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Sound Health Network. Music as Medicine: The Science and Clinical Practice - December 14-15, 2023

Excited to co-chair session 2 of the Music as Medicine: The Science and Clinical Practice taking place December 14–15, 2023. The 2 day workshop aims to highlight accomplishments from the last 6 years in advancing scientific research on music and health, develop a blueprint for the next phase of research, and further build the research community.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and jointly organized by NIH, the NEA, the Renée Fleming Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and cochaired by Dr. Francis Collins, former NIH director, and Ms. Renée Fleming, the renowned soprano and arts and health advocate, both of whom will deliver keynote speeches.

There will be six scientific sessions during the 2-day workshop:

  1. Research on the Science of Music

  2. Research on Music Therapy and Music Medicine

  3. Research on Music Education and Health

  4. Future Research Directions

  5. Networks and Capacity-Building of an Integrative Health Research Community

  6. Integration of Music-Based Interventions Into Health Care Systems

Each session will feature a short musical performance highlighting the scientific theme, followed by scientific talks and discussions with eminent speakers and panelists to enrich the content and perspectives for general discussions.

Working Agenda

Day One — What Has the Field Accomplished?

Opening Remarks:

  • Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., NEA Chair

  • Helene Langevin, M.D., National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Director

Keynote: Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Former NIH Director Special Remarks:

  • Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D., National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Director

  • Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director

  • Theresa Cruz, Ph.D., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) Director

  • Rick Woychik, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Director

  • Julie Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) CEO

Session One: Research on the Science of Music Co-Chairs:

  • Robert Riddle, Ph.D. (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS])

  • David Leitman, Ph.D. (NIMH)

  • Daniel Levitin, Ph.D. (Minerva University/McGill University)

Illustrative Performance: Shelly Berg, M.M. (University of Miami School of Music) Speakers:

  • Edward Chang, M.D. (University of California San Francisco [UCSF])

  • Mimi Kao, Ph.D. (Tufts University)

  • Malinda McPherson, Ph.D. (University of California San Diego)

  • Amy Belfi, Ph.D. (Missouri University of Science and Technology)

  • Daniel Levitin, Ph.D. (Minerva University/McGill University)


  • Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones)

  • Elizabeth Margulis, Ph.D. (Princeton University)

  • Petr Janata, Ph.D. (University of California Davis)

  • Frank Russo, Ph.D. (Toronto Metropolitan University)

  • Tonya Bergeson, Ph.D. (Butler University/Indiana University School of Medicine)

  • Vern Falby, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory of Music)

Session Two: Research on Music Therapy and Music Medicine Co-Chairs:

  • Lisa Onken, Ph.D. (National Institute on Aging [NIA])

  • Maria Nurminskaya, Ph.D. (NICHD)

  • Marisol Norris, Ph.D. (Drexel University)

Illustrative Performance: Jeralyn Glass (Crystal Cadence) Speakers:

  • Marisol Norris, Ph.D. (Drexel University)

  • Teresa Lesiuk, Ph.D. (University of Miami)

  • Joanne Loewy, D.A. (Mount Sinai Health System)

  • Gammon Earhart, Ph.D., P.T. (Washington University)

  • Carlene Brown, Ph.D. (Seattle Pacifica University)


  • Melita Belgrave, Ph.D. (Arizona State University)

  • Concetta "Connie" Tomaino, D.A. (Institute for Music and Neurologic Function)

  • Tom Sweitzer, M.M.T., M.T.-B.C. (A Place to Be)

  • Maria Gonsalves Schimpf, M.A., M.T.-B.C. (Denver Health RESTORE Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts)

  • Lori Gooding, Ph.D. (Florida State University)

  • Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University)

Session Three: Research on Music Education and Health Co-Chairs:

  • Dana Schloesser, Ph.D. (NIH/Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research [OBSSR])

  • Sunil Iyengar, B.A. (NEA)

  • Anthony Brandt, Ph.D. (Rice University)

Illustrative Performance: Lisa Wong, M.D. (Harvard Medical School) Speakers:

  • Assal Habibi, Ph.D. (University of Southern California)

  • Steven Holochwost, Ph.D. (Wolf Brown)

  • Jennifer Bugos, Ph.D. (University of South Florida)

  • Miriam Lense, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

  • John Iversen, Ph.D. (University of California San Diego)


  • Tarrell Davis, M.Ed. (Settlement Music School)

  • Indre Viskontas, Ph.D. (Sound Health Network)

  • Maud Hickey, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, emeritus)

  • Victor Minces, Ph.D. (University of California San Diego)

  • Kenneth Elpus, Ph.D. (University of Maryland)

  • Thalia Goldstein, Ph.D. (George Mason University)

Day Two — The Future of the Sound Health Initiative

Opening Remarks:

  • Richard Hodes, M.D., NIA Director

  • Deborah Rutter, M.B.A., Director of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Keynote: Renée Fleming Special Remarks:

  • Amy Adams, Ph.D., NINDS Deputy Director

  • Debara Tucci, M.D., National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Director

  • Nora Volkow, M.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director

Session Four: Future Research Directions Co-Chairs:

  • Wen Chen, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Robert Finkelstein, Ph.D. (NINDS)

  • Theodore Zanto, Ph.D. (UCSF)

Illustrative Performance: Grace Leslie, Ph.D. (University of Colorado Boulder) Speakers:

  • Yuanyuan (Kevin) Liu, Ph.D. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research [NIDCR]/NCCIH)

  • Reyna Gordon, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University)

  • Theodore Zanto, Ph.D. (UCSF)

  • Jacquelyn Kulinski, M.D. (Medical College of Wisconsin)

  • Christina Hugenschmidt, Ph.D. (Wake Forest University)


  • Maria Geffen, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Shihab Shamma, Ph.D. (University of Maryland College Park)

  • Lee Lindquist, M.D., M.P.H. (Northwestern University)

  • Tod Machover, M.M. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT])

  • Luana Colloca, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Maryland Baltimore)

  • Juliet King, Ph.D.(c) (Columbian College of Arts and Sciences)

Session Five: Networks and Capacity Building of an Integrative Health Research Community Co-Chairs:

  • Laura Thomas, Ph.D. (NIMH)

  • Caroline Sferrazza, M.S. (NIA)

  • Susan Magsamen, M.A.S. (Johns Hopkins University)

Illustrative Performance: Fred Johnson (Straz Center) Speakers:

  • Charles Limb, M.D. (UCSF)

  • Joke Bradt, Ph.D. (Drexel University)

  • Jeffrey Dusek, Ph.D. (Case Western University)

  • Debra Burns, Ph.D. (Indiana University)

  • Julene Johnson, Ph.D. (UCSF)


  • Ruth Katz, M.P.H. (Aspen Institute)

  • Christopher Bailey, M.L.I.S. (World Health Organization)

  • AZA Allsop, M.D., Ph.D. (Yale University)

  • Lora Robinson, M.M.T., M.T.-B.C. (Howard University)

  • Kristin Sakoda, J.D. (Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture)

  • Nick Skinner, B.Mus. (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)

Session Six: Integration of Music-Based Interventions into Healthcare Systems Co-Chairs:

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Coryse St. Hillaire-Clarke, Ph.D. (NIA)

  • Sheri Robb, Ph.D. (Indiana University)

Illustrative Performance: Raul Midón Speakers:

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Sheri Robb, Ph.D. (Indiana University)

  • Richard Gershon, Ph.D. (Northwestern University)

  • David Chambers, Ph.D. (National Cancer Institute [NCI])

  • Leslie Katzel, M.D. (University of Maryland)


  • Kimberly Sena Moore, Ph.D. (Florida Gulf Coast University)

  • Judy Simpson, M.T.-B.C. (American Music Therapy Association)

  • Sarah Lock, J.D. (AARP)

  • Jill Sonke, Ph.D. (University of Florida)

  • Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. (NCCIH)

Workshop Co-Chairs: Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and Renée Fleming Workshop Planning Committee Members:

  • Wen Chen, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Kelly Bernhardt, Ph.D. (NCCIH)

  • Lisa Onken, Ph.D. (NIA)

  • Coryse St Hillaire-Clarke, Ph.D. (NIA)

  • Caroline Sferrazza, M.S. (NIA)

  • Brandy Beverly, Ph.D. (NIEHS)

  • David Leitman, Ph.D. (NIMH)

  • Laura Thomas, Ph.D. (NIMH)

  • Catherine Schwepe, Ph.D. (NCI)

  • Robert Riddle, Ph.D. (NINDS)

  • Abhi Subedi, Ph.D. (NINDS)

  • Maripierre Surpris, Ph.D. (NINDS)

  • Dana Schloesser, Ph.D. (OBSSR)

  • Maria Nurminskaya, Ph.D. (NICHD/NCMRR)

  • Changhai Cui, Ph.D. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA])

  • Ben Xu, Ph.D. (NIAAA)

  • Sunil Iyengar, B.A. (NEA)

  • Chason Goldschmitz, M.M. (Renée Fleming Foundation)

Follow the link below to learn more and register!



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