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Mass spectrometer
Samples will be analysed by the new mass spectrometers in the Department of Chemistry

Internal News - 03 September 2008

Would you pass a sports drugs test?

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry and the School for Health are currently recruiting volunteers to investigate the link between various dietary/lifestyle practices and the potential for a positive drugs test according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of prohibited substances.

“The number of dietary supplements available for proposed health or performance benefits is rapidly increasing,” said Dr James Betts, lecturer in Human Physiology & Metabolism in the School for Health.

“It is therefore becoming increasingly important to assess whether these supplements may be contaminated and have the potential to produce a positive urine test for certain substances that are banned in competitive sport”.

“This study will make use of the new mass spectrometers in the Department of Chemistry to allow a more comprehensive and informative method of screening for target compounds than has been possible using existing techniques” said Dr Anneke Lubben, Mass Spectrometrist in the Department of Chemistry.

The study will only require completion of a one page questionnaire and provision of a single urine sample.

All results will be anonymous and an overview of the findings will be published on the University homepage once the study has been completed.

If you would like to take part or would like further information, please contact Matthew Wort