At a press conference organized today at the World Cycling Centre, the International Cycling Union (UCI) revealed the names of the independent experts who will analyse the profiles of the riders participating in the biological passport programme.
Present at the press conference were the UCI President Pat McQuaid, the UCI staff in charge of anti-doping, the experts who participated in the validation of the scientific model on which the biological passport is based, members of the independent group of experts (Mr Olaf Schumacher and Mr Pierluigi Fiorella), and representatives of teams participating in the Tour de Romandie.
The group of experts is made up of the members listed below. All of them have published numerous reference articles in their fields.
â€¢ Michael Ashenden (Australia), Project coordinator, Science and Industry Against Blood Doping Research Consortium, on the Gold Coast, in Australia, and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency working group on blood parameters.
â€¢ Michel Audran (France), Professor, biophysical and bioanalysis laboratory, Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Montpellier I, France. Professor Audran is also a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency working group on blood parameters.
â€¢ Bo Berglund (Sweden), Professor, departments of medicine and of chemistry at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, and member of the medical and anti-doping committee of the International Canoe Federation. Professor Berglund is also a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency working group on blood parameters. In addition, he is chief physician of the Swedish Olympic Committee.
â€¢ Giuseppe Dâ€™Onofrio (Italy), Professor of haematology and Director of the transfusion department at the Policlinic A. Gemelli in Rome. He is also a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency working group on blood parameters.
â€¢ Pierluigi Fiorella (Italy), sports doctor, cardiologist, Director of the Olympus Medical Centre in Ravenna, member of the scientific and technical commission of the Italian Athletics Federation, member of the health protection commission of the Italian Cycling Federation and consultant for FC Inter-Milan.
â€¢ Giuseppe Fischetto (Italy), specialist in sports medicine, internal medicine and pneumology. He is Head of the emergency department at the Frascati-Marino Hospital in Rome, member of the medical and anti-doping commission of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and Head of the medical department of the Italian Athletic Federation. He is also a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency working group on blood parameters.
â€¢ Olivier Hermine (France), Professor, service of adults haematology and service of infectious and tropical diseases at Necker Hospital in Paris. Professor Hermine is also haematology consultant for the French Cycling Federation.
â€¢ Robin Parisotto (Australia) is an independent research scientist. He worked of many years with the Australian Sports Institute.
â€¢ Olaf Schumacher (Germany), works in the department of sports medicine at the University of Freiburg, in Germany. He is a member of the UCI Security and Safety Conditions Commission and is currently chief physician of the German Cycling Federation.
During the conference, M.N. Robinson, from the Laboratoire Suisse dâ€™Analyse du Dopage, in Lausanne, set out the scientific model on which the biological passport is based. M. O. Schumacher gave a demonstration of the analytical work that the independent experts will carry out on the profiles.
Ms A. Gripper, Manager of the UCI Anti-doping Service, gave an overview of the tests carried out within the biological passport programme. These continue according to the established schedule. As of 30th April, 2â€™172 tests had been carried out.
Ms Gripper then clarified that the classic anti-doping tests were still being carried out alongside the biological passport programme.
She finally recalled that all riders who will take part in the Giro dâ€™Italia on the 10th May will have been tested under the biological passport.
UCI Press Service
Picture: (from left to right) : Pierluigi Fiorella, Olaf Schumacher, PatMcQuaid, Mario Zorzoli et Anne Gripper.