Grant to study music therapy’s impact on neurodevelopment and pain in preterm infants

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sonya Wang, pediatric neurologist with M Health Fairview and associate professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, recently received a grant of more than $800,000 over two years from the National Institutes of Health to research the effects of music-based intervention (MBI) on neurodevelopment and pain response in preterm infants. The objectives for the research are to identify differences between MBI and controls in preterm brain maturation and early neurodevelopment, and to measure differences in preterm pain responses between MBI and controls. Michael Silverman, director of the Music Therapy Program and a distinguished teaching professor in the U of M School of Music, will be working alongside Wang on this research grant.