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Professor Helen Odell-Miller, Head of Music Therapy Training and Professor Amelia Oldfield, Professor of Music Therapy, won a bid valued at £200,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to lead the music therapy and autism international randomised controlled trial.

Dr Richard Hoadley's research includes investigations, creative experiments and performances undertaken in collaboration with practitioners in different creative and performance domains. The research focuses on the translation of expression between these domains, which include music (audio and notation), movement (dance) and text (poetry), and its implementation using technology.

Jorg Fachner, ARU Professor of Music Health and the Brain, has pioneered research into music therapy and the brain. The most recent evidence came from a randomised controlled trial, in which over 70 patients were treated for depression using music therapy versus standard care. The results, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed that one in four patients displayed beneficial effects from the music therapy, outweighing the results and outcomes for most anti-depressants.