The Scientific Committee consists of Dr. Joanne Loewy and Dr. Teppo Särkämö
Joanne is the director of the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her work in hospitals and clinics ranges from premature birth through end of life and her clinical areas of expertise vary among many populations, including musicians (performers, music therapists, educators) and their unique ailments such as chronic fatigue, chemical dependency, performance anxiety and overuse. She oversees the Louis Armstrong Department of Music Therapy that she built at Beth Israel in 1994.
Teppo is a psychologist and researcher at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki) and the Finnish Centre of Interdisciplinary Music Research (Universities of Helsinki and Jyväskylä). His work focuses on the neural mechanisms of music and speech perception (and their disorders, namely amusia and aphasia), neuroplasticity of auditory and cognitive functions, and the use of music-based interventions in various neurological illnesses (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury, and dementia).