As part of the dystonia special series for the MDS podcast I was interviewed on the neural underpinnings of dystonia by Francesca Morgante. Lots of questions generating many more!
Katja Kornysheva and I are leading one of the neurotech N-Code challenges to improve neurological community-based care. Applications are open till end of Feb to join the first study group meeting in Cornwall in March. An initiative across academia, neurology and industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautiful evening to be talking about Writers' Cramp at the Royal Society of Medicine in their clinical neuroscience series examining reading and writing
Presenting posters on DYT1 and task-specific dystonia @ BRAIN The Conference
Its dystonia awareness month - have produced a video on task-specific dystonia for Dystonia Society UK
Attending a three week summer school Neuromatch: a beautiful global initiative providing a fundamental education in modern computational neuroscience.
Outcomes from novel DBS approaches in cervical dystonia with Francesca Morgante and Erlick Perreira look excellent using wireless EMG and motion capture technology.
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.
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.
Baby Nicolás has arrived safely and will be on maternity leave for six months!
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.
New paper with Jaume Rosset i Llobet which discusses how a motor control framework can directly inform successful rehabilitation techniques for task-specific dystonia.
What's in a Name? Conundrums Common to the Task-Specific Disorders. Editorial with Katja Kornysheva for Movement Disorders in Clinical Practice.
New paper with Joe Galea and Movement Disorders Group at University College London examining cerebellar mechanisms in DYT11 myoclonus dystonia. Movement Disorders.
Wonderful to have Scott Albert from Reza Shadmehr's lab visit to develop new experimental paradigms in generalised dystonia.
How can motor neuroscience keep our musicians healthy? Thank you to the Healthy Conservertoires meeting for inviting me to talk and opening the discussion...
New paper with Joe Galea exploring variability and motor learning in DYT-1 dystonia published in Nature Scientific Reports
Paper accepted with Katja Kornysheva: "A unifying motor control framework for task-specific dystonia" Nature Reviews in Neurology
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.
Talk at the Basal Ganglia Club, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery hosted by Professor Kailash Bhatia
Project grant awarded by the Royal Society project grant for a motion capture device to continue work examining kinematic features of movement disorders
Start a Chadburn Clinical Lectureship at St George's University of London