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

Mr. Teemu Japisson is the Secretary General of FINCIS (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports). The Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports FINCIS promotes an ethically sustainable sports culture in collaboration with other operators. FINCIS is responsible for implementing international treaties on anti-doping activities, manipulation of sports competitions and spectator comfort and safety in Finland. Before taking on the position as the head of FINCIS, Mr. Japisson worked as a sports and youth specialist in the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, where he was responsible for the supervision of municipalities' interests and for providing service in matters relating to sports and youth. He has previously acted in leadership positions in the Finnish Olympic Committee, in the national sports organisation VALO, in the Finnish sports organisation SLU, in Nuori Suomi, in the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare and in the University of Tampere students' union.

Session 1 | Chair

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.

Session 1 | 10:10 - 10:20
"Overall view of  project and other Erasmus+ projects"


Dr Lambros Lazuras is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics, Sheffield Hallam University. He has been studying the psychological drivers of performance-and-image-enhancement drug (PIED) use for more than a decade and has published more than 25 research papers, book chapters, and books about this topic. He has participated in 10 international research projects on PIEDs use and clean sport education, and his research has been funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympics Committee and the European Commission (Erasmus+ Sport). He also serves as an independent consultant to national and regional anti-doping organisations about implementing and evaluating clean sport education campaigns.

Session 1 | 10:20 - 10:40
"Performance and Image Enhancement Drugs (PIEDs) in Fitness and Recreational Sport: Prevalence, motives and policy recommendations"

Amanda Atkinson is the lead UK researcher for the ERASMUS project. She had a key role in designing the evaluation methodology and is conducting the UK evaluation of the acceptability of the PIED e-learning modules among health care professionals.

Areas of expertise

  • Young people’s substance use.
  • Gender and substance use.
  • Media representations and influence on substance use, related identity and policy.
Session 1 | 10:40 - 11:00
"Evaluating the acceptability and usability of e-learning resources for healthcare and fitness industry professionals on PIED use"

Dr Jim McVeigh is the Director of the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. He has worked within health/public health for over 30 years initially as a Registered General Nurse working with people who inject drugs, before moving into academia. Jim has built an international reputation within the field of human enhancement drug use, in particular, the use of anabolic steroids and associated drugs within the general population. He has publish over 50 peer reviewed papers on the topic and been invited to present at highly respected and influential international conferences. He has contributed to UK National Drug Strategies and advised on legislation and health policy and practice. Jim collaborates with some of the leading international experts in the field and has recently co-edited the Routledge book Human Enhancement Drugs.

Session 1 | 11:00 - 11:20
"A pragmatic approach to the use of anabolic steroids"
Session 2 | 14:20 - 15:00
Panel discussion, Chair

Dr de Ronde is a clinical endocrinologist at the Spaarne Gasthuis in Haarlem, the Netherlands. His clinical and scientific interest is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of male hypogonadism and the side effects of anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse. In 2010 he started an outpatient clinic dedicated to the study and treatment of side effects of AAS abuse. Over the past 10 years the clinic has treated hundreds of men and a few women. Over the years the clinic evolved into a center of expertise for AAS abuse and is still the only dedicated center in the Netherlands. Since 2015 dr de Ronde supervises the “Haarlem study”, a prospective observational cohort study of 100 AAS abusers, investigating the characteristics of AAS abusers, their way of use, the quality of the abused AAS and the health effects of abuse.

Session 2 | 11:20 - 11:40
"Anabolic steroid abuse; how dangerous is it?"

Fredrik Lauritzen is an exercise physiologist with a PhD in neuroscience from University of Oslo.After several years as a lecturer and researcher in exercise science and medicine, he got into the field of anti-doping in 2014. Since 2016, he has been the Director of the Dept. of Prevention and Public at Anti-Doping Norway.

Session 2 | 11:40 - 12:00
"A systematic and interdisciplinary approach to anti-doping prevention"

Johan Öhman is a co-founder and project manager of the national anti-doping network PRODIS – Prevention of doping in Sweden. He is project manager of 100% ren hårdträning in the countys of Kronoberg, Kalmar and Jönköping. He is also VD at BoJ Utbildning AB, an educational company who has specialized in educations about fitness doping. Mr. Öhman is an educator and lecturer on fitness doping and he has co-written an anti-doping manual for gyms and training facilities and a report about fitness doping and nutritional supplements published by Luleå University of Technology. In addition to this, he is also a member of the Professor Arne Ljungqvist advisory board.

Session 2 | 13:00 - 13:20
"PRODIS: E-learning in Sweden"


Dr Katinka van de Ven is a Research Fellow as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW. Katinka conducts research on the use and supply of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs), which includes projects surrounding PIED supply and law enforcement, harm reduction, drugs policy and improving healthcare services for people who use these substances. Katinka is a Honorary Research Fellow at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University. She is an Editor-in-Chief of Performance Enhancement & Health and the Director of the Human Enhancement Drugs Network (HEDN). Katinka regularly acts as an advisor regarding PIED policy, for example, for the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, the Police, and the Health Care Inspectorate in the Netherlands, and for the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in the UK. She also provides PIED-related workshops (5, >200 attendees) to healthcare professionals in Australia and the UK.

Session 2 | 13:20 - 13:40
"The modes of administration of anabolic-androgenic steroid users (AAS): Are non-injecting people who use steroids overlooked?"


Vassilis Barkoukis graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Vassilis finished a PhD at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a second PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield. He is an Associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He has published over 120 national (Greek) and international articles and book chapters (Google scholar h-index =30) and served as the lead editor of the first book on the Psychology of Doping in Sport (Routledge) and as co-author of the first meta-analysis on the predictors of doping use in sport. Dr Barkoukis has participated in more than 20 research grants on doping funded by WADA, IOC and European Union. His research interests involve understanding doping behavior in competitive and recreational sports and developing effective anti-doping education interventions.

Session 2 | 13:40 - 13:55
"The SafeYou project: reflections and thoughts for future anti-doping education in recreational sports"



For 1,5 years now Verkko-Vinkki –project (translation: “Online-Advice”) has provided anonymous health counseling with strong emphasis in harm reduction to users of the biggest online drug market in Finland called “Torilauta” (translation: “Marketboard”). Project coordinator Juho Sarvanko will give a brief introduction to the anonymous world of online drug trade in Finland and the work of Verkko-Vinkki in Torilauta.

Session 2 | 13:55 - 14:10
"Finnish online drug markets and harm reduction in the anonymous tor network"

After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (1st class) at the University of Leeds, Dr. Boardley continued his studies at the University of Birmingham where he obtained a PhD in Sport Psychology. On completing his PhD in 2008, he secured a post at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Education, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016. Dr Boardley is an internationally recognised expert on the psychology of moral behaviour in sport and exercise, with a particular interest in performance enhancing drug use in sport and exercise populations. Through a series of research projects funded by the WADA, the EU, and the IOC, he has helped establish the University of Birmingham as one of the leading centres for Enhancement Drug Research in the UK. His current research includes studies examining the gateway hypothesis of doping in sport, psychosocial factors influencing harmful steroid use, steroid dependence, and enhancement drug use in education.

Session 2 | Chair
Session 2 | 14:10 - 14:50
Panel discussion

Professor on Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Management, Singidunum University, Belgrade, President of Doping Control Board in Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia, Past President of Anti-doping commission of International mountaineering association (UIAA), President of TUE Committee of International water ski and wake board federation (IWWF), Member of FIBA Europe Medical Commission and FIBA supervisory medical doctor, UEFA Doping Control Officer, Representative of Serbia in Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) and Monitoring Group, Anti-Doping Convention (T-DO), European Council. Cardiologist, Baromedicine and Sports medicine specialist with 30 years experience in sport with background of clinical work and research. Writer of more than 30 scientific and fiction books, as well as many scientific articles. Recreational mountaineer and scuba diver master. 

Session 2 | 14:10 - 14:50
Panel discussion