Professor Malcolm Hooper - Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sunderland

Professor Hooper graduated from University of London and had held appointments at Sunderland Technical College, Sunderland Polytechnic and the University of Sunderland, where he was made Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in 1993.

He has served at many UK universities as well as in India and Tanzania.

He has inaugurated links with Indian research institutions and universities and celebrated 25 years of productive and on-going links which have, particularly, involved the design and development of new drugs for tropical diseases and an exploration of natural products associated with Ayurvedic medicine. He has published some 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of medicinal chemistry together with major reviews on the Chemotherapy of Leprosy, the Chemistry of Isatogens. 

Edited one book on the Chemotherapy of Tropical Diseases.


He acted as a referee for a number of important journals and served on one editorial board.

He has served on committees of the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Science

and Engineering Research Council (SERC).


Professor Hooper is a member of a number of learned bodies, including the Royal Chemical Society, the British Pharmacological
Society and the Society for Drug Research (SDR), now renamed the Society for Medicines Research, where he has served on
the committee for 12 years and served as Chairman for 2 years. This involved the planning and organising of major national and
international conferences. He was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Gulf Veterans Association (GVA) and accepted by the
Ministry of Defence (MoD) as their

nominee on the Independent Panel established to consider the possible interactions between Vaccines and NAPS tablets. 

He has also served on the Gulf Support Group convened at the Royal British Legion. 

His involvement with the GVA brought contact with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalegic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/M.E.) and related disorders.
Gulf War Illness/Syndrome (GWI/S) has much in common with M.E./CFS.

He is Patron of the Sunderland and South Shields M.E. Association and a member of the Newcastle Research Group, which includes eminent
physicians and scientists performing research in to CFS/M.E., where one recent aspect has been the identification of organochlorine
pesticide poisoning being misdiagnosed as M.E./CFS.

He has addressed meetings of the Pesticide Exchange Network and consulted to the Organo-Phosphate Information Network (OPIN).

He worked with the Autism Research Unit (ARU) at the University of Sunderland for over 20 years, leading to involvement in
biochemical studies to offer help, support and treatment for people with autism.  This has also lead to research and urine-analysis of
Indolyl-Acroyl-Glycine (IAG), which is an unusual metabolite found in excess of 90% of people examined in different groups of GWV,
M.E./CFS and Organo-Phosphate (OP) poisoning sufferers. 
He served on the General Synod of the Church of England from 1970 to 1980 and he is a Christian Lay Leader, Preacher and Teacher.

He is currently involved in three environmental campaigns:

  • Toxic waste dumping, including campaign against sewage in the sea presenting to the Select Committee on Sewage Treatment and Disposal
  • GWI/S, presenting to the Defence Select Committee

  • M.E./CFS and OP/Pesticide poisoning