the methods for detecting doping, and the research projects funded by WADA in this area), and ethicists.

Speakers will include, among others, the Chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sport of the Russian Federation and WADA Board member Vyacheslav Fetisov, WADA vice president Arne Ljungqvis, WADA director general David Howman, head of WADA’s gene doping panel Theodore Friedmann and WADA science director Olivier Rabin.

WADA is the international independent organisation created in 1999 to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against doping in sport in all its forms.

The agency is composed and funded equally by the sports movement and governments around the world.

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