The International Association for Music and Medicine Conference 2022 in Athens, Greece!

The International Association for Music and Medicine

The International Association for Music & Medicine is a registered non-profit organisation formed in 2009 to encourage and support the use of music in medical contexts including research into the benefits of music, and its specialised applications in healthcare.


 ΙAMM is excited to announce our next interdisciplinary conference on music and medicine from May 26-29, 2022 in Athens, Greece! 

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate maximum international participation, you can opt to attend the conference virtually or in-person.

Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, offering centuries-old history to be explored and enjoyed. According to Plato, one of the first schools of music education was founded by the people of Crete followed by the musical schools of Athens, where students were taught to sing and play the lyre. We sincerely hope you will join us in this magical and historical city for our conference in-person or virtually.

Save the date! 

Contacts – 7th International Conference

Vera Brandes, IAMM Conference Chair

Vice President of IAMM, president of I.M.A.R.A.A. (International Music and Arts Research
Association Austria) and Director Emeritus of the Research Program for Music-Medicine at
Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria.

Vera Brandes, former record producer and founder of multiple record labels, was one of the co-founders of the Science Network Man and Music at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and former lecturer on culture & media at the University for Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria. Vera is CSO of SANOSON in Vienna, Austria and developed I-MAT© (Individualized Music-focussed Audio Therapies) for the treatment of psychosomatic disorders (US patent).

Athanasios Dritsas MD, FESC, President, Organizing & Scientific Committees

Cardiologist, Deputy Director of the Cardiology Section at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece.

Along with medicine, he studied music and today is a recognized composer, writer and pianist in Greece and Europe. In the European medical area, he is considered as a pioneering physician in the clinical application of music medicine & music therapy in the treatment of cardiac patients. He is the author of the recent (2018) book “Music as Medicine: a biological approach to music medicine interventions”. In 2019 he was honored by the Scientific Academy of Athens, Greece for his scientific work on the contribution of music medicine-music therapy to the care of cardiac patients.

IAMM is closely coordinating with authorities in Greece to ensure the safety and health of in-person conference attendees in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we also understand that not all participants would be able to or feel comfortable traveling internationally in 2022. If traveling to Athens is not feasible for you, we invite you to join the conference virtually from anywhere in the world. 

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In the meantime, we hope you can explore our online offerings which are part of IAMM2021. 

Learn more about these events here.

IAMM With You: In Conversation 

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Join us for this series of live-streamed interviews with professionals around the world who work and play at the intersection of music and medicine/health, meeting approximately twice per month.

Leading scholars, researchers, educators, therapists, musicians, practitioners, and other visionaries offer their expertise in various specialties through an online interview or concert/presentation and open discussion. In the first 30 minutes, they present their current work, its development, and perspectives on the future of music and medicine/health, then respond to questions and comments for another 30 minutes. Immediately following the Q&A, students will be invited to meet together for an additional 30 minutes to continue the discussion with a student moderator.

These experts will also provide reading lists, playlists, websites, or audio/video files for future reference and investigation. The series is being developed with IAMM student members in mind, as well as colleagues who love to learn. Learn more here.

IAMM Global Café

IAMM Global Café (IGC) is a virtual networking event for IAMM members across the world. These Cafés will meet every other month, starting on 16/17 February, 2021, hosted by members of IAMM’s Committee on Global Reporting.

Global Café - South Asia

The next IGC focuses on the possible intersection of music and medicine/health in South Asia. Purvaa Sampath will host a panel of practitioners actively engaged in music and medicine/health in different South Asian countries. Participants will have the opportunity to converse with the co-hosts, as well as each other.

This event is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, June 2nd at 10am Eastern Daylight Time. All IAMM members will receive a recording of this event. Find your local time here. This event is scheduled to last one hour.

All IAMM members are welcome to attend these Global Cafés. Please join with a cup of coffee, tea, or your choice of libation, and enjoy the conversation!  

IAMM Global Café – Africa Spotlight is hosted by Purvaa Sampath, Member, of IAMM’s Global Reporting Committee. Learn more here.

Previous Global Cafés

Global Café - AfricaThe next IGC focuses on the possible intersection of music and medicine/health in Africa. Nsamu Moonga will host a panel of practitioners actively engaged in music and medicine/health in different African countries. Participants will have the opportunity to converse with the co-hosts, as well as each other.

IAMM Global Café – Africa Spotlight is hosted by Nsamu Moonga.

Member, Global Reporting Committee, IAMM. Learn more here.

1The first IGC spotlighted members from East Asia, and engages co-hosts who are actively engaged in music and medicine in different East Asian countries. This event was hosted by Jing-Wen Zhang, PhD Candidate, MS, MT-BC and co-hosted by:

  • Jin-Hyung Lee, PhD, MT-BC, KCMT 
  • Rongrong Wang, PhD, MD
  • Yun Wen, MA, Registered Music Therapist
  • Rieko Eguchi, MA, MT-BC, CCLS 

Learn more here.