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M-CASTL 2011 Transportation Research and Education Conference

May 1, 2011

The 2011 Transportation Research and Education Conference, sponsored by the Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL), will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at the University of Michigan (U-M) League in Ann Arbor. The event will provide valuable information from experts about young driver and older adult safety and mobility issues, and will offer special opportunities for networking with other professionals.

Conference keynote speakers will be Dr. David Sleet of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Toni Antonucci of the U-M Institute for Social Research Life Course Development Program. There will also be educational panels on emerging research on older driver safety and mobility, best practices for safe teen driving, best practices for older driver safety and mobility, and emerging research on teen driver safety.

The theme of M-CASTL, a University Transportation Center recently established at U-M and located at UMTRI, is "safety and mobility throughout the lifespan" with a special emphasis on young people and older adults. Achieving the goals of safety and mobility for these two populations will require a sustained and broad-based effort on multiple fronts, involving collaboration among a diverse group of researchers and professionals.

The 2011 M-CASTL conference offers an opportunity for researchers and professionals in transportation safety, engineering, social work, psychology, sociology, public health, urban planning, medicine, pharmacology, gerontology, occupational therapy, childhood development, and many other areas to learn from one another and work toward achieving these important goals.