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Doping and human exercise performance
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5488-19-06-31 
Enrollment deadline: 10/10/2019
Date and time11.11.2019, at: 08:00 - 15.11.2019, at: 16:00
Regular seats25
ECTS credits3.50
Contact personNikolai Baastrup Nordsborg    E-mail address: nbn@nexs.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserNikolai Baastrup Nordsborg    E-mail address: nbn@nexs.ku.dk
Exam detailsThe course assesment is 'passed / not-passed' based on course participation and presentations of assignments.
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours



The 5-day PhD course consist of a 3-day symposium (open to other participants) followed by 2 days only for participants on the PhD course.

  • 11-13 November: PhD course / symposium: “Anti-doping – a scientific approach” (also open to other participants).
  • 14-15 November: PhD course (only for participants in the PhD course).

Download the course program here (changes may occur).

Registration via application / course fee: Please read the details below (under Remarks).

The aim of the PhD course is to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge of physiology and methodology related to anti-doping efforts.

The course is focused on Human Physiologi and methods related to detection of doping. Thus, central themes include limits for human performance; existing physiological and analytical approaches to detect doping; new strategies in anti-doping efforts etc. 

The 3-day symposium focus on dissemination and discussion of state-of-the-art knowledge of physiology and emerging technologies relevant for detection of banned methods and substances with a link to basic research and with a clinical application. Some of the presented methods are also highly relevant in other research areas and with a relevance for populations other than elite athletes, e.g. individual profiling relating to personal medicine with great potential in a public health perspective. The speakers at the symposium are all leading international experts within their respective fields, and the symposium will have a special focus on omics technologies, hematology and steroids. A poster session will be organized. The final two days of the PhD course will focus on laboratory exercises and disussions hereof.

The Department host several ph.d. students supported by national and international anti-doping agencies, and we look forward to engaging in scientific discussion with other national and international PhD students related to the area.

An updated program, list of literature and practical information will be e-mailed to all course participants during October.

Learning outcome
Participants will be exposed to emerging technologies relevant for detection of banned substances and methods, e.g. changes in blood volume, with interest for basic research; clinical applications and anti-doping efforts. Some of the presented methods are also highly relevant in other research areas. The participants will be engaged in discussion of the various topics by reading original research articles as well as reviews. The papers will be interactively discussed during the course and old and new ideas will be evaluated. The participating PhD students will be trained in presenting ideas and original data related to the course theme. This is accomplished through pre-course preparation; on-course pitch of new project ideas as well as on-course interaction with senior scientists.

Teaching and learning methods
The PhD course is a mix of lectures, assignments & presentations and two laboratory exercises.

Guest Lecturers
  • Professor Yannis Pitsiladis, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton, UK
  • Assistant Professor Angelo D'Alessandro, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado, USA
  • Dr. Nicolas Leuenberger, Certifying scientist, Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses, CH
  • Associate Professor Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University, USA
  • Professor Merav Socolovsky, Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA 
  • Associate Professor John M. Higgins, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Dr. Reid Aikin, Athlete Biological Passport Manager, World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Professor Caroline M. Kistorp, Department of Medical Endocrinology, Copenhagen University Hospital, DK
  • Professor Carsten Lundby, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway 
  • Professor Michael Sawka, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Dr. Jakob Mørkeberg, Senior Science Manager, Anti-Doping Denmark (tentative)
  • Dr. Steve Elliott, Scientific Advisory Board Member, Partnership for Clean Competition (tentative)
Lecturers from the University of Copenhagen:
  • Professor Rasmus Bro, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Professor Jan Pravsgaard Christensen, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Associate Professor Morten Hostrup, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Associate Professor Nikolai B. Nordsborg, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, DK

Registration (via application):

To enroll on this PhD course, please:

1) Click "Apply" and fill in the requested data (deadline: 10 October 2019).

2) You will recieve a short questionnaire by e-mail, which you are asked to respond to (deadline: 10 October 2019).

3) The course responsible will review your information. Succesfull applicants will be notified about final enrollment by 10 October the latest.

4) Following final enrollment to the PhD course, course participants will be asked to sign-up for the symposium 11-13 November and pay the fee via the registration system (deadline: 10 October).

Waiting list:

If the PhD course is oversubscribed, it is possible to be assigned to a waiting list.

Course fee, accommodation and food/drinks:

There is no course fee, but course participants are expected to pay for their own accommodation and food/drinks during the entire course:

  • 11-13 November:
    405 EUR (includes accommodation and all meals at Hotel Comwell Holte); 
    85 EUR (includes lunch and refreshments at Hotel Comwell Holte)
    0 EUR (includes only scientific programme, i.e. no meals, no refreshments, no accommodation).
    NB! Following your final enrollment to the PhD course, you will receive e-mail with a link to sign-up and payment of the choosen fee.
  • 14-15 November:
    0 EUR, but course participants are expected to pay for own accommodation and food/drinks during the course.
    NB! Make sure to book accommodation from 13-15 November.

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