The School of Medicine is driven forward by a close-knit team of people, all of whom bring unique experience and expertise to the ever-growing vision.
This team is led by Professor Julian Hopkin - Rector of Medicine and Health, Professor Gareth Morgan - Head of School, and Professor Rhys Williams - Deputy Head of School and Dean of Medicine.
Professor Julian Hopkin is Rector for Medicine and Health at Swansea University, with responsibilities in fostering interdisciplinary co-operations and in diverse external relations with bodies such as the NHS, Welsh Assembly Government and Industry. As Professor of Medicine, he researches the genetics of immunity in asthma, allergy and parasitic worm infection at Institute of Life Science and, from this, he is co-founder and co-director of Allerna Therapeutics Ltd – a spinout company based at the Institute of Life Science, which is developing novel therapeutics for asthma and allergy. Julian contributes lectures and clinical teaching to School of Medicine’s Graduate-Entry Medicine Programme and his clinical work is in urgent-response, general medical clinics at Singleton Hospital, part of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Derwydd er Anrhydedd of Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain.
Professor Gareth Morgan is Professor of Paediatrics and Immunology and Head of the School of Medicine at Swansea University. He is a Non-Executive Director of Hywel Dda, a large National Health Service Trust Board serving a population of 320,000. Gareth began his career at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where his main work involved the treatment of otherwise fatal genetic immunodeficiency disorders by stem cell transplantation. This work culminated in him leading the clinical team that performed the first gene therapy in the United Kingdom and the setting up of the UK regulatory body for gene therapy. Gareth was seconded as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Tropical Diseases for two years at the Medical Research Council (MRC) unit in The Gambia, West Africa. There he developed a separate but related interest in the effect of starvation on immunity and since then his main research work has been on the effects of nutrition on immunity. Gareth is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Pathologists and Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a member of the European Society for Immunodeficiency (ESID), the Allergy, Infectious Diseases and Immunology Group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the British Society of Immunology, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Association of Clinical Pathologists.
Professor Rhys Williams is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Foundation Dean of Medicine, Deputy Head of School and Head of Learning and Teaching at the School of Medicine. In the last of these roles, he is responsible to the Head of School for the delivery of all the taught programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate, that the School of Medicine provides and as Dean he is responsible, in particular, for the delivery of the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme. Rhys’s main research interests relate to diabetes epidemiology, the provision of health care to people with diabetes and related long-term conditions, the epidemiology of the metabolic syndrome and the monitoring and prevention of childhood obesity. He is a member of Diabetes UK’s Advisory Council, Chair of its Wales Advisory Council and was, until recently, a Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Primary Care Diabetes and is a member of the editorial boards of a number of other diabetes-related journals.
Professor Stephen Bain was appointed to a newly created Chair in Medicine (Diabetes) at Swansea University’s School of Medicine in 2005 and his clinical interests include the genetics of diabetic nephropathy, hypertension and the provision of diabetes services within the community. Steve is the Diabetes Lead Clinician for the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, a member of the Wales Endocrine and Diabetes Society executive committee and he sits on the Vascular Project Group, which was established in 2009 by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Minister for Health and Social Services. He was a member of the inaugural Multicentre Research Ethics Committee and later joined the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) where he has been the nominated representative on the National DNA Database Strategy Board and has led ethical developments in this area. In 2007, Steve was also invited to sit on the newly formed National DNA Database Ethics Group, an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body established under the authority of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Professor Marc Clement is the School of Medicine’s Honorary Professor of Medical Innovation. He is a member of the School’s Executive Board and has three key roles within the School: leading its Innovation and Enterprise team; leading a research group within the Institute of Life Science and chairing the Operational Management Group of the Institute of Life Science. Marc is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Institute of Physics and his research background is in laser systems for plastic surgery and cancer therapy. He is a board member of NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Chairman of Allerna Therapeutics Ltd and deputy Chairman of the Boots Centre for Innovation, both Client Organisations at the Institute of Life Science, and a trustee of the St David’s Medical Foundation, the registered charity that supports research and education at Swansea University’s School of Medicine. Marc is also the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Wales.
Keith Lloyd is Professor of Psychological Medicine and on of two Research Directors of the School of Medicine’s Institute of Life Science. He is also Director of Mental Health Research Network Cymru and chairs the Welsh Psychiatric Society. Keith’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of mental disorders and suicide in primary care and community settings and, increasingly, his research involves using routinely collected data to enhance studies. He is a mental health services researcher with a background in epidemiology and social anthropology and current research projects are funded by grants from the Medical Research Council, National Prevention Research Initiative, UK Health Technology Assessment Programme, and Welsh Office of Research and Development (WORD). Since his appointment to the School in 2004, his research income as Principal and Co-Applicant is in excess of £3.5 million and he has many high impact outputs. Prior to taking up this post Keith worked in Exeter and, before that, for the Department of Health and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals.
Professor Mark Rees is Professor of Neurological and Cardiac Genetics and one of two Research Directors of the School of Medicine’s Institute of Life Science. His interests include the aetiology and pathophysiology of neurological disorders including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, paroxysmal disorders and the basis of cardiac arrhythmia. Mark is the Director of the Wales Epilepsy Research Network (WERN) and Deputy Director of the Cardiovascular Research Network. His work is funded by the Medical Research Council, Epilepsy Research UK, Wales Office of Reseach and Development (WORD) and the Royal Society. In 2009, he was accepted for Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists and as part of this role he is responsible for writing best practice guidelines for neuropathology and molecular genetics. Mark is also the founder, President and Chairman of the Swansea Medicals RFC.
Paul Roberts joined the School of Medicine in January 2006 following a fifteen-year career in international publishing for Reed Elsevier. He developed a successful family publishing company and other on-line media business interests prior to joining the School. As School Manager, Paul is the Chief Administrator for School encompassing activities at the Grove and Institute of Life Science on the Swansea University campus, the School teaching centres at Singleton, Morriston and Cefn Coed Hospitals and School’s new Super-Health Centre facilities at SA1 and Pennard. Paul is also a Founder Trustee of the St David’s Medical Foundation, the registered charity that supports research and education at Swansea University’s School of Medicine.
Dr Clive Weston is Director of Clinical Teaching within the School of Medicine, with particular responsibilities for the development and management of clinical placements during the Graduate Entry Medicine Programme, which involves close working with fellow clinical teachers in local Health Boards. Clive’s clinical expertise is in the management of people with heart disease and he is Honorary Consultant Physician/Cardiologist in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board with research interests centred on the care provided to patients during acute coronary syndromes. He is Associate Medical Director of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project within the National Institute for Clinical Outcomes Research within University College London and chairs the Steering Group that directs this large national registry.
Professor John White is Chairman of the School of Medicine Research Committee, which plays a vital role in supporting and enhancing research activity across the School. He is Head of Human Reproductive Biology, working closely with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and the London Women’s Clinic. He is also involved with the Human Molecular Pathology Group and the Centre for NanoHealth, a convergence-funded joint initiative between the Schools of Medicine and Engineering at Swansea University. As Professor of Reproductive Biology, John’s research interests are focused on the molecular and cell biology of reproduction with a particular emphasis on endometrial function, including the definition of pathways and molecules that distinguish the fertile from infertile endometrium. He joined the School in 2004 having spent 25 years at Hammersmith Hospital, Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London. He is a member of the Wales Office of Research and Development Translational Health Research Platform Committee and a Temporary Adviser to the World Health Organisation Programme of Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction.