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Does Art Heal?

What is the evidence? What should the policy be?

In collaboration with University College London and the National Centre for Creative Health.

The WHO hosts this discussion between researchers, practitioners and policy makers to ask the question: what is the verifiable evidence that art heals? What does that mean? What are the implications for health care and the arts community? Lord Vaizey, Dr Daisy Fancourt and other specialists explore what is currently known about the health benefits of the arts and how society can best take advantage of them.

Moderated by Dr Alexander Van Tulleken, British doctor and TV presenter, with Helen Chatterjee, professor of biology at University College London (UCL); Dr Daisy Fancourt, associate professor, psychobiology and epidemiology, UCL; Harold Offeh, artist and participant in the Hospital Rooms; Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health lead, World Health Organization (WHO); Dévora Kestel, director, department of mental health and substance use, WHO; Lord Vaizey, former UK Minister of Culture; and Alexandra Coulter, acting director, National Centre for Creative Health.


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Patterns in the Fog

A panel discussion on Dementia and the Arts

In collaboration with UCL School of Pharmacy.

As the global population ages and life expectancy increases, cases of dementia are on the rise. For those who have this condition and those who care for them, the journey into dementia can be harrowing at the best of times, but it is particularly heartbreaking during the current pandemic as the feelings of isolation common with the condition are aggravated by social distancing. In this discussion, hosted by University College London’s (UCL) school of pharmacy, caregivers, patients, pharmacists and neurologists share current treatment and understanding of the neurology of types of dementia, and how art can be used as a therapy to ease the condition for patient and caregiver alike.

Introduced by Dr Sara Garfield, co-chair of the UCL school of pharmacy equality, diversity and inclusion public engagement group and moderated by Christopher Bailey, Arts & Health lead, World Health Organization, with Dr Claudia Manzoni, lecturer in translational neuroscience, UCL school of pharmacy; Anne Child, consultant pharmacist for older people; Keith Oliver, person living with dementia together with friend Jen Holland; Diane Waller, arts therapy professor emeritus, Goldsmiths, University of London; and Veronica Franklin Gould, president, Arts 4 Dementia.



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