Fresenius Prize for Mario Thevis

Fresenius Prize for Mario Thevis

Author: ChemistryViews

Mario Thevis, Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln (German Sport University Cologne), Germany, has received the Fresenius Prize 2023 from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). The award, which comes with a gold medal and EUR 7,500, recognizes special services to analytical chemistry. It was presented during ANAKON 2023 in Vienna, Austria, on April 11, 2023.



Mario Thevis is an internationally renowned doping expert and is honored because his work shows how important and relevant analysis is for society. Thevis has been active in the field of doping control at world championships and the Olympic Games for about twenty years. Due to the associated public visibility in the media, he represents analytical chemistry not only within science, but also in public perception.

The doping researcher has developed numerous new, powerful analytical methods for a large number of substances that are currently used as doping agents or could be used for doping in the future, as well as the metabolites of such substances. Thevis has shown many times that initially inexplicable and rare analytical results require further detailed investigations. For this reason, he is also regularly consulted as an expert in sports law and criminal law proceedings.



Mario Thevis, born in Aachen, Germany, in 1973, studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen University and sports science at the German Sport University Cologne. He completed his doctorate in biochemistry in 2001. After a research stay at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, he habilitated at the German Sport University in Cologne.

Thevis has been a Professor for Preventive Doping Research there since 2006. Starting in 2016, he has also served as Director of the Institute of Biochemistry and of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-certified anti-doping laboratory in Cologne. As early as during his graduate studies, he supported the doping control laboratory in Helsinki, Finland, in the context of the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2001. Since then, he has accompanied numerous world championships and Olympic Games with his scientific expertise. He is Director of the European Monitoring Center for Emerging Doping Agents (EUMOCEDA) and Editor-in-Chief of Drug Testing and Analysis.

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