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Experts to present new anti-doping approach at Stirling talk

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Scientists from Delft University of Technology will visit campus on Thursday 30 August.

Two scientists who are developing a novel technique to detect gene doping in athletes will present their work at a special event at the University of Stirling.

Gemma van der Voort and Jard Mattens, of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, will visit campus next week to deliver a research seminar.

The experts are part of a 12-strong team working on the Advanced Detection of Performance Enhancement project, which aims to provide a reliable method to detect gene doping in athletes.

Gene doping is the misuse of gene therapy – a technique where genetic material is inserted into human cells. The process is typically used for curing disease, however, athletes have used this method to improve sports performances.

Gene doping has been prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2003 but scientists have been unable to develop a reliable, robust or efficient detection method.

However, the Dutch team have spent seven months working in the laboratory to provide proof of concept of their innovative approach – and are keen to discuss their work with a wider audience.

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend the seminar, ‘A secure, efficient and versatile approach in the race against gene doping’. It will take place in Room 2A13 of the University’s Cottrell Building between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 30 August.

Please confirm attendance to Dr Paul Dimeo on pd4@stir.ac.uk.

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