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M-CASTL Conference

March 29, 2010

More than twenty-five experts concerned with the safety and mobility of young drivers and older adults contributed their views and expertise on April 7 at the 2010 Transportation Research and Education Conference, sponsored by the Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan (M-CASTL).

The conference was held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan (U-M) Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave., in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Opening comments by M-CASTL Director David W. Eby followed by Mark M. Banaszak Holl, U-M Associate Vice President, Physical and Natural Resources, kicked off the day's activities.

Two keynote speakers--Dr. Joseph Grengs, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Urban Planning, and Dr. Sandra Rosenbloom, Professor of Planning and Adjunct Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Arizona--addressed participants in the morning and afternoon, respectively.

The conference featured six educational panels, covering a range of topics:

  • Emergency Medicine, Trauma, and Transportation
  • Mobility Management and Transitions from Driving to Non-Driving
  • Commercial Driver Issues
  • Law Enforcement and Transportation
  • Medical Conditions and Transportation
  • Technology and Transportation

To see the conference agenda, visit Transportation Research and Education Conference.

M-CASTL, based at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, is devoted to "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 2010 M-CASTL conference offered 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.

Pictured: M-CASTL Director David W. Eby (left) and Joseph Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab at the 2009 M-CASTL conference. Photo by Greg Kostyniuk.