Music Therapy for Cronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) Following Epstein-Barr Virus Infection in Adolescents.

June 9th, 10:30 am

    Gro Trondalen, Ph.D., Special education Teacher, Music Therapist, Fellow of AMI, is Professor in Music Therapy and senior researcher at the Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH) at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. Trondalen is a former Head of the MA program in music therapy, PhD program in music, and CREMAH, at The Norwegian Academy of Music. She is an experienced music therapy clinician and supervisor in the field of child welfare and adult mental health and maintains a private practice in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Trondalen has a PhD on music therapy with young people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa. Her research focus has been on clinical work linked to philosophical and theoretical perspectives. She has published six anthologies/books, and a number of book chapters and articles in Norwegian, Swedish and English, of which some have been translated into German and Japanese.


Music Therapy and the Cancer Patient

June 8th, 10:30 am


    Gabriel A. Sara, MD is the Medical Director of the Chemotherapy Suite at Mount Sinai- West (Roosevelt Hospital) in New York and has been practicing Oncology since 1987. He went to medical school in Lebanon and in Paris and completed his residency and fellowships in New York and is triple-board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. He is involved in clinical research, in teaching and has developed a philanthropy program whose mission is to enhance the experience of cancer patients through art, music, reflexology, a travel program and more. He has coached his colleagues about resilience in the work place and his work was written up in the Wall Street Journal as a model of “Training Doctors to manage their feelings” (05/19/2016). In 2013, Dr. Sara co-edited the textbook “Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain” and with the leadership of Dr. Joanne Loewy, he has been instrumental in developing Music Therapy at his hospital.


Music, Neuroscience and Technology for Health and Well-Being

June 7th, 05:00 pm


    Dr. Rafael Ramirez is a Tenured Associate Professor and Leader of the Music and Machine Learning Lab at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He obtained his BSc in Mathematics form the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and his MSc in Artificial Intelligence and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bristol, UK. For five years, Rafael was a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Computing of the National University of Singapore. He is currently principal investigator in the H2020 Research and Innovation TELMI (Technology- Enhanced Learning of Music Instruments) project. His research interests include music technology, music thearpy, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and their application to cognition, creative processes, accessible and brain-computer Interfaces, and health and well- being. He has published more than 120 research articles in peer-reviewed international Journals and Conferences, and acted as guest-editor of several special issues focused on music  and artificial intelligence. He currently acts as chair and program committee member for several machine learning and music technology conferences.