University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
As a Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign affiliated with the Beckman institute for Advance Science and Technology and director of the Motor Control Research Lab, I have gained a broad background in kinesiology and aging with specific training in motor control giving me the expertise, training, and motivation to be well-suited for this project. Starting as an NIA pre-doctoral fellow, I have developed a research agenda primarily focused on the control of movement and how it is impacted by aging and chronic disease over the last 13 years. Recently, my research has focused on investigating predictors, consequences and prevention of mobility impairment and their consequences such as falls in clinical populations. Through small, feasible and proof-of-concept pilot tests and randomized controlled exercise-based intervention trials, my expertise in conduction of theoretically driven quantitative research has been sharpened as documented in the following publications. Currently, I am principal investigator on two externally funded RCTs focusing on rehabilitation of mobility impairment in special populations. Additionally, I serve as a co-investigator on several other collaborative projects, serve on the executive committee of the International MS Falls prevention research network and am founding director of the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic. These experiences have taught me the importance of communication with my research team and personnel as well as time and budget management. As a PI or Co-I, my research agenda has been externally funded since 2007 and resulted in over 140 publications. Collectively, my expertise will help with the design and implementation of the investigation; appropriate experimental methods including study design, participant recruitment and enrollment, selection and refinement of outcomes, procedures, and data analysis; publishing outcomes; and translating preliminary data into larger, externally-funded projects. The current application builds logically upon my previous work.