Leading Horse Drug Expert To Head Up USEF Equine Research & Testing Lab

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Dr. Cornelius Uboh
Dr. Cornelius Uboh

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Sept. 19, 2016–Dr. Cornelius Uboh, a leading horse drug expert, has been appointed director of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equine Research and Testing Laboratory.

Dr. Uboh’s focus will be to identify substances “rife with potential for abuse and develop protocols for detecting those substances,” he said in the announcement Monday of his appointment.

He was bureau director of the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory for 27 years and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine at the New Bolton Center campus.

With Dr. Lawrence R. Soma, he led efforts to develop and establish the world’s first-ever method for confirming blood-doping agents in racehorse serum, commonly known as EPO.

“Dr. Uboh has been involved in meaningful breakthroughs in detecting doping in racehorses,” said Bill Moroney, USEF Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that his focus on sport horses will lead to new revelations that will help eradicate doping in our sport and strengthen the integrity of our sport in the United States,”