Erasmus Mundus Network celebrating BRAMS anniversary

Friday 30 Oct 15


Sébastien Santurette
Affiliated Associate Professor
DTU Health Tech


Jens Hjortkjær
Senior Researcher
DTU Health Tech
+45 30 29 16 90

On October 21th-23th, several Hearing Systems researchers went to Quebec, CA, to celebrate the tenth anniversary symposium of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS).

The Erasmus Mundus Network held a session on auditory cognitive neuroscience with talks and poster presentations from the participating scientists. Over the last decade BRAMS has grown and prospered to become one of the well-recognized groups worldwide for research on music, speech, and human auditory cognitive neuroscience. In this anniversary symposium several prominent scientists were invited to help us think about where the next ten years of research should be taking us, and novel topics including genetics, education, aging, and social neuroscience were covered.
There were many inspiring talks about music and the brain, with musical interludes in between. Barbara Canlon from the reseach group Experimental Audiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm SE, gave a speech on how circadian rhythms (the biological clock of our cells) are modified in the aging auditory system, about the finding that their period differs along the aging cochlea, and how they might explain differences in recovery from noise trauma for nighttime vs daytime exposure. There were other interesting talks from Rudolf Rübsamen, head of the Research Group for General Zoology and Neurobiology at Leipzig University GE, who made a case against across-species generalization, suggesting that inhibitory processes in the binaural system may occur at a different level in humans compared to other mammals. Uri Hasson, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, New Jersey US, argued for fMRI correlates of the content of human communication by showing correlations between cortical responses of neural systems having a conversation.
The Erasmus Mundus network is representing ten European countries, Canada, and the USA.

Read more about BRAMS – International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research here

Twenty five partners for Europe, Canada and USA join forces to make the network a success. The project funds the mobility of doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as scientific staff members.
The program is funded by the European Union through the Erasmus Mundus with about 1 Million Euro over 4 years (2010 - 2014). Its aim is to support a total of 426 months of transatlantic exchange of doctoral and postdoctoral students and staff members. Students will typically spend 6 months in a partner institute across the Atlantic as part of a joint research project. Staff exchange is meant to enable the organization of lectures series and workshops across member institutions, as well as joint research and training of technical support staff.

The name of the Programme comes from Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus, a 15th-century Dutch humanist and theologian who studied in the best monastic schools throughout Europe. In his days, he was known as one of the most brilliant students of the time. “Mundus” is the Latin word for “world” and thus stands for the programme’s global outreach.

Read more about the Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Network ACN here 


BRAMS, International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, is a unique centre dedicated to research excellence, located in Montreal and jointly affiliated with the University of Montreal and McGill University. The research centre is devoted to the study of music cognition with a focus on understanding the neural substrates of human auditory cognition, and of music processing in particular