RBMF is the medical research department associated with the hospital of the German charity foundation “Robert Bosch Stiftung”. Research activities and teaching is attached to the Universities of Tuebingen (medical faculty and health psychology), Stuttgart (movement science, engineering, computer science) and Ulm (epidemiology). The members of the research team currently include 6 fulltime post‐doc positions and 15 research staff members in the areas of medical engineering, geriatric medicine, sport and movement science, health psychology, epidemiology, gerontology, and physiotherapy. R&D activities include different fields of geriatric medicine. The department is currently running several RCTs with complex interventions focusing on physical activity and fall prevention in community living elderly
Professor Clemens Becker WP leader for WP4.
Clemens Becker is a professor in Geriatric Medicine at University of Stuttgart, Department of Health Science. He is also Head of the Department of Clinical Gerontology and Rehabilitation at RBMF, in addition to head of the Competence Centre for Clinical Gerontology at RBMF. He is a member of the European Academy for Medicine on Ageing and the Germany Society of Geriatric Medicine and the spokesman of the “Bundesinitiative Sturzprävention” (National Initiative for Fall Prevention). Professor Clemens Becker's main research interests are fall prevention, epidemiology of fractures, rehabilitation in older people, and gerontechnology.
Dr Stefanie Mikolaizak is a postdoctoral research fellow at RBMF with an interest in promoting health and quality of life through economically sustainable, equitable, and efficient use of health resources. She has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Physiotherapy, a diploma in Health Economics, and obtained her PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine in 2015 with a multidisciplinary project linked to existing health services to prevent falls in older adults. She has expertise in trial management and coordination of national and international research projects. Stef also holds a research fellow position at the University of Sydney, and the Neuroscience Research Australia. Stef’s role in the PreventIT project is coordinating the German clinical site at Stuttgart within the feasibility RCT (WP6).
Dr. Michael Schwenk's main role in the PreventIT project is in developing a/e-LiFE, RCT (WP 6).
Dr. Michael Schwenk is a postdoctoral Fellow at RBMF. He has a PhD in Exercise Science and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering University of Arizona. He is associate Editor of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. His main research interests are exercise training in older adults and sensor-based analysis of motion performance and physical activity. He is the author of > 70 publications in peer reviewed international journals, conference proceedings, and books with > 330 citations (h-index 9).
Dr. Jochen Klenk is a senior research fellow at the RBMF and at the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University. He has a diploma in medical engineering, master degree in public health, and a PhD in human biology. His main research interests are analysis of large observational studies, physical activity monitoring, and sensor-based fall detection. He is the author of > 80 publications in peer reviewed international journals, conference proceedings or books with > 1800 citations (h-index 20).
Dr. Jochen Klenk main role in the PreventIT project will be contributions to WP 3 (risk model).
Kilian Rapp works as a senior physician and a senior research fellow at the Department of Clinical Gerontology and Rehabilitation at RBMF. He is a member of the European Academy for Medicine on Ageing, the Germany Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Fragility Fracture Network. Main research topics are falls prevention and fracture epidemiology.
Corinna Oberle is a Research associate and PhD Candidate at the RBMF. She holds a Master of Arts in Exercise Science: Health Promotion from the University of Stuttgart. In PreventIT, her work contributes to the developing aLiFE and eLiFE (WP 6) and including testing and training of participants.