About the Image and Performance Enhancing Drug Research Group and IPED Conference
The Image and Performance Enhancing Drug (IPED) Research Group was developed in association with the relaunch of the Institute for Health Research (IHR) in March 2017. The vision of the IHR is to establish a world leading health research institute by developing a virtual hub for partnership, collaboration and networking in health research within and beyond LJMU.
The Public Health Institute (PHI) initiated the development of the IPED Research Group with an overall aim of bringing together a range of multidisciplinary areas that will provide LJMU with an overarching group of experts.
The group specialises in Image and Performance Enhancing Drug (IPED) research and explores the complex issues of IPED use in modern society. We bring together a range of research experts from across the University, including:
- Public Health Institute
- School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
- School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Liverpool Business School
As well as a diverse range of experience and research interests including (but not limited to):
- IPED related health harms, including injecting drug use
- Public health and cross cultural differences in IPED use
- Socio-psychology and sociology of the body and lifestyle choices
- Doping in sport
- Chemistry and pharmacological properties of emerging human enhancement drugs
- Gender, steroid use and gym culture
- Dependency and abuse of substances used for human enhancement
IPED Conference 2017
PHI and the Institute for Health Research recently held an Image and Performance Enhancing Drug use conference which highlighted the IPED research taking place at LJMU. The conference took place at the Liverpool Maritime Museum on Albert Dock and was attended by academics, commissioners and practitioners working in the IPED field.
The keynote address was delivered by Bill Llewellyn. A scientist and author in the field of nutrition and hormone medicine, Bill is considered to be a leading US authority on the misuse of anabolic steroids within the general population.
Other presentations were delivered by members of the recently formed IPED Research Group within the University and other members of the IHR.
Programme and presentations:
- IPED conference programme
- Anabolic steroids and associated drugs - Jim McVeigh
- National surveys of people using IPEDs: a 'history' and the latest data - Prof Vivian Hope and Emma Begley
- Healthcare professionals and image and performance enhancing drugs use: improving the quality and delivery of e-learnig programmes - Prof Harry Sumnall
- Identity and drugs - David Tod
- Men who have covert sex with men: performance enhancing drugs? - Professor Shona Bettany and David Rowe
- Anabolic steroid use in male bodybuilders - implications upon cardio-metabolic health - Dr Ian G Davies
- SARMS, peptides, and other emerging drugs - William Llewellyn
- Beyond the muscles: the role of drive for muscularity in identity - Ieuan Cranswick