Dr. Esther Crawley – Bristol University Staff Details

Bristol University Centre for Child and Adolescent Health – Staff Directory – People details (as at March 2011 – link now broken)

Dr Esther Crawley

BA(Hons), BM BCh(Oxon), PhD(UCLond)

Consultant Senior Lecturer

Oakfield House
Oakfield Grove

Fax Number: (0117) 33 14088
Telephone Number: (0117) 33 14099
Email: esther.crawley@bristol.ac.uk

List of publications (IRIS publications database – (as at March 2011 – link now broken)



Current Research and Interests

The paediatric CFS/ME research team is based at Bristol University and is currently running projects looking at:

  • The Epidemiology of CFS/ME in children
  • Prognosis and outcome of children with CFS/ME
  • Impact of CFS/ME on families
  • The prevalence of undiagnosed CFS/ME in children
  • Predictors of fatigue and CFS/ME in the Avon and Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) as well as other projects.

Dr Esther Crawley was the first to publish that CFS/ME exists in children under 12; that children with CFS/ME don’t go to school because they are unwell not anxious and that young people with CFS/ME have significant problems with memory and concentration.  In December 2008 Esther was awarded the National Institute of Heath Research Clinician Scientist Fellowship bringing the research money raised in the last two years to over £1.25 million.


In 2008-09 Esther provided over 20 training workshops to Paediatricians, neurologist Physiotherapists as well as, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) and Social Service Departments as well as providing  inset day training  and over 10 twilight  sessions  for schools. She has written one Chapter about the management of CFS/ME (Recent Advances in Paediatrics 2008) and co-authored Self Assessment Questions for Paediatrics and Child Health (08), as well as supervising psychology doctoral students and three clinicians in their research projects.


Esther is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol and a Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in CFS/ME. She is the clinical lead for Bath specialist CFS/ME service for children based at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath which currently provides assessment and treatment for over 250 children and young people per annum.

Esther completed her medical training in Oxford, and then worked in Birmingham and Liverpool before doing her PhD at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She moved to Bristol and Bath to set up the paediatric CFS/ME service.

Esther is a medical advisor to the Association of young people with ME, and is Chair of the British Association for CFS/ME (BACME). She set up the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health special interest group for CFS/ME. She was on the guideline development group for the NICE guidelines published in August 2007 and is currently part of the MRC CFS/ME Expert working group.

She currently lives in the centre of Bristol with her two young children, when they are not enjoying the snow or surf.

(From:  Bristol University Centre for Child and Adolescent Health – Staff Directory – People details – as at March 2011 – link now broken)

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