Rachel is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology and a consultant in Endocrinology at UHB. She completed undergraduate and specialist training in Ireland before moving to Birmingham. She joined the Centre for Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism as a Research Fellow in 2012 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in July 2013.
Rachel’s research interests are metabolic bone disease, effects of glucocorticoid treatment and replacement, water and electrolyte homeostasis and pituitary disease. These interests are integrated in a clinical trial of inhibition of local tissue steroid metabolism in women with post-menopausal osteoporosis, supported by the MRC.
Rachel Crowley graduated with honours from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (NUI) in 2002 and was awarded the Osler medal for clinical skills upon graduation. She completed medical training and qualified as MRCPI in 2005, and undertook specialty training in Endocrinology from 2005-2012.
This included a clinical research fellow post in Beaumont Hospital Dublin which led to the award of an MD from RCSI for a thesis entitled ‘Hypothalamic Disease in Craniopharyngioma’. The study comprised morbidity and mortality analysis, thirst and appetite profiling, sleep studies and carbohydrate metabolism in patients with craniopharyngioma. The craniopharyngioma studies were recognised with awards at the UK trainees meeting 2006 and British Endocrine Society 2008. During the research attachment Rachel designed and led a long-term study of acute hypopituitarism after traumatic brain injury, which was completed in 2011.
During the clinical rotations of specialty training Rachel developed an interest in metabolic bone disease and qualified as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist from the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. She also became involved in hospital-wide audit and risk assessment, and in Tallaght Hospital in 2011-12 was a representative to the Medical Board, and the Medical Directorate as a non-consultant hospital doctor.
Rachel has been a clinical tutor or associate tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin, and has also taught undergraduates and postgraduates from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. She has been a guest lecturer to postgraduate nursing qualification courses in RCSI and UCC. Rachel was awarded the Beaumont Hospital medal for post-graduate teaching in 2006.
Rachel is a member of the Bone special interest group of the Society for Endocrinology, is a member of a number of international learned societies and is a reviewer for a number of endocrinology journals.