The Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC) at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is among the best equipped healthcare sciences teaching and research laboratories in northern California. It is a 2,100 ft² state-of-the-art laboratory designed to advance the study of human movement in education, research, and patient care. The MARC serves as a teaching center on motion analysis for faculty and students from SMU’s California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), Department of Occupational Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, and Department of Nursing.
Healthcare practitioners across several fields will also 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. Furthermore, the MARC will be a venue for clinical trials of new products and interventions designed to treat movement disorders.
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The MARC is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for measuring three-dimensional motion, forces, pressures, balance, and muscle function. It supports the University’s teaching programs along with faculty and student research. Download the brochure for more information.
The following is a list of the physical resources available in the MARC:
- Qualisys 9-Camera Motion Capture System, featuring Qualisys Tracking Manager (QTM) software
- Visual 3D
- AMTI Force Platforms (x 6)
- Delsys Wireless Electromyography (EMG) System
- Novel EMED Pressure Mapping System
- Tekscan Pressure Mapping System
- Zeno Gait Walkway
- Natus Smart Equitest
- APDM Mobility Lab Comprehensive Gait & Balance Analysis
- Cosmed K5 Wearable Metabolic Testing System
- Lumbar Motion Monitor
- Aretech Zero-G Passive Gait Training System
- Biodex System 4 Pro Isokinetic Dynamometer (new in 2017)
- AMTI Instrumented Treadmill (new in 2017)
Andrew (Drew) Smith, Ph.D., the director of the MARC, has more than 35 years of experience in the field of movement analysis and kinesiology, and has worked internationally in academic settings, clinical settings, and research labs. His primary area of research is in gait and balance, in particular, neuromuscular control of motion across a wide spectrum of movements. Before coming to SMU, Drew was an associate professor and associate head of the Department of Health and Physical Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Stephen Hill, Ph.D., is the laboratory manager of the MARC, having joined SMU in December 2014. He has over 25 years of experience in kinesiology and biomechanics of human movement. His clinical and research work has included orthotics & prosthetics, back injury, and neurological disorders. Before coming to SMU, Steve collaborated in, developed, and managed multidisciplinary clinical and research motion analysis labs in Canada and the US, and taught several biomechanics courses. His primary research focus is on clinical and occupational applications of biomechanics of gait and posture.
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The MARC was funded entirely by philanthropic support. Foundations, corporations, employees, alumni, board members and friends of Samuel Merritt University contributed to date more than $800,000 to renovate space and purchase the equipment. Click here to read about the Grand Opening in November 2013.