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Falling Walls Breakthrough Day : Breaking the Wall to Musical Medicine

Four thrilling days at the Radialsystem in Berlin for the Falling Walls Science Summit Breakthroughs of the Year. Elaine Chew presents the 2023 Breakthrough in Art and Science, Breaking the Wall to Musical Medicine. Members of the team, Professor Pier Lambiase, postdocs Vanessa Pope, Mateusz Soliński, and PhD student Natalia Cotic also came to the Berlin Summit.

Falling Walls Breakthrough Day
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In the face of the pervasive threat of cardiovascular disease, which continues to claim lives globally, exploring innovative avenues for prevention and treatment is paramount. Music emerges as a non-pharmacological, non-invasive, scalable, and enjoyable method to influence vital aspects of our cardiovascular health, such as heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate variability, often with minimal side effects. Elaine Chew, a renowned operations researcher and pianist, serves as Professor of Engineering in the Department of Cardiovascular Imaging at King’s College London.

At Falling Walls, Chew will harness her background in mathematics to delve into the intricacies of how music impacts the heart and is pivotal for harnessing its potential in cardiovascular therapies, thereby alleviating the societal burden imposed by cardiovascular ailments.

Many thanks to the fantastic Falling Walls organising team

The COSMOS Team in Berlin