Current Research Projects 2019/2020

Bold = MaHRC Lead Investigator
* = Collaborative Unit
[MS] = Master’s Student
[DS] = Doctoral Student
[PF] = Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Yuko Koshimori, PhD, [PF]; *Antonio Strafella, MD; *Sylvain Houle, MD

*Neuroimaging Division, Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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

Corene Hurt-Thaut, PhD; *Sidney Kennedy, PhD; *Sakina Rizvi, PhD; *Susan Rotzinger, PhD; Anna Karpazis, MA, [DS]

*Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND)

3. Neural Basis of Musical Memory Formation in Alzheimer’s Disease 

Veronica Vuong, MA; Michael Thaut, PhD; *Corinne Fischer, MD; *Luis Fornazzari, MD; *Tom Schweizer, PhD; *Nathan Churchill, PhD

*Keenan Research Center for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital

4. Music Modulates Muscle Activity and Bruxism in Temporomandibular Disorder

Veronica Vuong, MA; *Iacopo Cioffi, DDS, PhD

*Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

5. Modulating Functional Connectivity of the Cerebellum in Musician Dystonia

Michael Thaut, PhD; *Robert Chen, MD

*Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto Western Hospital

6. Prevalence of BDNF Polymorphism in Musicians

Tara Henechowicz, MA, [DS]; *Liz Li, PhD

*Centre for Applied Genomics, Sick Kids Hospital

7. Influencing Oral-Nasal Balance in Speech and Song in Typical and Hypernasal Speakers

Charlene Santoni, MMUS, [DS]; **Tim Bressmann, PhD; *Lorna MacDonald, MM

*Department of Voice Pedagogy, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
**Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto

8. Therapeutic Instrumental Music Playing in Upper Extremity Stroke Rehabilitation

Catherine Haire MA, [DS], *Luc Tremblay, PhD; **Kara Patterson, PhD; *Joyce Chen, PhD; Shannon Duane, MA; Veronica Vuong, MA; Nicole Richard, MA, [DS]; Bing Li, MM, [DS]; Louise Ho, MA

*Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
**Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

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

Kyu Rim Kang, MM, [DS]; *Tom Chau, PhD; Chantelle Whiteside, MA, [DS]

*Holland Bloorview Kids Hospital

10. Auditory Perception Training in Cochlear Implant Carriers

Anna Karpazis, MM, [DS]; *Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD; *Emily Graber, PhD Nicole Richard, MA, [DS]; Stephanie Lavigne MA, [DS]; Chantelle Whiteside, MA, [DS]; Louise Ho, MA

*Cochlear Implant Research Program, Sunnybrook Hospital

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

Anna Karpazis, MM, [DS]; *Luc Tremblay, PhD; Tristan Loria, PhD, [PF]

*Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

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

Kyu Rim Kang, MM, [DS]; Stephanie Lavigne, MA, [DS]; *Yune Lee, PhD;

*Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Ohio State University

Participate in this study (view flyer)

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

Corene Hurt-Thaut, PhD; *Pascal van Lieshout, PhD; Chantelle Whiteside, MA, [DS]; Nicole Richard, MA, [DS]

*Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto             

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

Michael Thaut, PhD; *Isabelle Buard, PhD; *Benzi Kluger, MD

*Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado

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

*Michael Thaut, PhD; *Aiyun Huang, DMA; *Eliot Britton, PhD; Tristan Loria, PhD, [PF]

*Centre for the Study of Brain, Performance, and Creation in Music, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

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

*Daphne Tan, PhD; Michael Thaut, PhD

*Department of Theory, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

17. Absolute Pitch Perception and Production Across Aging and as a Potential Biomarker for Early Cognitive Dysfunction

Veronica Vuong, MA; Michael Thaut, PhD; Kimberly Albanowski, BA, BS, [MS]; *Vivek Sharma, PhD

*Sick Kids Hospital

18. Measuring Motor Responses to Rhythmic Stimuli During Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery in Parkinson’s Disease

Michael Thaut, PhD; Veronica Vuong, MA; Vivek Sharma, PhD; *Utpal Saha, BEng; *Robert Chen, MD

*Krembil Neuroscience Centre, Toronto Western Hospital

19. Relationship Between Cognitive and Motor Recovery at 2- and 12-Months Post-Injury in Traumatic Brain Injury

Veronica Vuong, MA; Michael Thaut, PhD; *Kara Patterson, PhD; *Conor Sheridan, MSc; Lauren Cole, MA, [MS], Tara Henechowicz, MA, [DS]

*Toronto Rehabilitation Institute