October 3, 2018
DETROIT — Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and Director of the Program from Neurology Research and Discovery, was a featured speaker at Sound Health: Music and the Mind on September 27 at Henry Ford Hospital. Renée Fleming, a world-renowned soprano and the Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, established the Sound Health initiative. Fleming has been involved with the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment of the Arts, in the exploration of the power of music therapy as it relates to a number of neurologic disorders. The four-time Grammy Award winner wants to bring to light the connection between music, health, and medical research in the neurosciences.
“Today we are riding a wave of scientific discovery in music and neuroscience, and I’m fascinated by the breadth of the research being conducted,” remarked Fleming, who performed at the Detroit Opera House on September 29. “Beyond its ability to enthrall and entertain, music can offer a host of health benefits – from childhood development to therapeutic applications for Alzheimer’s disease, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.”
Feldman, a clinician-scientist who has dedicated her career to using scientific discoveries to understand and cure neurologic diseases, further stated, “Any tools we can use to improve brain function and improve quality of life for individuals with neurologic conditions are incredibly important. The changes music can induce in the brain are fascinating, and I highly support continued research and efforts that raise awareness of its application in this realm.”