HEDN Board

Katinka van de Ven, Ph.D.


Katinka van de Ven, Ph.D., holds a M.Sc. in Psychology and a M.A. in Criminology from the Utrecht University. Her Ph.D. focused on the production, distribution and use of anabolic-androgenic steroids and other image enhancing drugs in Belgium and the Netherlands. For this research, she received the Research Prize Award from the University of Kent in 2016. She currently works as a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. In addition, she in collaboration with her colleague Kyle Mulrooney created the Human Enhancement Drug Network (www.humanenhancementdrugs.com). The goal of the network and website is to provide evidence-based information, to share knowledge and experience, to provide harm reduction and human enhancement drug (HED) education, and to collaborate in this growing field of HEDs. Her research interests are in the field of HEDs, drug use and supply, harm reduction, drug policy, anti-doping, health, nutrition and sports. Outside of her academic career, Van de Ven is also highly active in Crossfit, both as a trainer and coach, and bodybuilding, and in her spare time advises clients on nutrition and supplements. Email Katinka: k.vandeven@unsw.edu.au.

You can also find her on Twitter: @KatinkavandeVen, Academia: kent.academia.edu/KatinkavandeVen, and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/katinkavandeven

Kyle Mulrooney, MA


Kyle Mulrooney is a PhD fellow with the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, an Erasmus Mundus joint Doctorate of the European Union. His Ph.D dissertation is devoted to the sociological study of punishment and penal control. Following this line he has also taken an interest in the doping phenomenon, examining the consumption and regulation of human enhancement drugs. Having played organized sport his whole life, and now engaging in a variety of fitness actives from Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting to coaching and personal training, Kyle has experienced firsthand the role of human enhancement drugs (HEDs) in sport. His research in this field aims to explore the growing use of human enhancement drugs in society and to identify policy strategies which attend to this issue from a public health perspective. Kyle holds a MA in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain, and a BA (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada. Email Kyle: km441@kent.ac.uk.

You can also find him on Twitter: @MulrooneyKyle, Academia: kent.academia.edu/KyleMulrooney, and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kylemulrooney.

Anders Schmidt Vinther:

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Anders Schmidt Vinther is currently employed at Department of Health and Culture, Aalborg Municipality, Denmark. He is the project leader of Aalborg Anti-doping, a local community-based project that seeks to prevent the use of doping substances, especially steroids and image-enhancing drugs, among young men and women in the municipality. He holds a MS in Sports Science from Section for Sports Science, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University. With many years of engagement with and experience from strength training environments, especially bodybuilding and powerlifting, he has an academic as well as a personal interest in the topic of human enhancement. Email Anders: anders.vinther@aalborg.dk.

You can also find him on Twitter, Academia, and LinkedIn.