Thu, April 06, 2023

(Dried) Blood, Sweat and Data: Future Opportunities within Anti-Doping

(Dried) Blood, Sweat and Data: Future Opportunities within Anti-Doping

(Dried) Blood, Sweat and Data: Future Opportunities within Anti-Doping 

Innovation is not just important, but crucial, in anti-doping to proactively stay ahead of continuously evolving doping practices and to instil athlete trust and confidence through embracing new approaches in areas such as testing and education. 

One such example is the recent introduction of Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing. This is a new tool that has the potential of becoming a more accessible, athlete-friendly, and complimentary alternative to traditional sample collection methods. 

Another theme is how data can be leveraged in a transparent and responsible manner to provide a more tailored and efficient approach to better identify, prevent, and deter doping. 

This session will provide an overview of the implementation of DBS testing, including the experiences at UK Anti-Doping, and explore the potential role of data analytics towards delivering critical insights and improving anti-doping programmes.


Sam Pool

Sam Pool has been UKAD’s Head of Insight & Innovation since March 2021. He has served at UKAD since 2017, with previous roles as 2021 Code Implementation Project Manager and Medical Programmes Officer. 

His team are responsible for co-ordinating UKAD’s engagement with scientific research, including projects such as dried blood spot testing, determining estimates of doping prevalence and evaluating the effectiveness of anti-doping education.  

Sam is also responsible for the creation of a data analytics strategy at UKAD and has led on recent projects delivering prototype data visualisation tools. 

The conference will take place on Thursday 4th May in central London. The agenda and the other details of the event can be found here


Early Bird Ticket period ended on Sunday 19 March 2023. Standard Tickets are priced at £395.00 exc. of VAT.

Our Group Ticket permits three tickets to be purchased for the price of two standard price tickets (which works out as £263.33 exc. of VAT per ticket). Please note that this offer is only applicable to standard ticket prices and all three attendees must be from the same organisation.

Students in full-time education have the opportunity to attend the conference for the discounted price of £90.00 exc. of VAT with our Academic Ticket (student ID or email address required). There is a very limited discounted tickets available, please email resolve@sportresolutions.com to require your student discount. 


Every year we host over 200 legal and sport professionals at our event. These conferences provide many opportunities for our attendees to network. We serve breakfast (hot drinks and pastries) during the registration period where attendees get an early opportunity to meet other professionals as well as during the two coffee breaks and the open buffet lunch. 

We also host a separate breakfast between 8am and 9am in association with Women in Sports Law (WISLaw), to encourage female profesionals to meet and share views (please note that the WISLaw breakfast is also open to male professionals if they wish to join).

And finally after the conference we will host a networking drinks reception in the hotel's bar.


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