Healing through Music - The state of the art of Music in Medicine


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17 October 2022

Research in recent decades shows how music has an impact on various medical specialities. The body of research is very broad and includes random clinical trials, mixed methods and mechanistic research in the field of neuroscience to examine psychosocial and physiological responses to specific musical programmes. The first lecture of Culture and Health 2022 - Healing through music will present a range of clinical applications for music (e.g. during labour and delivery to ease the pain of contractions, to help relaxation and to counter depression and anxiety). Literature has shown how different musical techniques can be used to advantage in various clinical settings. Save the date: today, Monday, 17 October 2022 at 6 pm in the Multipurpouse room, East Campus Lugano (Via La Santa, Lugano-Viganello).


Suzanne B. Hanser, professor of Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music Boston (USA)


Davide Robbiani, director of the IRB and professor at USI

Giuliano Bellorini, musician and musicologist, lecturer at USI and the “G. Verdi” Conservatory, Milan (I)



Suzanne B. Hanser 

Outgoing President of the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy. Her Individual National Research Service Award from the NIA established a research programme to develop and study the effects of music and music therapy on pain, anxiety, physiological changes, stress indicators and quality of life. She has carried out clinical studies on the impact of music-based protocols in obstetrics, oncology, haematology, geriatrics, cardiac rehabilitation and family medicine. 


Davide Robbiani  

He received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Bern in 2000 and a PhD in Immunology from Cornell University, New York, in 2005. He continued his academic career as a researcher at the Rockefeller University. Robbiani was appointed to head the Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB) in 2020, where he also heads the Laboratory of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and is a professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). 


Giuliano Bellorini  

Giuliano Bellorini studied music at the Milan Conservatory and literature at the Catholic University, also in Milan, then furthered his studies at the Chigiana Academy in Siena and at the Geneva Conservatory. He has taught at the Conservatories of Matera and Brescia and currently teaches at the 'G. Verdi' Conservatory in Milan. He is a harpsichord player, pianist, composer and musicologist and carries out research focussing on the relationship between the history of Italian literature and the history of music. He is the author of numerous essays.  


Music programme
Interzones for solo vibraphone and tape - Bruce Hamilton (1966*)
Performed by: Leonardo Tirindelli (vibraphone) and Danilo Gervasoni (live electronics)


Find the complete course programme here