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    NEW Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group


    The mission of the Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group is to build awareness around the interface of music and the arts with neurorehabilitation, and establish opportunities for collaboration in cutting-edge research. The group will be an interdisciplinary forum for clinicians, researchers and artists to share their experiences, ideas and common goals of helping patients as they recover from neurological injury or illness.

    The unique aspect of arts on healing makes the arts and neuroscience a broadly relevant topic across many diagnoses. We look forward to exploring shared interests and connections with other rehabilitation professionals and artists.


    2018 Call for Proposals

    Call for Proposals in Arts & Neuroscience

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.

    See Guidelines & Submit >>


    Music & Movement Symposium with Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn

    The newly formed Arts & Neuroscience Group presented a special symposium at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago, called Music, Movement and the Mind in Rehabilitation. Featuring Pamela Quinn, a professional dancer  and movement therapist who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 20 years ago and musician, Ben Folds, the symposium is a multidisciplinary demonstration and lecture showcasing emerging studies and data on music and rhythm on healing.

    Ron Hirschberg, Chair and Brian Harris, Chair-Elect of the Arts & Neuroscience Group, explain the neuroscience of why music can aide recovery and how it can be used in rehabilitation.


    2016 ACRM Symposium featuring (left to right) Brian Harris, Ron Hirschberg, Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn (not pictured)

    Click to View 2016 ACRM Special Symposium, Music, Movement and the Mind, featuring (left to right) Brian Harris, Ron Hirschberg, Ben Folds & Pamela Quinn (not pictured)



    Photo courtesy of Dr. Ron Hirschberg




    Ron Hirschberg


    CHAIR: Ron Hirschberg, MD
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
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    Brian Harris


    CHAIR-ELECT: Brian Harris, Ma Mt-BC NMT
    Neurologic Music Therapist
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    CEO, MedRhythms, Inc.
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    Danielle Porter


    SECRETARY: Danielle Porter, MM, MT-BC, NMT
    Neurologic Music Therapist
    Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
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    Erin Wegener


    Music Therapist
    Spectrum Health NeuroRehab Services

    Allison O'Mara


    Postdoctoral Fellow, Rehabilitation & Clinical Neuropsychology
    University of Michigan Health System
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    Lise Worthen-ChaudhariRESEARCH COORDINATOR: Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, CCRC
    Associate Director, Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory
    Research Scientist, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Ohio State University Medical Center
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    • To establish best clinical practices in delivery of neurologic music therapy (NMT)
    • To promotion and support the field of NMT and other therapeutic advances in arts
    • To grow research development in the neuroscience and music, rhythm and motion
    • To explore all areas in the arts, including dance