Former Associate Director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory Consultant, Sports Anti-Doping Science
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
"An ongoing debate simmers about whether performance-enhancing drugs should be allowed in sports. Some say they should be, especially in a pill-popping, tummy-tucking society where it is acceptable to use medicine to make healthy people better. Others say that sports would become a competition between pharmacologists, that giving drug use a free rein would open the door to serious toxicity when risk-taking athletes push the envelope, and that athletes would, more than ever, feel coerced to dope in order to remain competitive. In a curious dichotomy, perhaps the only area where there is no doubt or controversy is when it comes to young people: these drugs, especially anabolic steroids, are unanimously considered harmful to the young."
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or other relevant advanced degrees, heads of professional sports leagues, and US Congress members with significant involvement in, or related to, performance enhancing drugs and sports. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Director, Olympic Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985-1996
French to English translator for the following books: Biopesticides of Plant Origin (2004), Toxic Plants - Dangerous to Humans and Animals (1999), and Pharmacognosy - Phytochemistry - Medicinal Plants (1995)
Recipient, Excellence Award, Society for Technical Communication
PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
Diplome d'etat de pharmacien (Pharmacist degree), Universite de Paris (France), 1979
"Beyond Sports-Doping Headlines: The Science of Laboratory Tests for Performance-Enhancing Drugs," Pediatric Clinics of North America, Aug. 2007
"Finding Gold for Canada," YES Mag, Jan./Feb. 2006
Luna Sorpresa, 2004
"The Dope on Cheaters," YES Mag, July/Aug. 2004
"The Night Olympic Team," Cricket Magazine, Aug. 2004
Véro and Philippe, 2001
Cowritten with Don Catlin, "Detection of Androgenic Anabolic Steroids in Urine," Clinics in Laboratory Medicine, Sep. 1987
"Although the media often describes anti-doping efforts as an endless game of cat-and-mouse, a look at previous decades shows tremendous progress. Sports organizations add drugs to their prohibited list far quicker than in the past. Harmonization of sports rules (prohibited drugs, sanctions) across different sports organizations and of lab tests across different labs, as well as the collaboration among world sports and drug-enforcement bodies have vastly improved. Research funding for scientists to invent new tests is slowly increasing. The system is not perfect, but it is capable of changing, mostly for the better."
The Night Olympic Team, 2008