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Conference speakers are presented in the order in which they appear in the programme.

Dr. Hildebrandt is a clinical psychologist and Chief of the Eating and Weight Disorders Program and Director of the Center for Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drug Use at the Icahn School of Medicine.  His research interests include gender differences in the role of stress on psychopathology, expression of body image disturbance, and addiction. He has been continually funded from the National Institutes of Health to study anabolic steroid and eating disordered populations. His current work focuses on the use of neuroimaging to study the effects of synthetic and endogenous androgens in the brain and how these effects contribute to appearance and performance enhancing drug abuse.  His other interests relate to how gonadal hormones interact with appetitive and stress hormones in the pathogenesis of eating and weight disorders.


Gateways to Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drug Use
Thursday 24 September 10:15 - 11:00
The Role of Body Image in Abuse of Anabolic Steroids
Friday 25 September 9:15 - 10:00

Mikko SalasuoDocent Mikko Salasuo´s PhD-thesis in 2004 dealt with drug cultures among the Finnish youth from the points of view of social history, sociology, health promotion and criminology. He has since studied, among other topics, youth cultures, generations, life-courses, military, youth work, doping use, contemporary artists, elite athletes and the post-modern social theories. He is a well-known cultural researcher in the Nordic countries and a respected researcher of youth and young adults in Finland. Salasuo holds various representative posts in the fields of youth, drug studies, social policy and health promotion. He is currently working as leading senior researcher at the Finnish Youth Research Society.


Doping Situation in Finland: Results of National Population Survey 2014 and Qualitative Remarks
Thursday 24 September 11:00 - 11:30

Senior Customs Officer Jarkko Helin has been working for the Finnish Customs almost 30 years. Since 1995 he has been working in the intelligence sector with various areas of responsibilities and the last 4 years mainly on issues related to drugs trafficking.


Finnish Customs: An Overview on Doping Offences During 2014
Thursday 24 September 11:30 - 12:00

Jim McVeighJim McVeigh is Acting Director at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University and Reader in Substance Use Epidemiology. He leads a multidisciplinary team of academics and specialists in subject areas including substance use, violence prevention, sexual health, environmental health, the development of public health intelligence systems and public health education. He has co-authored more than 200 academic papers and research reports, presented at many international conferences and been invited to contribute to a number of national and international groups and collaborations. Jim’s main area of academic and professional interest is the use of anabolic steroids and other enhancement drugs within the general population. Prior to his academic career he worked as a Registered General Nurse providing healthcare and promoting harm reduction/HIV prevention with injecting drug users.


The use of anabolic androgenic steroids and associated drugs in the UK – characteristic and concerns
Thursday 24 September 13:00 - 13:45
Viveca AnderssonViveca Andersson, BSc in Public Health Science, is project manager for 100 % Pure Hard Training in Stockholm, an anti-doping method implemented in gyms and fitness centers nationwide in Sweden. Viveca also assists in the evaluation study of 100 % Pure Hard Training.
100 % Pure Hard Training: A Community Based Method to Reduce the Use of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids at Fitness Centers
Thursday 24 September 13:45 - 14:15
Ann-Sofie BakshiAnn-Sofie Bakshi 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 the scientific leader of the evaluation of 100 % Pure Hard Training, a method for doping prevention used by Swedish gyms and fitness centers since 2008.
100 % Pure Hard Training: A Community Based Method to Reduce the Use of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids at Fitness Centers
Thursday 24 September 13:45 - 14:15


Skúli SkúlasonDr. Skúli Skúlason is a pharmacist with a background in research and development of drug delivery forms with focus on mucosal membranes. He has published a number of papers and a book chapter. Dr. Skúlason is currently working in business development at Walgreens Boots Alliance. Since 1998 Dr. Skúlason has been active in the anti-doping work in Iceland first as a doping control officer and then as member of the doping control committee and finally for the last 8 years as the chairman of the Icelandic Anti-doping Committee also taking part in international collaboration. 


Use of dietary supplements and banned substances by young adults in Iceland in connection with sports training
Thursday 24 September 14:15 - 14:45

Susan BackhouseSusan Backhouse is a full Professor and Head of the Centre for Sports Performance in the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure (ISPAL) at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Susan leads an established team of researchers focused on developing our understanding of doping and nutritional supplement behaviours in sport and society. Susan was a member of the European Union Ad-hoc expert group on doping in sport and was therefore involved in the production of European wide Guidelines on the prevention of doping in recreational sport. In 2014 she became a member of UK Anti-Doping’s Research Steering Committee and she convened the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Clean Sport Interest group. Susan’s research expertise is complemented by her applied experience in the field of anti-doping education. She is the Education representative on the UK Athletics Anti-Doping Policy and Support Team Sport and a UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) National Trainer. 


Doping Prevention Practice in Recreational Sport across EU-28
Thursday 24 September 15:15 - 16:00

Elina KivinukkElina Kivinukk has been working as the Education Manager in the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency since March 2014. Elina has a background in psychology and youth work education, recently she graduated from the European Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology programme at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). Besides anti-doping, she is involved with different sport psychology projects.


How to Reach Recreational Athletes in Estonia? E-learning Experience
Thursday 24 September 16:00 - 16:30
Astrid BjørnebekkAstrid Bjørnebekk's main research interest concerns factors influencing brain development or induce changes in the adult brain, and how these brain changes relates to behavior/personality, cognition, and psychiatric disease. Bjørnebekk has worked with various methods ranging from basic research investigating mechanism at a molecular level in animal models, to multimodal neuroimaging of the human brain. Previous research have included investigation of depression and antidepressant effects of running, structural brain correlates of human personality and long-term consequences of risk factors during fetal-life on brain and cognition. In her current project she investigates consequences of long term anabolic steroid use on brain structure, cognitive functioning, emotional processing and psychopathology.


Is bigger always better? Investigating brain and behavior in anabolic androgenic steroid users
Thursday 24 September 16:30 - 17:00


Malene Radmer JohannissonMalene Radmer Johannisson has been working in Anti Doping Denmark since February 2008 with focus on developing strategies, campaigns, and networks aimed at preventing doping outside sports. Malene is the Project manager of the project Anti-doping municipality in Denmark in cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Ministry of Health and Prevention. Her previous projects include an international project Strategy for stopping steroids (2010-2012) funded by the European Commission (Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport) and a national public campaign Steroids are stronger than you (2008-2010).


Developing Locally Based Anti-doping Work in Municipalities
Friday 25 September 10:00 - 10:30

Fredrik LauritzenFredrik Lauritzen has a MSc in Exercise Physiology from the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Oslo/Yale University. He has published several scientific papers on topics ranging from medicine to sports science and has a long experience as a university lecturer. Currently, he is the Director of the newly established Centre for Prevention and Public Health at Anti-Doping Norway.


Preventing doping in Norway: New Programs and Best Practices
Friday 25 September 10:30 - 11:00

Jukka Koskelo has worked in Dopinglinkki since 2010 and has been in charge of creating the existing stakeholder network. He has a background in exercise physiology and medical physics. Jukka has worked as a researcher in the field of exercise medicine 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. 

Steroids, Secrets and Shame – the Questions APED Users Are Ashamed to Ask 
Friday 25 September 11:00 - 11:30

Ronald MaughanProfessor Ron Maughan obtained his BSc (Physiology) and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and was a lecturer in Liverpool before returning to Aberdeen where he was based in the Medical School for almost 25 years. He was then Professor of Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University for 10 years and now has an emeritus position there. He has spent much of his career working on a range of projects that have attempted to understand the physiological responses to exercise and the nature of fatigue, but has included many digressions along the way. He chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee and also chairs the Science Advisory Board of the European Hydration Institute. He is a director of the IOC Diploma programs in Sports Nutrition (since 2004) and Sports Medicine (since 2013).


Hazards of Supplement Use in Recreational Sports
Friday 25 September 12:30 - 13:15

Juha HulmiJuha Hulmi, PhD, is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow in Exercise Physiology at the Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä and docent in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. His research is currently focused especially on skeletal muscle physiology in health and disease. One of his favorite topics is the effects of exercise and nutrition on adaptation and physiological responses, but he also has also experience in sport supplement, pharmacology and gene therapy research. Juha has published over 40 international research articles or book chapters and has presented his research findings in various scientific conferences during his ~10-year scientific career.


Enhancing Muscle Mass and Function: Comparison Between Different Strategies
Friday 25 September 13:15 - 14:00