7th International Conference of the IAMM

in Athens, Greece, and online

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The 7th International Conference of the IAMM was held May 28 - 29, 2022 in Athens, Greece. Meetings and presentations from Greek and international invited speakers took place in person and through live streaming May 28 - 29, 2022. Additionally, a week of online-only presentations took place May 30 to June 3, 2022.

All conference events were recorded and are available for registrants for 2 years. More information on how to purchase access to this content upcoming! 

Confirmed Speakers

John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc - Reproducibility, Transparency, and Lessons from Meta-research for Music Medicine

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There has been increasing interest in empirical studies to understand the replication and reproducibility of scientific research. With close to 200,000,000 published scholarly documents across science, there is tremendous potential to synthesize the available evidence and to appraise also how research practices are evolving over time. Over 100,000 meta-analyses have tried to synthesize the available evidence across diverse scientific topics – with variable success. These efforts often reveal major biases in the design, conduct, and reporting of research studies in all fields of scientific investigation. Concurrently, targeted reproducibility efforts are trying to see how often high-profile investigations can be successfully reproduced in explicitly designed, repeat experiments and studies. The success rates are consistently low, although some fields perform better than others. A new discipline, meta-research, is integrating efforts to evaluate and improve research practices, including how to do, analyze, evaluate, disseminate, and reward scientific efforts. Work done to-date has highlighted the need for improving the integrity of scientific investigations and for enhancing their credibility through better alignment of the reward system with the standards of high-quality research. The lecture will discuss in brief these evolutions and their relevance to music medicine. 

Athanassios S. Fokas, PhD, MD - Music and the Unconscious

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Visual perception is achieved via the deconstruction of a given percept followed by its reconstruction. I will refer to the unconscious reconstruction of the percept as its mental representation. About a third of second after an unconscious reconstruction, the brain informs itself of what the brain already knows. Namely, the unconscious informs consciousness of the given percept.

At this moment, the first ‘big bang’ takes place: awareness. I will refer to the conscious construction of the percept as its mental image. The generalization of this process gives rise to the first hypothesis: every conscious experience is preceded by an unconscious process.

Many of our evolutionary predecessors possess consciousness. So why do we differ from them qualitatively? Of course, we have the privilege of language, which, enriches enormously our capacity to communicate. Many scholars have highlighted this great gift as the key difference between us and other creatures possessing consciousness. In my opinion, this is not entirely correct. Instead, I propose a second hypothesis: we possess a predisposition to construct real versions of our mental images and our mental representations, or to assign to them specific symbols. I label the emerging constructions or symbols re-representations.

This is the second ‘big bang’ of or mental evolution, which in addition to language, includes the re-representations of mathematics, computers, technology, and arts. It appears that the more direct the passage from the unconscious to re-representations the higher the value of an artistic creation. It will be argued that this is particularly the case for music.

Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC - Integrating Mechanisms of Music and Music Therapy in Medicine

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Attending to the inherently musical components of our functioning, we might realize that our bodies are comprised of a symphony of sounds that are informed and organized by our brain’s intentionality.  In practicing 28 years alongside medical and psychosocial milieu teams, integrative mechanisms of music and music therapy's potency have shown the critical gestalt ophysical, psychological and spiritual aspects of care. Supported by research and clinical outcomes, integrative practice has elucidated the integral ways that music connects our mind/body/spirit. This keynote will highlight significant functional qualities of music in medicine and therapy, and will demonstrate how their integration may be central to our living experience.

Athanasios Dritsas MD, FESC - Music in Exercise and Sport Activities

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Regular physical activity has multiple benefits for physical and mental health, and music has been found to enhance positive effects on physical activity. Current scientific evidence supports the use of music listening (in healthy general population, professional athletes and also cardiac patients) across a range of physical activities to promote positive affective valence, enhance physical performance and exercise tolerance, reduce perceived exertion, and improve physiological efficiency.

Athens Conference In-Person (May 28-29) + Online Conference (May 30-June 3) Regular
IAMM members $279
Non-members $409
Discounted rate for IAMM student members, unwaged, retired, low- and mid-income countries $179
Live-streamed events from Athens Conference (May 28-29) + Online Conference (May 30-June 3)  Regular
IAMM members $199
Non-members $329
Discounted rate for IAMM student members, unwaged, retired, low- and mid-income countries $99

Please notice that members get a significant discount for registration and receive all membership benefits for a year, including access to the Journal Music and Medicine, to all other IAMM events, and other opportunities. Membership fees are as low as $50 USD and we offer financial aid. Click here to join IAMM. Or log in if you are already a member.

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Non-members $409
Discounted rate for IAMM student members, unwaged, retired, low- and mid-income countries $179
Live-streamed events from Athens Conference (May 28-29) + Online Conference (May 30-June 3)  Regular
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Non-members $329
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Live-streamed events from Athens Conference (May 28-29) + Online Conference (May 30-June 3)  Regular
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Contacts

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Vera Brandes

IAMM's Conference Committee Chair

President of the International Music and Arts Research Association Austria and Director Emeritus of the Research Program for Music-Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University.

Vera Brandes, former record producer and founder of multiple record labels, was one of the co-founders of the Science Network Man and Music at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and former lecturer on culture & media at the University for Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria. Vera is CSO of SANOSON in Vienna, Austria and developed I-MAT© (Individualized Music-focussed Audio Therapies) for the treatment of psychosomatic disorders (US patent).

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Athanasios Dritsas MD, FESC

President, Athens Scientific Committee

Cardiologist, Deputy Director of the Cardiology Section at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece

Along with medicine, he studied music and today is a recognized composer, writer and pianist in Greece and Europe. In the European medical area, he is considered as a pioneering physician in the clinical application of music medicine & music therapy in the treatment of cardiac patients. He is the author of the recent (2018) book “Music as Medicine: a biological approach to music medicine interventions”. In 2019 he was honored by the Scientific Academy of Athens, Greece for his scientific work on the contribution of music medicine-music therapy to the care of cardiac patients.

Athens Scientific Committee

Prof Christodoulos Flordellis

Prof Anastasios Germenis

Dr Alexandros Stefanidis

Dr Christina Chrysohoou

Dr Lina Tonia

Prof Nikos Stefanis

Ass. Prof Iakovos Steinhauer

Dr Fotis Papathanasiou

IAMM 2022 Scientific Reviewers

Fred Schwartz
Fred Schwartz
Wendy L. Magee PhD
Professor
Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Wendy L. Magee PhD Professor Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Dr. George Tsouvelas, MSc, MPH, PhD

Psychologist - Psychotherapist

Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology of Adolescence, 

Department of Psychology, 

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dr. George Tsouvelas, MSc, MPH, PhD Psychologist - Psychotherapist Adjunct Lecturer in Psychology of Adolescence, Department of Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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)
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)
Filippo GIORDANO (MA; MT-IC,FAMI)- Researcher in Music therapy at
Department of Emergency and Organs Transplant, University of BAri Aldo
Moro, Bari -  Italy
Filippo GIORDANO (MA; MT-IC,FAMI)- Researcher in Music therapy at Department of Emergency and Organs Transplant, University of BAri Aldo Moro, Bari - Italy
Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhD, FAMI, EAMI accred
Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhD, FAMI, EAMI accred
Orestis Giotakos, MD, PhD
Orestis Giotakos, MD, PhD

IAMM Conference Committee

Fred Schwartz
Fred Schwartz
Samuel Gracida, MA, MT - Chair, Communications and Outreach Committee
Samuel Gracida, MA, MT - Chair, Communications and Outreach Committee
Mohan Sundararaj
Mohan Sundararaj
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)
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)
The 7th International Conference of the IAMM is supported by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece.
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Additionally, we are grateful for the support of the following individuals in making this conference a success:
Samuel Gracida, MA, MT - Chair, Communications and Outreach Committee
Samuel Gracida, MA, MT - Chair, Communications and Outreach Committee
Zhiqian Xu, Conference Support
Zhiqian Xu, Conference Support
Alexandra Briassouli MA, MSc, Public Relations Officer, Onassis Cardiac Surgery
Alexandra Briassouli MA, MSc, Public Relations Officer, Onassis Cardiac Surgery
Rebecca Vaudreuil

SIG Coordinator
Rebecca Vaudreuil SIG Coordinator
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