3 June 2011
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Rome Symposium to raise knowledge of peptide hormones

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine (FMSI) have invited internationally renowned experts from the fields of science and medicine to a ‘Symposium on Developments and Challenges in the Detection of Doping with Peptide Hormones’ in Rome later this month.

The two-day symposium (June 15-16) at the Hotel Aldrovandi in Rome will be hosted by the FMSI, and will review scientific advances in the area of detection of doping with peptide hormones as part of WADA’s continuing fight against doping in sport.

FMSI President Dr. Maurizio Casasco and WADA Vice-President Prof. Arne Ljungqvist will welcome the guests and speakers at a reception on the evening of June 14, and will also be available for interview at a press conference earlier in the day.

“The FMSI’s values promote clean sport, health and fairness for all athletes at all levels,” said Dr. Casasco.

“We are committed to upholding these values and as such we are delighted to host the symposium into peptide hormone research. This research will help us to further develop cutting edge strategies for a challenging class of doping substances.”

For Prof. Ljungqvist, scientific symposiums are crucial if WADA is to keep abreast of the increasingly sophisticated ways that athletes find to enhance their performances.

“Research plays a significant part in WADA’s efforts to stay ahead of the doping cheats and we are indebted to the FMSI for hosting such an important symposium,” said Professor Ljungqvist.

“Peptide hormones are readily available on the black market, and are at the cutting edge of performance enhancing substances.

“This symposium will further our knowledge in the fight against doping in sport, and in particular the scientific research into peptide hormones.”

At the conclusion of the symposium, members of the media will have the opportunity to interview WADA Science Director Dr. Olivier Rabin and other anti-doping experts who will have taken part in the program.