Our Patron, Dr Jessica Eccles MRCPsych MSc PhD
Dr Jessica Eccles trained in medicine at University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, completing a BA in The History and Philosophy of Science, sparking a keen interest in philosophy of mind and brain-body interactions, and since graduation from medical school has pursued a combined academic clinical path at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. As an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow she recently completed her PhD in the relationship between joint hypermobility, autonomic dysfunction and psychiatric symptoms and is now a Clinical Senior Lecturer. She is an Honorary Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry. She holds honorary clinical contracts with both Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Eccles is currently working on an Academy of Medical Sciences grant to explore neural connectivity in hypermobility using leading edge brain imaging techniques.
She was awarded a prestigious MQ Versus Arthritis Fellows Award to conduct a randomised clinical trial of a new targeted treatment for anxiety in hypermobility.
Dr Eccles has been awarded a grant from Dysautonomia International and will be working with Dr Valeria Iodice, Prof Critchley, Prof Cercignani, Dr Nagai, Dr Asslanni, Prof Peter Rowe, Prof Murphy and Dr Giovanni to explore multi-modal correlates of ‘brain fog’ in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.
Dr Eccles is working with Prof Davies, Prof Harrison, Prof Cercignani, Prof Critchley and Dr Tarzi to explore brain- body interactions in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. This involves autonomics, inflammatory and cytokine markers, brain imaging and genomics. This work is funded by Versus Arthritis and Action for ME.
Alongside clinical academic colleagues at BSMS, including Dr Alessandro Colasanti, Dr Eccles is a clinician in the exciting new Immunopsychiatry Service based at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and in the Neurodevelopmental Service.
You can see some of her work on the research page.