Published: 15/06/2023 Tags: Medical & Scientific News

In Memoriam: Professor Peter Beighton

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Peter Beighton, a renowned British geneticist. 

Professor Beighton’s contributions to the medical field are extensive, having authored, co-authored, or edited 20 monographs and editions, 34 chapters, and over 430 medical publications.  

His work primarily focused on the evaluation and characteristics of hypermobility disorders, as well as exploring new avenues for research to support individuals affected by these conditions. Notably, the Beighton Scoring System, a widely adopted clinical tool that assesses joint hypermobility on a 9-point scale, stands as a testament to his impact. 

As ongoing research advances our understanding of hypermobility, we express our gratitude to Professor Beighton and Greta Beighton for their invaluable efforts in expanding knowledge surrounding Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders. Their work has played a crucial role in enhancing the diagnosis and care of affected individuals. 

Geneticist and Chair of The Ehlers-Danlos Society Medical Board, Dr. Clair Francomano, expressed sadness at Professor Beighton’s passing, We have lost a true pioneer and visionary in the field of hereditary connective tissue disorders.” 

Our thoughts are with Professor Beighton’s family at this difficult time. 

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