Prof Jane Hopkinson
Telephone:+44 (0)29 2091 7813
Location:Room 409, 4th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
I am a Registered General Nurse (The Middlesex Hospital, London) and hold an Honours degree in social science (Open University) and PhD in Nursing Studies (University of Manchester). I have a long standing interest in practice development and research into supportive, palliative and end of life care.
My research interests and expertise include Phase I-II trials of psychosocial interventions and the design and delivery of supportive and palliative care research.
In the past decade, I have led a programme of work to improve the supportive care of cancer patients with involuntary weight loss and poor appetite, symptoms of cancer cachexia syndrome. The work is recognised both nationally and internationally as delivering new understandings of cancer cachexia and innovations in supportive care for patients and families affected by the syndrome. For example, I have developed and tested the first psychosocial intervention for patients affected by cancer cachexia syndrome; the Macmillan Approach to Weight and Eating (MAWE), available at http://learnzone.macmillan.org.uk/
My work has a growing reputation affording opportunities to speak frequently at medical and nursing scientific meetings. My research leadership role has also led me to serve on committees at local, national and international levels. For example, I was a member of Help the Hospices Food and Nutrition Group 2008-2011 and the National Cancer Research Institute, Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group from 2009-2012. I am currently treasurer of the Palliative Care Research Society, a member of the Palliative Care Congress 2014 Organising Committee and Scientific Committee, and member of the European School of Oncology (ESO) Early Recognition of Malnutrition and Cachexia Taskforce.
I lead the Emotional, supportive and palliative care research group within Cardiff University College of Biomedical and Life Sciences. Members of the group offer doctoral supervision to nurses, allied health professionals and social scientists with an interest in research topics relating to the improvement of health outcomes for patients affected by life-limiting conditions and their families.