About us

The Centre for Child and Adolescent Health opened in May 2003 and is a joint initiative between the University of Bristol (UoB) and University of the West of England (UWE). The aim of the Centre is to promote the academic study of child health through inter-professional collaboration. It is staffed by a multi-professional team committed to research and teaching that makes a difference to paediatric practice, with an emphasis on the understanding of the current health problems of children and young people.

The Centre team has expertise in:

  • Trials - especially in difficult areas of children and young people’s health, using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Epidemiology - a life course approach to child health, starting in pregnancy, with a particular emphasis on the early years
  • Prevention - particularly in injury, and our involvement in the Children’s Burns Research Centre
  • Mixed methods - the combining of expertise in qualitative work with children and young people with quantitative analyses of large datasets, and integrating within randomised controlled trials.

The philosophy of the Centre is to integrate research with teaching and policy development.

The Director of the Centre is Professor Esther Crawley and Deputy Director, Associate Professor Julie Mytton and is managed by a steering group, jointly chaired by the head of Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences, Professor Matthew Hickman and the associate dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at UWE, Olena Doran.  Administratively, the Centre is part of the Bristol Medical School at UoB.

The research programme is structured into themes: Child and Adolescent Injury, Child Development and Disability, Children with Complex Health Needs and Infant Health.  Our cross-cutting themes are children and young peoples’ participation in research and global child health. Our Annual report 2016-17 (PDF, 1,422kB) gives an overview of our current activity.

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