Our people

Prof. Michael Hutchinson

Newman Clinical Research Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland

I have been a Consultant Neurologist for 35 years, most of that time as a full-time clinician with research as an add-on activity. My main research interest was multiple sclerosis, but since starting a botulinum toxin clinic in 1988, I have been increasingly interested in adult onset primary torsion dystonia (AOPTD). I now do 20% clinical out-patient work and 80% research, mainly in dystonia. We have a very active multi-disciplinary group with a research network involving, among others, Laurie Ozelius in New York and Mark Edwards in London. Our work focuses on temporal discrimination as a mediational endophenotype, and using this to elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms of AOPTD and eventually gene finding. I am proud of my three publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, our ability to network internationally, and the increasing recognition, by funding and invited lectures, of our work in dystonia. We have built up a large bank of clinically well-characterized DNA samples from our sporadic AOPTD population and multiplex AOPTD families and are willing to share this resource for future multi-centre studies.



Dr. Sean O’Riordan

Consultant Neurologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Dr. Sean O’Riordan (MB BCh BAO, MD, FRCPI) is a Consultant Neurologist. He trained in Cork, Dublin and London before appointment to a Consultant Neurologist post in Charing Cross Hospital in 2007 and he returned to St Vincent’s Hospital in 2010. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in Movement Disorders including Dystonia.


Dr. Eavan McGovern

Newman Research Fellow & Specialist Medical Registrar in Neurology

Eavan Mc Govern is a Newman Research Fellow with the Dystonia Research Group under the guidance of Professor Michael Hutchinson, Professor Richard Reilly and Dr Sean O’ Riordan. She is in her second year of a three-year PhD programme. The fellowship program involves part-time clinical work and full-time research work in the area of adult onset primary torsion dystonia. The research work employs experimental tools such as the temporal discrimination threshold and functional magnetic resonance imaging to uncover potential causes of adult-onset dystonia. She has completed her penultimate year on the National Neurology Specialist training scheme and is a junior director on the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience Board. Her main area of interest is movement disorders. During her training she has had a varied and gainful exposure to movement disorders under the tutorship of Professor Michael Hutchinson, Professor Dan Healy, Professor Tim Lynch, Dr Tim Counihan & Dr Sean O Riordan. On completion of her PhD program, she plans to complete a clinical fellowship with Professor Marie Vidailhet, Dr Emmanuel Flamand-Roze and the Movement Disorder Team at the Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris.


Dr. Ines Beiser

Research Fellow bei University College Dublin, St. Vincent’s Hospital; Neurologist FMH

A graduate of Albert Ludwigs-University of Freiburg /Germany, Dr. Beiser received her Licence to practise medicine in 2004. She subsequently trained in General Medicine and Neurorehabilitation in Swiss hospitals before specialising in Neurology at the University Hospital Bern/Switzerland (Inselspital). Following a period of specialist neurology training in Bern, she was a fellow in the Movement Disorders Centre in Bern under the direction of Prof. Alain Kaelin-Lang. After completing her clinical neurology training she spent a year in the Intensive Care Unit in Bern under the direction of Prof. Jukka Takala caring for patients with neurologic but also general or surgical difficulties. In 2014, she moved to Ireland to join the Dystonia Research Group to undertake a PhD at the Department of Neurology, St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin. Her main interests are dystonia and the therapeutic use of botulinumtoxin in dystonia and spasticity as well as deep brain stimulation.


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