Professor Craig Williams
Professor of Paediatric Physiology and Health/Director of Research

External responsibilities

Awards/Honorary fellowships

Awarded American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fellow status.

Awarded British association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Fellow status

Nuffield New Science Lecture Award

ESRC PhD Studentship Award Holder.

Winner of the Best Graduate Teacher, University of Alberta.

Editorial responsibilities

Editorial board: Pediatric Exercise Science Journal

Editorial board: Journal of Congenital Cardiology

Editorial board: Sports

Associate Editor: European Journal of Sports Science.

Regular reviewer for Acta Paediatrica, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Functional Imaging and Physiology, International Journal of Obesity, International Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Sports Sciences, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Sports Medicine etc.

Conferences and invited presentations

Invited Symposium Participation: Physiological Concepts of Cardiac Adaptation in the Elite Childhood Athlete and Epidemiology, 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Barcelona, July 16th 2017.

Invited Presentation: Cardio-pulmonary and muscular training adaptations in children.

Invited Symposium Organiser and Presenter: Training children´s hearts - Cardiac adaptations to exercise and training in the childhood elite athlete and children with heart disease, ECSS, MetropolisRuhr, July 6th, 2017.

Invited Keynote Address: Paediatric exercise science from health to athletic performance, Sports Medicine Association of Singapore, May 16th, 2017.

Invited Symposium Participation: “Innovative approaches in exercise assessment and exercise rehabilitation in CHD” at EuroPrevent 2017, Malaga April 8th.

Invited Presentation: Exercise prescription and education pathways in paediatric patients with CHD Saturday.

Invited Keynote Presentation: Physical Activity, Fitness and Health of School Age Children, Høyskolen Kristiania University, Oslo Norway, 16th September, 2016.

Invited lectures

C.A. Williams, Invited expert consensus speaker, revisions of consensus guidelines for Physical Activity and Health of Youth, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, April 5-8th 2016.

C.A. Williams, Invited plenary lecture, Cardiometabolic Health of Young People, International Congress of Physical Education and Sports Science, Komitini, Greece, 2016

C.A. Williams, Invited presentation speaker Moving Mountains conference, University of Cambridge, Churchill College, March 5th, 2016.

C.A. Williams, Invited keynote speaker SportsMedica 2013, Luxembourg, benefits of cardiovascular endurance training in young adolescent athletes, May 24-26th 2013.

C.A. Williams, Invited chairperson and speaker at the How Much is Too Much Training? International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Glasgow, July 23rd 2012.

C.A. Williams, Invited speaker to the Developing Children into Champions Symposium – talk on the Long Term Athlete Development Plan, at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Glasgow July 24th 2012.

C.A. Williams, Invited symposium speaker, MR Spectroscopy of Skeletal Muscle Metabolism in Exercising Muscle at the ACSM conference Denver, Colorado, May 2011.

C.A. Williams, Invited speaker Exercise training in Cystic Fibrosis Children, 2nd Annual Clinical Advancements in Cystic Fibrosis Conference, British Medical Association, London, May, 2011.

Media Coverage

The work from CHERC has featured in many daily newspapers and magazines (Times, Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail and local newspapers and magazines such as Men’s Health, Top Santé, Women’s Health, Exercise (official magazine of the Exercise and Health Association). To date my work has been featured on the following; SouthWest TV and radio, Radio 4 and 5, Greater Manchester Radio, Discovery Channel, ITV Carlton, Operation Ouch and BBC2.

Significant Impact

Cystic fibrosis and exercise as a prognostic tool: This has already resulted in a change in clinical practice for patient’s annual review at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital. My work was recently featured in an editorial in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis (Bell and Morris, 2010) discussing the utility of exercise testing and training as a prognostic tool for children with CF. Subsequently, I was invited to Great Ormond Street Hospital (one of the world’s leading centres of clinical care for children) to present my findings to clinicians and their support teams. Our work was recently featured on the CF Unite website, an initiative set up to disseminate research work with CF patients.

Youth Activity Unlimited is one of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Strategic Research Centres (SRC). I have been studying physiological responses to exercise during childhood and adolescence for over 25 years and in people with Cystic Fibrosis for over a decade, and through this research would like to help improve the health of young people with Cystic Fibrosis by giving healthcare professionals the ability to prescribe personalised exercise plans.


Workshops/Conferences organised

I was the lead organiser and chaired the organising and scientific committees for the XXVII Pediatric Work Physiology conference in September 19th – 23rd 2011, hosted by CHERC, Sport and Health Sciences, and the University of Exeter. This conference is the leading international conference for paediatric exercise scientists.

In 2008, I organised a BASES workshop on Advanced Measurements in Paediatric Exercise Science held at CHERC, University of Exeter, May 17-18th.

Conference organiser for ‘Toxic Childhood’ – a meeting of national leaders to discuss the issues surrounding childhood and what makes for a happy and healthy childhood. This event was held at the University of Exeter, December 17th, 2007.

I initiated the Paediatric Exercise Science group and was the founding chair person from 2006-2009. The first BASES Special Interest group meeting of Paediatric Exercise Science held at Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre, University of Exeter, April 3rd 2006.

In 1997 I was one of the organising committee for the XXth Pediatric Work Physiology Conference held at Moretonhampstead, Exeter.

In 1996, I was one of the three organisers along with Drs Jo Doust and Adrian Taylor for the annual student BASES conference held at the University of Brighton.

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