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Caroline K. Hatton, PhD Biography

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 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.”

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
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Diplome d’etat de pharmacien (Pharmacist degree), Universite de Paris (France), 1979
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