Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has launched a new Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC), a state-of-the art laboratory designed to advance the study of human movement in education, research and patient care.
The laboratory will serve as a teaching center on motion analysis for faculty and students from SMU’s California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), Department of Occupational Therapy, and Department of Physical Therapy.
Located in the SMU Health Education Center on the University’s Oakland campus, the center is equipped with the latest technology to study movement including three-dimensional motion-capture cameras, in-floor devices to measure forces, and other equipment to evaluate muscle function and range of motion.
“The MARC will provide valuable opportunities for collaborative, interprofessional teaching and research to Samuel Merritt University,” said Assistant Academic Vice President Terry Nordstrom.
Healthcare practitioners across several fields will use the center to study biomechanics, gait, upper and lower body movement, and the effect of treatment modalities, and apply what they learn in clinical practice for the benefit of patients. The MARC will also be used for clinical trials of new products to treat movement disorders.