Professor Julian Hopkin is Professor of Experimental Medicine and former Head of Swansea University’s College of Medicine.
He was the Founding Director of Swansea University’s Clinical School (now the College of Medicine), which has seen Clinical and Life Sciences become one of Swansea University’s key strengths and priorities.
Professor Hopkin has a distinguished reputation for research in respiratory medicine and allergy and is now best known as an international authority on the genetics of asthma.
A Fellow of both the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Hopkin was appointed as a Swansea University Nonexecutive Director of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust in 2008.
He is also the Chair of Trustees of the St David’s Medical Foundation, a charity which supports ground-breaking work in Medical Research and Education.
Professor Hopkin has won extensive international acclaim and holds visiting Professor at positions at universities in Japan and Italy.
In 2001 he was awarded the Daiwa-Adrian Prize for his work on the genetics of asthma and in 2010 was awarded a CBE for services to medicine in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Swansea University’s College of Medicine was established in 2004 and has enjoyed rapid growth which has seen it excel in research, learning and teaching, and business interaction.
In just ten years the College has become home to four UK Research Council Centres, has created 22 new companies and has attracted over £100 million in funding to build three new purpose built research, innovation and incubation facilities.
The College’s research and innovation arm is the Institute of Life Science (ILS), a collaboration between Swansea University, the Welsh Government, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, and business and industry partners.
ILS is Wales’ premier purpose-built medical research facility and its vision is to advance medical science through interdisciplinary research and innovation to improve the health wealth and well-being of the people of Wales and beyond. Research within the College is carried out in close collaboration with the local NHS through a strategic partnership with the local ABMU Health Board.
The College’s research is grouped into four research themes: