Featured Profile: Marjorie Skubic
University of Missouri researcher Dr. Marjorie Skubic engineers creative partnerships for powerful outcomes.
Skubic established and directs the Foresite Eldercare system and MU’s Rehabilitation Technology, an interdisciplinary group focused on investigating sensing, pattern recognition and IT methods to help seniors stay functionally active and independent. In collaboration with nursing professor Marlyn Rantz, she pioneered the Foresite Eldercare System, a state-of-the-art monitoring technology that uses in-home sensors to detect early signs of illness and functional decline in seniors. Skubic has helped garner more than $10.5 million in federal research funding for continued eldercare technology research.
In recent years, Skubic has utilized part of a video game system – the Microsoft Kinect depth sensor – in ways the gamemakers may not have envisioned. She and colleagues from the School of Medicine and School of Health Professions used the camera to identify athletes at risk for ACL (knee) injury. She also partnered with School of Music faculty to screen piano players for injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis.
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