In a Musical State of Mind… Café Scientifique on brain, music and cognition



How do we perceive melody? Can music influence the development of newborn babies? What role does musical therapy play in today's clinical practice?

What? This summer, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) are happy to present a "musical" Café Scientifique that will explore the relationship between the brain and music.

Who? Are you a scientist, a musician, or simply curious about the subject? Come join us to learn and talk with our brightest researchers and health professionals in this field:

Christelle Jacquet - Music Therapist, Palliative Care Program at the Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC

Dr Caroline Palmer, Ph.D - Canada Research Chair, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Performance Professor, Dept. of Psychology and associate member of the Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Dr Robert J. Zatorre, Ph.D - Director of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Montreal Neurological Institute, MUHC and Co-Director of BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research). Killam Scholar. James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Isabelle Peretz, Ph,D - Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Music and Co-Director of BRAMS. Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Université de Montréal

How? The event will kick off with short presentations from our guests, followed by an interactive question and answer period in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere.

The Blue Monkey Project, the MNI's resident jazz ensemble, will then enliven the evening while the discussion is continued over drinks and-of course-some music!

Where and When?
This event will take place on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at 0 Patro Vys, 356 Mont-Royal East

Free admission - Bilingual event

The McGill University Health Centre
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

About Montreal Neurological Institute
October 2009 marks the 75th anniversary of the MNI. The MNI is a McGill University research and teaching institute, dedicated to the study of the nervous system and neurological diseases. Founded in 1934 by the renowned Dr. Wilder Penfield, the MNI is one of the world's largest institutes of its kind. MNI researchers are world leaders in cellular and molecular neuroscience, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and the study and treatment of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. The MNI, with its clinical partner, the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH), part of the McGill University Health Centre, continues to integrate research, patient care and training, and is recognized as one of the premier neuroscience centres in the world. At the MNI, we believe in investing in the faculty, staff and students who conduct outstanding research, provide advanced, compassionate care of patients and who pave the way for the next generation of medical advances. Highly talented, motivated people are the engine that drives research - the key to progress in medical care. A new building, the North Wing Expansion, is currently under construction and will house state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities. Once the construction is completed and the new building is fully equipped, the scientific community focused on brain imaging research at the MNI will be without equivalent anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit

About McGill University
McGill, Canada's leading university has two campuses, 11 faculties, 10 professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 33,000 students. Since 2000, more than 800 professors have been recruited to McGill to share their energy, ideas and cutting-edge research. McGill attracts students from more than 160 countries around the world. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English - including 6,000 francophones - with more than 6,200 international students making up almost 20 per cent of the student body.

Contact Information

Anita Kar
Communications Coordinator, Montreal Neurological Institute
anita.kar [at]
Office Phone: 
(514) 398-3376