At the closing plenary session at ECSS Dublin 2018 two world-renowned researchers, Professor Backhouse and Professor Marcora, will consider the dangers and opportunities of human enhancement drugs in physical activity settings. The topic is approached from two viewpoints. Firstly, whether human enhancement drugs are a public health concern, and secondly, if they can be used for changing physical activity behaviour.

The session will be chaired by Professor Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani from Curtin University, Australia. Professor Susan Backhouse (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom) talks about “Physical Activity and Human Enhancement Drugs: A Public Health Concern?” and Professor Samuele Marcora (University of Kent, United Kingdom) concentrates on “Pharmacological Facilitation of Physical Activity Behaviour”.



  1. What are some possible reasons for the increasing appeal of image and performance enhancing drugs in physical activity settings?
  2. Who might benefit from the use of such substances and who won’t?
  3. What are the ethical implications from using or promoting the use of such drugs? What are some alternative options?

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See you on Saturday 7 July 2018 in Auditorium at 11:30 – 12:45 at the CCD!


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