GMU College of Pharmacy launches a new course on Drugs in Sport

On September 17, 2020 CoP hosted an inspiring seminar presentation on drugs in sport. The talk was given by the international figure and the editor of the book “Drugs in Sport”, Professor David Mottram. The seminar comes in line with CoP preparation to launch a new elective course about Drugs in Sport as part of our PharmD program.

Professor Mottram is an Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy who has been involved in the development and delivery of medical and pharmacy services at major sporting events since 2001. He was a member of the Medical Services Group of the Organizing Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with responsibility for education and training of the pharmacy workforce. He also worked on the medical services team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Currently, Professor Mottram is a consultant and advisor for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Testing Agency (ITA) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and has collaborated on the development and delivery of education programs for these and other international organizations.

Including a course on Drugs in Sport in the pharmacy curriculum is a reflection of our accountability to a special population (the athletes) who need special attention and care from professional pharmacists. The College will be working with UAE Antidoping Committee and the UAE National Olympic Committee (NOC) to contribute to the course and to help expand the role of the pharmacist to include Sports Pharmacy.