Cleveland Clinic and The Cleveland Orchestra Collaborate to Explore the Music-Brain Connection

Friday, June 27, 2008 General News
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CLEVELAND, June 26 Cleveland Clinic and The ClevelandOrchestra will present a symposium called Music and the Brain Aug. 16 inSalzburg, Austria. The program will convene experts from Cleveland and aroundthe world to examine the intersection of music and neuroscience, the impact ofmusic on health, disease and the social implications of the music-brainconnection.

The international Music and the Brain Symposium is part of the SalzburgFestival, an annual five-week-long music and drama festival. It is the firstprogram of its kind to be held during the Salzburg Festival.

"Music has a universal impact on humans. It has a profound impact on humanhealth and wellness and is also used as a therapeutic tool for patients," saidAli R. Rezai, M.D., Director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for NeurologicalRestoration. "Music and the Brain crosses multiple disciplines and is anexciting and emerging field of study."

Music and the Brain will cover a variety of interrelated topics includingthe neurobiology of music (the unique way in which music and the braininteract), the impact of music on health and a sociological perspective of therole of the arts in neuroscience. The day-long symposium will consist ofpresentations and panel discussions, and will feature an internationallyrecognized group of experts representing the fields of music, neuroscience,health and wellness and philosophy.

Franz Welser-Most, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra, said, "It ismy pleasure to introduce, for the first time in Salzburg, a meeting combiningmusic and science to focus on the fact that we are on the verge of a decade ofimportant research about how music affects the brain and the medical, musical,social and philosophical implications of that research. We are learning moreand more that music is not only an emotional, artistic outlet, but it may alsohave specific positive effects on health and healing."

The program is part of the Cleveland Orchestra's Salzburg FestivalResidency. Music and the Brain is the result of a new collaboration betweenThe Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute. Musicand the Brain evolved from a discussion between Welser-Most and Dr. Rezaiabout their shared interest in how music affects both the brain and overallhealth. The conversation paved the way for the international symposium aboutthe future of this dynamic field.

The symposium will take place at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.Agenda and registration information can be found , or by calling 216-448-0770. Reservations arerecommended.

About Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute

The Neurological Institute is one of 26 institutes at Cleveland Clinicthat group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative,patient-centered care. The institute is a leader in treating the most complexneurological disorders, advancing innovations such as deep brain stimulation,epilepsy surgery, stereotactic spine radiosurgery and blood-brain barrierdisruption. Annually, our staff of more than 150 specialists serves 140,000patients and performs 6,000 surgeries. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofitmultispecialty academic medical center, consistently ranked among the tophospitals in America by U.S News & World Report. Founded in 1921, it isdedicated to providing quality specialized care and includes an outpatientclinic, a hospital with more than 1,000 staffed beds, an education instituteand a research institute.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profitmultispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospitalcare with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by fourrenowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care basedupon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S.

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