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Virtual Reality, Music and Pain: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Pain Management

Craig Kier -- Maryland Opera Studio

2018/10/18 3:45pm

Research in non-pharmacological pain management seeks alternatives to pain treatments that present severe side effects. This endeavor is increasingly important as opioid addiction and deaths in the U.S. rise, and as governmental agencies recommend health care practitioners and patients move away from opioid-based pain management. Virtual reality (VR) and music therapy (MT) have been separately explored as interventions for alleviating pain, with relatively consistent levels of success. This session details a unique research collaboration between the University of Maryland’s School of Music, School of Nursing and the Maryland Blended Reality Center that combines VR and MT for non-opioid pain management.

Craig Kier is an active guest conductor nationwide while leading the Maryland Opera Studio. At Maryland, he has expanded activities to include an annual opera commissioning prize, is exploring VR in the performing arts, and is Artistic Director of the School of Music Kurt Weill Festival, a cornerstone of UMD’s Year of Immigration.