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RMTC Board to Meet in Austin

March 20, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

On Tuesday, March 25, the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will meet at the Driskell Hotel in Austin, Texas, for their spring board meeting. The RMTC will hear reports from four of its committees, including an anabolic steroid regulation update from the Scientific Advisory Committee. Current and upcoming RMTC-funded research projects and workshops, as well as RMTC penalty guidelines, are also on the agenda. Held in conjunction with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) annual convention, the week will also feature a racing medication round table moderated by RMTC Chairman Dr. Robert Lewis. In addition to the RMTC, the Association of Official Racing Chemists and the National HBPA Executive Committee will be meeting at the RCI Convention.

The RMTC is currently working with the University of California at Davis Ken Maddy Laboratory in sponsoring a workshop on the detection of androgenic and anabolic steroids in the horse to be held April 27-30 at UC-Davis. Representatives from Brazil, Chile, England, Greece, Belgium, Canada, Jamaica and almost every U.S. lab will be among those in attendance. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Don Catlin, director of the Anti-Doping Research Institute and former director of the UCLA Olympic Laboratory, and Dr. Ed Houghton, formerly of Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket, England, one of the world’s foremost experts in anabolic steroid testing in the racehorse. Additional presentations will be conducted by Drs. Rick Arthur, Rohan Thakur, Rick Sams, Heather Knych and Scott Stanley.

The lecture portion of the workshop will begin on April 28 with the wet lab portion of the workshop on April 29-30.

In other news, the RMTC website ( has been refreshed. New additions to the website include more efficient navigation, new graphics on the progress of model medication rules and recommended penalty adoptions, list of donors, online charitable contribution forms, and ready access to RMTC newsletters and updates.

The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred and American Quarter Horse racing. The organization works to develop, promote and coordinate, at the national level, policies, research, and educational programs that seek to ensure the fairness and integrity of racing, the health and welfare of racehorses and participants, and protect the interests of the betting public.

For additional information, visit the RMTC website at or contact Hallie Roach, RMTC communications coordinator, (859) 224-2848.