WSU Hosts Music and Medicine Conference

OGDEN, Utah – The Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine (ISQRMM) will hold its inaugural conference June 3 at 7:30 a.m. at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Building.

Mark Tramo, the founder of the world’s first “Music and the Brain” course at Harvard College and the director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science, will kick off the conference. 

The presenters and participants at the conference are the world’s leading scholars and academics in the field of music and medicine. According to WSU assistant music professor David Akombo, who also is the conference chair, the scholars will examine the beneficial effects of using music to treat patients and the favorable outcomes it has on mental and physical health. They also will discuss the overall benefits of music in school-age populations and in the everyday lives of adults.

A pre-conference session “Healing at the Speed of Sound” featuring Don Cambell, a well-known authority on “The Mozart Effect®,” and Alex Doman, the CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, will be held June 2 in the Shepherd Union Building at 9 a.m. They will present their new book by the same title, which examines the history, research and application of music in health care.

The conference will conclude with a concert by the WSU Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. June 3 in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The orchestra will be performing the repertoire from its concert tour in Taiwan.

The conference is open to the public. The cost to attend is $110. Utah residents and non-WSU students may attend for $5. The conference is free to anyone with a Wildcat I.D.

For more information and to register, visit This event is sponsored by Advanced Brain Technologies, Intermountain Healthcare, Lumenis, Remo Inc., Weber State University, Wenger Corporation and WSU’s Multicultural Student Center.

The ISQRMM is a society of scholars and researchers pursuing studies on the effects of music on the health of the human mind, body and soul. The interdisciplinary conference is devoted to the dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music and medicine.

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David Akombo, assistant music professor and conference chair
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Colette M. Williamson, office of Media Relations
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