Dr. Child is a cardiovascular geneticist with 25 years clinical experience in diagnosis, management, and research into connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, CCA, Adolescent Scoliosis, Marfan syndrome and other aortopathies. She is author of over 150 scientific papers, has contributed 600 genotype-phenotype Marfan syndrome (Fibrillin-1) correlations to the literature, and through the Genetic Testing Network UK, encourages patients to use molecular genetic screening to ensure unaffected offspring.
As Medical Director of the Marfan Trust (www.marfantrust.org), she supervises research in the Sonalee Laboratory for Marfan syndrome and related disorders at St George’s University of London.
In her clinics, she sees much more of hEDS than Marfan syndrome, with which it overlaps. This has resulted in a lifelong interest in the causes of hEDS, and the search for new genes. All clinical cases and large families are held in her research database, together with DNA samples, awaiting study. She has published with Professors Rodney Grahame, Peter Beighton, and Mike Pope.