CASC/ACSS Conference 2018

Key Note Speakers:



Cellular to Spiritual – Where is the Medicine in the Arts?

Dr. Lee Bartel  PhD. Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto

Dr Lee Bartel

Lee Bartel served as Faculty of Music Associate Dean of Research from 2011 – 2015,  and was the Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC). He is a Member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, Cross-appointed to Institute for Life Course and Aging, as well as the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science.  He serves on the Board and as Co-Chair of the Research and Education Committee for Artists’ Health Alliance and on the Board of Room217 Foundation devoted to music care in long-term care contexts.

With extensive early experience as a music teacher at all levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, and violinist, he has a broad interest ranging through music therapy, music medicine, music neuroscience, and artists’ health. His primary research interest is Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation with studies underway for Cardiac Rehab at Toronto Rehab, Fibromyalgia and Ehlors Danlos Syndrome at Mount Sinai Hospital; Alzheimer’s at Baycrest; and Major Depressive Disorder at UHN.

 Click here to watch Dr. Bartel’s TEDx talk on “Music Medicine:  Sound at a cellular level”




“Art Body and Mind” The enhancing of cognitive and behavioural functions through Art. – Dr. Luis Fornazzari

Behavioural Neurologist


Luis Fornazzari MD FRCPC, is a Behavioural Neurologist (Neuropsychiatry ), a graduate from de University of Chile, and a Consultant Behavioural Neurology on the Memory Disorder Clinic, and the Geriatric Mental Health Outpatient Program at St Michael Hospital. He is member of both the Division of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His clinical work is dedicated to Neurodegenerative Diseases affecting the Central Nervous System, particularly Dementia. The last twenty years , he has being studying artists from a neurological point of view, the way they create their work, and how the artist’s neural networks is preserved in Diseases of the Brain. His work has being published in Neurological Journals in Canada, North America, Europe, and Latin America. He presents his work frequently in these three Continents.