Symposium on creativity and neuroscience set for October 23

Peter F. Ostwald, MD

Peter F. Ostwald, MD

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry will host a half-day symposium exploring the intersection of creativity and neuroscience on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in Cole Hall Auditorium on the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus. The free event, part of the Peter F. Ostwald, MD, and Lise Dechamps Ostwald Lecture Series, is open to the public, but space is limited and ordering tickets in advance is highly recommended.

The 2019 Peter F. Ostwald Symposium will feature a keynote address by UCSF's Charles Limb, MD, a hearing specialist, surgeon, and musician who studies the way our brains create and perceive music. Additional remarks will be delivered by Vincent Barras, MD, and Daniel Fornerod, both from the University of Lausanne's Institute for the Humanities in Medicine, on Peter Ostwald's contributions to the history of medicine. They will be joined in discussion by panel which includes UCSF faculty members Craig Van Dyke, MD; Mardi Horowitz, MD; Kirsten Aschbacher, PhD, and Judith Ford, PhD, as well as Peer Abilgaard, MD, from the University of Music and Dance in Cologne.

The Peter F. Ostwald, MD, and Lise Dechamps Ostwald Lecture Series was founded in 1999 to honor the late Professor Peter F. Ostwald, MD, an eminent psychiatrist, author, and researcher who studied the effects of emotion on speech and hearing, and pioneered the use of acoustic spectrographic methods known as "voiceprints." His prolific and distinguished career at UC San Francisco spanned four decades before his passing in 1996 at the age of 68. The lecture series is dedicated to highlighting the relationship between artistic creativity and the human brain, particularly music and its connection with behavioral health. Previous speakers in the series have included a mix of renowned musicians, physicians, and researchers such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joana Carneiro, Pierre Vachon, Nina Kraus, PhD, and Susana Winkel, PhD.

Tickets for the symposium and more information are now available online at

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.