Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is looking toward the future with a new research focus to achieve national recognition as a health sciences institution in clinical education. Next year, a new state-of-the-art Motion Analysis and Research Center (MARC) lab will open with new avenues of research. A matching grant from Root Lab, Inc. has made possible the renovation and technological upgrade of the MARC. One of the research rooms inside the lab will be named after the company founder, Merton L. Root, DPM.
Dr. Root is known as a biomechanical pioneer. He graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM), now known as CSPM. He served as chair of biomechanics at CCPM from 1961 until 1968 where he returned to teaching part-time. Root is considered one of the most influential educators in the profession. His theories laid the groundwork for the modern orthotic industry which has contributed to the fields of sports medicine and podiatry.