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Detection of illegal drugs by isotope ratio mass spectrometry : improvement of sensitivity, widening of applicability and development of tests and reference data (ISOTRACE)

Detection of illegal drugs by isotope ratio mass spectrometry : improvement of sensitivity, widening of applicability and development of tests and reference data (ISOTRACE)

Objective

The fight against unlawful use of substances by athletes in sport and to animals used for human food chain are European priorities. Recently, the administration of steroid hormones with the same chemical structure as the natural ones is prevalent attempting to prevent detection of their misuse. Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry is appearing as a definitive tool for detection of this fraud. This project aims to increase the sensitivity needed to detect some of the recent abused compounds by measuring their 13C content and also to expand the applicability by measuring 2H content as a new diagnostic test. Developments will be leaded by public research groups experienced in drug testing together with a SME manufacturer for isotope ratio instrumentation. Applicability will be confirmed by additional testing laboratories. Outcomes will be instrumental prototypes, supporting data, publications and applicability for the next European Olympic Games.

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Coordinator

FUNDACIO IMIM

Address

Carrer Del Doctor Aiguader 80
08003 Barcelona

Spain

Administrative Contact

Jordi CAMI (Professor)

Participants (7)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

INSTITUT MUNICIPAL D'ASSISTENCIA SANITARIA

Spain

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Netherlands

OLYMPIC ATHLETIC CENTER OF ATHENS "SPYROS LOUIS"

Greece

PDZ EUROPA LTD

United Kingdom

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Ireland

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G6RD-CT-1999-00149

  • Start date

    1 April 2000

  • End date

    1 October 2003

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 863 125

  • EU contribution

    € 990 750

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO IMIM

Spain