Thursday, 23 February 2012

Students To Drug Screen Athletes for London 2012 Olympics

Research students from the University’s Health and Human Sciences Research Institute have been selected by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and trained by King's College London to assist with the preparation of samples in the anti-doping laboratory for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GSK and King’s College London have formed a ground-breaking partnership to deliver the anti-doping testing during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited satellite laboratory in Harlow. The laboratory operations will be led by Professor David Cowan, Director of the Drug Control Centre at King's, supported by more than 150 leading anti-doping scientists from around the world. The team will carry out more than 6,000 urine and blood tests during the Games, more than any previous Games.

The students will assist senior analysts in the preparation of urine samples for analysis. According to Professor Anwar Baydoun, Head of Research Degrees in the Health and Human Sciences Research Institute, GSK described University of Hertfordshire research students as “well trained at practical skills, well-motivated and known to act in a professional capacity at all times.”

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