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High Regard for Dr. Don Catlin

“Widely considered the most respected chemist in the sports anti-doping community… In a field in which testers have struggled to keep up with the innovations of cheaters, Catlin, 68, has been credited with nearly a dozen major testing discoveries and busts over the last decade, making him the most feared scientist among athletes who cheat with performance-enhancing drugs.”

— Washington Post, March 13, 2007

“Don H. Catlin… founded the UCLA’s Olympic drug-testing laboratory in 1982 and built it into the busiest such facility in the world… One of the world’s leading authorities in sports doping… As lab director (at the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory), Catlin notched numerous milestones in the field of sports doping, notably his identification in 2003 of tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a ‘designer steroid’ illicitly dispensed to athletes by the notorious Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, or BALCO.”

— Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2007

“Catlin… has been at the forefront of the anti-doping battle movement for a quarter-century… He has made some of the biggest gains in the world against cheaters in sports.”

— USA Today, updated March 4, 2007

“Dr. Don Catlin (is) one of the world’s leading anti-doping experts. Catlin has developed numerous tests to detect performance-enhancing drugs and helped expose hundreds of cheating athletes.”

— The Associated Press, March 14, 2007

“Dr. Don Catlin is one of the world’s foremost drug testing experts.”

Bob Costas,”Costas Now” (Show #13)
HBO Sports, July 24, 2007

“Among the world’s pre-eminent anti-doping scientists.”

—, updated May 23, 2008

“Some call Dr. Don Catlin… the father of drug testing in sports.”

— New York Times, September 18, 2007

Chicago Tribune Sportsman of the Year – 2003

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