The 4th World Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine

in Beijing, China, June, 11-15th, 2016


Music therapists, medical doctors, researchers, nurses, musicians and students from all over the world attended the 4th World Conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine Conference in Beijing, China. It was a great honor for us to hold this special conference and we sincerely thank our host Prof. Tian Gao and his team directed by Jing-Wen Zhang, Bing Li, the members of IAMM’s board of directors, our scientific committee, our speakers, presenters, participants, sponsors, exhibitors, representatives of supporting organizations and everybody who helped organizing this great event. We look back to an inspirational sharing and exchanging of knowledge and skills from all related professionals.


Prominent experts presented the latest research results in music and medicine.

Alex Doman is founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, co-founder of Sleep Genius, and bestselling co-author of Healing at the Speed of Sound®. The third generation in a family of pioneers in the field of child and human brain development, Alex has focused his career on sound, music, digital health and technology, and their capacity to improve brain health and performance.

His production credits include; co-producer of Music for Healing at the Speed of Sound™, Music for Babies™, and inTime; executive producer, creator, and collaborator on numerous other projects, products, and technologies including; The Listening Program®, BrainBuilder®, Sound Health®, Music for the Mind™, Waves™ multi-sensory audio system, TLP Online, TAVS™ (Test of Auditory and Visual Skills) and the NASA based sleep technology Sleep Genius.

Alex has been interviewed for; NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Today, NPR Marketplace, Wall Street Journal, Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, CBS Moneywatch,, Health Radio with Dr. Mike Roizen, Dennis Prager, Pia Lindstrom Presents, Blog Talk Radio, ESPN Radio, Hearing Health Magazine, among many others.

Doman has was written for publications and journals including Sound and Listening in Healthcare and Therapy, Autism Research and Treatment, Autism Science Digest, SI Focus Magazine, Autism Asperger’s Digest, and Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism. He is also the host of The Listening Program Radio & Podcast with guests including; David Perlmutter MD, Daniel Siegel MD, Michael Merzenich, PhD, and many other thought leaders.

He lectures internationally and has trained thousands of allied health, education and music professionals in brain based applications of sound and music; and serves as an advisor to; Sanoson, NeuroPop, Aurora Schools, Autism Brain Storm, and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Hope Alliance.

Alex resides in Ogden, Utah with his wife and children.

Emerita Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy Founding Director: The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center and Past-President World Federation of Music Therapy and Nation Association for Music Therapy (USA)

Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC

Dr. Cheryl Dileo is a Board-Certified music therapist with a number of years of experience as a clinician and consultant. She currently coordinates the PhD Program in Music Therapy and is the Director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center at Temple University. She founded the music therapy program at the University of Evansville and has served on the music therapy faculty at Loyola University. She was named the McAndless Distinguished Scholar and Professor in the Humanities for the 2002-3 academic year at Eastern Michigan University. She is currently on the Honorary Faculty at the University of Melbourne Australia, and a member of the PhD Program Advisory Board at Aalborg University, Denmark. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nordic Journal of Music therapy, and has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Music Therapy, as Editorial Consultant for Music Therapy: The Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy, the International Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy and the Journal of Music Therapy and MusicMedicine (Germany).Dr. Dileo serves as a grant consultant for the National Institute of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the National Association for Music Therapy, including President, Vice-President, and Council Coordinator. She played a leading role in the development of the NAMT Code of Ethics, and has Co-Chaired AMTA’s Ethics Board. The American Association for Music therapy has honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Award of Merit, as well as the Distinguished Research/Publication Award. She was the recipient of the 2006 Temple University Faculty Research Award. She has also served in a variety of leadership positions for the World Federation of Music Therapy, including, President, Past-President, Chair of the Commission on Ethics and Business Manager.

Dr. Dileo developed the WFMT Guidelines for Ethics and Research. She has given more than 200 lectures and workshops in this country and abroad, having conducted lecture tours on 5 continents. She has authored/edited co-edited 15 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Currently, she is a co-author of 7 Cochrane systematic reviews on medical music therapy for the Cochrane Library. She has received grant funding from a variety of sources, including the State of PA Formula Fund and the Barra Foundation. Her research interests include: quantitative analyses and meta-analyses of the effects of music therapy in medicine, the development and testing of new music therapy interventions in medicine, particularly involving songs, entrainment, and improvised music; multicultural issues in music therapy practice; and spirituality, meaning and the use of narratives in music therapy practice.

Tian Gao, Professor in Central Conservatory of Music Vice president of Chinese Arts- Medical Association Vice president of Chinese Association for Psychological Intervention Director of Chinese Professional Music Therapist Association The member of the board of International Association of Music and Medicine Registered Supervisor of Chinese Psychological Society Professor Tian Gao was graduated from Temple University, US, and gained his Master of Music Therapy Degree in 1994. He went back to China and establishing the first music therapy training program includes both undergraduate and graduate program in Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in 1996. His has published the books as below: The introduction to Music Therapy The basic theory of Music Therapy Receptive Methods of Music Therapy Improvisational Methods of Music Therapy (Translation), Clinical Training Guide for the Student Music Therapist (Translation), Music Therapy in Dementia Car (Translation) Music Therapy Clinic Practice Research.

Suzanne B. Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC is founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music. Dr. Hanser is Past President of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy. She founded the music therapy program at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and is also a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Dr. Hanser is Secretary of IAMM. She received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging and was a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Hanser is the author of _The New Music Therapist’s Handbook_, and co-author of _Manage Your Stress and Pain_, book and CD, with Dr. Susan Mandel_._ In 2006 she was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. In 2009 she was awarded the Sage Publications Prize for her article, “From ancient to integrative medicine: Models for music therapy.” In 2011 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association. Her latest book is _Integrative Health through Music Therapy: Accompanying the Journey from Illness to Health.

Pioneer music therapy services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the Division of Child Life & Integrative Care Assist in the development of music therapy throughout the medical center/community. Create and implement goal specific and evidenced based music therapy interventions which coincided with the patients’ (and their family’s) physical, motional/behavioral, psychosocial, eduacational, and spiritual needs, such as ability to cope with chronic/acute illness, anxiety/fear of hospitalization/medical procedures, and pain management. Facilitated goal oriented individualized music therapy interventions with patients on the TCC, StarShine palliative care and hospice.

Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapies 2009-2014
Internship Director 2008-2014
Pioneer and creator of sounds of life of music therapy intervention, to amplify and record patient’s and family’s internal sounds to connect with the external world 2013-present.

Dr. Zhang Tong  Professor of Neurology Vice Director of China Rehabilitation Research Center. Vice Director of Beijing Bo Ai Hospital. Director of Neurological Department and Neurorehabilitation.

Vera Brandes is Director of the Research Program for Music-Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria and certified music therapist registered with the Federal Ministry of Health, Austria. She is Vice President of IAMM (International Association for Music and Medicine), New York, USA, board member of I.M.A.R.A.A. (International Music and Arts Research Association Austria), program council to the Human Health Project and member of the scientific advisory board of the Fritz Albert Popp Institute. Vera Brandes was one of the co-founders of the Science Network Man and Music at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and vice-president of the non profit organization saludArt. She was international program director of the Mozart&Science conferences 2006, 2008 and 2010. Since 1995, she has been committed to the integration of music in medical therapy and prevention. Since 1999 she organized advanced trainings for medical doctors and therapists in Neurodevelopmental Auditory Training. From 2001 to 2003, she lectured on culture & media at the University for Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria. She co-initiated and co-organized the congress “in:fusion – New Qualities in Healthcare” in 2004 before she assumed her current position at the Paracelsus Medical University. She is also CSO of SANOSON in Vienna, Austria and developed sanumeda, a patient dedicated hospital radio channel (in close cooperation with Tom Doch) and I-MAT© (Individualized Music-focussed Audio Therapies) for the treatment of psychosomatic disorders. She has published numerous articles, and presents at international conferences. Before she began her career in science, Brandes was an award-winning music producer and record company owner. Between 1974 and 1999 she released more than 350 CDs featuring a broad spectrum of international artists and promoted a multitude of concerts, tours and festivals. In 1994, she received the award for the Most Creative and Innovative Company in music and media in Germany from the Ministry of Economics. Recent book publications: “Music that works: Contributions of Biology, Neurophysiology, Psychology, Sociology, Medicine and Musicology” (English) (Co-Editor: Roland Haas; Springer Vienna, New York, 2009) “Life in Rhythm” (“Leben im Rhythmus”), (only available in German), (Co-Author Christian Salvesen; O.W. Barth Verlag, Munich, 2006).

IAMM2022 logo-01

7th International Conference of the IAMM

IAMM is excited to announce our next interdisciplinary conference on music and medicine from May 28-29, 2022 in Athens, Greece and May 30 - June 3, 2022 online!

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate maximum international participation, you can opt to attend the conference virtually or in-person.

Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, offering centuries-old history to be explored and enjoyed. According to Plato, one of the first schools of music education was founded by the people of Crete followed by the musical schools of Athens, where students were taught to sing and play the lyre. We sincerely hope you will join us in this magical and historical city for our conference in-person or virtually.

Photo by <a href="">Patrick</a> on <a href="">Unsplash</a>