Current Projects 2019/20 (2.0)

DS = Doctoral Student

1. Neurochemical Mechanisms underlying Rhythmic Auditory-Motor Entrainment: Dopaminergic Responses in Healthy Young, Elderly, and Persons with Parkinson’s Disease

Lead: Yuko Koshimori PhD

Collaborator Unit: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH/Neuroimaging Division

(Strafella, Houle)

2a. Music-Based Intervention for Executive and Attention Training in Major Depressive Disorder
2b. Can Musical Pleasure Responses Detect Early Anhedonia Onset as Suicidal Risk Indicator

Lead: Corene Hurt Thaut PhD
Student Assistant: Anna Karpazis MA/DS
Collaborator Unit: Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression CANBIND
(Kennedy, Rizvi, Rotzinger)

3. Neural Basis of Musical Memory Formation in Alzheimers Disease 

Co-Lead: Veronica Vuong MA, Michael Thaut PhD
Collaborator Unit: St. Michael’s Hospital/Keenan Research Center for Biomedical Science
(Fischer, Schweizer, Fornazzari, Churchill)

4. Music Modulates Muscle Activity and Bruxism in Temporomandibular Disorder

Lead: Veronica Vuong MA
Collaborator Unit: UofT Faculty of Dentistry
(Cioffi)

5. Modulating Functional Connectivity of the Cerebellum in Musician Dystonia

Lead: Michael Thaut PhD
Collaborator Unit: Toronto Western Hospital/Krembil Neuroscience Centre
(R. Chen)

6. Prevalence of BDNF Polymorphism in Musician

Lead: Tara Henechowicz MA/DS
Collaborator Unit: Centre for Applied Genomics/Sick Kids Hospital
(Li)

7. Vocal Interventions for Voice Disorders

Lead: Charlene Santoni MMUS/DS
Collaborator Unit: UofT Dept. of Speech/Language Pathology
(Bressmann); Faculty of Music/Department of Voice
(MacDonald)

8. Therapeutic Instrumental Music Playing in Upper Extremity Stroke Rehabilitation

Lead: Catherine Haire MA/ DS
Co-Lead: Shannon Duane MA, Veronica Vuong MA
Student Assistant:  Nicole Richard MA/DS, Bing Li MM/DS, Louise Ho MA
Collaborator Unit: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
(Patterson);
U of T Kinesiology
(Tremblay, J. Chen)

9. EEG-Based Brain Synchronization in Children with Neurodevelopmental Delays, Parent, and Therapist Triads

Lead: Kyu Rim Kang MM/DS
Student Assistant: Chantelle Whitehouse MM/DS
Collaborator Unit: Holland Bloorview Kids Hospital
(Chau)

10. Auditory Perception Training in Cochlear Implant Carriers

Lead: Anna Karpazis MM/DS
Co-Lead: Nicole Richard MA/DS, Stephanie Lavigne MA/DS, Chantelle Whitehouse MM/DS, Louise Ho MA
Collaborator Unit: Sunnybrook Hospital Cochlear Implant Research Program

11. Multisensory Time Cuing of Sequential Reaching Movements at Different Amplitudes.

Lead: Anna Karpazis MM/DS
Collaborator Unit: UofT Dept. of Kinesiology
(Tremblay)

12. Rhythmic Priming of Speech Comprehension in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease

Co-Lead: Kyu Rim Kang MM/DS, Stephanie Lavigne MA/DS
Collaborator Unit: Ohio State University, Dept. of Speech and Hearing Science
(Lee)

13. Rhythmic Cuing of Oral Dynamics for Speech intelligibility in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease

Lead: Corene Hurt Thaut PhD
Student Assistant: Chantelle Whitehouse MM/DS, Nicole Richard MA/DS
Collaborator Unit: UofT Dept. of Speech/Language Pathology

14. Therapeutic Instrumental Music Playing Enhances Auditory-Motor Brain Network Connectivity: MEG

Lead: Michael Thaut PhD
Collaborator Unit: University of Colorado Medical School, Dept. of Neurology (Buard)

15. Kinematic Optimization Strategies in Music Performance Training and Motor Recovery

Lead: Michael Thaut PhD, Aiyun Huang DMA, Eliot Britton PhD, Tristan Loria PhD
Collaborator Unit: Faculty of Music/Centre for the Study of Brain, Performance, and Creation in Music

16. Neural Basis of Pre-Dominant Priming in Musical Cadence Perception

Co-Lead: Daphne Tan PhD, Michael Thaut PhD
Collaborator Unit: Faculty of Music/Department of Theory