Dr Graham Cope

Location: Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.
About me...

After a long career as a medical scientist I like to talk in an entertaining and accessible way about important healthcare issues such as antibiotic resistance, ‘guts’ and inflammation. In latter years I have researched the history of the late Georgian period and I talk about the Royal scandal involving the Grand Old Duke of York and his mistresses Mary Anne Clarke. After recently moving to South Wales I give a talk about the important Welsh hero of Waterloo, Sir Thomas Picton. And another presentation concerns how Welsh industries of coal, copper and wool fuelled the growth of slavery in the British West Indies and how William Wilberforce and others helped to abolish the Atlantic trade in human cargo.

About my talks...

For my talk I require a screen and table. I can bring along a projector, laptop and other artefacts as appropriate.


My fee is normally £70 for a 45-60 minute presentation, depending on geographical location, with travelling expenses of 20p/m if over 20 miles from my base.
If you are a small group, please contact me and we can usually reach a compromise.

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Antibiotic Resistance – the ‘Ticking Time Bomb’.

Antibiotics are the main weapon to treat infections but since the discovery of penicillin bacteria have been evolving to resist their effects. More ‘super bugs’ are emerging, with hospital acquired infections such as MRSA a major problem. Antibiotic resistance has been described as ‘the biggest threat to modern medicine’, but why does it happen and what can be done to prevent the spread of these deadly bugs?

You’ve got to have guts!

Around 40% of people have at least one digestive problem. This talk describes the causes of a range of diseases that affect the guts and how treatment works. The talk will explain new findings about how the gut functions and how diets and fast foods can be dangerous and cause problems with sleep patterns, mood and energy levels and may hold the key to a range of other diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Inflammation – A Right Pain In The Neck

Many of the diseases of the aging body, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, joint problems and chronic pain are a consequence or a malfunction of the immune system. What is inflammation, basically how does the immune system work, and what happens when it goes wrong? How do anti-inflammatory painkillers work, and what can you do and eat to help reduce inflammation?

The Grand Old Duke of York and Mary Anne Clarke - A Right Royal Scandal

Prince Frederick, the Duke of York was a soldier and commanded the British army against the French revolutionaries when only 29 years old. From Horse Guards he set about improving the army to be the best in Europe until they defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. But York had many mistresses. One was Mary Anne Clarke, an ambitious social climber. When the affair turned sore she caused a major scandal when she and others accused the Duke of selling army promotions for his own financial gain. The story is one of treachery, deceit, political shenanigans and a major enquiry in Parliament which rocked the country for several weeks and resulted in the resignation of the Duke

Wales' Contribution to the Growth and Abolition of the Slave Trade.

In the 18thC the wealth of Wales grew largely due to slavery in the West Indies. A number of people, places and industries of Wales played a prominent role, ranging from Captain Morgan to Iolo Morganwg, Swansea and Merthyr Tydfil, Iron works to the woollen industry. William Wilberforce, an MP for Yorkshire campaigned for many years against strong opposition for the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. But Wales continued to benefit for many years after with copper mines in Cuba transporting ore to be smelted in the Copperopolis of Swansea.

Sir Thomas Picton – Welsh hero of Waterloo – or villain?

Born in Pembrokeshire Thomas Picton was a senior general in the British army fighting against Napoleon. Wellington called him “a rough foul-mouthed devil as ever lived”. In 1803 while Governor of Trinidad he came to public attention for his alleged cruelty and torture of a young woman and was put on trial in England. Although initially convicted, he was later exonerated on appeal. He went on to command Wellington troops in the Peninsular War and was at the forefront of many famous battles. In June 1815 he was badly injured, but two days later he bravely led his troops at the Battle of Waterloo but was killed as he led the charge. He was rightly claimed as a National Hero and the only Welshman buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.



What people say about my talks

‘Graham’s talk entitled “A Right Royal Scandal” was very informative and clearly revealed his knowledge of the subject and it’s period. He gave an excellent presentation using some delightful cartoons of the time. Our members enjoyed the evening and we shall be inviting him back to give another of his fascinating talks’

Joyce, Pontyclun WI


‘Graham has spoken to Pershore & District U3A on two recent occasions and is booked to return for a third time in 2020. He is an excellent speaker with many years’ experience. He engages with his audience whilst imparting a considerable level of knowledge in clear and entertaining manner. His second appearance brought a record number of U3A members to our monthly meeting.’

Jill, Chair of Pershore & District U3A


‘Graham gave a talk (antibiotics- a ticking time bomb) via zoom to our U3A and the feedback from the members was great. You may think you are familiar with the issue but Graham’s knowledge and experience in this field provided another dimension and we all took home useful information. Although a medical/scientific area it was clearly explained but was also far from basic so even those with some knowledge learned something new. We are hoping to arrange another talk later in the year and hopefully in person.’

Hilary, Gilwern U3A



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