Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD

Mark Jude Tramo, MD PhD
The Institute for Music & Brain Science,
University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiaitve,
Associate Clinical Professor Neurology  UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Adjunct Ethnomusicology Professor
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Mark Jude Tramo, MD PhD is Director of The Institute for Music & Brain Science, a founding member of its Executive Board, Co-Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Music Research Initiaitve, 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 been awarded grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Organization for Hearing Research, Grammy Foundation, and other foundations to conduct original research on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of music perception and cognition for over 25 years.


He did his doctoral dissertation, Neural Representations of Acoustic Information in Relation to Music & Voice Perception, at Harvard with David Hubel, Marge Livingstone, and Nelson Kiang. trained in Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Cornell with Fred Plum, Jerome Posner, and Michael Gazzaniga, and studied musical theater with Lehman Engel and John Hood at the Yale Schools of Drama and Music.


Winner of the Harvard Provost's Award for Educational Innovation in 1997-1998, 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.


Dr Tramo has lectured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Academy of Sciences, Smithsonian Institute, Aspen Ideas Festival, Yale, Stanford, Duke, and elsewhere around the world.


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.

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