APRC high performance research lab Exterior, eye-level perspective


Today’s athletes demand innovative approaches to health and well-being.


Scientists will collaborate with one another, as well as experts from around the globe, like never before.

Introducing the athletic performance research center

This state-of-the-art facility will be a premier destination for elite scientists and scholars who will come from around the globe to research and advance the ever-changing world of athletics. Located on the eastern edge of the Marquette University campus, the center will sit alongside downtown Milwaukee's major freeway interchange.

A unique collaboration between Marquette University and Aurora Health Care, the world-class athletic performance research center will be led by elite researchers and clinicians from Marquette and Aurora Health Care.

A collaborative commitment

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A new day

In his first Presidential Address in January 2015, Marquette President Michael R. Lovell announced that the university would construct the multipurpose, co-curricular facility with involvement from the Milwaukee Bucks, calling it "a new day at Marquette University.” A year later, President Lovell announced that Aurora Health Care will join Marquette as a lead partner in the venture, creating a one-of-its-kind collaboration among three of Milwaukee's largest and most well-respected institutions.

Spurring partnerships

Central to the project is the ability to catalyze community engagement and create new and enhanced partnerships throughout the region. It will link health care providers and scholars, creating synergies that foster research breakthroughs in physiological and psychological areas of human and health performance.

Specialized research

Emerging fields, including exercise physiology, athletic training, biomedical engineering and nutrition and rehabilitation, will be among the specialty research areas that the center will showcase.

The science inside the center

Take a look at the science that will take place inside the athletic performance research center. “It doesn’t look like much now, but this is going to be a state-of-the-art facility,” says Dr. Bill Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We see this facility as setting the standard for athletics performance research."

Dr. Kris Ropella, Opus Dean of Engineering, adds, “The creation of such a facility gives us new opportunities that we haven’t seen before and also the opportunity to attract experts from all over the world.”


800 W. Michigan St. | Milwaukee, WI 53223

The athletic performance research center