Last updated on: 12/27/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Caroline K. Hatton, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Associate Director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory
Consultant, Sports Anti-Doping Science
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“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.”

The Night Olympic Team, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Director, Olympic Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985-1996
  • Consultant, Sports Anti-Doping Science, 1985-present
  • Author of numerous children’s books
  • 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
Education:
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Diplome d’etat de pharmacien (Pharmacist degree), Universite de Paris (France), 1979
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Existing Testing Efforts Effective in Detecting the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs?
  2. Are the Laboratories Used to Test Athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs Credible and Reliable?
  3. Drug Tests Used in Sports