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

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?