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Jan 2023

Thank you to all the authors that have contributed chapters to the book 'A Network Hypothesis of Dystonia' which I have co-edited with Aasef Shaikh. Soon to be published by Springer.

Oct 2022

Writing funding applications to be hosted by Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit for next academic position.  Attending their machine learning lectures and tutorials for probabilistic and unsupervised learning, advanced methods in machine learning and reinforcement learning.  An amazing opportunity to train in state of the art and powerful methods. 

 

Sep 2022

How is task-specific dystonia is represented in the brain?  Professional musicians with and without dystonia were scanned during this collaboration with Jörn Diedrichsen's group.  We applied a range of analysis methods to explore somatotopy and representational architecture with a focus on the primary sensorimotor cortex.  Published in Brain

 

Jun 2022

The similarity of eyeblink conditioning behaviour in dystonia and controls is against a global deficit in cerebellar learning.  I discuss the implications our findings have for how we define cerebellar involvement in dystonia pathophysiology.  Published in MDJ. A research digest will be published early 2023 in Dystonia Matters for the Dystonia Society.

Apr 2022

A commissioned practice pointer on dystonia in the BMJ. The late Adam Kalinowski skilfully sculpted the content.  We hope it will increase awareness of dystonia and offer a clinical roadmap for patient management.

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 2021 

Amazing panel of talks at the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Workshop.  I discussed how the field of motor control can contribute to our knowledge of dystonic networks particularly at a mechanistic level.   

Aug 2021

How can motor control features of the subtypes of dystonia translate into novel treatments?  Summarised current work during a talk at Progress in Motor Control, virtual Aukland.    

Jun 2021

Great range of talks and informative discussions at the 11th International Symposium on Research on the Cerebellum and Ataxias.  Re-debated the title of my PhD by giving a talk on the role of the cerebellum in dystonia.  

May 2021

A beautiful evening to be talking about Writers' Cramp at the Royal Society of Medicine in their clinical neuroscience series examining reading and writing ​

Mar 2021

Presenting posters on DYT1 and task-specific dystonia @ BRAIN The Conference 

Sep 2020

Its dystonia awareness month - have produced a video on task-specific dystonia for Dystonia Society UK

 

Jul 2020

Attending a three week summer school Neuromatch: a beautiful global initiative providing a fundamental education in modern computational neuroscience. 

 

Apr 2020

Outcomes from novel DBS approaches in cervical dystonia with Francesca Morgante and Erlick Perreira look excellent using wireless EMG and motion capture technology.

 

Feb 2020

New paper in the journal Brain modelling decision making in patients with functional movement disorders in which we identify abnormalities in information accumulation.  A collaboration with Corinna Daum and Sanjay Manohar.  Are low drift rates a biomarker for the  broader cognitive profile experienced by patients with functional disorders? Scientific commentary by Jon Stone in same issue provides historical context and summarises key features of our study looking at decision making in functional movement disorders.

 

 

Sep 2019

Public understanding of neurology grant  awarded by Guarantors of Brain!  ‘The Neurology and Neuroscience of Expert Musical Performance’ will be a collaboration with Katja Kornysheva and Maria Herrojo-Ruiz in which a variety of medium are used to increase public accessibility to the neuroscience behind musical performance.  

Jun 2019

Baby Nicolás has arrived safely and will be on maternity leave for six months!

 

Mar 2019

What are the mechanisms behind the ordinal structure of skilled sequential action?  New paper led by Katja Kornysheva examining the neural markers of competitive queuing published in Neuron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 2019

New paper with Jaume Rosset i Llobet which discusses how a motor control framework can directly inform successful rehabilitation techniques for task-specific dystonia.  

Nov 2018

What's in a Name? Conundrums Common to the Task-Specific Disorders. Editorial with Katja Kornysheva for Movement Disorders in Clinical Practice.  

 

Sep 2018 

New paper with Joe Galea and Movement Disorders Group at University College London examining cerebellar mechanisms in DYT11 myoclonus dystonia.  Movement Disorders.

Jul 2018 

Wonderful to have Scott Albert from Reza Shadmehr's lab visit to develop new experimental paradigms in generalised dystonia.  ​

 

May 2018 

How can motor neuroscience keep our musicians healthy? Thank you to the  Healthy Conservertoires meeting for inviting me to talk and opening the discussion... 

 

Feb 2018

New paper with Joe Galea exploring variability and motor learning in DYT-1 dystonia published in Nature Scientific Reports

Dec 2017

Paper accepted with Katja Kornysheva: "A unifying motor control framework for task-specific dystonia" Nature Reviews in Neurology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2017

Wonderful to visit the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine in Hannover.  Incredible clinical service and lab.  Thank you to Professor Eckart Altenmuller,  Dr Christos Ioannou and the other members of the lab for their hospitality.

 

Nov 2017

Talk at the Basal Ganglia Club, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery hosted by Professor Kailash Bhatia 

Oct 2017

Project grant awarded by the Royal Society project grant for a motion capture device to continue work examining kinematic features of movement disorders

Aug 2017

Start a Chadburn Clinical Lectureship at St George's University of London

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