- Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Head of School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh
- Clinical Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
Professor Critchley is a medical graduate from University of Manchester and undertook Postgraduate clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Manchester and Edinburgh. Her research training was with Professor David Baird in Edinburgh; Professor David Anderson in Manchester; and Professor David Healy in Melbourne, Australia.
Her research focuses upon local uterine mechanisms involved in menstruation and implantation and addresses mechanisms common to these reproductive processes – injury and repair, endocrine-immune interactions and regulation of inflammatory mediators. A particular area of interest has been the local endometrial response to withdrawal of progesterone, both physiological and pharmacological.
Her fundamental studies have made major contributions to the understanding of mechanisms regulating the onset of menstruation and established local effects of pharmacological steroid receptor modulation in uterine tissues with a view to development of novel treatment strategies for menstrual complaints. Testimony to her research contributions are over 200 peer reviewed publications.
She is the immediate Past Coordinator of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Special Interest Group Endometriosis & Endometrium (SIGEE). She served on the Council of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) 2010-2013.
She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) (elected 2009) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 2012).
Professor Critchley was appointed to the Board of the World Endometriosis Society in September 2011, and has been a WES Ambassador since May 2017, when she stepped down from the board.