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Meetings & Events

April 28, 2022

JPND/JPco-fuND2 Midterm Symposium | Brussels, Belgium

Symposium for representatives of 38 research projects supported by JPND and JPco-fuND-2 to facilitate knowledge sharing and to disseminate up-to-date research achievements from the projects to relevant stakeholders.

MIDDEL will be represented by Sarah Janus (NL) and Jodie Bloska (UK).

Organiser: EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)
Location: Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

March 16, 2022

Meeting for European MIDDEL partners | Video conference

: Recruitment progress, updates from each country, discussion on current challenges, planning of future meetings

November 16-17, 2021

Australian Music Therapy Conference "Amplify, integrate and evolve: The voices of music therapy" | Virtual conference

Paper presentation "Evolving role of music interventions in residential aged care with people living with dementia and depression: Results from the Australian cohort of the Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in Elderly care (MIDDEL) international cluster-randomised controlled trial" by Young-Eun Lee, Felicity A. Baker, Phoebe Stretton-Smith, Tanara Sousa, and Jeanette Tamplin


November 14, 2021

Healing Arts Symposium | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, and online

Contribution "Music Interventions for Depression and Dementia in Elderly Care" by Felicity Baker


November 11, 2021

Meeting for European MIDDEL partners | Video conference

: Recruitment progress etc.

October 27, 2021

5th Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meeting | Video conference

Introductions and welcome to the new DSMC member, Øyvind Kirkevold (replacing Bettina Husebø); review and discussion of interim report (recruitment progress in various countries and overall, baseline data, follow-up data across arms); Australian main results paper (submitted); MIDDEL project period (ending April 2023)

September 8, 2021

Meeting for European MIDDEL partners | Video conference

: Recruitment overview; updates from each country; process evaluation; publication plan

July 26-30, 2021

Alzheimer’s Association International Conference | Denver, USA, and online

Oral presentation "Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in Elderly care (MIDDEL): The Australian part of an international cluster randomised controlled trial" by Felicity Baker, Young-Eun C. Lee, Tanara Sousa, Phoebe Stretton-Smith, Imogen Clark, Vigdis Sveinsdottir, Monika Geretsegger, & Christian Gold (Thursday, July 29, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CT)


June 19, 2021

Conference "The Neurosciences and Music - VII: Connecting with music across the lifespan" | Aarhus, Denmark, and online

Paper presentation "Putting music to trial: Design and progress of ongoing clinical trials on music-based interventions in neurological rehabilitation. The MIDDEL trial" by Christian Gold

June 9, 2021

4th Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meeting | Video conference

Discussion on status and consequences of delays in recruitment across the European countries; presentation and discussion of baseline data from first 4 CHUs in Norway; presentation and discussion of findings from Australia

June 3-4, 2021

European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine: EAPM virtual conference 2021 - "Psychosomatics during the pandemic"

Poster presentation "Music interventions for dementia and depression in elderly care (MIDDEL): A multinational trial of effectiveness and predictive biomarkers" by Christian Gold


Download poster: Gold 2021 EAPM MIDDEL

March 22-23 & 26, 2021

Aging & Brain Health - Optimizing Cognitive & Behavioural Function in Disorders of the Aging Brain | Rotman Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Virtual Conference

Paper presentation "Music Interventions for Dementia: Research Evidence and Ongoing Clinical Trials" by Christian Gold, Ulrike Frischen, and Naomi Rasing


RRI conference 2021

February 22, 2021

Training seminar for Norwegian interventionists | Video conference

Led by Naomi Rasing and other members of the Dutch team.

Part I: General training for interventionists in MIDDEL 
Part II: Training for GMT intervention providers

February 5, 2021

World Dementia Council: The dementia landscape project - Care workshop | Virtual meeting

Workshop contribution "Music therapy in brief" by Felicity Baker


World Dementia Council 2021 - Baker

January 29, 2021

Meeting for European MIDDEL partners | Video conference

: Update on recruitment progress/plans; WP2 and WP3 - interventions (implementation, relevant COVID-10 measures, training of interventionists); updates on WP4 (biomarkers) and WP5 (PPI)

MIDDEL meeting Jan 2021

November 16-18, 2020

Second Krems Dementia Conference "Dealing with Dementia: Prevention, timely detection and awareness" - Coordinated efforts between East and West | Virtual meeting

Paper presentation "The voices of people with dementia and their carers: A strategy for public participation and involvement in a multinational psychosocial intervention trial" by Monika Geretsegger, Vigdis Sveinsdottir, Christian Gold, and Justine Schneider


Krems Dementia Conference 2020 - Geretsegger et al.

October 20, 2020

INTERDEM meeting annex to Alzheimer Europe’s conference | Virtual meeting

Presentations on MIDDEL by Christian Gold, Vigdis Sveinsdottir, and Justine Schneider


Interdem 2020 - Gold

October 9, 2020

3rd Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meeting | Video conference

Review of first interim report, mainly consisting of data from the Australian part of MIDDEL; discussion about the current COVID-19 situation and its impact on the project, and ethical approvals in Europe

September 28, 2020

Meeting for European and Australian MIDDEL partners | Video conference

Translations, REDCap manual, and CRFs/assessment packs; update from each European country on starting recruitment; update from WP leaders; update from Australia and joint discussion about challenges

June 25, 2020

Meeting for European MIDDEL partners | Video conference

: Practical/collaboration topics, updates from each country regarding progress and current situation, including local challenges and possibilities in light of the COVID-19 situation; discussion in plenum

April 28, 2020

2nd Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meeting | Video conference

Discussions about how Covid-19 affects the study, and routines for recording adverse events.

March 30, 2020

Meeting of European and Australian MIDDEL teams | Video conference

Report from Melbourne MIDDEL team; general updates and discussions

March 10, 2020

1st Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (DSMC) meeting | Bergen, Norway

Protocol review, discussion of the role of the DSMC, and variables for the interim reports.

DSMC meeting March 2020

February 24-26, 2020

MIDDEL kick-off meeting | Vienna, Austria

Content: Public seminar; discussion of work packages in MIDDEL, roles and responsibilities, data management tools, future meetings
Location: Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria

MIDDEL kick-off meeting

June 22-23, 2018

Meeting of Australian and Norwegian MIDDEL partners | Frankfurt, Germany

: Practical aspects related to the Australian part of the project

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

April 26, 2018

Music interventions for dementia & depression in elderly care: Symposium and NH&MRC Project Launch | Melbourne, Australia


Organiser: Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Location: Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia

November 21-22, 2017

Meeting of Dutch and Norwegian MIDDEL partners & video conference | Bergen, Norway

: Preparations for a Delphi process towards a consensus on core principles of group music therapy for older adults with dementia and depression.
Meeting led by Sytse Zuidema and Sarah Janus, with participants from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Norway.
Location: GAMUT, Uni Research Health, Bergen, Norway