Clinical Update Traffic Medicine

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Transport as a vector of Health and Wellbeing

24 March 2022 | 5.30pm -7.30pm | Webinar

This Clinical Update highlights the importance of transport as a vector of social inclusion, health and well-being.

High-profile researchers from the UK, the United States and Sweden will speak at the event and present their research findings.

Speakers and Topics: 

  • Dr Charles Musselwhite, Chair in Psychology, Aberystwyth University - "The importance of transport and mobility in relation to health and wellbeing in later life"
  • Ms Katherine Freund, Founder and President ITNAmerica - "ITNCountry: Transportation for Rural and Small Communities"
  • Dr Erja Portegijs, Assoicate Professor/ Rosalind Franklin Fellow, University Medical Center Groningen - "Life-space mobility and active aging"

This event is suitable for all healthcare and road safety professionals.

Dr Charles Musselwhite

Dr Charles Musselwhite is Professor of Psychology at Aberystwyth University. He is co-Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research and is co-Director of the Transport and Health Integrated Research Network (THINK) roles. His research looks at relationships between the built environment and health, including transport and mobility in later life. He has published 45 journal articles, 21 book chapters and 5 books on these subjects. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transport & Health.

Ms Katherine Freund

Katherine Freund is the founder and President of Independent Transportation Network of America. Katherine has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She Chaired the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population, served on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and as a National Transit Institute Fellow. She has served for twelve years on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on the Safe Mobility of Seniors where she Co-chaired the Joint Subcommittee on Transportation Options for Seniors. In 2013, Katherine testified about ITNAmerica and sustainable senior transportation before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. In her home state of Maine, she is a member the Senior Driver Safety Coalition.

Katherine is a 2012 Askoka Fellow. She was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement,” and on CNN’s “Breakthrough Women” series. She has received AARP’s Inspire Award, the Maxwell Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America, and the Social Enterprise Alliance award for Leadership in Innovative Enterprise Ideas.

Katherine has participated in more than 150 national and international panels and conference sessions on alternative transportation for older people. Katherine has been an invited speaker in Canada, Australia, Germany, Ireland, England, Switzerland, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, India and Taiwan. She lives in Portland, Maine, and has two adult children.

Dr Erja Portegijs

Since September 2021, Erja Portegijs, is appointed as Associate Professor at the Center for Human Movement Sciences of the UMCG in a prestigious tenure track scheme. Previously, she worked at the Gerontology Research Center and Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Outdoor or life-space mobility, physical activity, and active aging more in general are among her recent research topics. She has led several projects utilizing interdisciplinary methods to study interactions between the person and the environment and how these shape older adults’ behavior. She is currently the leader of a workgroup on behavioral and biomarkers and environmental factors in the context of technology-assisted physical activity interventions for older adults in a large European COST network (PhysAgeNet) and is involved in projects facilitating lifestyle medicine within the UMCG hospital.

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