International conference on doping and public health

International Conference on the subject of "Doping and Public Health" to be held in Oslo 7-9 June 2017.

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The Ministry of Health and Care Services and Anti-Doping Norway are proud to arrange an International Conference on Doping and Public Health. 

Other stakeholders involved are the World Anti-Doping Agency, The National Police Directorate, The Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Directorate for Health.

Topics: * Adverse effects of AAD * Law enforcement * Nutritional and performance enhancing supplements * Prevention and education * The fitness center industry * Programs for regional and local governments * Medical treatment of disorders related to doping

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The overall purpose of the conference is to raise awareness and increase knowledge about doping as a public health problem.  

The Conference will be an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with experts from around the world within the field of doping and the health sector. Participants will be able to mingle, build their network, and exchange ideas and views about this highly relevant topic. 

The conference will benefit anti-doping organisations, law enforcement representatives, health personnel, researchers and fitness professionals and anyone who faces the challenges of doping.

The conference will take place at the Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion, in Oslo, Norway. 

Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion

Address: Sognsveien 77c, 0855 Oslo

Tel: +47- 22028000

Main e-mail: 

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Ann-Sofie Bakshi, Ph.D. is a researcher at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems), Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm County Council, Sweden. Ann-Sofie is a communication researcher with a focus on implementation research. In recent years, she has mainly evaluated interventions and method implementations in the alcohol- and drug field, such as the functionality of innovative treatments for alcohol addiction in clinical settings. Currently, she is involved in the evaluation of 100 % Pure Hard Training, a community-based programme for doping prevention used by Swedish gyms since 2008. 

Yasmina Molero, Ph.D, is currently a researcher at STAD (Stockholm prevents alcohol and drug problems) at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. Yasmina’s research focus is on the use of anabolic androgenic steroids, nutritional supplements, and illicit drugs among gym-goers in Sweden. She is also involved in the evaluation of the effectiveness and implementation of a community-based prevention programme targeting anabolic androgenic steroid use in gyms; the 100% Pure Hard Training programme.

Renzo FerranteLieutenant / Inspector at Carabinieri NAS in Florence, a special branch of Italian Carabinieri civil and military police specialized in public health protection, with a 22 years long experience in fighting illegal activities in sports at all levels (doping affairs, cases of misconduct by sport bodies, economic corruption finalized to outcome the competitions). Since 2011, he has been cooperating with WADA to manage and strengthen synergy to enhance the cooperation between Anti-Doping Organizations and Law Enforcement. He also managed  several international criminal cases in cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies from several countries and attended investigative working groups about doping related crime at Interpol and Europol. 

Olivier de Hon has been working in the field of anti-doping since 1998 as a scientific researcher. His research included the topics of psychological determinants of doping, the effects of asthma medications, gene doping, the prevalence of doping use, and the issue of nutritional supplements and doping. This research culminated in 2016 in a PhD-thesis called “Striking the Right Balance – Effectiveness of Anti-Doping Policies”.

Hans Wassink was editor/senior editor for several Dutch and international bodybuilding- and fitnessmagazines, such as Sport & Fitness, Hercules, Natural Body, Ironman Europe and Muscle & Fitness, and was editor in chief of Hardcore Bodybuilding (Dutch). Currently (2006 - ) he is educator sports for all (Anti-Doping Authority Netherlands) and co-author of ‘Op Eigen Kracht’ (True Strength) and ‘Doping: de nuchtere feiten’  (Doping: the sober facts) and webmaster of

Caroline Kistorp, Associate Professer with primary research interest in cardiovascular endocrinology.  My research focus being the underlying mechanisms between insulin resistance and adipcyte dysfunction and the increased risk of heart failure among patients with type 2 diabetes and abusers of anabolic steroids. I have inititated previous and ongoing studies on the side effects of doping among both former and current abusers of steroids, investigating the impact on testicular function and in collaboration with basic scientists on adipocyte and myocyte function.  I have co-initiated and participated in the steering committee in several RCTs in metabolism and cardiovascular disease. 

Jukka Koskelo has worked in Dopinglinkki since 2010 and has been in charge of creating the existing stakeholder network. He has a background in sports physiology and medical physics. He has worked as a researcher more than ten years and given presentations in several international conferences annually. His expertise includes anti-doping education and prevention in recreational sports, and scientific research. 

Francesco Capuania former student of the College of Europe (International Relations and Diplomatic Studies). The department focused on the political, legal and economic aspects of the EU’s external relations. Currently works as EU Project Officer at EuropeActive, the leading non-for-profit organisation supporting active and healthy lifestyle in Europe.The office focuses primarily on EU funded project management (writing application, financial and technical monitoring, final and interim report for the European commission), mainly Erasmus+ and Horizon2020 projects.The EU Affairs team also organizes and attend events and conferences related to physical activities, supports the writing of policy documents/ position papers and pursues lobbying activities on behalf of EuropeActive members at meetings with the EU institutions (DG EAC, DG SANTE, DG EMPL, DG GROWTH, EACEA) and external stakeholders.

Clement De Maillard, officer in the French Gendarmerie. He has been working 09 years for the French Gendarmerie, in different areas.  He was especially appointed as head of tactical surveillance unit specialized in organized crimes & terrorism, for the South-East area of France. Since 2014, Clément de Maillard is seconded by the French Gendarmerie to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat Lyon as Project Manager (Anti-Corruption unit). Clément is dealing with anti-doping and performance-enhancing drugs trafficking in the framework of the co-operation agreement signed between INTERPOL and WADA. Currently, Clément is also PhD candidate in criminology for the School of Criminal Justice in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is specialized in police, criminal intelligence, and intelligence-led policing.  He has written and published several contributions on this matters. 

Dominic Sagoe is an associate professor at the Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, Norway. He obtained a PhD in psychology from same institution in 2015. His specialization is in psychosocial and epidemiological aspects of performance and image-enhancing drug (PIED) use, particularly illicit anabolic steroid use. Dominic has published several peer reviewed and popular articles on various aspects of the PIED and anabolic steroid use field. He has collaborated with Anti-Doping Norway and many other academics and researchers, health professionals, and policymakers around the world.

Dr. Harrison G. Pope, Jr. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Pope has authored more than 320 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of topics in psychiatry, including work on psychotic disorders, major mood disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse. In 2003, Dr. Pope was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most widely cited psychiatrists/psychologists and separately as one of the most world’s most widely cited neuroscientists.

Anders Schmidt Vinther is currently employed at Department of Health and Culture, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark. He is the project leader of Aalborg Antidoping, a local community-based project that seeks to prevent the use of doping substances, especially steroids and image-enhancing drugs, among young men and women in the municipality. He holds a MS in Sports Science from Section for Sports Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. With many years of engagement with and experience from strength training environments, especially bodybuilding and powerlifting, he has an academic as well as a personal interest in the topic of human enhancement 

Malene Radmer Johannisson is senior consultant in Anti Doping Denmark, where she has been working since 2008 with prevention of doping outside sport through i.e. campaigns, education, networks and public affairs. Malene has a master’s degree in communication.

Ask Vest Christiansen, PhD, is an associate professor of sport science in the Department of Public Health at Aarhus University (AU) in Denmark. He is head of Section for Sport Sciences at AU and the co-director of the International Network of Doping Research (INDR).Dr Christiansen’s research has followed two main branches: Doping in elite sport and recreational athletes’ use of drugs in fitness and strength training environments. He has often addressed the athletes’ perspective in order to understand the motives and moral values that lie behind their decisions to use drugs or not to use drugs. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters and he often contributes to discussions on sport, body and performance enhancement in the media as well as in the many public lectures he gives.

Wednesday June 7

Starttidspunkt Program




15:00-15:05 Valgerd S. Haugland (NO). Chair, Anti-Doping Norway.

15:05-15:20 Bent Høie (NO). Minister of Health and Care Services.

15:20-15:30 Linda Hofstad Helleland (NO). Minister of Culture

15:30-15:40 Anders Solheim (NO). CEO, Anti-Doping Norway


Plenary session #1

Harrison Pope (US). Director, Psychiatry Laboratory, Prof. Harvard Medical School.
Body Image Disorders and Abuse of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Among Men




Plenary session #2.
Research on medical consequences of AAS
Chair: Per Thorsby (NO), MD, Oslo University Hospital, Head of Medical Committee, Anti-Doping Norway.

Per Thorsby (NO).
Testosterone in general practice in Norway – implication or misuse?

Ines Geipel (DE). Prof., Director, Doping-Opfer-Hilfe.
Health problems of doping victims of former East Germany

Astrid Bjørnebekk (NO). Researcher, Oslo University Hospital.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids, brain and cognition.


Reception Astrup Fearnley Museum, Tjuvholmen

Thursday June 8

Starttidspunkt Program

Morning mingling


Plenary session #3.
Research, prevention and deterrence – different roles, common goal.

09:00-09:20 Olivier Niggli (CA). Director General, WADA.

09:20-09:30 Kristin Kloster Aasen (NO). Vice President, The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports


Plenary session #4.
Law enforcement.

Clément De Maillard (FR). Project Manager, Interpol.
Trafficking of performance enhancing drugs.

Travis Tygart (US). CEO, USADA.
Role of legislation and law enforcement in addressing doping and adulterated dietary supplements.




Plenary session #5.
Nutritional and performance enhancing supplements
Chair: Linda Granlund, MD PhD (NO). Division Director, The Norwegian Directorate of Health

Rob Koehler (CA). Deputy Director General, WADA.
WADA´s approach to supplements.

Olivier de Hon (NL). Dopingautoriteit.
Prohibited substances in sport supplements.

Anne Kirsti Sommer (NO). Senior advisor, Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
Monitoring and control of food supplements in Norway - results from 2016


Lunch // Poster presentations


Plenary session #6.
Local and interdisciplinary programs
Chair: Fredrik Lauritzen, PhD (NO). Director, Anti-Doping Norway

Fredrik Lauritzen (NO). Director, ADNO.
Local mobilization against doping.

Anders Vinther (DK). Project leader, Aalborg Antidoping.
Prevent use of performance- and image enhancing drugs through interdisciplinary partnerships.

Ann-Sofie Bakshi, PhD (SE). Researcher, STAD, Karolinska Institutet. Yasmina Molero, PhD (SE). Associated, Karolinska Institutet.
Effectiveness and implementation of a community-based prevention program targeting anabolic-androgenic steroid use in gyms.


Break // Poster presentations


Parallel session #1.
Social science
Chair: Susan Backhouse, PhD (UK). Prof. Leeds Beckett University.

Chair: Susan Backhouse, PhD (UK). Prof. Leeds Beckett University.
Evidence informed doping prevention

Ask V. Christiansen, PhD (DK). Ass. Prof., Aarhus University.
Typology of men´s use of AAS in fitness and strength training environments.

Dominic Sagoe, PhD (GH). Ass. Prof., University of Bergen.
The social perception of steroid users.


Parallel session #2.
Law enforcement
Chair: Øyvind Buraas (NO). Police inspector, The National Police Directorate.

Øyvind Buraas (NO), POD.
Crime statistics on doping offences in Norway

Mathieu Holz (FR). Manager, WADA.
Investigations and intelligence

Renzo Ferrante (IT). Carabinieri
The role of law enforcement in Italy in the anti-doping fight

Gry Støtvig (NO). Assistant Director, Directorate of Norwegian Customs
Detection of new performance enhancing drugs


Dinner and social program

Friday June 9th

Starttidspunkt Program

Morning mingling


Parallel session #3.
Medical treatment related to doping
Chair: Ingrid Havnes (NO). MD, Researcher, Oslo University Hospital.

09:00-10:00 Ingrid Havnes

Caroline Kistorp (DK), MD. Ass. Prof. Herlev Hospital København
Testosterone levels and hypogonadal symptoms in former abusers of anabolic androgenic steroids.


Parallel session #4.
The fitness center industry
Chair: Anne Thideman (NO), Director, Virke Trening

Anne Thidemann (NO), Director, Virke Trening
Doping prevention in the Norwegian fitness industry

Kim Eilertsen (NO). Director, Anti-Doping Norway.
Clean Fitness Centre.

Jukka Koskelo (FI). Project coordinator, Dopinglinkki, A-Clinic Foundation.
Education of fitness personnel in Finland

Francesco Capuani (IT), PhD (DK).
Forum for anti-doping in recreational sport 2: A new EU co-funded project on doping prevention




Plenary session #7.
Prevention programs: Good practice
Chair: Malene Johannisson (DK). Senior Advisor, Anti-Doping Denmark.

Malene Johannisson (DK). Senior Advisor, Anti-Doping Denmark.
New preventive interventions in Denmark.

Hans Wassink (NL). Educator, Sports for all.
True strength

Eirin Rise (NO). Advisor, Anti-Doping Norway.
A web-based prevention program for teachers and high-school students.




Plenary session #8.
Panel discussions


Summary. Resolution. Next conference
Anders Solheim (NO). CEO, Anti-Doping Norway

The Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services will open the Conference on 7 June.

Teaser: Click here

Additional information

The Conference will be held over two and half days, starting on Wednesday 7 June at 3 pm and closing on Friday 9 June at 3 pm.

There will be plenary sessions and parallel sessions to ensure that topics and lectures are adapted to and relevant for all target groups. 

We encourage participants to submit Posters on relevant research or other topics related to prevention of doping. Deadline for poster submission: 15 April 2017. Send to

The Conference will be held in English. 

Fee and costs

We have developed two packages at a preferred rate. Package two includes dinner on 8 June. 

Package 1: NOK 3000

This package includes the following: 

  • Participation fee for two and half days conference
  • Welcome reception on Wednesday 7 June
  • Lunch on Thursday 8 June
  • Lunch on Friday 9 June
  • Coffee/tea breaks during the whole conference
  • Goodie-bag 

Package 2: NOK 3500

  • Participation fee for two and half days conference
  • Welcome reception on Wednesday 7 June
  • Lunch on Thursday 8 June
  • Lunch on Friday 9 June
  • Coffee/tea breaks during the whole conference
  • A three-course menu including coffee. Dinner will be at the same location as the conference venue. Beverage will be offered by Anti-Doping Norway
  • Goodie-bag

Participants are required to cover their own costs related to travel and accommodation. Accommodation shall be booked directly with the hotel. 


Registration form must be completed online: Click here

Deadline for registration is 1 May 2017.

For registrations received after the deadline, participation cannot be guaranteed.

For logistical reasons, individuals who have not registered online and who have not received an electronic confirmation of their registration will not be given access to the conference.

For questions related to registration, please contact:

Ms. Anne Engelstad


TLF: 09765

TLF (from abroad): (+47) 915 09765

Soon after receiving your online registration form, an invoice will be sent to you by e-mail. 

Registration is not valid until payment has been received.

Please make sure to include the invoice number/reference when making the payment.

Refunds are not permitted, but you may send a substitute. 

Flying to Oslo

Participants flying into Oslo are recommended to fly to Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL).

Ground transportation from/to airport

For participants staying at Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion, you have three alternatives:

* The “NOR-WAY bussekspress” is a buss going from Gardermoen airport to Ullevaal Stadion. It takes approx. 50 min. and costs approx. 20 EUROs one way. The bus departs every 20 minutes. You can get all necessary information at the Public Transport information desk at the Airport’s International Arrival Hall. Thon hotel is at 5 mins. walking distance from the bus stop (on the opposite side of the road).

* The Airport Express Train (Flytoget) from the airport to Oslo Central Station. Travel time is about 20 minutes and the cost is approximately EUR 20 for a one way ticket. The Express train goes every 10 mins. From Oslo Central Station, you may take the subway or a taxi to Ullevaal Stadion. Both take approx. 15 minutes. 

* A taxi from the airport to the hotel. The cost is approximately EUR 110 and it takes approx. 40 minutes outside rush hour (rush hour is between 14.30 and 17.30). 

For participants staying at hotels in the city centre, we recommend you take the Airport Express Train to Oslo Central Station. From there, you can either take the subway or a taxi to your hotel.  

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and are kindly asked to book their hotel room directly with the hotel.

We have selected a few hotels at a preferred rate, but you are welcome to choose any other hotel if more convenient.

A certain number of rooms has been pre-booked in each hotel mentioned below, However it is on a “first come – first served” basis. For deadline details see below. 

For cancellation policy, we refer to each hotel’s cancellation policy on their own website.

The three hotels in the city centre are 15 min. away from the Conference venue by subway or taxi.  


Number of rooms pre-booked: 144

Price: NOK 1095 per pers/night for a single room, incl. breakfast and wifi. NOK 300 extra for a double room/2 persons

Booking: Click here

Hotel website: Click here

Deadline to secure a room: 9 April 2017. After that date, room availability is not guaranteed. 



Number of rooms pre-booked: 40

Price: 1845 per pers/night for a single room, incl. breakfast and wifi. NOK 300 for a double room/2 persons. 

Booking: Click here

Contact details: Rosenkrantz gate 1, 0159 OSLO. Tel: +47 2331 5500

Hotel website: Click here

Deadline to secure a room: 31 march 2017. After that date, room availability is not guaranteed. 



Number of rooms pre-booked: 20

Price: NOK 1390 per pers/night for a single room, incl. breakfast and wifi. NOK 300 extra for a double room/2 persons

Booking code: BANT070617 (when booking online, choose the hotel name Scandic Karl Johan, choose the dates and include the booking code)

Hotel website and booking: Click here

Contact details: +47-23155300, Arbeidergata 4, 0159 OSLO

Deadline to secure a room: 5 April 2017. After that date, room availability is not guaranteed. 



Number of rooms pre-booked: 20

Price: NOK 1590 per pers/night for a single room, incl. breakfast and wifi. NOK 300 extra for a double room/2 persons

Booking code: BANT070617 (when booking online, choose the hotel name Scandic St. Olavs Plass, choose the dates and include the booking code)

Contact details: +47-23155600, St Olavs Plass 1, 0165 Oslo. 

Hotel website and booking: Click here

Deadline to secure a room: 5 April 2017. After that date, room availability is not guaranteed. 



Successful registration to the Conference does not guarantee your hotel booking, and vice versa. Registration to the Conference and hotel room booking are two distinct processes. Anti-Doping Norway cannot be held responsible for incomplete Conference registrations or incomplete hotel bookings.  

Social Events

Cocktail Reception

The Ministry of Health and Care Services and Anti-Doping Norway are pleased to invite all participants to a Welcome Reception on 7 June from 19.00 to 21.00. 

More information to follow. 


Anti-Doping Norway is organizing a dinner on 8 June at 7 pm at the conference venue. We hope to see you there. This will be a very good opportunity to mingle with other participants. If you plan to join us for dinner, please remember to choose “Package 2” when completing the online registration form. 


Find out here whether you need a visa to enter Norway, and what are the requirements if you do need a visa.


Temperatures may vary at this time of the year. Average temperatures beginning of June are usually around 17-20 degrees. We recommend that you have a look at prior to your departure to find out more about the weather forecast.


If you plan on arriving earlier or staying a few more days to discover Oslo or other parts of the country, here are a few websites for consultation:

Visit Oslo - click here

Visit Norway - click here

For queries relating to registration and practical matters, please contact:

Ms. Anne Engelstad

TLF: 09765

TLF (abroad): (+47) 915 09765



For queries relating to the program and posters, please contact:

Mr. Fredrik Lauritzen

TLF: 09765

TLF (abroad): (+47) 915 09765


Anti-doping Norway now accepts abstracts for poster presentations during the International Conference on Doping and Public Health

There are two dedicated poster sessions, both on Thursday June 8th. The presenting author must post materials and be present during the last 30 min of the first poster session (12:30-13:30) and the full second poster session (14:45-15:15).

Participants may put their poster on display during the registration on the first conference day.

Please submit your abstract by Mai 1st.

The hosting committee will evaluate all incoming abstract by May 5th. Participants with approved abstracts will be able to present their data in the form of a poster during the conference.

Abstract information:

  • Your abstract must contain the specific goals of the study, the methods used, a summary of the results, and a conclusion. Do not submit an abstract for planned work. The abstract must entail data and results.
  • The abstract title should clearly define the work discussed.
  • Do not use abbreviations in the title.
  • The abstract must be in one paragraph and cannot contain more than 300 words. The 300 word limit does not include, the title, author or affiliation information.

Please submit abstracts to: