He began his training as a GI Clinical Scientist in 1991 at Hope Hospital in Salford, under the tutelage of Mr John Bancewicz and Professor David Thompson. There he completed training in a broad range of gastrointestinal physiological techniques, measuring pharyngeal, oesophageal, gastric, small bowel and ano-rectal function. In 2003, under the supervision of Professor Qasim Aziz and in collaboration with Professor Paul Furlong at Aston University, he gained his PhD from Manchester University, using advanced brain imaging techniques to map oesophageal pain processing regions. He also pioneered the technique of oesophageal cortical evoked potentials for use in phenotyping patients with non-cardiac chest pain and non-erosive reflux disease into specific clinical sub-types.
Dr Hobson has won several prestigious awards for his research including the Department of Health and Chief Scientific Officer’s ‘Young Healthcare Scientist’ of the year in 2005. In the same year he also received the Functional Brain-Gut Young Investigator Award at Digestive Diseases Week, in the United States and the EFIC Grunethal Young investigator in Pain award in Aachen, Germany. In 2006, he was recruited by the GI Discovery Medicine group at GlaxoSmithKline where he spent 3-years working with many of the top Neurogastroenterology groups and GI biologists from around the world. These interactions related to designing and implementing clinical trials and experimental medicine studies in conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
He also used novel neurogastroenterological techniques to measure the pharmacodynamic effects of various development compounds to investigate mechanisms of pain and stress.
In 2008, he was appointed Head of Translational Imaging in the Immuno-inflammation group at GSK and was project / clinical matrix leader for several neurology, GI and immuno-inflammation compounds in his time in the pharmaceutical industry. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters including two first author publications in Gastroenterology and is frequently invited to speak at meetings around the world. Dr Hobson currently holds an honorary post at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and previously held one at the Wingate Institute for Neurogastroenterology in London. He lives happily near Cambridge with his wife, three children and 2 dogs