Junior Research Group Leader Sport Science

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Dr. Michael Schwenk
Network Aging Research
Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0)6221 54 4645




Junior Research Group "Exercise, Physical Activity and Healthy Aging"
The junior research group develops an innovative active aging paradigm for preventing age-related functional decline.

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since 01/2016 Junior Research Group Leader, Network Aging Research and Department of Sport Science, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
since 10/2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation, Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Stuttgart, Germany
since 07/2012 Research Appointment, Arizona Center on Aging, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
05/2012-09/2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Medicine, interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
06/2011-05/2012  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bethanien-Hospital/ Geriatric Center at Heidelberg University, Germany
07/2017-05/2011 Ph.D. Exercise and Sport Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany (Title of thesis: Development and evaluation of an exercise program for patients with dementia, grade: summa cum laude)
08/2001-06/2007   M.Sc. Exercise and Sport Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany (with distinction)







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Research Interests

  • Healthy Aging
  • Physical Activity
  • Exercise interventions in older adults and chronic disease patients
  • Falls prevention/Falls Prediction
  • Sensor-based Analysis of Human Motion



  • 2014 Junior Investigator Travel Award, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2012 Junior Investigator Travel Award, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2012 Postdoc Stipendium Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • 2012 Ruprecht-Karls-Preis, Universität Heidelberg
  • 2012 Hans-Franke-Preis, Würzburger Seniorenstiftung FUTURA
  • 2008 Promotionsstipendium Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg
  • 2008 Innovation in Clinical Science Award, International Society for Posture & Gait Research
  • 2007 Hermann-Rieder-Award, Institut für Sport- und Sportwissenschaft, Universität Heidelberg (2. Platz)

Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board, Gerontology (Karger Publishers)
  • Editorial Board, Sports Medicine – Open (Springer)


Research Networks

  • International Society of Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Prevention of Falls Network Europe (ProFaNE)
  • Arizona Aging and Cognition Collaboration (University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Banner Sun Health Research Institute)
  • American Geriatric Society (AGS)
  • Consensus Group to establish a standard in motor and physical activity assessment patients (Robert-Bosch-Hospital Stuttgart, Germany).
  • FARSEEING (FAll Repository for the design of Smart and sElf-adaptive Environments prolonging INdependent livinG) Consortium Europe



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