About IML

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a few words about us

The Institute for Mobility is established in 1987 by Dr. W. Andrew Hodge. Through research and education, the IML has been supporting the study of joint health, replacement technology and improved quality of life for patients through private donors and sponsorships around the world. The IML has received worldwide recognition for outstanding contributions in the areas of joint replacement, human motion analysis and sports biomechanics/injury prevention as well as computer assisted surgery. With community support, the IML hopes to increase the availability of this life changing analysis.

The Institute for Mobility and Longevity is a world-wide not-for-profit organization based in Phoenix Arizona. The IML is dedicated to improving mobility and the quality of life through orthopedic research, injury prevention, human motion studies, education, and patient centered treatment.

Its Beginnings

Founded as the BioMotion Foundation in 1987 in Boston by Dr. Andrew Hodge, the Institute for Longevity and Motion continues to fulfill the Foundation’s original mission to “…improve the mobility and quality of life through orthopedic research, education and clinical excellence for individuals with physical limitations.”  It has been an exciting journey from those early days…but also a journey that has never wavered from its mission and vision for the future.

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Mission Statement

The Institute for Mobility and Longevity is an international not-for-profit organization that improves mobility and quality of life through orthopedic research, education and clinical excellence for individuals with physical limitations.

Vision Statement

To help create a world where longevity and mobility are improved for all.

Areas of Focus

  • Orthopedic Research
    • Orthopedic Disease
    • Aging Bones and Joints
    • Sports Biomechanics
    • Knee, Hip and Spine Interaction
  • Human Motion Studies
    • Motion Analysis
    • Studies of Daily Activities
      • Up and Down Stairs
      • Daily Chores
      • Gait Examination
      • Walking
      • Standing – Sitting - Standing
    • Kinetics Research
    • Medical Technology
      • 3D Knee
      • Joint Replacement
    • Patient Education
      • Injury Prevention
    • Clinical Excellence
      • Improving Health Systems
      • Patient Centric Process

 

In those early years, Dr. Hodge was teaching in the Mechanical Engineering/Orthopedic Department at MIT/Harvard.  His work at that time helped to clarify his thoughts regarding the need for biomechanical and biomaterials research that would lead to better technology and surgical procedures for persons with debilitating musculoskeletal problems.  Dr. Hodge’s efforts were applauded nationally, resulting in 1991 with an invitation from the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, for him to relocate The BioMotion Foundation and its integrated research lab to the hospital.  Realizing the extraordinary potential of such a partnership, Dr. Hodge enthusiastically accepted this offer and in the same year relocated the lab to Good Sam.

Good Sam provided initial funding to sustain the lab, and Dr. Scott Banks, a MIT biomechanical engineer, was soon recruited by Dr. Hodge to serve the Foundation as its chief researcher and to manage the lab.  Over the years, the Foundation and its orthopedic research lab have produced numerous award-winning findings and papers, earning a worldwide reputation as one of only a handful of premier research institutions engaged in this vital work.

In 2014, Dr. Hodge repositioned his practice to align with Dignity Health Medical Group a vibrant, national health care system in Phoenix, Arizona.  It became apparent that the Phoenix Valley is experiencing a significant growth explosion along with a great need for quality orthopeadic care supported by academic research. Within a short time, the Institute for Mobility and Longevity began the process of moving the home office from Florida to Arizona.  In fall 2016, the Foundation became licensed and operational as a world-wide 501(c)3 based in Phoenix, AZ.

The IML Foundation Today

The IML currently is supporting many curriculums, research programs and outreach strategies. We continue to build relationships with industry and the clinical communities, both locally and nationally. Today, we are engaged with the Arizona State University, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering.  The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering,

one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, and the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston have been awarded an Industry/University

Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Planning Grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Research at the academic level focuses on a model to investigate the mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration responsible for motor learning and control.

This is great news for neuroscience researchers, industry collaborators, and clinicians.

This NSF I/UCRC will focus on neurotechnology and be called Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology or BRAIN. The center will develop safe, effective and affordable personalized neurotechnologies for the restoration, enhancement and rehabilitation of sensory, motor, affective and cognitive functions.

BRAIN center members, which will include clinical, industrial and federal partners, will have expertise that spans single cells to systems using surgical and non-surgical approaches, and both human and non-human models. This partnership will allow rigorous testing of the efficacy, safety and long-term reliability of neurotechnology that would not be otherwise possible within the traditional ‘silos’ of academic, industry, regulatory and clinical communities. ~  BRAIN I/UCRC

The BRAIN I/UCRC program and other partnerships continue the advancement of knowledge about longevity-related research and technology.  We will continue to explore the most pressing issues surrounding mobility and good health as it impacts quality of life.  As such, we deliver the highest caliber scientific data leading to practical, cost-effective treatment for aging patients, children with crippling disabilities, and for injury prevention intervention techniques for persons engaged in sports, fitness programs or just wishing to enjoy a quality and mobile lifestyle.

A Blueprint for the Future

While the accomplishments of The Foundation during its 29 years of existence have been extraordinary, it is only the beginning of what lies ahead.  Over the next several years one will see The IML move forward with new ideas, cutting-edge research, combined with a very aggressive charity programs to better position us for the important work that lays ahead.  The future serves as an arena for both research advancement and anti-aging thus increasing health span with life continuance. Our focus continues and includes:

  • Expanded research program in the areas of longevity, motion, and its related fields
  • Exponential educational opportunities, including scholarship programs
  • Sufficient benevolent financing, both operational and humanitarian

The IML will continue to work at the intersection of engineering, medicine, physiology, biology and policy to develop use-inspired technologies with the potential to improve human movement, health and well-being.

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