Dr. Gavin Bidelman, a postdoctoral fellow, along with co-principal investigators Drs. Claude Alain and Sylvain Moreno, has been awarded the prestigious GRAMMY Foundation® grant valued at $17,250 U.S. The award will support a research project to investigate the potential benefits of music on speech processing in older adults.
The GRAMMY Foundation works in partnership with its founder The Recording Academy® to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education.
“We are thrilled to receive the grant from the GRAMMY Foundation,” said Dr. Bidelman, 27. “Music has a powerful impact on the nervous system and holds many rehabilitative qualities. We are particularly interested in how musical training might tune the brain and help counteract some of the negative declines in speech perception that commonly emerge later in life.”
Baycrest is at the forefront of an emerging field in music and health research. The centre is involved in several cutting-edge music research projects and is part of a new Music and Health Research Collaboratory with southern Ontario universities and GTA hospitals, to be based at the University of Toronto.
A quick snapshot of music and health research projects underway at Baycrest:
Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, practice advisor and senior music therapist, is leading a multi-phase research study with the Baycrest Community Day Centre for Seniors and the Baycrest Apotex Centre to measure the potential health benefits of being in a glee club. Dr. Clements-Cortes oversees the music therapy program at Baycrest where music is used as a therapeutic intervention for residents with dementia, complex physical and mental health issues and with palliative patients in the hospital and nursing home.
Baycrest is one of several research and academic institutes to receive GRAMMY Foundation grants this year (PDF).
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