About Associate Professor Leslie Nicholson

Leslie’s research passion is to optimise and inform current practice of diagnosis and management for people with hypermobility-related conditions. These include Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue (e.g. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cranio-Cervical Instability.

Leslie’s expertise is in the development and application of clinically useful diagnostic tools. With a background in manipulative and sports physiotherapy, she has taught musculoskeletal physiotherapy, functional musculoskeletal anatomy and clinically-applied anatomy in exercise prescription in the Faculty of Medicine and Health

Leslie is a highly experienced researcher and research supervisor. Apart from her role as Director of the Hypermobility and Performance Laboratory, she holds an honorary research position in the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, and chairs one of the working groups of the Ehlers-Danlos Society's International Collaboration. Further, she has collaborations with hypermobility researchers in The Netherlands, Southern Denmark and Belgium and is a member of the International iFlex Collaboration. Having published more than 50 papers across a number of respected international musculoskeletal, sports and rheumatological journals, she has been an invited speaker at a number of national and international conferences. Leslie has successfully supervised domestic and international students, to date comprising 6 PhD, 3 Research Masters and 16 Honours (three of whom were awarded the prestigious University medal).

Her research comprises several inter-related areas: i) hypermobility syndromes in children, ii) hypermobility syndromes in adults, and iii) the relationship between joint hypermobility and performance in the performing arts and sport.

Selected publications

For a full list of Associate Professor Nicholson's publications please see her Academic Profile page