Kyle Mulrooney and Katinka van de Ven

Kyle J.D. Mulroney is a PhD Fellow, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, University of Kent. His research is devoted to the sociological study of punishment and penal control. In particular, his Ph.D. dissertation explores the evolution of criminal justice policy in Canada with specific attention to the ways in which distinct and culturally embedded characteristics of individual nations are decisive in the shape and impact of penal policies. Following this line he has also taken an interest in the doping phenomenon, examining the consumption and regulation of human enhancement drugs, and in particular the trend towards zero-tolerance. Katinka van de Ven is a Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. She holds a M.Sc. in Psychology and a M.A. in Criminology from the Utrecht University. She works as a Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. 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. In addition, she in collaboration with her colleague Kyle Mulrooney created the Human Enhancement Drug Network ( 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.

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Doping among amateur athletes like CrossFitters is probably more common than you’d think

Earlier this month, the 11th annual CrossFit Games took place in the US. While the event has come a long way from humble beginnings, the prize money and fame now attached to it have led to concerns that competitors may be doping to gain an unfair advantage. CrossFit is a fitness regime practised...

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