Last updated on: 10/21/2008 | Author:

Andy Miah, PhD Biography

Reader in New Media and Bioethics in the School of Media, Language, and Music at the University of the West of Scotland, UK
Pro to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“We believe that rather than drive doping underground, use of drugs should be permitted under medical supervision.

Legalisation of the use of drugs in sport might even have some advantages. The boundary between the therapeutic and ergogenic – ie, performance enhancing – use of drugs is blurred at present and poses difficult questions for the controlling bodies of antidoping practice and for sports doctors. The antidoping rules often lead to complicated and costly administrative and medical follow-up to ascertain whether drugs taken by athletes are legitimate therapeutic agents or illicit.

…Furthermore, legalisation of doping, we believe, would encourage more sensible, informed use of drugs in amateur sport, leading to an overall decline in the rate of health problems associated with doping. Finally, by allowing medically supervised doping, the drugs used could be assessed for a clearer view of what is dangerous and what is not…

Acknowledging the importance of rules in sports, which might include the prohibition of doping, is, in itself, not problematic. However, a problem arises when the application of these rules is beset with diminishing returns: escalating costs and questionable effectiveness.”

“Viewpoint: Legalisation of Performance-Enhancing Drugs,” The Lancet, Dec. 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Reader in New Media and Bioethics, School of Media, Language, and Music, University of the West of Scotland
  • Fellow, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), 2008-present
  • Fellow, Visions of Utopia and Dystopia, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, 2005-present
  • Awarded grant for research at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 2008
  • Associate Editor, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology, 2007
  • Lecturer in Media, Bioethics & Cyberculture, School of Media, Language, and Music, University of the est of Scotland, 2002-2006
  • Editorial Board Member, Genomics, Society and Policy, 2005
  • Editorial Board Member, Health Care Analysis, 2005
  • Tutor in Ethics of Science and Medicine, University of Glasgow, 2002-2005
  • International Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 2002
  • MPhil, Medical Law and Ethics, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2006
  • PhD, Bioethics, Philosophy of Technology and Genetic Enhancement, 2002
  • BA, Leisure Studies, De Montfort University, England, 1997
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