IAMM is excited to announce our next interdisciplinary conference on music and medicine. The 7th International Conference of the IAMM will be held May 28 - 29, 2022 in Athens, Greece. Meetings and presentations from Greek and international invited speakers will take place in person and through live streaming May 28 - 29, 2022. Additionally, a week of online-only presentations will take place May 30 to June 3, 2022
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate maximum international participation, you can opt to attend the conference virtually or in-person.
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 of physical, 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.
All times are based on Greek time (GMT+2)
NICU Music Therapy: First Sounds: Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby—Tier I
27th May, 2022. Time: 9:00am – 18:00pm General & Maternity Hospital
Helena Venizelou NICU Helenas Venizelou 2, 11521, Athens, Greece
An integrative, medical, music therapy team will lead experiential, hands-on training to meet Tier I competency for this international, evidence-based, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit training inclusive of three prongs: environmental music therapy (EMT), trauma training in music psychotherapy with caregivers, and evidence-based live music therapy interventions for premature infants, oriented within a neuropsychological developmental context. Attendees will visit an NICU and receive a certificate indicating their completion of Tier I of the First Sounds: RBL Training. Health professionals aside from music therapists are also invited to register.
The training course is kindly supported by Ilitominon and General and Maternity Hospital Helena Venizelou.
Faiy Evaggelou MA Music Therapy – NICU, MA Music, MA Music Performance
Dr. Joanne Loewy DA, LCAT, MT-BC, Director, The Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine (LACM M).
Dr. Aimee M. Telsey MD, Neonatologist, Research consultant, (LACMM) Mount Sinai Health System. For 20+ years, she has been applying integrative medical therapies into NICU practice.
Ann-Marie Dassler RN, FNP, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, for over 22 years. She has been on the faculty at Bloomfield College and has taught in their BSN nursing program.
Dr. Andrew Rossetti PhD, LCAT, MT-BC Coordinator, music therapy in radiology oncology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel (LACMM). He has developed several EMT programs globally and formerly built a comprehensive NICU music therapy program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago.
Faiy Evaggelou, MA Music, MA Music Performance, MA Music Therapy NICU. Currently she is working at the Music School of Volos. She is the first music therapist who worked in a Greek NICU, adapting a family-centered Music Therapy approach for achieving benefits both for the hospitalized infant and parents.
100 USD Early Bird if you register by April 15 // 110 USD starting on April 16
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.
If you decide to join us in-person, we will gladly welcome you at the concert hall “Aris Garoufalis” at the Athens Conservatoire.
3000 years of Greek Music in 30 minutes
A special performance has been created by the ensemble Les Lyristes, where the lyre has the leading role, sometimes playing solo, sometimes accompanying the voice, or playing together with other music instruments such as the Varviton (a type of bass lyre) and the Trigonon (from the harp family), fantasies for solo lyre, Sappho’s and other ancient poems accompanied by the lyre, chorals from ancient tragedies that have been presented in great festivals, as well as modern Greek music.
Ancient civilization, endlessly accompanies us in our long journey of life, as it always manages to bring out the substantial concerns of mankind. With the sound of the most eminent ancient instrument, the lyre, words and music take another dimension.
The program includes music from the 5th c. BC till nowadays presenting the quintessential of Greek music (Euripides, Seikilos, Traditional Songs, Sappho, Hadjidakis, Theodorakis etc.).
Voice, trigonon: Sophia Karakouta
Lyre: Rosa Fragorapti
Lyre, Varviton (Research and Program Editing): Nikos Xanthoulis
Coffee Break with Hanna Pakkala, Baroque Viola
Hanna Pakkala (born in 1985) is one of the most versatile Finnish violists of her generation. She is the principal violist of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Kokkola Quartet and one of the viola section leaders of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. She teaches viola at the University of Arts in Helsinki, and is a sought-after chamber musician and soloist performing regularly at prestigious venues around Finland and Europe. Most prominent of her various chamber music recordings is Hans Gál: Music for Viola Volume 1, which launched in 2019 with excellent reviews including Gramophone. At the moment she is working on her solo recording project with the support of the Wihuri Foundation and the Ostrobothnian Cultural Foundation.
Hanna Pakkala’s high musical standards present themselves alongside a historically-informed sense of style, a dynamic and lively presence on stage, with a particular focus on exploring the interactions of performer, listener, instrument and space. She has studied Alexander technique and other body awareness disciplines, and is currently researching the potential of applying the pure sound of a stringed instrument to a clinical setting.
Coffee Concert with Katalin Kertész, Violin
Katalin Kertész was born in Budapest, Hungary and studied in Germany. As a classical violinist, she has performed in Europe, China, South America, and New Zealand. She also recorded a number of albums.
As a professional violinist, crystal healing therapist and an essences maker, Katalin is particularly interested in the healing potential of music.
Katalin is the creator of Music Essences, a system of 32 vibrational remedies for personal evolution and healing, through the expansion of awareness.
Katalin has published a book, "Music Essences and Resolving the Human Drama."
The Planning Committee of 7th International Conference of the IAMM wants to share the following nearby hotels for your stay in Athens, Greece. Notice that the IAMM is not liable for any decision made by a delegate. You are always welcome to look for your accommodations through alternate platforms.
Coco-Mat Athens Jumelle
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"The Zappion Hotel is located on a quiet pedestrian street next to the Panathenaic (Kallimarmaro) Stadium. The central location allows guests to use our hotel as a base for touring the city of Athens and the most important ancient monuments.
The recently renovated hotel offers clean and comfortable rooms with central heating, air conditioning, balcony, satellite TV, private bathroom with shower, iron, hair dryer, wifi, with no extra charges."
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This – 2019 fully renovated – iconic art deco Athenian masterpiece, boasts 10 beautiful Suites & Lofts, designed to provide a perfect match to your Athens experience: The Comfort, the Superior and the Designer’s Suite collection of Apartments, set the tone for an exquisite vacation experience."
The Modernist Athens
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"In the heart of Athens, located within a short distance of Panathenaic Stadium and Museum of Cycladic Art, Truman Apartment - Athens offers free WiFi, air conditioning and household amenities such as a microwave and electric tea pot. Offering private parking, the apartment is an 18-minute walk from Benaki Museum.
The apartment comes with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with city views."
|Athens Conference In-Person (May 28-29) + Online Conference (May 30-June 3)||Regular|
|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|
|Discounted rate for IAMM student members, unwaged, retired, low- and mid-income countries||$99|
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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).
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