July 14, 2011
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WADA announces 2011 Young Investigator Award candidates

WADA has announced six short-listed candidates who hope to be amongst the winners for the prestigious 2011 Young Investigator Award.

The candidates (see full details below) come from Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and will be vying for one of the four awards.

“Good luck to all the candidates – we are delighted they have chosen projects to explore issues related to doping in sport to further our knowledge in the area of social science research,” said Rob Koehler, WADA Director of Education and Program Development.

“Research is vital in the fight against doping. It provides evidence-based information to more effectively tailor our programs to specific target groups.

“The Award is an important component of our education strategy and we are confident it will continue to develop into a highly-valued prize within the world of academia. We hope that all these young researchers continue to work in the field to further our knowledge base."

Winners will receive $2,000 each and have their profiles added to WADA’s Anti-Doping Social Sciences Research Directory.

Now into its second year, the Young Investigator Award is designed to encourage students to focus their area of research on anti-doping issues.

The 2011 award was open to all students due to have completed a relevant master’s level research project (thesis, thesis equivalent or internship report) by January 10, 2012.

The winners will be announced in March of next year.

2011 Young Investigator Award candidates:

Alberto Yelmo Bravo, Spain: The Role of the Psychologist in the Prevention of Doping in Spain

Adamantia Thanou, Greece: Epidemiology of Self-Reported Doping Use among Greek Elite Athletes

Ricky James, United Kingdom: Acceptable Alternatives to Doping: Promoting Functional Food to Enhance Performance

Josef Hovorka, Czech Republic: Ethics in Sport - Educational Research in Primary and Secondary Schools in the Czech Republic

Mike Earl, Switzerland: Measuring the Impact of a Drugs and Doping Control Education Program on Knowledge and Attitudes of Young English Professional Footballers

Cornelia Blank, Austria: Evaluation of Austrian Sport Physicians’ and Pharmacists’ Knowledge Regarding Doping and Doping Prevention in Sports