Dr Stephen Hopkins PhD

Honorary Reader

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Consultant Scientist at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Honorary Reader with the University of Manchester. I lead the Cytokine and Inflammation Research Laboratory in Research & Development Directorate at Salford Royal. My primary affilaition and collaborations are with the Stroke and Vascular Centre, within the Cardiovascular Institute, but we also have collaborations with other clinical groups within and external to Manchester University in the area of cytokine and inflammation research.


Steve graduated from North East London Polytechnic in 1976, with a 2.1 in Applied Biology, which included a year of research with Geoffry Asherson and George Janossy in the Immunology Section at the Medical Research Council Clinical Research Centre in Harrow. He obtained a PhD in Immunopharmacology, while working as a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at University College London, under the supervision of Dr Maureen Dale. On moving to the University of Manchester Rheumatic Diseases Centre at Hope Hospital (now Salford Royal) in 1978, Steve established a small laboratory to study immune impact of anti-rheumatic drugs.

In 1984 eight months were spent in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunoregulation at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick Cancer Research Facility, Maryland, with Joe Oppenheim, to study of the new field of cytokine biology. Steve returned to the Rheumatic Diseases Centre in 1985 and spent the next years investigating the role of cytokines in arthritis and in experimental models of inflammation and immunity.

Currently Consultant Scientist at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Honorary Reader with the University of Manchester, Steve leads a laboratory that has specialised in developing precise methods for measuring inflammation, cytokines and immune activation, and currently focuses on inflammation research in the context of stroke and other brain pathology. Steve is also the Designated Individual for tissues collected for research at the Trust.


BSc Applied Biology (2i Hons) Naorth East London Polytechnic, 1975

PhD Immunopharmacology, University College London, 1980

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