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Professor Tim Morris appointed as Independent Advisor to Greyhound Regulatory Board

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tim Morris as Independent Scientific Adviser to the Doping and Medication Review Panel and Disciplinary Committee. Tim will work within the Greyhound Regulatory Board to advise on overarching doping and medication policy and provide analysis of positive samples returned by the Board’s testing laboratory, LGC Ltd.

Simon Gower, GBGB Veterinary Director said:

“I am delighted that Professor Tim Morris has agreed to act for the GBGB as Independent Scientific Adviser. Tim is a veterinary surgeon with a wealth of relevant experience, most recently working for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). He is also a Non-Executive Board Member at Defra Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and I am sure that he will prove to be a great asset to GBGB. Former GBGB Doping and Medication Adviser, Dr Andrew Higgins, retired from the role in December to become a permanent member of the Disciplinary Committee and I’d like to thank him for his valuable contribution to the sport.”

Professor Tim Morris qualified and practiced as a veterinary surgeon, obtained a PhD from the University of London and worked in medicines research at GlaxoSmithKline for 20 years. He went on to establish the BHA’s medication and anti-doping research and led the medication and doping control programme as Director of Equine Science and Welfare. As part of this work he established close working links with other sports including the GBGB. He is now a Director of Scientialis which provides specialist science-based consultancy.

Duncan Gibson, GBGB Manager of Welfare and Integrity Services added:

“Tim is a well respected veterinary scientist and animal welfare expert and we will use his experience to continue our work in providing a robust and fair regulatory service to the industry. We know that greyhound racing is an overwhelmingly clean sport and of all samples screened in 2013 by LGC Sports Sciences, only 32 screened positive for substances not attributed to feed contamination. It is the GBGB’s intention to maintain and improve on already high levels of integrity and welfare within licensed greyhound racing and Tim’s expertise in this area will complement this greatly.”

Professor Tim Morris said:

“I have seen how the GBGB has worked hard since its formation in 2009 to modernise its strategic work to provide high standards of welfare and integrity for greyhound racing in Great Britain. I am very pleased to join the team in an advisory capacity to provide independent advice to help continue to assure these standards.”