Major Accomplishments of KIST Over Its 40-Year History. Since its foundation over 40 years ago, KIST has remained faithful to its role as a comprehensive research institute supporting Korea's interests and has made active contributions to the growth of the nation's industrial base through advancements in science and technology. A review of its major accomplishments through the years offer a peek into the most significant events in its history.

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Project Name Development of doping control technology
Year 1980 Director
One of the biggest issues at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 was that of Ben Johnson, who won a gold medal for the 100m sprint but was later disqualified following a doping test. The event highlighted the importance of doping tests in international sports contests including the Olympic games. In Korea, a Doping Control Center (led by Jong Se PARK) was set up at KIST in 1985 and in 1987 became the 17th doping lab officially approved by the IOC (currently WADA) in the world. The Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 turned out to be a great chance for the center to have its world-class level recognized. In that year, the Doping Control Center (led by Myung Su KIM) had the capacity to detect about 100 drugs in an amount of 1 ppm. Today it is a Grade 1 official doping center with the capacity to detect any banned drugs in urine at a rate of 1 part per billion. Behind the cheering crouds at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup games, where the Korean national team made it to the semifinals, was the research staff of the KIST Doping Control Center. 

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