Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience

Dr Esther Hobson MA BMBCh MRCP

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurology, University of Sheffield

Neurology speciality registrar, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

Research Interests

My main interest is looking at ways to improve the clinical care we deliver to patients and their families with neurological conditions.  I am currently exploring how we can use telehealth to improve the lives of patients and their carers with motor neurone disease.

My other interests are improving the way in which we manage the symptoms of excess saliva in patients with motor neurone disease and developing a better understanding of peoples’ experiences of living with motor neurone disease.

Current Projects

I have been lucky enough to be awarded a National Institute for Health Research funded doctoral fellowship.  This is enabling me to work together with the clinical team at SITraN and Sheffield School of Health and Related Research to develop and test a handheld device that communicates with their MND care team. 

I am also involved in developing better outcome measure tools for the symptoms of excessive saliva and using user centred design to understand the needs of those affected by MND.


Management of sialorrhoea in motor neuron disease: A survey of current UK practice. 
Hobson EV
, McGeachan A, Al-Chalabi A, Chandran S, Crawley F, Dick D, Donaghy C, Ealing J, Ellis CM, Gorrie G, Hanemann CO, Harrower T, Jung A, Majeed T, Malaspina A, Morrison K, Orrell RW, Pall H, Pinto A, Talbot K, Turner MR, Williams TL, Young CA, Shaw PJ, McDermott CJ.  Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2013 Dec;14(7-8):521-7.

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: a truly treatable neurologic illness. 
Hobson EV
, Craven I, Blank SC.  Perit Dial Int. 2012 Nov-Dec;32(6):590-4

Emerging oral disease-modifying therapies in multiple sclerosis: a review of the latest clinical evidence. 
Hobson EV, Sharrack B  Clinical Investigation 2011 1( 7) 1049-1058

Mathematical Talent is Linked to Autism.  
Baron-Cohen, S. Wheelwright S, Burtenshaw A and Hobson EV Human Nature 2007 8, 125-131


I undertook my pre-clinical medical training at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge University and achieved a first class degree in Experimental Psychology in 2003. I moved to Green College, Oxford University where I graduated from my clinical medical training with a Proxime Accessit award in 2006 and coxed the winning 2005 lightweight mens’ boatrace crew.  I undertook my junior doctor training in Oxfordshire and South Yorkshire before becoming a neurology registrar at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 2010.  During my training as a National Institute of Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow I undertook a period of research within SITraN to develop a telehealth device and was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship grant in order to further explore this device’s use with patients.

Outside of medicine I enjoy mountain biking and exploring the outdoors. 


National Institute for Health Academic Clinical Fellowship, University of Sheffield, 2012

National Institute for Health Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Sheffield 2014

Teaching Interests

I am module lead for the Neuro-inflammation module on the MSc course in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield.

I am involved with training junior doctors at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and undergraduate medical and dental student teaching and as a module lead in the MSc in Clinical Neurology at Sheffield University.

Contact Details

Dr Esther Hobson
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
Department of Neuroscience
385a Glossop Road
S10 2HQ

T: +44 (0) 114 222 2260
F: +44 (0) 114 222 2290
Twitter: @drestherhobson

Medical NHS Secretary
Erica Waines
T: +44 (0)114 2261049
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Glossop Road
United Kingdom, S10 2JF