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Liverpool John Moores University

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Institute for Health Research: IPED Conference 2017

Institute for Health Research: IPED Conference 2017

Drug use is often portrayed and perceived as a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure; whether through the use of thought-expanding hallucinogens, the excitement of stimulants or the euphoria of opiates. However, there are many drugs that are typically used neither as a means for instant gratification nor for the treatment of illness but instead to improve on an individual’s appearance or performance. Collectively termed Image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs), these substances increasingly represent a challenge to public health and reflect a society that expects “a pill for every ill” and for some, the aim to be “better than well”. The pursuit of excellence and the attempt to surpass one’s natural potential is by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, throughout history the human condition has been characterised by mankind’s endeavour to gain an advantage over his competitor and the environment. The IPED research group has been developed to bring together a range of expertise and disciplines to explore this complex phenomenon.

Institute for Health Research’s IPED conference takes place on Friday 13th October 2017. The conference will share research insight on:

  • The changes in IPED use over the last two decades and the latest findings of the National IPEDInfo Survey 2016
  • Emerging public health risks and harms, prevention and education responses and implications for future research
  • Understanding muscle development and IPED user identity
  • Doping in sport
  • Emerging PhD research

The day will include:

  • Showcasing the diverse and emerging IPED research at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Q & A session with Bill Llewellyn, a leading US expert in the field of nutrition, hormonal medicine and the misuse of anabolic steroids

Due to limited spaces the event is invite only: IPED2017@ljmu.ac.uk

Further details:
IPED Conference – Flyer
IPED Conference – Programme