A critical appraisal of eyeblink conditioning in isolated dystonia in MDJ. The similarity of eyeblink conditioning behaviour in dystonia and controls is against a global deficit in cerebellar learning. We discuss the implications our findings have for how we define cerebellar involvement in dystonia pathophysiology.
New preprint! Intact finger representation within primary sensorimotor cortex of Musician’s Dystonia
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.
Wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss current research on the neural representation of task-specific dystonia (work led by Jorn Diedrichsen) and present a platform presentation on the motor control of holding in dystonia (in collaboration with Joe Galea/Reza Shadmehr). 7th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology.
A beautiful evening to be talking about Writers' Cramp at the Royal Society of Medicine in their clinical neuroscience series examining reading and writing
Range of research showcased in the Movement Disorders Special Interest Group at the Association of British Neurologists. I gave an update on the neural representation of task-specific dystonia using fMRI.
Returning to neurophysiology work and integrating this data with a literature that helps assess causality. I'll give a talk on: 'Changes in cortical plasticity in disease states: Cause or consequence? 7th International Conference on Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (virtual).
Its dystonia awareness month - have produced a video on task-specific dystonia for Dystonia Society UK
Attending a three week summer school Neuromatch: Beautiful global initiative providing a fundamental education in modern computational neuroscience.
Lovely to work with Masashi Hamada again reviewing variability of neurophysiological plasticity paradigms in health and dystonia. An article for the special edition of Experimental Brain Research to celebrate Professor John Rothwell.
Outcomes from novel DBS approaches in cervical dystonia with Francesca Morgante and Erlick Perreira look excellent using wireless EMG and motion capture technology.
Scientific commentary by Jon Stone in Brain which provides historical context and summarises key features of our study looking at decision making in functional movement disorders.
New paper 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?
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.
Grant awarded by St George's University of London! Looking forward to working with Francesca Morgante to characterise deep brain stimulation response in dystonia with wireless EMG
Wonderful to have Scott Albert from Reza Shadmehr's lab visit to develop new experimental paradigms in generalised dystonia.
New paper with Panagiotis Kassavetis examining surround inhibition in dystonia. Conceptually surround inhibition is a beautiful mechanism for task-specific dystonia but this critical reappraisal of the neurophysiological evidence forces a reevaluation of this hypothesis.
How can motor neuroscience keep our musicians healthy? Thank you to the Healthy Conservertoires meeting for inviting me to talk and opening the discussion...
Great to visit impressive @GaleaLab to plan future experimental collaborations
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. Thank you to Professor Kailash Bhatia for the invitation.
Project grant awarded by the Royal Society project grant for a motion capture device to continue work examining kinematic features of movement disorders
Invited talk at the University of Bangor Psychology Seminars. Fantastic to see the impressive Kornysheva Skilled Action Memory Lab in Bangor.
Great to discuss 'A motor control framework for task-specific dystonia' with new colleagues at St George's University of London after my talk at the Neuroscience Seminar Series.
Start a Chadburn Clinical Lectureship at St George's University of London