The 2,000 square foot Mobility Research Center houses studies of mobility and physical activity assessment and enhancement in older adults, including mechanisms underlying mobility problems and interventions to address them. Goals of the Center are to:
- Identify the mechanisms underlying impaired mobility task performance
- Develop methods to measure impaired mobility performance
- Develop interventions to reduce impairments in mobility performance
- Provide an environment to facilitate interdisciplinary research
- Publicize methods of evaluation and intervention to health care professionals and caregivers
The Mobility Research Center (MRC) is located south of the University of Michigan Campus, near the I-94/State St interchange. The MRC can be accessed by U-M shuttle, taxi, and city bus service, and has parking immediately outside the building for easy access. The MRC focuses on studies of mobility and physical activity assessment and enhancement in older adults. As a part of the U-M Geriatrics Center, an important mission of the MRC is to serve as a center for undergraduate, graduate, and junior faculty trainees.
The MRC leverages expertise from a number of disciplines (including geriatrics, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and neuropsychology) to examine the mechanisms underlying mobility problems and develop interventions to address these problems.