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Global Café - Israel

IAMM Global Café (IGC) is a virtual networking event for IAMM members across the world. These Cafés are hosted by members of IAMM’s Committee on Global Reporting.

The next IGC focuses on the intersection of music and medicine/health in Israel. Dana Yacobson will host a panel of practitioners actively engaged in music and medicine/health in pediatric settings in Israel. Participants will have the opportunity to converse with the co-hosts, as well as each other.

All IAMM members will receive a recording of this event. This event is scheduled to last for one hour.

All IAMM members are welcome to attend these Global Cafés. Please join with a cup of coffee, tea, or your choice of libation, and enjoy the conversation!  

IAMM Global Café - Israel Spotlight is hosted by Dana Yacobson, Member, of IAMM's Global Reporting Committee



Dana Yacobson, NICU-music therapist, PhD, at Aalborg University, Denmark. Her PhD project on the effects of MT during skin-to-skin care with preterm infants and their parents constituted the platform to implement the MT department at the NICU. She is currently involved in a local study for MT during birth induction and she trains and supervises MT students in the NICU and mother-fetus unit.



Prof. Shmuel Arnon, MD, Prof. pediatrics, and an advocate for music therapy in the prenatal care. Dr. Arnon is head of the well-baby unit at Meir Medical Center in Kfar-Saba, Israel, and a lyric tenor. Prof. Arnon has performed several music-medicine studies, and is currently involved in a longitudinal RCT on the effects of MT in preterm infants and their parents, and local research on MT during birth induction. He has led the process of implementing a music therapy department in the NICU of Meir Medical Center through a research study.


Prof. Cochavit Elefant - MT. PhD, Head of the music therapy MA studies in Haifa University. Prof. Elefant is an acknowledged MT researcher. She has published and led many MT studies in the field of Rett syndrome and Autism. She supervises the building process of music therapy services in Meir Medical Center in prenatal care by consulting and supervising students.


Shulamit Epstein - MT, PhD candidate at Haifa University. Shulamit joined the team in 2017 and deeply helped in establishing the MT services in the NICU. She is the administrator of the Israeli site for the multi-cite international RCT on the long-term effects of MT in preterm infants and their parents. Her own PhD study concerns an untouched area in the literature - the experiences of parents for preterm infants in MT after discharge from the hospital, until six months of age.


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