Dr Peall has expertise in some of the rarer forms of dystonia such as myoclonus dystonia which are areas where we are looking to increase our knowledge. She is also interested in the role of pain and mental health in dystonia – these were both identified as priority areas in the treatment questionnaire that we ran last year.   

Below Dr Peall explains what motivated her to become involved with the Society:

“I’m delighted to be taking up a position on the medical advisory panel for The Dystonia Society. I’m an academic clinician, doing research and NHS clinical work, based in Cardiff. I have a particular interest in myoclonus dystonia and dystonia-plus syndromes with some of my previous research work focusing on the ‘non-motor or non-movement’ symptoms associated with dystonia e.g. pain and psychological symptoms.

Patients frequently tell me how much help, support and information they’ve received from The Dystonia Society throughout their journey from diagnosis to long-term management plans and that the Society has played a vital role for them and their carers. The Dystonia Society also has a very important role in improving awareness of dystonia and informing the general public of the impact of these disorders. I’m very much looking forward to working with the hugely motivated, enthusiastic and experienced team at The Dystonia Society.”