The Center of Research and Expertise in anti-Doping sciences (REDs) is a leading international research center with the ability to carry out independent, multi-disciplinary and innovative studies and provide expertise in all the anti-doping sciences.

The REDs also provides postgraduate courses (MSc and PhD) in doping and the fight against doping, together with specialized continuing training courses for coaches, administrators, anti-doping supervisors, doctors and managers who are helping to advance the fight against doping.

  • Research: Working in conjunction with the world’s leading specialists, the REDs is able to carry out independent, multi-disciplinary and innovative research relating to the fight against doping.
  • Consulting: The REDs network of widely respected, independent experts can provide international sport organizations’ medical, disciplinary and bodies with consultancy services covering the scientific, legal and certificatory aspects of the fight against doping.
  • Training: We are able to draw on our research and consultancy activities in order to provide cutting-edge training courses for people involved in every aspect of the fight against doping.

As an independent research center within the University of Lausanne, the REDs has developed a coordinated approach to the fight against doping and can thereby help national and international federations, the international network of anti-doping laboratories and individual sports teams combat this destructive aspect of sport.


Researchers working on this theme:

Institute of Sports Sciences

  • Olivier Aubel – Assistant professor
  • Raphael Faiss – Research manager
  • Bertrand Fincoeur – SNSF senior researcher
  • Denis Hauw - Associate professor
  • Bengt Kayser - Full professor
  • Grégoire Millet - Associate professor
  • Fabien Ohl - Full professor
  • Flora Plassard – Graduate assistant
  • Olivier Salamin - Graduate assistant
  • Martial Saugy - Associate professor

Swiss Antidoping Laboratory - CHUV

  • Norbert Baume – Laboratory assistant director
  • Tiia Kuuranne - Laboratory director

School of Criminal Sciences

  • Stefano Caneppele - Associate professor
  • Pierre Esseiva - Associate professor
  • Olivier Ribaux - Full professor
  • Quentin Rossy – Assistant professor

(Fraud, scientific and forensic investigations, criminology and sport).


Major publications on this research theme:

  • Aubel O. Ohl F. (2014), Another approach to the prevention of doping in cycling. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, pp. 1094-1102, DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.08.010.
  • Leuenberger N, Saugy M. Circulating microRNAs: The Future of Biomarkers in Anti-doping Field. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2015;888:401-8.
  • Salamin O, De Angelis S, Tissot JD, Saugy M, Leuenberger N. Autologous Blood Transfusion in Sports: Emerging Biomarkers. Transfusion medicine reviews. 2016;30(3):109-15.
  • Nicoli R, Guillarme D, Leuenberger N et al. Analytical Strategies for Doping Control Purposes: Needs, Challenges, and Perspectives. Anal Chem. 2016;88(1):508-23.
  • Hauw D., Psychologie du Dopage. (Editeur). DeBoeck Supérieur ISBN 9782807302426
  • Ohl F. Fincoeur B. Lentillon-Kaestner V. Defrance J. Brissonneau C. (2015), The Socialization of Young Cyclists and the Culture of Doping. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50(7) 865-882, DOI:10.1177/1012690213495534
  • Pineau, T., A. Schopfer, L. Grossrieder, J. Broséus, P. Esseiva and Q. Rossy (2016) 'The study of doping market: How to produce intelligence from Internet forums', Forensic Science International Vol 268, 103-115,

Courses - Massive Online Open Course :

Doping : Sport, organizations and science

SNSF Project :

Teams, cyclists, vulnerability and doping

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