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
Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in 1993.
He has served at many UK universities as well as in India and
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
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
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
He was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the Gulf Veterans Association (GVA) and accepted by
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.
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.
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,
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
- M.E./CFS and OP/Pesticide poisoning