Last updated on: 2/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Christiane Ayotte, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Some people were cynical at the end of the [2008] Olympics, saying out of 5,000 tests there were only nine positives, how could that be? But the testing is not over. The athletes who doped should not sit back and say: ‘Oh, I was never caught. I’m O.K.’ No, they should still be worried.”

“Olympic Blood Samples to Be Retested,” New York Times, Oct. 9, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, various working groups, WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), 2000-present
  • Member, IOC Working Group on Harmonization of Laboratory protocols, 1996-present
  • Professor, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)-Institut Armand-Frappier research centre, 1992-present
  • Director, WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, 1991-present
  • Member, l’Ordre des Chimistes du Québec, 1982-present
  • Recipient, Medal of Honour of the Canadian Medical Association, 2006
  • Chair of the Jury, Prix du Québec Wilder-Penfield, 2003
  • Member of the Jury, Prix du Québec Wilder-Penfield, 2002
  • Member, IOC (International Olympic Committee) Medical Commission, Salt Lake City Olympic Games, 2002
  • Recipient, Scientist of the Year, Société Radio-Canada, 1999
  • Member, IOC Working Group sub-commission Doping and Biochemistry of Sport, 1996-1998
  • Member, IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Doping Commission, 1995-present
  • Representative, Heads of IOC Accredited Laboratories, 1995-1996
Education:
  • PhD, Organic Chemistry, Université de Montréal, 1983
  • MSc, Organic Chemistry, Université de Montréal, 1978
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are the Laboratories Used to Test Athletes for Performance Enhancing Drugs Credible and Reliable?