Newswise — Musicians say music soothes the soul; health researchers believe music heals the sick. There’s a growing field of health care professionals who use melodies to promote relaxation, treat depression, and relieve anxiety and stress. Music therapy is also used to improve coordination skills, enhance the well-being of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia, help hearing and speech problems, and complement the treatment of cancer and neurological disorders.

In light of Music Day (June 21), experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to discuss the impact of music on people’s health.

Experts:

Is music therapy the answer for bringing back memories to Alzheimer’s patients? Dr. Robin Ging-Yuek Hsiung, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

Can’t name this tune! Tone-deafness or the inability to perceive and produce musicDr. Isabelle Peretz, CIHR-funded researcher from the Université de Montréal

The sound of music to reduce mood disturbance in cancer patients Dr. Lucanne Magill, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Windsor

Kids, turn down the volume! How exposure to excessive noise leads to hearing lossDr. Robert Harrison, CIHR funded researcher from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) (Toronto)

For the past 10 years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has supported better health and healthcare for Canadians. As the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency, CIHR enables the creation of evidence-based knowledge and its transformation into improved treatments, prevention and diagnoses, new products and services, and a stronger, patient-oriented healthcare system. Composed of 13 internationally-recognized institutes, CIHR supports more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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