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Sydney Ideas - Music on your mind


Thursday 20 June from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Currently there’s no cure for dementia, which is estimated to affect nearly half a million Australians and this is expected to double over 30 years.

So a key question is prevention and there is potential we have an effective, and enjoyable, way to do just that.

Clinical neuropsychologist Sharon Naismith and music scholar Neal Peres Da Costa uncover the question: can music participation help to prevent dementia?

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  • Professor Sharon Naismith is a practicing clinical neuropsychologist, NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. She also Heads the Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, a one-of-its-kind early intervention research clinic for dementia. Sharon is also a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

  • Professor Neal Peres Da Costa is a world-renowned performing scholar, researcher and educator. He has held academic posts at the University of NSW, University of Leeds, Trinity College of Music (London), and Royal Academy of Music (London). He is Professor of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he founded the Historical Performance division in 2007, and was the division's chair for eight years. Currently, he is Associate Dean (Research).