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Music and Health Research Institute

An innovative and impactful research institute at the intersection of music, health sciences, social sciences, engineering and medicine.

About the Institute

Music is the foundation of the Music and Health Research Institute– it is the raison d’être. Music –be it learning, performing, creating, or listening– is universal across societies, generating profound and meaningful experiences throughout the lives of many.

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News from the Institute

Events at the Institute

Winter 2024
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Winter 2024

Speaker Series

This series of seminars is hosted by professionals with expertise relevant to our work at the Institute.
Winter 2024
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Winter 2024

Student Events

Student events give students a chance to present their research to fellow institute members, as well as learn from workshops and webinars.
Spring 2024
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Spring 2024

MHRI Conference

May 21 to 24, 2024
Music, health, and the community: Catalyzing research on community-based music programs for health and well-being.
Winter 2023
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Winter 2023

Partnership Spotlight Series

Highlights some of the MRHI collaborations with our partners.
May 11, 2024
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May 11, 2024

Musique et mieux-être

Science-Moi! activity during the 91st Annual ACFAS Conference.
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Summary of the Inaugural Conference of the MHRI

This comprehensive report summarizes the the MHRI inaugural conference held in May, 2023. It contains presentation abstracts as well as an overview of other conference activities including concerts, somatic workshops, partner fair and poster presentations.
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The Institute supports fundamental, applied and clinical research to explore how music can improve health and well-being for individuals and communities.

Research framework

Research axis

Specific research areas

Research initiatives

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Training and mentoring

The Institute plays a key role in training the next generation of professionals and leaders. The education students receive at the institute provides them with the skills needed to solve a variety of challenges at the intersection of music, health and well-being.

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Founding partners

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Sylvain Charbonneau

“The multidisciplinary research carried out at the MHRI embodies innovation in action and will make a unique contribution to improving the health and well-being of Canadians.”

Sylvain Charbonneau

— Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Contact us

Music and Health Research Institute

University of Ottawa
50 University Private
Perez Hall, Room 204
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5800 ext.2704
[email protected]

Administrative team

Gilles Comeau

Associate Director
Anna Zumbansen

Education and Outreach Coordinator
Nicole Stanson

Research Associate
Mikael Swirp

Administrative Assistant
Yuanyuan Lu