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Upcoming Meetings To Focus on Music and Health Research for Brain Disorders of Aging

March 2, 2021

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.


Division of Extramural Research

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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What do models of music-based interventions look like? What are the best metrics to track outcomes? These are some of the questions the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hopes to answer in a series of three virtual meetings continuing our interest in music and health research through the development of evidence-based music therapies for brain disorders of aging.

The first of these meetings, Laying the Foundation: Defining the Building Blocks of Music-Based Interventions, will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, from 1 to 5 p.m. ET. Held in collaboration with the Foundation for the NIH and the Renée Fleming Foundation, the meeting will feature a presentation by Dr. Shai Silberberg, director of research quality at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, on scientific rigor, reproducibility, and the predictive value of preclinical research. Roundtable discussions will follow to gather input on the creation of a toolkit for research on music and health across the lifespan. Facilitated by Mr. Alan Weil, editor of Health Affairs, this roundtable discussion will include conversations among individuals representing neuroscience, music therapy and music medicine, behavioral intervention development, clinical trial methodology, and patient advocacy and art-based organizations.

We encourage those interested in attending to register using Eventbrite. Questions can be submitted in advance to or during the meeting using the live event feedback form.

This meeting will be followed by two others, which we hope you will also plan to attend:

Ultimately, our goal is to develop and disseminate a toolkit that will include a consolidated set of common data elements for music-based intervention protocols. We look forward to having you take part.

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