The PCC is once again delighted to attend the Manfred Donike Workshop, held annually in Cologne, Germany. 2020 marks the 38th iteration of the event.

The conference is hosted by Dr. Mario Thevis, head of the Centre for Preventative Doping Research and Vice President of research at the German Sport University Cologne, and one of the PCC’s most frequently funded researchers. Dr. Thevis is also Editor-in-Chief of Drug Testing & Analysis, which publishes an annual volume featuring research presented during the Workshop (the 2018 version can be viewed here and the 2019 version here)

The week-long workshop features presentations from scientists worldwide sharing their contributions to sports drug testing knowledge and advancement. The presented topics, which range from analytical drug detection strategies to investigations on drug-kit tampering, represent the most up-to-date research findings in the field, many of them funded through PCC GrantsMicro-grants, or Working Groups.

Schedule of presentations coming soon. Check back frequently.

Manfred Donike

Dr. Manfred Donike was a German biochemist and anti-doping analysis expert credited with spurring modern drug testing in sport. The chemist and cyclist developed one of the earliest sports laboratories for research in doping issues ahead of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Additionally, Donike and technicians from the Institute for Biochemistry at the German Sports University in Cologne administered testing at the 1983 Pan America Games through use of a portable laboratory. The testing produced 19 positives, not including the multiple athletes that withdrew candidacy from their events in order to avoid testing.

According to IOC President Thomas Bach, Donike “brought the fight against doping into popular consciousness.” Dr. Donike died in 1995 at the age of 61.