Harold Hopkins symposium


Thursday 7 June 2018

Half Day

Venue Chandos House
2 Queen Anne Street
Organised by

Urology Section , Harold Hopkins Society


4 CPD Points

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about this event

This event is fully booked. Please email urology@rsm.ac.uk to be added to the waiting list. 

This meeting is an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the work of Professor Harold Hopkins FRS – a remarkable optical physicist whose work changed the global practice of surgery and medicine.

Prior to 1959, the optics of the traditional cystoscope were dreadful. After being approached by a Urologist wanting better illumination, Hopkins improved the light transmission 80 fold by developing the Rod Lens, transforming the image quality and opening the door to all minimally invasive (keyhole) short stay surgery.

Also responsible for introducing the CVD reader, Hopkins published the first coherent image transmitted through a fibre optic bundle, paving the way for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic fibre optic endoscopy.

Book a place at this free event to learn about Hopkins’ contribution to medicine, and explore the history and evolution of the instruments that are now used in the most intricate of operations.



This meeting is FREE for all attendees . 



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12.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

1.25 pm

Welcome and introduction

1.30 pm

Harold Hopkins - his life and work

Mr Derek Fawcett, Urological Surgeon, Royal Berkshire Hospital and Mr Tom Dehn, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Royal Berkshire Hospital

2.00 pm

Early clinical cooperation and the evolution of fibre optic endoscopy

Dr Anthony Mee, Retired Gastroenterologist, Royal Berkshire Hospital

2.20 pm

The quest for better optics and the rod lens / Jim Gow and photographing the bladder

Mr Jaimin Bhatt, Consultant Urological Surgeon, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

2.40 pm

The winning combination of Karl Storz and Harold Hopkins - the cold light

Mr Ted Almond, Head of Marketing Communications Storz UK

3.00 pm

The Hopkins lens - seeing is believing

Professor Manoj Monga, Director of Endourology and Stone Disease, The Cleveland Clinic, USA and Secretary, American Urological Association

3.20 pm

Tea and coffee break

4.00 pm

The shift from open to laparoscopic surgery

Professor Mike McMahon, Professor of Surgery and Upper GI and HPB Surgeon, University of Leeds and St James's University Hospital, Leeds

4.20 pm

The evolution of minimally invasive gynaecology

Professor Chris Sutton, Professor of Gynaecological Surgery

4.40 pm

Minimally invasive orthopaedics

Mr Mike Mowbray, Orthopaedic Surgeon

5.00 pm

Harold H.Hopkins’ strategic contribution to the development of the zoom lens

Mr Jonathan Maxwell, Optical Consultant and Past Student of H.H.Hopkins

5.20 pm

Hopkins-as an academic and teacher

Dr Brian Blandford, PhD under HHH, followed by 45 year career as an Optical Designer

5.40 pm

Hopkins' legacy to 21st century medicine and surgery

Dr James Le Fanu , General Practitioner and Medical Columnist, Daily Telegraph

6.00 pm

Resume of the day

Mr Roland Morley, President, Urology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

6.05 pm

Close of meeting

Mr Kelvin Hopkins, MP and Son of Harold Hopkins

6.10 pm

Drinks reception

8.00 pm

Close of drinks reception

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