Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences
University of the West of Scotland, UK
Professor Baker and colleagues have investigated anabolic steroid users who were supplementing their androgen regimen with insulin and growth hormone. They also identified a large number of recreational gym users who use pharmacological substances. Working with the National Drug Testing Centre, Kings College London (Professor Cowan and Dr Kicman), this initial finding provided the Group with a unique opportunity to monitor the physiological and biochemical implications of this performance-enhancing drug regimen and remains, to the best of our knowledge, the first of its kind. This research has attracted the attention of the international scientific community and the interest in Wales and Scotland has been widespread as evidenced by the involvement of Group members in many radio and national television programmes. Particular concern was voiced by members of the Welsh Assembly Government and, as a consequence, we are currently involved in a process that will identify strategies aimed at counteracting this kind of drug abuse
Analysis immune function and hormonal control studies.