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Mark Tramo

Director, The Institute for Music & Brain Science; Neurologist, Good Samaritan Hospital

Mark Tramo is Director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science and Co-Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiative.

He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Adjunct Professor in Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. A 2015 recipient of the UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, Dr. Tramo has conducted original research on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of music perception and cognition for over 25 years.

He founded the world’s first Music and the Brain course at Harvard College in 1997 and served on the Steering Committee of the Harvard University Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative from 2000-2009. His work has been published in Science, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychologia, Neurology, Contemporary Music Review, Music & Medicine, and other professional journals.

A published songwriter member of ASCAP, Mark is currently touring science museums throughout the U.S. as part of the Wild Music! exhibit.