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New EPO study needs subjects

Erythropoietin (EPO) continues to be at the forefront of drug testing in athletes. Humans produce natural EPO in their bodies that is required for function; however some athletes boost natural EPO with artificial EPO to gain a performance advantage in sports.

In an effort to improve understanding of EPO synthesis and excretion as well as the accuracy of EPO detection, researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a study to determine the effect of repeated prolonged exercise in the heat, on urine EPO excretion.

If you are a cyclist aged 18-35 yrs, training a minimum of 4 times per week, you have the opportunity to be part of this study, subject to a medical screening. As a participant in the study, you will have access to your fundamental performance data, including: VO2max, power to weight ratios, cycling efficiency, sweat rate responses, physiology and personal adaptation to the heat. You will also obtain essential information on successfully acclimatising in the heat. This information may assist in improving cycling performance.

All testing will be conducted at The University of Sydney, Cumberland campus, in a specialised climate chamber during August-November 2007. Subjects will not be taking EPO or any other substances during the study. Subjects will be given some financial support at the successful completion of their part in the study.

If you would like further information or to be included in the study please contact the researchers directly.

Dr Corinne Caillaud –, George Fatseas – 0414 707 170