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Alumna interviewed on Radio 4 ‘All in the Mind’

Date Posted: Friday 29 January 2021

Ashford School Alumna Dr Jessica Eccles (Yeomen, 2000) is a Clinical Academic Psychiatrist at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and was recently interviewed on Radio 4’s ‘All in the Mind’.

In the programme, she discusses her most recent research on the links between hypermobility and mental health, and why being double-jointed means you might be more likely to be prone to anxiety.

To listen to Jessica’s interview (from 17:30 minutes onwards), please click here.

You can hear about Jessica’s work in more detail on YouTube, through a selection of her videos, and you can also find her on twitter at @BendyBrain.

After completing her A Levels at Ashford School, Jessica trained in Medicine at University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, completing a BA in The History and Philosophy of Science. This sparked a keen interest in philosophy of mind and brain-body interactions, and since graduation from medical school she 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 an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer. She holds honorary clinical contracts with both Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Jessica was recently awarded a prestigious MQ Arthritis Research UK Fellows Award to conduct a randomised clinical trial of a new targeted treatment for anxiety in hypermobility. She has also been awarded a grant from Dysautonomia International and will be working alongside colleagues to explore multi-modal correlates of ‘brain fog’ in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. She is also exploring brain-body interactions in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.