Major League Baseball and the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP have partnered with the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles to conduct a Growth Hormone Summit on Monday, November 10th, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced Thursday.
The world’s leading anti-doping experts and scholars will convene in Beverly Hills, California for the summit and will be chaired by Dr. Gary Green, Clinical Professor in the Division of Sports Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Major League Baseball’s consultant on Performance Enhancing Drugs. Entitled “Growth Hormone: Barriers to Implementation of hGH Testing in Sports,” the summit will attempt to identify the scientific, medical, legal and ethical issues that must be addressed before Human Growth Hormone testing can be considered a routine part of sports drug testing.
The educational objectives of the comprehensive program will focus on understanding the currently available methods for identifying use of hGH and understanding the viability of urine testing for hGH in the future; building a consensus on the most effective methods of implementing widespread blood testing for abuse of hGH; identifying future strategies for hGH testing; and understanding the United States Laws regarding the regulation and distribution of hGH.
“After the Mitchell report, one of my main goals was to bring together the leading anti-doping experts for an hGH summit,” said Commissioner Selig. “The effective regulation of hGH remains one of the foremost challenges for anti-doping efforts in all sports. This summit is a significant step forward, and Major League Baseball is pleased that Dr. Green, one of the foremost experts in the field, will head this initiative.”
Moutian Wu, PhD, who served as the Laboratory Director for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and who currently works with the National Anti-Doping Laboratory and the China Anti-Doping Agency, will be one of the principal speakers at the summit. Other summit presentations and panel discussants will feature Anthony W. Butch, PhD, Director of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory; Don H. Catlin, MD, Director, Anti-Doping Research; Alan Goldhammer, PhD, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Richard I.G. Holt, MD, PhD, Professor in Diabetes & Endocrinology in the School of Medicine at the University of Southampton; Lance Liotta, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Center for Applied Proteomics & Molecular Medicine at George Mason University; Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Labor Relations & Human Resources; Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School; Thomas H. Murray, PhD, President & CEO, The Hastings Center; Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the New England Centenarian Study; Douglas E. Rollins, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory; Travis T. Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency; and Frank D. Uryasz, President of The National Center for Drug Free Sport.
“I am very excited that world-wide experts in analytical chemistry, medicine, law and ethics have agreed to participate in this meeting,” said Dr. Green. “Testing for hGH is a complex issue and much progress has been made. The goal of the meeting is to identify remaining barriers and develop strategies to overcome them. The abuse of human Growth Hormone is a problem that goes beyond professional sports. An Internet search to buy human Growth Hormone provides almost 5 million sites! This conference will address the regulation of hGH as well methods to deter its use. Bringing together experts from multiple specialties is a positive step in addressing this very significant problem.”
USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said: "USADA welcomes the attention and additional resources that Major League Baseball is committing to this important issue. We are pleased that Major League Baseball invited USADA to participate in this summit, which we hope can serve as a springboard for all of us to further advance our efforts to fight the abuse of hGH in sport."
The event will be held at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows.
Source: Major League Baseball