Professor Jeffrey Stephens
Personal Chair
Swansea University Medical School
Telephone: (01792) 602208

Professor Jeffrey W Stephens (BSc, MB BS, PhD, FRCP) qualified in Medicine from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (Imperial College), London in 1994. He undertook specialist training in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine throughout Central London. Between 2001-2004 he undertook a PhD in Genetics based at the Centre for Cardiovascular Genetics within the School of Medicine at University College London. This was supported by a Diabetes UK Clinical Training Fellowship. He returned to Wales in 2005 to take up the post of Senior Clinical Lecturer and subsequently Reader in the College of Medicine at Swansea University. He is currently a full Professor of Medicine (Diabetes & Metabolism) based at the Institute of Life Sciences at Swansea University and a Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine at Morriston Hospital, Swansea. He is actively involved in both teaching and research and continues as a practicing physician in diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine. Current research interests include type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and exercise in patients with type 1 diabetes. He is also actively involved in phase 2 and 3 international pharmacological clinical trials. He has >100 peer reviewed publications. He has extensive teaching experience at medical undergraduate and postgraduate level and also with allied medical specialities. He is also a member of the Council of Healthcare Professionals for Diabetes UK and Assistant Medical Director for Research & Development within ABMU Health board. He has previously held positions as Associate Dean for Academic Careers Support within the Wales Deanery, Royal College of Physicians Tutor and Postgraduate Organiser for Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Inflammation
  • Oxidative stress
  • Clinical trials
  • Clinical Medicine (Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • General Medicine)

Publications

  1. & Ghrelin function in human obesity and type 2 diabetes: a concise review. Obesity Reviews 18(2), 140-148.
  2. & A non-exercise method to determine cardiorespiratory fitness identifies females predicted to be at 'high risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research 14(1), 47-54.
  3. & Metabolic Effects Associated with ICS in Patients with COPD and Comorbid Type 2 Diabetes: A Historical Matched Cohort Study. PLOS ONE 11(9), e0162903
  4. & Telomere length, antioxidant status and incidence of ischaemic heart disease in type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Cardiology 216, 159-164.
  5. & The clinical management of hyponatraemia. Postgraduate Medical Journal, postgradmedj-2015-133740

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Teaching

  • PM-300 Medical Genetics

    The course is designed to provide an advanced study of the identification of human genes and the determination of the influence of human genes upon disease and health status. Gene identification provides targets for the development of new pharmaceuticals and the range of variation present in the population.

Supervision

  • The role of novel coagulation biomarkers in quantifying abnormal clot structure in ischemic heart disease and their clinical applicability (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Adrian Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Bracken
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Metabolic and inflammatory outcomes five years following bariatric surgery in subjects with diabetes and obesity (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Bain
  • Ghrelin mediated lipid retention and insulin resistance in human visceral adipose tissue (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Prior
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeffrey Davies
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Wilkinson
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Prof Michelle Lee
  • 'Bariatric Surgery and impaired glucose regulation: A cross sectional study examinimg glucose-insulin homeostasis, inflammatory cytokines and endocannabinoids' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Bain
  • 'Cellular trafficking and functional characterisation of the human glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Venkat Kanamarlapudi
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • 'Adipose tissue as a mediator of inflammation and oxidative cellular damage in obesity and type 2 diabetes' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Dr Sarah Prior