4 November 2011

WADA to address family physicians’ conference

WADA Director of Medicine Dr. Alan Vernec will give a presentation designed to help family physicians better understand the process of anti-doping at the Family Medicine Forum in Montreal, Canada on Nov. 5.

Dr. Vernec (pictured) will address the importance of anti-doping from a health and ethical viewpoint, before focusing on the safety implications of anti-doping, the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, and Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

His presentation will also advise physicians on the dangers of inadvertent doping, especially with regards to the use of supplements and medicines, and explain the concept of strict liability for athletes.

“Family physicians clearly have a role to play in the health and wellbeing of many athletes so it is important that we keep them fully informed of the processes involved in anti-doping,” said Dr. Vernec, whose vast experience in working with athletes includes three Olympic Games as physician for Team Canada.

The three-day event runs from Nov. 2-5 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal and is hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.