Bodary, Borer, McLean Get "Cubed"


MCubed is a two-year seed-funding program designed to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new initiatives with major societal impact. The program minimizes the time between idea conception and successful research results by providing immediate startup funds for novel, high-risk and transformative research projects.

Below are Kinesiology researchers who have received funding through this initiative:

Peter Bodary Ph.D., assistant professor in Movement Science, is collaborating on Prevention of vascular complications in sickle cell disease with Andrew Campbell and Dan Eitzman. "The goal of this project is to determine why vascular complications such as stroke and pulmonary hypertension occur in patients with sickle cell disease. Once this is clarified, therapeutic interventions will be tested to prevent these complications."

Katarina Borer Ph.D., professor in Movement Science, is working with Maureen Devlin and Karl Jepsen on Bone, Exercise and Energy. "The goal of this project is to study the plasticity of the skeleton to perturbations in voluntary exercise and diet (energy input)."

Scott McLean Ph.D., assistant professor in Movement Science, is working with Ellen Arruda and Asheesh Bedi onUnderstanding ACL Strain Patterns. "Understanding the strains in knee ligaments before and after surgery is critical to help prevent these common and debilitating injuries".

Kathryn Heinze Ph.D., assistant professor in Sport Management, received funding for Emergence of locally-owned food business in Detroit. Her collaborators include Sarah Soderstrom Wayne Baker. "This MCubed project focuses on the emergence of locally-owned food businesses in Detroit, as well as their connection to urban farming activities, city revitalization, and community wellness. We will study the juxtaposition of collaboration and capitalism and the roles of support networks and resource-sharing in effectively building this local-food movement."

Rachael Seidler Ph.D., associate professor of Movement Science, is working on The Aging Brain: Network Changes and Functional Consequences with Scott Peltier and Patricia Reuter-Lorenz. "We will use cutting edge brain imaging techniques to quantify age differences in network connectivity strength. We will also evaluate how these differences relate to age declines in cognitive, sensory, and motor function."