The Core Group comprises Olav Skille and Dr.med. Ralph Spintge in addition to the Executive Board.
Olav, a Norwegian educator and music therapist, has pioneered vibroacoustic therapy research and continues his earlier seminal work as part of the VIBRAC centre’s core group. Even though VAT was developed already 30 years ago, many have re-invented and re-designed his earlier models, showing that his earlier investigations into low-frequency vibrations have been important in the development of integrative medicine and music in medicine.
He has presented his work in both national and international settings, helping to spread the word on the uses and efficacy of VAT. He is the founder and president of the International Society for VibroAcoustics (ISVA) and a member of the scientific committee of the International Society for Music in Medicine (ISMM). His earlier research has included the development of the Skille Musicality Function Test (SMUFT), also called the Musical Behaviour Scale (MUBS), and in investigations into applications thereof in paediatric neurological rehabilitation in addition to his work as a Special Education teacher.
Dr.med. Ralph Spintge
Ralph is the director of the Regional Pain Centre DGS at Sportklinik Hellersen; Luedenscheid Germany. Board Certified for Anesthesiology, Painmedicine and Occupational Health, Lifetime Professor for MusicMedicine and lecturer within the Music Therapy Master Course at the Institute for Music Therapy at the University of Music and Drama, Hamburg; former Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Music Research, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Music and Medicine IAMM publications.
Beginning in 1977 Spintge conducted a series of psychophysiological studies about the anxioalgolytic effects of music in Surgery, Anaesthesia, PainTherapy, Obstetrics, and Dentistry at various institutions such as the University of Hirosaki, Japan, University of Vienna, Austria, Erasmus University Rotterdam,The Netherlands, New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music Sydney, Australia, and several German university hospitals. He was co-investigator within a 10-year research programme on "Rhythmicity, Heart Rate Vatriability and Cardiorespiratory Variability: The Neurovegetative Status in Man” in co-operation with the German Max-Planck-Society, based on a grant from Sporthilfe e.V..
His current research is focuses on the impact of medicofunctional music on Heart Rate Variability in chronic pain. Spintge’s publications comprise numerous articles and 22 books about innovations in anaesthesia and pain medicine, as well as applications of medicofunctional music. He is a founding member (1982) and currently President of the International Society for Music in Medicine (ISMM), honorary member of The International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM), member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the German Society for Medical Psychology, and an Honorary Member of the Music Therapy Association of Catalonia/Spain.