Science & Society in the Tropics Public Lecture: Drugs in racehorses

@JCU Science & Society in the Tropics Public Lecture: Drugs in racehorses

Science & Society

The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine presents

Drugs in Racehorses: scientific issues associated with drug detection on race days

Presented by Emeritus Professor Colin Chapman and Dr Robert Kinobe

Date: Tuesday 10th May

Time: 5.30pm refreshments are served, 6pm presentation commences

Location: Building 5 Central Lecture Theatre, Townsville Campus


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FREE EVENT - Everyone is welcome

Presentation summary

Racehorses in Australia are required to be “drug free” on the days they race, whereas in some other parts of the world small amounts of specified drugs are allowed. The ways in which drugs move around the bodies of horses greatly influence how long it is before race day that specific drugs must be stopped so as to avoid breaching the rules of racing. The study of how drugs behave and their effects in the body are called pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, respectively. This lecture will discuss key aspects of the “PK/PD” sciences and how knowledge of these sciences helps to explain the complex issues associated with the detection by racing authorities of drugs such as ketamine and ibuprofen, and trace elements such as cobalt.


colin chapman

Colin Chapman is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University. He is also Professor of Pharmacy at the University of New England, and an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. Colin has qualifications in both pharmacy and veterinary science: his pharmacy course was at the Victorian College of Pharmacy (BPharm 1970) and his veterinary science course at the University of Melbourne (BVSc (Hons) 1977). Colin has worked part time as a community pharmacist since graduating from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, continues to undertake some limited aspects of veterinary practice, and currently runs a 450 Ha farming property in Central Victoria in conjunction with his wife and children. Colin’s current professional and research interests centre on issues associated with the quality use of medicines, on pharmacy workforce planning and monitoring, on quality assurance in tertiary education, on accreditation of pharmacy schools and other professional programs, on the development of new roles for pharmacists, and on eHealth.

robert kinobe

Robert Kinobe is a veterinarian and he obtained a PhD in Pharmacology from University of Queensland in 2004. He then took up a Canadian Institute of Health Research Fellowship (2004-2006) and a Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Fellowship (2007-2009) at Queen’s University in Ontario Canada. In 2008, Robert was appointed to a lectureship position in the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at James Cook University. Robert’s expertise is in the field of drug metabolism and disposition, and cardiovascular pharmacology. Robert’s current research interest is focused on investigating the role of endogenously produced gaseous signalling molecules and particularly carbon monoxide from heme oxygenases and hydrogen sulphide from cystathionine γ-lyase/β-synthase, in regulating oxidative stress and inflammation.