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Core Group

The Core Group includes the Executive Board in addition to Olav Skille and Dr. Med. Ralph Spintge. Here you can find our member introductions.

Olav Skille

Olav Skille, born 1939 in Norway, studied at Bergen, Lærerhøgskole 1959–1962 to be music teacher. Specialisation studies at the University of Trondheim 1972 included brain injuries. He was a primary school teacher and headmaster at several schools and institutions in Norway, retiring in 2002. He received a scholarship from the Norwegian Department of education to research the therapeutic effects of music education in Norwegian special educational needs schools and a grant from the Nordic Council 1972 to find the prognostic possibilities of The Music Behavior Scale (MUBS) – a Nordic research team that included the Swedish, Danish and Finnish Ministries of Education.

He created the Music Bath which was later renamed Vibroacoustic therapy (VAT). Olav also participated in several international congresses and was invited to lecture on VAT in Singapore, Calcutta, Rome, London, Tallinn, Pescara, Zagreb, Ljubljana, and in the Nordic countries. He is a member of the VIBRAC core group and founder and president of the International Society for VibroAcoustics (ISVA) and a member of the scientific committee of the International Society for Music in Medicine (ISMM). He spends his retirement in Finland and remains active within the VIBRAC centre.

Olav Skille

Ralph Spintge, Dr. Med.

Ralph is the director of the Regional Pain Centre DGS at Sportklinik Hellersen; Luedenscheid, and director of the Institute for Music Research IMUR, Plauen, Germany. Board Certified for Anesthesiology, Painmedicine and Occupational Health, Lifetime Professor for MusicMedicine and lecturer within the Music Therapy Master Course at the Institute for Music Therapy at the University of Music and Drama, Hamburg; former Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Music Research, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Music and Medicine IAMM publications.

Beginning in 1977 Spintge conducted a series of psychophysiological studies about the anxioalgolytic effects of music in Surgery, Anaesthesia, PainTherapy, Obstetrics, and Dentistry at various institutions such as the University of Hirosaki, Japan, University of Vienna, Austria, Erasmus University Rotterdam,The Netherlands, New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music Sydney, Australia, and several German university hospitals. He was co-investigator within a 10-year research programme on ”Rhythmicity, Heart Rate Variability and Cardiorespiratory Variability: The Neurovegetative Status in Man” in co-operation with the German Max-Planck-Society, based on a grant from Sporthilfe e.V.

His current research focuses on various medical areas such as chronic pain, stress, dementia, and others. Spintge’s publications comprise numerous articles and 22 books about innovations in anaesthesia and pain medicine, as well as applications of medicofunctional music.

He is a founding member (1982) and currently President of the International Society for Music in Medicine (ISMM), honorary member of The International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM), member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), the German Society for Medical Psychology, and an Honorary Member of the Music Therapy Association of Catalonia/Spain.

Ralph Spintge

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