Meet the team

We’re lucky to be able to call upon the skills of a wide range of great people who’re invested in finding out more about hEDS and HSD.

Our Core Team

Gemma Pearce

Dr. Gemma Pearce

Chartered Psychologist

Gemma is the lead for the hEDS together and #EDSmaternity projects. Gemma’s expertise is in Health Psychology and has hEDS/HSD herself.

Dr. Sally Pezaro

Academic Midwife

Sally has a passion for driving and leading excellence in maternity services. She also relishes the challenge of turning visions into impactful practice.

Paul Magee

Senior Designer

If not sailing along the Thames, Paul can be found looking upwards at great architecture or gazing out of the studio window. With coffee.

Dr Emma Reinhold

General Practitioner

Emma spearheaded the RCGP #EDSToolkit project. She is passionate about improving all aspects of the patient experience in hEDS/HSD through research and policy work.

Sabeeha Malek

PhD Student and intern

Sabeeha is a PhD student and researcher at the University of Warwick, and is also interning at hEDStogether. Her research focuses on the role of cell adhesion and cell biomechanics in EDS.

Ben Clark

Designer

Ben is a graphic designer based in Manchester who runs his own independent design studio specialising in branding and visual identity. He enjoys football and birdwatching in his spare time.

Lauren Purdy

Research Assistant

Lauren works as a Research Assistant at Coventry University. She previously completed an MSc in Health Psychology, which included hEDS/HSD related research.

Helen Eftekhari

BHF PhD nurse fellow

Helen is a British Heart Foundation PhD nursing fellow and is currently involved in developing a supported self-management programme for people with POTS.

Dr Gordon McGregor

Associate Clinical Professor

Gordon worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation before completing a PhD and embarking on a clinical academic career specialising in exercise rehabilitation interventions.

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