April 2022 

A practice pointer on dystonia in the BMJ. We hope hope it will increase awareness of dystonia and offer a clinical roadmap for patient management. Sketches by vikki.devenport@gmail.com:










Feb 2022 

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.  

Dec 2021 

New preprint! Intact finger representation within primary sensorimotor cortex of Musician’s Dystonia


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.    

June 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.  

June 2021

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. 

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 


May 2021

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.

Mar 2021

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

Nov 2020

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).

Sep 2020

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


July 2020

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


May 2020

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.

April 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

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.


Dec 2019

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?



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.  

Dec 2018

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 


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.  ​

Jul 2018 

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.


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

Jan 2018

Great to visit impressive @GaleaLab to plan future experimental collaborations

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.  Thank you to Professor Kailash Bhatia for the invitation.  

Nov 2017

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


Nov 2017

Invited talk at the University of Bangor Psychology Seminars.  Fantastic to see the impressive Kornysheva Skilled Action Memory Lab in Bangor.  

Nov 2017

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.

Aug 2017

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