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A father with dementia, a daughter living his dream, and the music that gave them freedom. Join leading scientists and musicians for a live virtual event and performance considering the power of music, improvisation and the resilient brain.

You're invited to join the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), and the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in a conversation and performance about music, creativity and neurological health.

During the program: 

  • Hear the story of a singer, her father and how music connected them in the midst of frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
  • Learn about exciting new research suggesting that lifestyle factors can slow the progression of brain disease and positively affect brain health
  • Explore the creation and reinterpretation of a song in different musical styles and how this is reflected in the brain 
  • Consider how improvisation in music, lifestyle and society enhance experiences and build resilience


Wednesday, November 18
9:30 – 11 AM PST, hosted via Zoom

RSVP by Monday, November 16 to receive the Zoom link

Presenters and Collaborators Include:

  • Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCSF MAC
  • Kimberly Cole, Singer & Songwriter
  • Jean-Yves Ducornet, Music Producer
  • Neus Falgàs, MD, PhD, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
  • Kristopher Grant, Technology and Applied Composition, SFCM
  • Lee Jones, MD, Associate Dean for Students, UCSF
  • Magda Kaczmarska, MFA, Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
  • Camellia Latta, MLA, Flutist & Alumni Relations Manager, GBHI
  • Charles Limb, MD, Chief of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, UCSF
  • Jacob Mendel, Filmmaker & Editor
  • Bruce Miller, MD, Co-Director, GBHI; Director, UCSF MAC
  • Molly Miller, PhD, Musician
  • Sammy Miller, MM, Musician
  • Samuel C. Nedel, Composer & Musician, SFCM
  • Mia Pixley, PhD, Cellist, SFCM
  • Jonathan Schor, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, UCSF
  • David Stull, MM, President, SFCM
  • Victor Valcour, MD, PhD, Executive Director, GBHI
  • Enrique Vargas, Medical Student, UCSF
  • Jonas Wright, Dean & Chief Academic Officer, SFCM

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