PAMA Notes - January 22, 2013

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Membership in PAMA provides you with many benefits such as a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists, listing in our database for referrals or resources, discounted fee at the Annual Symposium, and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the year.  PAMA membership runs on a calendar year, so enroll now to receive the most from your benefits.

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Don't Miss the Next PAMA Regional Meeting

Join us for the 2013 Toronto Regional Meeting "When the Artists' Body Says No". View the brochure to see the lineup of incredible speakers for this meeting.  Register now, don't miss out!

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PAMA Regional Meetings are a great way to connect with other PAM professionals in your area.  Watch PAMA Notes for notice of future regional meeting events.


2013 PAMA Symposium Announcement

"Maximizing Performance"

July 20-23, 2013

Snowmass Colorado - Viceroy Resort & Hotel

We are so pleased to announceperetz  that our Lederman Lecture for the 2013 PAMA Symposium will be delivered by Dr. Isabelle Peretz,  a prominent cognitive neuropsychologist and a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal. Born and educated in Brussels, Belgium, she earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under José Morais in 1984. Shortly thereafter she took on a faculty position at Université de Montréal where she has remained ever since. Dr. Peretz’s focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She has published over 150 scientific papers on a variety of topics, from perception, memory, and emotions to performance (for her publications see She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986.

In 2004, The Université de Montréal bestowed upon her an endowed Casavant chair in neurocognition of music and in 2007, and a Canada Research Chair in neurocognition of music. In 2005, Dr. Peretz became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS), a unique multi-university consortium that is jointly affiliated to McGill University and Université de Montréal (, with state-of-the art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. In 2009, she was awarded Prix Justine & Yves Sergent, as well as Prix ACFAS Jacques Rousseau. Dr. Peretz is the founding Editor-in-chief of the new open-access Frontiers of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.  We are thrilled to have Dr. Peretz as our Richard Lederman Distinguished Lecturer this year and hope you all will come hear her present her work and discoveries in Snowmass/Aspen this summer.


Feature - Get To Know Your PAMA Board Members

As a new ongoing series, we will be taking a bit of space in each upcoming PAMA Notes to introduce you to one or more of our Board members so that you can know them better and feel free to reach out to them for help or to express your thoughts on taking PAMA into the future.

Our President Elect:

Nancy Kadel, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Group Health Physicians in Seattle Washington.   Dr. Kadel has a special interest in Dance Medicine, and Foot and Ankle Reconstruction.  She is the Clinical Director of the Seattle Dance Medicine Free Clinic, Co-Chair of the Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Dance/USA, the service organization for professional dance in the United States.  She is this year’s President-Elect of PAMA, and a board member of IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science).  Dr. Kadel was previously an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Washington. 

Her research interests include foot and ankle biomechanics, dance injuries and their prevention, and injury rehabilitation.  She has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications on dance injuries, foot and ankle and biomechanics.  She has lectured internationally on her research as well as on Dance medicine topics.

Dr. Kadel is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and of the American Foot and Ankle Society.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her medical degree from the University of Washington.  After completing two years in general surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, she completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency program.  Dr. Kadel completed a chief residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and a fellowship in foot and ankle reconstruction at the New England Baptist Hospital.

Nancy Kadel was a former modern dancer before medical school, and she has taught ballet and modern dance classes for years and will take on the role of President of PAMA at the end of Dr Chong’s term in 2014 at that year’s Annual Symposium.

The PAMAForte! Tour of President John Chong 

Toward the end of 2012, our new President John Chong spent some of his time and his resources to visit some of the other top PAM organizations in the world to represent PAMA and the North American PAM practitioners.  Here is his report out on his travels.

First stop "Musicians Health 2012 - Keeping the show on the road" was Ireland's first International Conference of Performing Arts Medicine held Saturday October 13th, 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The organizing committee lead by Ronan Kavanagh and team Juliet Bressan, Pat Harold and Sean Smyth created an exciting multifaceted program very well attended and received by registrants of many health care disciplines. The complete program can be seen on Vimeo website and includes the full spectrum of health problems that musicians face while performing from the perspective of maintaining the ability to perform safely and optimally. And as only the Irish can do there was a great feast and followed by fabulous participant performances accompanied by Guinness and good cheer. And we can't wait for the next PAMI conference. All must come!

Next stop on the other and underside of the planet was the Australian Society for Performing Arts Health Care Conference "Holistic Healthcare for Performing Artists" held the 1st and 2nd of December 2012 at the University of Sydney. The conference chair David Peterson along with ASPAH President Bronwen Ackermann, Mark Seton and the energetic next generation Clifton Chan, Samantha Warhurst, Alison Evans and Kaja Quinn organized a lively program of submitted abstracts from the excellent research that has been ongoing in the Land Down Under. It was warm and sunny to illuminate the bright young researchers presenting their hard work which will lay the foundation for evidence-based best practices in Performing Arts Medicine of the future. ASPAH hosted us for a scrumptious dinner accompanied by the best Australian vintages available.  Following on day two, the “round the world panel” by internet was a first and sets a precedent for future international meetings.

Now that the holiday season is over PAMAForte! goes into high gear in 2013. Starting in Havana Cuba and then Toronto Canada rich and varied programs will not only introduce those interested in the health and wellness of performing artists but also will build long lasting collegial relationships in this emerging and growing field. So what are you waiting for? Register, book your travel and accommodation, and contribute to the future of PAMA. More awesome possibilities will happen in 2013 especially at the 31st Annual Symposium in Snowmass July 20-23. See you all there!


PAMA Staff Welcomes Twins!

Dorry and David Allen announce the birth of their twins. Gabriel and Maya were born on November 20, 2012.  The happy and healthy family are catching up on work and looking forward to more sleep-filled nights.


Upcoming Events 


Toronto Regional Meeting - "When the Artist's Body Says No: Stress and the Mind-Body Unity in Health and Disease"

February 16-17, 2013

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