Events & Memorials
- Dr Janina Hopkin Annual Memorial lectures
- Dr Ramon Jenkins
- Russell prize
- Damon Berridge Data Science Travel Award
- Dr Bob Russell Jones OBE - Memorial Fund
- Mrs Margaret Roberts – in memorium
This series of annual lectures has attracted a number of high profile academics with some inspiring topics for discussion. Professor Julian Hopkin set up a fund as a lasting tribute to his wife - Dr Janina Hopkin, who died in 2009 following a battle with cancer.
Here are the range of lectures enjoyed over the years:
Dr Janina Hopkin Memorial lectures
September 2014 Dr Patricia Boyd (Oxford) “Birth Defects, their causes and prevention”
September 2015 Professor Sadaf Farooqi (Cambridge) “The molecular and cellular pathology of obesity”
September 2016 Prof Elwyn Elias (Birmingham) "The Liver - function, failure, and transplantation"
September 2017 Professor William Cookson (Imperial College) “Asthma : from disease to genomics and to causes”
November 2018 Professor Mike Lean (Glasgow) “Evidence kills the paradigm: type 2 diabetes doesn’t need to be permanent”
November 2019 Professor Stephen Bain (Swansea) “A century of therapeutic advances in Diabetes – are we any close to an oral insulin?”
Dr Jenkins of Maryland, USA has been very generous in his endowments to Swansea University and the Medical School in particular. Funds held to enhance the student experience and to provide prizes and support are administered in accordance with his wishes.
Dr Ramon Barton Jenkins was born in 1926 and raised in The Mumbles, South Wales, the son of tenant landlords of a pub. He dropped out of secondary school at the age of 13, subsequently working for the Magnesium Works in Swansea, first as a labourer, then as a shift chemist where he performed gas analysis and nurtured a lifelong interest in science. He took the London Matriculation after a correspondence course before being called up for military service for the final years of World War II and was stationed in Egypt. Upon returning home, he studied at Swansea Technical College and passed the first MB examination before being accepted by Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University, where he obtained his MA, and MB, BChir degrees, then later a MD. After completing his Medical internship at the London Hospital, he spent two years as a civilian physician working with the Canadian Air Force in France. In 1959 he emigrated to the United States and completed a residency in Neurology at the University of North Carolina where he met his wife Joan, who was then an Assistant Professor of Psychology. In 1965, he and his new family moved to Washington, D.C. where he became Chief of Neurology at a large teaching hospital. He subsequently entered private practice in the Maryland suburbs and consulted at the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
He retired in his mid-70s and he and his wife now live in Maryland near their two sons and grandchildren. He maintains a strong love for the Gower Peninsula and is appreciative of the opportunities he had to make something of himself.
The Russell Prize for the best Senior MB (Year 4) project – Developing Professional Practice
Ian Russell had been Founding Professor of Clinical Trials at Swansea University in October 2008. He was a career health services researcher who specialised in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of pragmatic randomised trials to evaluate complex interventions in health care. He was an early protagonist of both patient-reported measures of health outcome within trials and systematic reviews to synthesise the findings of trials. Prof Russell generously provided this fund to mark his retirement in 2015.
Prof Berridge died in April 2019 and colleagues in Data Science set out to raise money in his memory to provide a fund to support young people with a maths/stats focus to advance. This took a team to the Welsh Three Peaks in challenging weather.
Damon was a Chair in Medical Statistics in the Medical School. Those that met him never forgot his infectious humour, his enthusiasm for his subject and his focus on supporting staff develop in their statistical careers. Damon was a colourful character and a keen cricket, tea and cake fan. He was sadly lost at the age of 53 after a long struggle with cancer. During this struggle, in typical Damon fashion, the smiles, enthusiasm, humanity and thought for others above oneself were ever present.
The walkers, led by Jon Smart, were made up of academics, researchers and professional staff from the Medical School.
This fund is set up in memory of Dr Bob Russell Jones, a local Swansea GP who sadly passed away in July 2017. A popular man with a love of sailing and gadgets. He was a partner in a city medical practice with patients from a wide variety of backgrounds. He was the prison Doctor and his work there let to his OBE, of which he was very proud. He was fair, thorough and, above all, he listened to the prisoners. For many this “being listened to” was unusual. They were the ones who, because of their situation, were at the edge of society, often despised and ignored. Bob gave them time and respect and many responded to this. He wasn’t naive or a push-over, but was honest and forthright.
Friends and family wanted to provide a lasting memory of this link to HMP Swansea and the money raised will provide funding for research into prison and its mental health challenges, and a bi-annual lecture by an eminent Physician, Practitioner or Researcher working in the field.
Mr Keith Roberts (right) presents Professor Julian Hopkin of St David's Medical Foundation (SDMF) with £1000 in memory of his wife the late Mrs Margaret Pamela Roberts. Also there at the presentation were Mrs Roberts's sons, Stephen Roberts, and Paul Roberts (Director of Operations at the Medical School). The £1000 will support a Seed Corn Medical Research Grant at Swansea University Medical School. SDMF is the registered charity that collects monies to support research at the Medical School into better prevention and treatment for many diseases including stroke, diabetes and cancer.