December 01, 2022

NAMI Ask the Expert: The Impact of Sound and Music

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, 4:00 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. PT)
Join us for our last Ask the Expert of the year featuring guest speaker, Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya, Professor and Head of Neuroscience in Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida (UCF).

Music has many therapeutic benefits and is often used as an intervention to help individuals improve communication, reduce stress and produce calm, meditative states, but it can also affect people in many other ways.

This webinar, Dr. Sugaya will take us on an exploration of sound and music and its impact on our brain functions. Discover how music therapy effectively address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

This session will be recorded and posted to our website several days after the webinar. All registrants for this webinar will automatically receive a link by email to view the recorded session once it is available. A typed transcription of the audio will also be available online within one week of the webinar.

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Kiminobu Sugaya HeadshotDr. Kiminobu Sugaya
Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya has been a Professor and Head of Neuroscience in Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida (UCF) since 2004. He is also the Chair of the Multidisciplinary Neuroscience Alliance of UCF, an Honorary Professor at INDICASAT, Panama, The University of United Arab Emirates, UAE and a visiting professor at Tohoku University, Japan. He moved from Japan to the U.S. as a post-doctoral fellow for Mayo Clinic in 1992 when he was a lecturer at the Science University of Tokyo. He was promoted to an associate consultant in 1994. Then he became an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997 and was promoted to an associate professor with tenure in 2002. He invented iPS cells in 2004, a year before the Japanese group filed their invention, using overexpression of embryonic stem cell gene, Nanog, from adult stem cells. He received the National Honor Plaque of Panama for exceptional contribution to neuroscience based on his study on stem cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. His research has been reported Washington Post, BBC, NBC, ABC, and other media worldwide. He has been teaching a special seminar, “Music and the Brain,” at Burnett Honors College, UCF with Dr. Ayako Yonetani since 2005, which is a very popular class.

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