International Association for Music and Medicine

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The International Association for Music & Medicine is a registered non-profit organisation formed in 2009 to encourage and support the use of music in medical contexts including research into the benefits of music, and its specialised applications in healthcare.

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Athens, Greece recently hosted the 7th International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine on May 28 - 29, 2022. Meetings and presentations from Greek and international invited speakers took place in person and through live streaming May 28 to May 29, 2022. Additionally, a week of online-only presentations took place May 30 to June 3, 2022.

Athens is one of the world's oldest cities, offering centuries-old history to be explored and enjoyed. According to Plato, one of the first schools of music education was founded by the people of Crete followed by the musical schools of Athens, where students were taught to sing and play the lyre. We were honored to meet in this magical and historical city.

If you registered for the conference, you will have access to recordings of the conference proceedings. Click here to access the content library.


Take a look at our free blog where we highlight articles from Music and Medicine, IAMM's events, and more.

Music and Medicine Vol 13, No 2: Article Feature and Table of Contents 

By International Association for Music and Medicine | April 22, 2021

Here is a preview of the new issue of Music and Medicine.  Article Preview: The Effect of Music Therapy on Weight Gain among Preterm Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Possible Mechanisms.  1. Can you Read more…

Non-COVID research in the midst of a pandemic: Lessons from music and neuroscience

By International Association for Music and Medicine | April 6, 2021

Written by Karen M. Johnston, MD, Ph.D, Neurosurgery There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound influence on the science of virology, epidemiology and vaccine development among other areas of research. Read more…

A journey of music in medicine – the painless story of anaesthesiologist Dr. Fred Schwartz

By International Association for Music and Medicine | March 25, 2021

This blog post is based on Dr. Schwarz’s published article in Music and Medicine, Vol 11, Issue 4, pp. 256-261. His piece relays his experience of the role music can play in medicine and medical settings.

How do adults use music for chronic pain relief?

By International Association for Music and Medicine | March 16, 2021

Research has shown that music can reduce pain perception and intensity. This analgesic effect is believed to be both cognitive and emotional with music being an environmental stimulus that can modify pain perception by inducing Read more…

Music Therapy and Medical Assistance in Dying

By samuelmusictherapy | March 3, 2021

In 2019, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were selected by an IAMM review committee for inclusion at the conference. Each leader was charged with assembling topic experts from different disciplines and continents. These groups met virtually Read more…

Does the language of a lullaby play a role in soothing infants?

By International Association for Music and Medicine | December 3, 2020

Written by Karen M. Johnston, MD, Ph.D., Neurosurgery In a recent Nature and Human Behaviour issue Bainbridge et al (1) challenge the reader with the idea that lullabies in many (most?) languages have the ability Read more…

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Music and Medicine - The Official Journal of the IAMM

Music and Medicine (MMD) is an interdisciplinary journal that serves as an integrative forum for clinical practice and research related to music interventions and applications of clinical music strategies in medicine.

Each peer-reviewed issue offers original articles, case studies, editorial commentaries, and interviews from clinical medicine, the neurosciences, behavioral sciences, nursing, and social work that translate research from music, music psychology, music cognition, music neurology, and music therapy into scientifically valid clinical applications.

The goal for Music and Medicine is to bring together information that is currently dispersed across many disciplines throughout many publications.

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