Saturday, 16th October 2021
Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics and Intervention Society

The International Society of Minimally Invasive Diagnostics and Therapy

Colin Hopper

Officer and Vice Chairman (Clinical) of HNODIS (Jul 14 - Jul 16)

Council Member (Sep 11-Sep 13)

Officer and Chairman of HNODS (Sep 08-Sep 11)

Mr Hopper has been a consultant at UCH for 20 years. He holds an academic appointment with UCL Eastman and runs the post-graduate programme there.

He is a world leader in the field of optical diagnostics and photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancer and congenital malformations such as lymphangioma, haemangioma and neurofibroma.

Research Summary
Since 1991 Mr Hopper has been working in the National Medical Centre. In this position he has lead a variety of research projects on the use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of oral squamous cell carcinoma. This program is currently one of the largest in the world with over 2000 treatments using the three main photosensitizers.

Mr Hopper is the principal investigator on a series of ethically approved projects. His work has resulted in a number of publications and helped establish a clear role for this treatment in a variety of neoplastic conditions in the head and neck. This work has advanced rapidly by the development of interstitial treatment of tumours using image guidance systems developed with the department of imaging and medical physics. This has become a national referral service and approval of PDT for treat of cancer has been recognised as such in 2002.

Other related areas of research are fluorescence diagnostics (optical techniques for tissue interrogation) and the use of PDT in the treatment of non-malignant conditions such as neurofibromatosis.

Teaching Summary
Mr Hopper is the Programme Director for the MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the MClinDent in Oral Surgery.