Webinar: Alternative Parkinson’s Therapies—Music & Dance


This presentation focuses on what music therapy is, and how it can help improve speech production, motor movements such as upper arm/hand movement and gait, as well as what role it plays in improving mood, and decreasing stress. It will also highlight some of the newest research in the field as well as a fun interactive musical activity.

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Jessica Nielsen

MTA, MT-BC, MMT, BMus, RP (qualifying), ECE
Music Therapist - Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund
Music Therapy Centre

Jessica uses a client-centred, music-centred approach in working with clients. She has experience working with people of all ages experiencing mental health challenges as well as working with people requiring dementia care, palliative care and grief care.

Jessica is the music therapist for the Stroke and Parkinson's group at the Music Therapy Centre.

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Dr. Joseph DeSouza

Dr. DeSouza is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology & Graduate programs in Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies and Neuroscience Graduate Diploma Program at York University’s Centre for Vision Research.

He received his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Western Ontario in 2001, which was followed by postdoctoral training at the Robarts Research Institute and the Centre for Vision Research. Since 2006, his lab (www.joeLAB.com) focuses on how multisensory signals are attended and/or suppressed depending on the appropriate behavioural context and how the next decision is chosen through improvised or trained motor movements (eye, hand, body and/or dance).

His lab's translational research with people with Parkinson's Disease, people with depression and chronic pain and Problem Gamblers aims to show how and where in brain networks change as a function of neurorehabilitation.

His lifelong pursuit will be to ease the burden of disease and to find neuroimaging biomarkers through computational modelling.

This Parkinson Education Event is sponsored by:

Event Details
Date : August 14, 2018
Time : 12:00 noon EST
Registration Link : Register Here
Contact Name : Grace Ferrari
Contact Telephone : 416-227-9700 ext. 3320; toll free 1-800-565-3000 ext. 3320
Location :

This is a virtual event. Register above. Contact Discovery Campus for the technical requirements to view the webinar.

The webinar will be available for viewing after the original presentation. Check back here for more details.