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Testing athletes at Rio 2016

d_cowan_140x180With just one year to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, not only is King's hoping for success for its world-class student athletes, but behind the scenes, King's Drug Control Centre (DCC) is building on the London 2012 Olympic legacy of protecting the integrity of sport by collaborating with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) to lead anti-doping testing at the Rio 2016 Games.

Brazil is now rapidly advancing its anti-doping programme in time for Rio 2016, when a large number of samples from athletes will be tested to the highest international standards, and the strategic alliance between UFRJ and King’s on anti-doping will help ensure the sustainability of LBCD accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The Drug Control Centre (DCC), led by Professor David Cowan, ran the London 2012 anti-doping analysis and is ideally positioned to assist Brazil in this important endeavour. The Brazilian Doping Control Laboratory (LBCD) at UFRJ is also gearing up to collaborate on research and development with King's and rolling out state-of-the-art analytical techniques to detect the newest of protein-based prohibited substances.

Scientists from LBCD will be trained at King’s, while King’s staff will spend time in Brazil to help set up and carry out the new testing methods thanks to a bilateral fund from the UK government. The King's training on the use of modern DNA techniques for anti-doping will underpin LBCD’s ability to run a world class anti-doping laboratory. 

King’s and UFRJ already have a MoU and Study Abroad agreement in place, and these increased connections between DCC and LBCD through this new Olympic project is expected to generate further research collaborations and joint programmes.