PAMA Notes - October 2016

Call for Abstracts - Deadline EXTENSION November 30, 2016

Join PAMA and our colleagues in Snowmass, Colorado for the 2017 PAMA Symposium as we come together to address artists and performers health issues.

35th Annual PAMA Symposium "No Gain with Pain: Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists"
June 29 - July 2, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)
Westin Resorts - Snowmass, Colorado


We are accepting abstracts for the 35th annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists. We encourage the submission of research-based abstracts. Educational abstracts as well as proposals for workshops will also be accepted. Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Symposium Program Committee. The abstract submission system is designed to make submitting abstracts more uniform.

All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2017.

Click here to view the guidelines and download the abstract templates
For more information, visit our website.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro

Awards Deadline Extended to November 30, 2016

The deadline for the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award (AGB) has been extended. This award is given to an investigator in recognition of recently completed original research. Click here to learn more about the award, to see the guidelines, or to complete your submission.

You may also apply for the Martin Brandfonbrener Scholarship until the new deadline of November 30, 2016. Click here for more information.

PAMA Regional Meeting - Boston!

PAMA, NEC Health Services, NEC EM Department, and NEC Woodwind and Brass Faculty present
The Inside Story: Brass and Woodwind Pedagogy Informed by Science
Sunday, October 30, 12:00-5:00pm
Pierce Hall

Please join us for a workshop where keynote speaker Eli Epstein, NEC faculty member and veteran second horn of The Cleveland Orchestra, will present MRI films that clearly illustrate horn biomechanics that may lead to healthy, sustainable careers. He will show how methods of finger-breathing can lead to the healthy, sustainable, and effective practices demonstrated by an elite group of horn players, including Stefan Dohr, Fergus McWilliam, Sarah Willis, Andre Just, Markus Maskuniitty, Jeff Nelsen, and Marie-Luis Neunecker.  This will be followed by experiential sessions  of diaphragm release, exercises to support postural control of breathing technique and a breathing workshop. The afternoon will close with NEC faculty leading workshops on putting principles into practice with playing technique. Please bring your instrument!
Click here for more information and registration


PAMA Members - Let us know where you are speaking! We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at

Volunteer and Engage!

PAMA is seeking member volunteers for two of our awards committees:

  1. Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award Committee - the AGB award is given to an investigator in recognition of recently completed original research.
  2. Bill Dawson Service Award - Recognizing the accomplishments of a PAMA member who works to further the mission of PAMA.

If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please contact Julie Massaro at

Please note that volunteers will be required to attend the 2017 conference and use one of the Westin rooms).

Dancer Wellness Program provides en pointe health care

Whether taking the stage or leading a secondline, New Orleans’ dancers use their bodies to effortlessly meld art with athleticism. As they hone their craft, these performers are prone to aches, pains and injuries with every step. Since 2015, the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) has offered the Dancer Wellness Program to protect the health and safety of dancers— from ballerinas to Mardi Gras Indians —throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

The free program is produced in partnership with the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine (TISM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Lindsay Gastright, a TISM assistant athletic trainer, directs the project.

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