As part of NIH’s Sound Health initiative, NINR has funded a study of an active music engagement intervention for young children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as their parents.
Music therapy is a standard palliative care service, however, much research in this area has focused on the use of music to improve psychosocial dimensions of health, without considering biological dimensions. This study, however, will examine changes in stress and immune function biomarkers.
Sound Health is a partnership between the NIH and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, that launched in 2017 to explore the brain’s relationship with music. The Kennedy Center’s efforts have been focused on raising awareness of the science of music and its role in health and wellbeing through a series of Kennedy Center events. The Arts Endowment, a federal grant-making entity that funds projects in every Congressional District across America, has contributed funds to the new awards. It also provides strategic consultation on the Sound Health initiative and supports research on music, neuroscience and health through several projects nationwide. In total, the NIH has awarded $20 million over five years to support the first research projects of the Sound Health initiative to explore the potential of music for treating a wide range of conditions resulting from neurological and other disorders.
Learn more about the individual research projects to Sound Health awardees.