Dr. Tessa Muir, B.V.Sc., is the former Anti-Doping Manager at British Horseracing Authority. She is an equine veterinarian, a Veterinary Officer with the British Army, and a Regulatory Veterinarian at Racing Victoria. She discusses current doping issues, recent doping cases, and key anti-doping programs and strategies to detect, deter, and prevent doping in horseracing. Tessa also shares important similarities and differences between equine and human sports for anti-doping and other integrity concerns.
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Dr. Nicolas Voelcker is Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at Monash University, and Science Leader at the CSIRO. He shares how applying his expertise in nanomaterials to anti-doping allowed him to work on exciting research projects and take advantage of great funding opportunities. He also describes the anti-doping testing applications of a porous silicon nanomaterial he works on, and how this material is used with mass spectrometry to detect prohibited substances.
Dr. Steve Elliott is a former Scientific Executive Director at Amgen, an expert on the process of creating new red blood cells (i.e. erythropoiesis), and a champion of anti-doping. He dives into what erythropoietin (EPO) is, how it’s made in the body, the impacts of not having enough EPO, and how EPO abuse can enhance athletic performance. We also cover tests developed to detect EPO and recombinant EPO abuse, and the red flags scientists look for to determine if athletes have been doping with EPO.
Bonnie Ford is a senior writer for ESPN.com who has over two decades of experience covering sports and anti-doping. She shares challenges associated with making anti-doping stories interesting and accessible for general audiences as well as the pressures and stresses of sports journalism. Bonnie also discusses guidelines for responsible journalism when covering sensitive anti-doping cases, potential pros and cons of making doping cases public, and the evolution of her anti-doping reporting over the years.
Jim Scherr is the former CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and he is the inaugural CEO of World Lacrosse. In this interview, he talks about the history of the sport of lacrosse, current and long-term goals for World Lacrosse, lacrosse anti-doping and athlete education programs, anti-doping challenges associated with being a growing sport, his experiences as an Olympic and World Champion wrestler, his prior roles with USA Wrestling and the USOC, the evolution of anti-doping, and more.
Dr. Jim Dalton is Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He breaks down what exactly selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) are, how they work, and how they are being used for both therapeutic and doping purposes. He also talks about barriers to getting FDA approval of SARMs, issues with supplements containing SARM contaminants, and his experiences being on the PCC’s Scientific Advisory Board with other leading anti-doping scientists.
Dr. Daniel Eichner is President and Director of the Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) in Salt Lake City. He discusses the benefits and limitations of using dried blood spot sampling and sample collection via exhaled breath and oral fluids, as well as recent field trials with these technologies. He also shares his experiences running a WADA-accredited lab that does research and routine testing, developing new tests for biomarkers of doping, and current anti-doping research priorities.
Matt is a Doping Control Officer (DCO) with Drug Free Sport international, and he shares a candid account of what it’s like to be a DCO. He discusses unexpected occurrences during doping control missions, the behind-the-scenes roles and responsibilities of DCOs working in the field, the rigorous training process required to become a DCO, the variety of challenges he faces in collecting and protecting the integrity of samples, improvements in doping control processes and technology over time, and more!
Dr. Kelsey Erickson is the SafeSport Director at USA Cycling and an expert on the psychology of doping and whistleblowing. She discusses the process of reporting misconduct in sport through the SafeSport program, evidence-based doping education, how the people and the environment surrounding athletes impact athletes’ behavior, the bystander effect, using research to inform policies and platforms for whistleblowing, and challenges in translating academic research to applications in the real world.
Yuliya Stepanova is an elite runner who specializes in the 800m track event, and Vitaly Stepanov is a former employee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. Both served as whistleblowers helping to expose doping and related issues in sport in Russia. They discuss their firsthand experiences being an athlete and working within a system that supported doping in sport, the challenges and consequences of being whistleblowers, the impacts of their actions, what they wish they had done differently, and more.
Nikolai is Associate Professor and Head of the Integrative Physiology Section within the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen. He shares his cutting-edge research on autologous blood transfusion that shows that even small amounts of blood (i.e. 1/2 bag) enhance performance. He also discusses biomarkers for blood doping, dried blood spot tests for testosterone esters, and the importance of developing high-performance environments to solve big problems in anti-doping.
Tracey Holmes is a senior reporter/presenter at the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s News Channel, and she presents a weekly program called The Ticket that gives a deep dive into various sports topics. In this episode, she shares the facts surrounding the clash between swimmers Mack Horton and Sun Yang, doping allegations against Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, issues in sport governance, challenges getting people to share stories with the media, challenges with the anti-doping judicial system, and more.
Ian Smith is Esports Integrity Commissioner at The Esports Integrity Coalition and owner of Sports Integrity Matters. Michele Verroken is Founding Director of Sporting Integrity and Director and Anti-Doping Adviser at The Esports Integrity Coalition. They cover issues related to corruption, betting, match fixing, and doping in esports (e.g. Adderall and marijuana). We also discuss differences in anti-doping programs for esports, innovations in esports drug testing, and common misconceptions about esports.
Adam Woullard is a leading sports communication and PR expert, as well as the Director of Communications for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Adam shares how USADA is working with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to administer anti-doping programs and ensure clean competition. He also discusses the recent expansion of the UFC’s anti-doping program, how he got involved in the anti-doping movement, and current challenges in keeping up with advances in anti-doping science and doping methods.
Beckie Scott is Canada’s most decorated cross-country skier, CEO of the sport for development organization Spirit North, and Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee. In this episode, Beckie talks about the early experiences that sparked her passion for cross-country skiing, being upgraded from a bronze to a gold Olympic medal due to doping competitors, the WADA Anti-Doping Charter of Athlete Rights, and her work to engage and inspire indigenous youth and communities through sport.
Rob Koehler is currently Director General of a new organization called Global Athlete, and he formerly served as the World Anti-Doping Agency Deputy Director General. He talks about how Global Athlete is working to protect athlete rights, the importance of including athletes in conversations about sports policy, the process of establishing a global network of anti-doping organizations, and how the anti-doping community can transition from a reactive to a proactive approach to addressing issues.