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UKAD Head of Science and Medicine Nick Wojek Contributes to New Edition of Drugs in Sport

UKAD Head of Science and Medicine Nick Wojek

UKAD Head of Science and Medicine Nick Wojek
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UKAD Head of Science and Medicine Nick Wojek has contributed to the sixth edition of Drugs in Sport, a comprehensive anti-doping resource for students, researchers and sports scientists.

The book examines the science behind drug use in sport, taking into account World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations and the latest detection methods, as well as providing an ethical, social and political context.

Wojek provides an in-depth analysis on glucocorticoids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as supporting Dr Neil Chester, Senior Research Officer at Liverpool John Moores University, on a further two chapters exploring International and National Anti-Doping Frameworks, and Doping Control.

The publication also includes discussion around gene doping, the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP), the mode of action and side effects of each major class of drugs used in sport, issues surrounding non-prohibited substances and ergogenic aids in supplements, plus an assessment of the prevalence of drug taking in sport.

Wojek has six years experience in anti-doping and represents UKAD at scientific and medical meetings worldwide. As Head of Science and Medicine at UKAD, he provides scientific direction for the organisation’s testing programme and leads on the development of the ABP. He also works closely with the Drug Control Centre at King’s College London, the UK’s WADA-accredited laboratory.

Speaking about his contribution to the book Wojek said: “I am delighted to have been able to contribute to this latest edition of Drugs in Sport. The book continues to be a valuable and comprehensive resource covering a number of topics pertinent to the work of UKAD. Hopefully, this latest edition will continue to raise awareness especially within academia and give readers an insight into the world of anti-doping.”

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