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The UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory is one of the world’s largest World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited sports drug-testing facility and one of the leading research institutions in the field of athletic doping. Founded in 1982 by a grant from the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, the UCLA facility was the first U.S. laboratory accredited by the International Olympic Committee.

One of only two U.S. laboratories accredited by WADA, the UCLA facility operates on a $5 million annual budget. Under the direction of Brian Ahrens, more than 40 scientists analyze approximately 45,000 urine specimens per year for traces of banned substances intended to give athletes an unfair edge in competition.

UCLA has provided anti-doping testing for the U.S. Olympic Committee since 1985. This contract transferred to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2000. Past testing responsibilities include the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

In addition, the lab performs drug testing for a growing roster of national and international sports organizations, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association since 1986, National Football League since 1990, Minor League Baseball since 2004, and other major sporting events, such as the 1994 World Soccer Cup.

The facility also conducts testing for numerous universities, various law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense.

History of the Lab

The Laboratory was established in 1982 by a grant from the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee to the University of California.  It was the first laboratory in the United States to be accredited by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has continuously provided testing services for a variety of clients both domestic and international since its inception.  The laboratory has carried out anti-doping testing for three Olympic Games (Los Angeles 1984, Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002) as well as other major sporting events including the World Soccer Cup (1993).

Brian Ahrens

Brian Ahrens
Director, UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory

Contact Information

Administrative Officer
Christina Zaragoza
310-825-2635 x 1 | Email