Past Events

MaHRC Colloquium Series (Fall)
“Cognitive Enhancing Treatments and Dementia: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going” Dr. Corinne Fischer, MD

Guest Lecturer | Dr. Corinne Fischer, MD | St. Michael’s Hospital |
Date | November 24, 2020
Time | 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Location |  Online, free. Register for the event here.

Prior to the colloquium, registered attendees will receive access to the Zoom lecture via an e-mail from Eventbrite.

Dr. Fischer is a staff psychiatrist with the Mental Health Service at St. Michael’s Hospital and director of Geriatric Psychiatry at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an associate scientist and co-director of Neurodegenerative Research, Division of Neuroscience Research, at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Research, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She has an academic appointment as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and is a member of the Institute of Medical Science where she supervises graduate students, research fellows, residents and medical students. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and immediate past academic co-chair of the Neuropsychiatric Symptom Professional Interest Area ISTAART in addition to being a member of several national/international organizations including CAGP, AAGP, IPA and ISTAART.  Dr. Fischer’s main clinical and research focus centres around neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease and their clinical, imaging and pathological correlates. She also has an interest in understanding the mechanisms of cognitive reserve, specifically as it relates to music and bilingualism.  She directs the St. Michael’s Hospital Memory Clinic and is a member of the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance as well as the Behavioural Neurology Section at the University of Toronto. She is a principal investigator for a number of peer-reviewed and industry sponsored grants, including a multi-centred study of photobiomodulation therapy in moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.  She is also a site PI for several large multi-centred grants funded by Brain Canada, the Ontario Brain Institute and the Weston Foundation and has authored approximately 100 peer-reviewed publications.  

“Remember the Music”: Alzheimer’s Research Benefit Concert

Featuring | Laura Fernandez of Jazz FM | Tranzitionz Jazz | U of T Jazz Orchestra | The Jazz Project | Ilana Waldston | Sam Broverman |
Date | Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time | 5:00 PM
Tickets | Caregivers: Free | Students: $15 | General Admission: $25 | Purchase tickets here |

*This event will be live streamed.

Please come out and join us to Remember the Music, a warm and wonderful benefit concert in support of research around music and Alzheimer’s. The show will be emceed by Laura Fernandez from 91.1 Jazz FM. TranzitionzJazz will perform remembered music from their album, In Transition. There will be a lot of remembered songs to sing along to, so we hope you bring along your singing voices and your loved ones to share in this heart-warming occasion. If you’re not able to attend the concert but you’d still like to support the cause, we encourage you to purchase a ticket or two, which will be put into a pool of special tickets for Caregivers to attend – for free.  

Ticket revenue will go towards assisting important work of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. The event is raising $20,000 for ground-breaking research being undertaken by U of T Faculty of Music and St. Michael’s Hospital.

MaHRC Colloquium Series (Fall):
Abstraction as a Fundamental Psychological Process in Musical Behaviour” Mark Schmuckler, PhD

Guest Lecturer | Mark Schmuckler, PhD | Dept of Psychology, U of T Scarborough |
Date | Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time | 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Location |  Edward Johnson Building | Room 217 | 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON |

Mark Schmuckler received his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Binghamton, earning degrees in music and psychology, and his graduate training at Cornell University, where he studied with Carol Krumhansl, working on musical tonality, and with Eleanor Gibson, doing research in perceptual and perceptual-motor development. After a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia, Dr. Schmuckler began as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His work focuses on the psychological processes underlying the apprehension of pitch structure in music, exploring formal models of pitch structure, the inter-relation between pitch structure and other musical dimensions, and the impact of pitch structure on musical processing and performance. Professor Schmuckler has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Music Perception, and is currently the Editor-in Chief for Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain. Professor Schmuckler is also currently serving as the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate, at UTSC, although this term (gloriously) ends on July 1, 2020

MaHRC Colloquium Series (Winter):
“New Frontiers in Neurologic Music Therapy: Towards Integration of Neuroimaging, Mobile Technology, and Music” Yune S. Lee, PhD

Guest Lecturer | Yune S. Lee, PhD | Dept of Speech and Hearing Science | Ohio State University |
Date | Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time | 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Location | Edward Johnson Building | Room 215 | 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON |

Yune S. Lee received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an assistant professor at the Ohio State University, jointly affiliated with Department of Speech and Hearing Science and Chronic Brain Injury Program. Dr. Lee conducts several funded research programs that aims to develop music-based intervention programs for context of communication disorders. 

Past events