WADA has rewarded outstanding Masters level research of students in Austria, the United Kingdom and Greece through its annual Young Investigator Award program.
Cornelia Blank from Austria, England’s Mike Earl and Adamantia Thanou of Greece were the recipients of the 2011 Awards, each receiving a trophy and prize money of US$2,000 for outstanding research into topics related to anti-doping.
Blank’s thesis at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) evaluated the anti-doping knowledge of Austrian sports physicians and pharmacists, while Bath University student Earl measured the impact of drugs and doping control education on young professional footballers in England.
Self-reported doping use among elite Greek athletes was the subject of Thanou’s research, conducted at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a view to developing evidence-based doping prevention strategies.
“We have been very impressed with the quality of theses again this year,” said Rob Koehler, WADA Director for Education and Program Development.
“The awards were created to give students added incentive to conduct research into topics related to doping and add to the information we have on an issue which continues to threaten sport and has wider social implications.”
The Young Investigator Award was launched in 2010 and Masters students are invited to submit an overview of their theses after a call for proposals from WADA.
A shortlist is drawn up by WADA and the nominees are then asked to submit their completed research for appraisal.
Winners of the Awards also have their profiles added to the Young Investigator Award Recipient page on the WADA website.