Dr. David Cowan

Dr. David Cowan, King’s College London Drug Control Centre, UK


Professor David Cowan is the Director of the internationally renowned King’s College London Drug Control Centre which he co-founded in 1978. The Centre has been in the forefront of introducing advances in anti-doping science for many years. The Centre recently successfully delivered the analysis of the samples collected for the comprehensive drug testing of the athletes taking part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at which the new biomarker test for the use of human growth hormone resulted in the disqualification of two athletes.

The Drug Control Centre is the only WADA accredited laboratory in the UK and one of just 33 world-wide. It is part of the Department of Forensic Science and Drug Monitoring at King’s College London, which he helped to found and was its first Head. The department runs the world-leading M.Sc. in Forensic Science and, more recently, the M.Sc. in Analytical Science for Industry and the M.Sc. in Analytical Toxicology.

Professor Cowan holds a Chair in Pharmaceutical Toxicology and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He was awarded the International Olympic Committee Trophy for Ethics in Sport in 1998. Last year he was awarded the Media Personality of the year by King’s College London and was runner up in the Excellence in Innovation and Impact category.

He has published extensively in the field of pharmaceutical analysis especially in relation to the detection and quantification of drugs and their metabolites in complex body fluids and detecting drug administration in sport.