Active Ageing - Our Team

Michael Brach - Head of the Lab

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Michael Brach was educated in sports science, mathematics and psychology. His research includes development, implementation and evaluation of ageing-related exercise and physical activity programmes in different settings. He teaches human movement science and athletics.

Michael received a doctoral degree from the faculty of natural sciences at the University of Potsdam (human movement science: EEG, mental training and exercise) and a postdoctoral degree (habilitation) from the faculty of humanities and social sciences at the KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (evaluation research: exercise and physical activity programmes for the elderly). He is associate editor of EURAPA, the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, and treasurer of the European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity (EGREPA). In his academic and project work, he benefits from several years of professional experience as a movement therapist in residential geriatric care.

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PhD Students

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Ellen Bentlage received her Master’s degree in Sport and Movement Gerontology from the German Sport University in Cologne (DSHS). During working as a research assistant in the “Denksport” project at the DSHS, Ellen gathered a valuable experience in research areas related to dementia and MCI patients. Since 2020, she has been working as a research associate & a doctoral candidate at WWU in the department of Movement Science. Being part of an EU-funded health project “PROCare4Life”, her PhD work focuses on developing an app-based physical activity recommendation and motivation system for older people with neurodegenerative diseases. In 2022, Ellen started working as a project manager in the Erasmus+ projects “PA4AGE” and “INTEGRA_LAB”. Additionally, she is a grant holder manager in the
Cost Action CA20104 “PHYSAGENET”.​

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Daniella How received her Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Maastricht. Daniella has also worked as a physiotherapist in several different settings. She commenced her role as a research associate & a doctoral candidate in the department of Movement Science at WWU in 2020. She is responsible for the technical writing and educational materials in the EU-funded health project “PROCare4Life”. She is also involved in other areas of the project’s research, teaching and student mentorship. Her PhD work is focussed on gait and falls in Parkinson’s Disease, and gait measurement technology.

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Mona Ahmed is a physiotherapist who presumed and received her Master’s degree in the international program (Physical activity-and public health) from the Institute of Sports Science -Friedrich-Alexander University-Erlangen-Germany. Mona started her work as a research associate and PhD candidate in the department of movement science at WWU in 2020, her PhD work focuses on investigating the needs and requirements of end-users in the development of digital integrated healthcare platforms, applying different research methods. As a member of the PROCare4Life team, she is working on developing the physical activity recommendations digital system, as well as ensuring the user engagement throughout the whole project. Additionally, Mona is taking part in teaching, and mentor bachelor and master theses.

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Student assistants

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Jill Lilian Mandel received her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Spanish in September 2021 at the University of Münster. During her Bachelor’s Thesis, she became aware of her interest in scientific research as well as the variables that affect people’s physical activity. Because of these Interests, she applied for a job at the Department of Movement Science, and will be in charge of the ERASMUS+ project INTEGRA_LAB+.

 

 

 

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Samira Jaske is currently doing her Master of Education here at the WWU with her focus subjects of Sport and Mathematics. She wrote her bachelor thesis whilst involved in the Actimentia project, which further inspired her interest in the field of Active Aging. She has been working in our department since August 2021, was part of the Actimentia project, and will be active in the new PA4Age project. ​

 

 

 

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Vanessa Hübert has been working as a student assistant in the Institute of Movement Science since 2019. In the same year, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in "Human Movement in Sports and Exercise". She then began a second degree in "Oecotrophology" at Münster University of Applied Sciences. She worked on the project "New ways for medically prescribed rehabilitation sport in cardiac groups " and is now the contact person in the Erasmus+ project "GOLD”. ​