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Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Michael H. Thaut & BRAMS Workshop

One-day CRBLM/BRAMS workshop on music-based rehabilitation (9 am – 3 pm) & keynote lecture by Dr. Michael H. Thaut – CRBLM Distinguished Lecturer (3 pm – 5 pm)

Registration online before March 23rd: registration form



Workshop 9 am – 5 pm: Therapeutic role of music across the lifespan 

The profound impact of music on human society has been documented since ancient times. However, the systematic use of music as a therapeutic tool is relatively new. Increasing empirical evidence is emerging from research across the world to support the role of music for rehabilitative purposes that has in turn been aided by advances in neuroscience.

From its use in enhancing day-to-day functioning to its targeted use in neurocognitive disorders, the potential of music has been demonstrated across the lifespan. This workshop will highlight the advances in this newly emerging field of music-based rehabilitation and the potential neural mechanisms underlying it.

See program below or on the CRBLM website.

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Michael H. Thaut @ 3 pm: How music can help to heal the injured brain

Lecture followed by Panel discussion

For more details see Keynote/ CRBLM Distinguished Lecture

Abstract: Biomedical researchers have found that music is a highly structured auditory language involving complex perception, cognition, and motor control in the brain. Most importantly, this research has also shown that music’s impact on brain function can also transfer to non-musical functions and thus be effectively used to retrain and re-educate the injured brain. The consistent accumulation of basic and clinical research evidence has provided a basis for rehabilitation professionals to apply music and rhythm to the rehabilitation of sensorimotor, speech-language, and cognitive functions across the age spectrum and a wide array of disorders. The presentation will review some of the key findings and applications as well as discuss evidence for neural mechanisms underlying the effect of music and rhythm on brain function. The extensive research over the past decades has led to the emergence of ‘clusters’ of evidence for specific music-based interventions. Researchers and clinicians from music therapy, neurology, neurosciences and neurorehabilitation have classified these evidence clusters into a system of therapeutic techniques now known as Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) which continues to develop, informed by new knowledge. The presentation will also give brief introduction to NMT with clinical video illustrations.

Bio: Dr. Michael H. Thaut, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Music at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in Rehabilitation Science and Neuroscience. He also holds an appointment as Collaborator Scientist at the CAMH Neuroimaging Research Center. He is Director of the Music and Health Science Research Center (MAHRC) and Music and Health Sciences Graduate programs at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Thaut is an international leader in neuroscience and music and has internationally recognized research in relation to the applications of auditory neuroscience, specifically for music and rhythm, to neurological rehabilitation. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Neurologic Music Therapy which was runner-up in the annual British Medical Association book award in the category “Best New Book in Neurology 2015”. He is the president of the International Society for Clinical Neuromusicology and Vice President of the International Society for Music and Medicine. He and his team developed the clinical system of Neurological Music Therapy, which is evidence based, applied worldwide in neurorehabilitation, and endorsed by the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation.

Workshop Program:

09:15 am Registration, Coffee and Pastries
09:50 am Welcome / Introduction – Morning Session Chair: Dr. Lise Gagnon
10:00 am Music intervention to reduce stress – Dr. Nathalie Gosselin, BRAMS, Universite de Montreal
10:30 am Current research questions on the Melodic Intonation Therapy for aphasia rehabilitation – Dr. Anna Zumbansen, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University
11:00 am Coffee break
11:30 am Motor rehabilitation using musical auditory feedback – Dr. Floris van Vugt, McGill University
12:00 pm Music improves social communication in autism – A randomized control trial – Dr. Megha Sharda, BRAMS, Université de Montréal
12:30 pm Lunch Break
Afternoon Session Chair: Guylaine Vaillancourt / Krista Hyde
01:30 pm Does music practice help reduce age-related cognitive decline? – Dr. Aline Moussard, CRIUGM, Université de Montréal
02:00 pm Developing a Best Practices Model of “Musical Health” for Persons Living with Dementia – Dr. Laurel Young, Concordia University
02:30 pm Coffee break
03:00 pm  Keynote/CRBLM Distinguished Lecture: How music can help to heal the injured brain Dr. Michael Thaut, University of Toronto
04:00 pm Discussion and Q/A
05:00 pm Cocktail and Music Mixes by Kevin Jamey



Mar 31 2017


9:00 am - 5:00 pm




BRAMS - UdeM (Outremont)
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