2019 Ostwald Symposium

Creativity and Neuroscience

Keynote presentation:
Neural Substrates of Musical Creativity

Charles Limb, MD
Francis A. Sooy Professor
Chief, Division of Olotogy, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center
Departments of Olotaryngology and Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco


About the keynote speaker:
Charles Limb, MD, is a surgeon, neuroscientist, and musician at the University of California, San Francisco  who has carried out research on the neural basis of musical creativity and the impact of cochlear implants on music perception in hearing impaired individuals. As an otologic surgeon and otolaryngologist, he specializes in treatment of ear disorders.

In his research, he has focused on imaging the brains of jazz artists as they improvise in the fMRI. He has worked under the assumption that improvisation is important to creativity more generally, and creativity is vital to basic problem-solving, evolution, and survival.


Additional presentation:
Peter Ostwald's Contribution to the History of Medicine

Vincent Barras, MD
Professor of the History of Medicine and Sciences
Director, Institute for the Humanities in Science
Lausanne University Hospital/University of Lausanne


Additional presentation:
Peter Ostwald's Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap Into History

Daniel Fornerod
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
Swiss Medical Association/World Association of Psychiatrists

Research Associate, Institute for the Humanities in Science
Lausanne University Hospital/University of Lausanne


About the lecture series:
The Peter F. Ostwald, MD, and Lise Dechamps Ostward Lecture Series began in 1999 to honor the late Professor Peter F. Ostwald, MD, who served as a faculty member in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry for four decades. The lecture series is focused on exploring the relationship between artistic creativity and the human brain, particularly music and its connection with behavioral health.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12:30pm to 5:00pm

Cole Hall Auditorium
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California 94143

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