Gene D. Cohen, MD PhD 's Seminal Research is being expanded by Professor Julene Johnson, University of California, San Francisco Through a New NIH Grant

Gay

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am thrilled to share the good news that Dr. Gene Cohen's groundbreaking research on the impact of community based professionally lead arts programs on the health and well being of older adults is being replicated in part with an expanded sample size and a more rigorous methodology by Dr. Julene Johnson of UCSF.  Dr. Johnson is a professor, musician and clinical researcher who became a Fulbright scholar in order to study communities around the world that have robust chorale music program for older adults.  She, then, formed a research study using 12 chorales in the Bay area.  This study recently received a substantial NIH grant and is moving ahead. 

San Francisco was one of Dr. Cohen's three research sites - the others were in New York and Greater Metro DC.  The leadership of the Bay research team out of the Institute on Aging's Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts (CEYA), has held firm on the importance of replicating Dr. Cohen's work in order to keep it alive and contributing to the field. Dr. Johnson answered this call to deepen this pivotal research.

Dr. Johnson was one of the main presenters in a webinar presented by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on February 20th.  At this same webinar, now archived, the NEA released a new white paper, The Arts and Aging Building The Science, documenting the National Academy of Sciences workshop held in September sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Institutes of US Department of Health, Health and Human Services. Please find links below to learn more.

http://www.arts.gov/national/taskforce/index.html

Or, you can go to the www.arts.gov website to the research section.  Look for the new white paper and the archived webinar both released on February 20th.

Also please read the piece in BBC World News to learn more about the new white paper and related programs. 

Cheers,

Gay

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