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[CANCELLED] Enhancement in Sport

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“Hormones, vitamins, stimulants and depressives are oils upon the creaky machinery of life. Principal item, however, is the machinery.” Martin H. Fischer

Sport is about pushing the human body as far as is physically possible. But what about scientific advancements that can surpass these limitations? The expanding spheres of molecular biology and materials science give more possibilities to extend human strength and endurance. To confuse issues further, there are a whole host of legal supplements that can enhance performance, and technology is improving sports equipment not just humans.

In the second of two debates examining human enhancement, join our panel of experts to discuss the impact science is having and will have on sport.

Questions we hope to answer include:

What constitutes a legal or illegal enhancement? Is ethical to enhance sporting performance with new technologies? Will expensive new technologies widen the rift between rich and poor nations on the field and in the stadium? How can this myriad array of scientific add-ons be regulated?

We invite you to join our panel to discuss these issues further:

- Dr Andy Miah – University of the West of Scotland

- Prof. Julian Savulescu – University of Oxford

- Dr Alun Williams – Manchester Metropolitan University

- Ms Clare Cunningham – Former Paralympic Swimmer (Deloitte & Touche LLP )

The panel will be chaired by Ms Michele Verroken of Sporting Integrity. Following a short presentation from each speaker, the floor will be open to you so we invite you to express your questions and views and come ready to challenge the panel!

Refreshments will be served at the end. We look forward to welcoming you!

Kindly sponsored by Deloitte (London 2012 Supporter) For more information see

This talk is part of the The Triple Helix Lecture Series series.

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