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Francesco S. Bersani, MD

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Francesco Saverio Bersani, MD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in psychiatry at University of Hertfordshire, University of California San Francisco and Sapienza University of Rome. With expertise in clinical psychiatry, his research focuses on complex interactions between mental illness, cellular aging, lifestyle, addiction, metabolism, and psychoneuroendocrinology. He graduated with a degree in Medicine from Sapienza University of Rome in 2011 following completion of a Clinical Internship at Paris-Sud University and a Research Internship at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Center. After attaining his MD, he worked as a Resident Physician at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Sapienza University of Rome and as a Research Fellow in several mental health-related research projects funded by the European Commission (EC) and the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Email Francesco: bersani.fs@gmail.com

You can also find him on Twitter: @savebers.

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN:

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Anjan Chatterjee is the Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy from Haverford College, MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his neurology residency at the University of Chicago. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses questions about spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. He wrote The Aesthetic Brain: How we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art and co-edited: Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, medicine, and society, and The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: behavioral neurology and neuropsychology. He is or has been on the editorial boards of: American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Behavioural Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, European Neurology, Empirical Studies of the Arts, The Open Ethics Journal and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology. He was awarded the 2002 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Neuroethics Society, the past President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the past President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. He serves on the Boards of Haverford College, the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and Universal Promise. Email Anjan: anjan@mail.med.upenn.edu.

You can also find him on Twitter: @Anjan435.

Jay Coakley: 

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Jay Coakley, Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has over 40 years of experience doing research and studying connections between sports, culture, and society. Coakley is an internationally respected scholar, author, and journal editor and has received many professional awards. His book, Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, is in its 11th edition and has been adapted for readers in Canada, the UK and Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and Southern Africa. Using the concepts of “deviant overconformity” and “the sport ethic,” he has provided a sociological analysis of performance enhancing substances (PEDs) in sports. He continues his efforts to make sport participation a source of enjoyment and development, and to make sports more democratic and humane for people of all ages and backgrounds. Email Jay: jcoakley@uccs.edu.

You can also follow him on Academia: https://uccs.academia.edu/JayCoakley, ResearchGate, Twitter: @SiSCoakley, and LinkedIn.

Rick Collins:

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Rick Collins, JD, CSCS, FISSN is a law partner in the firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, in Mineola, New York. As a former criminal prosecutor, he is widely considered one of the world’s foremost legal authorities on performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) and supplements. He has served as lead defense attorney on countless criminal and administrative cases involving anabolic steroids and related drugs throughout America, and has defended against doping allegations internationally. He is the author of the groundbreaking legal treatise on anabolic steroids, Legal Muscle: Anabolics in America, and has written extensively on the topic of non-medical steroid use for legal publications including the Criminal Justice Journal of the New York State Bar Association and The Champion, the publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has contributed chapters to two texts on sports nutrition and has co-written a textbook chapter on adolescent use of PIEDs. He frequently writes for various fitness and bodybuilding publications, and has been a monthly columnist for the nationally circulated Muscular Development magazine and a member of their Advisory Board since 2001. Rick has been interviewed as a legal authority on PIEDs in the film “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” (2008) and on national television talk and news shows, in talk radio interviews, and by countless online and print publications. He was a member of a four-person research team that conducted and published an Internet survey of the demographics, motivations and patterns of use of 1,955 male adult non-medical anabolic steroid users in the United States. As a former award-winning bodybuilder and co-owner of a personal training business, Rick has a lifelong dedication to fitness and is also a nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). He can be reached through his website at www.steroidlaw.com or by email through his law office at RCollins@cgmbesq.com.

You can also find him on Twitter @rickcollinsesq, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Nita A. Farahany:

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Nita A. Farahany is a Professor of Law & Philosophy at Duke Law School, the Director of Duke Initiative for Science & Society, and the Faculty Director of the Duke MA in Bioethics and Science Policy. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and continues to serve as a member. She is a widely published scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences and emerging technologies, and a frequent commentator for national media and radio shows. Farahany is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Board member of both the International Neuroethics Society and the Center for Responsible Brainwave Technologies, a member of the Law and Ethics Advisory Panel (“LEAP”) as part of the Football Players Health Study (“FPHS”) at Harvard University, a co-editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Bioethics (Neuroscience). She is the recipient of the 2013 Paul M. Bator award given annually to an outstanding legal academic under 40. Farahany holds an AB (Genetics) from Dartmouth College, and an ALM (Biology) from Harvard University, and a JD, MA, and Ph.D. (Philosophy) from Duke University. Email Nita: farahany@duke.edu.

You can also follow her on Twitter: @NitaFarahany, and SSRN.

April Henning:

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April Henning, Ph.D., is Scholar in Residence at Brooklyn College in the U.S. Her work focuses on the impacts of anti-doping policies on athlete health, with a special interest in amateur sport. Her doctoral work focused on the experience of runners, and has since collaborated on research on cyclists and is working on projects looking at cross-national and cross-sport populations. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supported her post-doctoral work at NDRI. She has received additional research funding from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). April is a member of USA Cycling’s Committee on Anti-Doping. Email April: april.dawn.henning@gmail.com.

Dr. Harrison G. Pope

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Dr. Harrison G. Pope, Jr. is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Dr. Pope has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers on a wide range of topics in psychiatry, including the diagnosis and treatment of psychotic disorders, major mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Starting in the 1990s, he began to focus increasingly on substance use disorders and has published extensively on the effects of cannabis, hallucinogens, ecstasy, and especially anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). In 2003 Dr. Pope was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most widely cited psychiatrists/psychologists and also as one of the most widely cited neuroscientists. Dr. Pope has been an avid weightlifter for more than 35 years, and thus has had much first-hand contact with AAS users. He began research in this area in the 1980s, and has now published more than 40 papers on AAS use and related topics. These papers have encompassed the psychiatric effects of AAS, the association of AAS use with male body image disorders, studies of the epidemiology of AAS use, and studies of the neuropsychiatric and medical consequences of long-term AAS exposure. Dr. Pope has presented the findings of this research at a wide range of scientific meetings and conferences in North America, Europe, and in Asia; he has also appeared in numerous documentary films on the subject, such as “the Man Whose Arms Exploded” and “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” He is also interviewed frequently in the popular media, with radio and television appearances worldwide, including “60 minutes” and “20-20” in the United States and the BBC World News in the United Kingdom. Dr. Pope has also testified about anabolic-androgenic steroid use before the United States Congress and other federal bodies. Currently, Dr. Pope is completing a five-year study, funded by the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse, focusing on cardiac function in long-term anabolic steroid users. Email Harrison: hpope@mclean.harvard.edu.

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