Lectures and seminars

Faust's gold – Inside the East German doping machine

2014-06-1712:15 to 13:15 Pharmacology lecture hall, Nanna Svartz väg 2Campus Solna

Author: Steven Ungerleider, PhD

followed by a conversation with Professor Arne Ljungqvist, KI

For nearly twenty-five years, East Germany's corrupt sports organization dominated international athletics. More than ten thousand unsuspecting young athletes— some as young as twelve years old— were given massive doses of performance-enhancing anabolic steroids. These athletes achieved miraculous success in international competitions, including the Olympics, but for many of them, their physical and emotional health was permanently damaged.

Faust's Gold draws on the revelations of the trials of former GDR coaches, doctors, and sports officials who have now confessed to conducting ruthless medical experiments on young and talented athletes selected for Olympic training camps. Faust's Gold is a true-life detective story that plunges into the dark, secretive world of the GDR doping scam, where elite competitors and their families are up against a formidable opponent: the East German secret police, known as the STASI.

Dr Steven Ungerleider is an author of six books, completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Oregon, a post doc from the University of California, and is a licensed psychologist. Since 1984, he has served on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. In the early 1990's, Ungerleider was invited to join an international team of researchers to examine the East German doping files, monitor the criminal trials and interview hundreds of witnesses for his book entitled: FAUST'S GOLD: Inside the East German Doping Machine.

Professor Arne Ljungqvist has had a long career in medical research and was vice-dean and pro-rector at Karolinska Institutet 1972-1983 and served as chairman of the Swedish Cancer Society 1992-2001. Outside academia Prof Ljungqvist has for over 40 years been the leading figure in the fight against doping in sports. He has since the early 1970’s had leading roles in the International Association of athletics Federations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where he has been IOC member and chair of the IOC medical commission.

Host: Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet