Music for Health Research Centre wins £200,000 NIHR bid

Published: 2 March 2015 at 08:54

Sarah Faber

Anglia Ruskin Professors to lead music therapy and autism trial

We're pleased to announce that Professor Helen Odell-Miller, Head of Music Therapy Training and Professor Amelia Oldfield, Professor of Music Therapy, of our Music for Health Research Centre have 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.

The project will form the East of England arm of the international multi-centred trial, which is being managed by The University of Bergen.

The TIME-A music therapy research project studies the effectiveness of music therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders over the next 18 months. Anglia Ruskin University and Imperial College London are collaborating to recruit 100 children and families to the study linked to schools and health trusts in the UK.

Previous research has suggested that music therapy may have a positive effect on social interaction and communication among children with autism spectrum disorders. This project aims to study this effect using improvisational music therapy, and to study whether the amount of music therapy sessions per week affects the outcome.