What is hEDS? Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), one of the 14 subtypes of EDS, is an inherited connective tissue disease that causes joint hypermobility, subluxations and dislocations as well as gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and immunological comorbidities. Our lab is interested in the genetic causes of hEDS, the progression and underlying biology of the disease and ways to accurately diagnose and treat hEDS.
We need Patient-Scientists. In 2018, Cortney Gensemer was a first-year PhD student in the Norris Lab interested in studying hEDS because of the impact it had on her life as a patient. She helped to transform the lab into one of the world's largest groups studying hEDS. When it comes to complex diseases, patients often are the true experts. The lived patient experience leads to important clinical and biological questions. When that is paired with the scientific tools to answer them, patients can make an impact on the entire community.
The Gensemer hEDS Intern Program (HIP) The Norris lab is launching the 3rd year of the Gensemer hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) summer research internship program on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The purpose of the “HIP” program is to increase the critical mass of researchers studying hEDS and empower patients with hEDS/HSD to be a part of the change. By doing so, we envision the acceleration of new discoveries that will better help researchers and clinicians understand the causes of hEDS to guide therapeutic discoveries. The program is meant for students (either college or graduate students) who have EDS OR HSD to work on their own disease. During this 10-week program, eligible students will enhance specific skills that are required for success in subsequent post-graduate specialties including MD, PhD, MD/PhD, nursing, advocacy, OT/PT or other areas of healthcare and outreach. MUSC and the Norris lab offer this valuable opportunity to academically talented and motivated students who confirm a strong interest in post-baccalaureate studies with a goal of contributing to hEDS/HSD healthcare, education, advocacy or research in the future.
The 10-Week Summer Program Includes:
One-on-One Mentorship: HIP students work one-on-one with current graduate students, or post-docs in the lab.
Individual Projects: All students get to choose an individual project for the summer on a topic related to hEDS that is important to them.
Journal Club & Seminars: Students will participate in an hEDS journal club, attend lectures from leading experts in the field and present their project at the end of summer symposium.
Clinical Shadowing: Students have the opportunity to shadow physicians and observe surgery performed by EDS experts.
Networking: Students will be able to network with others in the field and become part of hEDS Intern Alumni network.
Applications for the Summer 2023 HIP program will open on November 11, 2022 and close on February 28, 2023.
The 2023 program will run from May 22, 2023 - July 28, 2023.
Questions regarding the HIP program can be directed to Julianna Weninger at firstname.lastname@example.org.