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Kessler Foundation scientists present rehabilitation research findings at 2012 ACRM-ASNR Conference

2012-10-08 17:17:04 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Findings in cognitive and mobility research and outcomes assessment will be presented by Kessler Foundation experts in stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and MS

West Orange, NJ. October 8, 2012. Scientists from Kessler Foundation are presenting recent findings during Progress in Rehabilitation Research, the 2012 conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation (ACRM-ASNR).  A.M. Barrett, MD, Amanda Botticello, PhD, Peii Chen, PhD, Abhijit Das, MD, Gail F. Forrest, PhD, Yael Goverover, PhD, Denise Krch, PhD, Karen Nolan, PhD, and Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, are addressing a variety of topics that represent the Foundation’s rehabilitation research in stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. The ACRM-ASNR conference is being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 9-13.

A.M. Barrett, MD, the current president of ASNR, is director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation.  Drs. Barrett and Chen will present promising results of prism adaptation treatment for spatial neglect, a common post-stroke hidden disability.  Dr. Park, the assistant director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research, will present the Foundation’s work on the impact of post-stroke cognitive deficits on patient satisfaction surveys of inpatient rehabilitation. Dr. Chen, research scientist in Stroke Rehabilitation Research, will discuss the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP™)--a new standardized tool for reliable functional assessment evaluation of spatial neglect.  Drs. Chen and Botticello share their findings on the secondary impact of stroke in their study of cognitive decline among caregivers. Dr. Botticello is a research scientist in Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation.

During the symposium, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across the Lifespan in Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. Forrest will address the potential for electrical stimulation to attenuate the muscle and bone loss that occurs after spinal cord injury.  Dr. Forrest directs mobility research at the Foundation, where she is assistant director of Human Performance and Engineering Research. Dr. Nolan, a research scientist in Human Performance and Engineering Research, will present a case report on hemiplegia after stroke illustrating the functional gains after utilization of a foot drop stimulator.

Drs. Krch and Goverover are presenting on cultural adaptations and functional assessment in cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. Krch is a research scientist in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research; Dr. Goverover is a visiting scientist from New York University.  Their presentations address the use of strategies to improve cognitive and everyday functioning in persons with cognitive impairments.

Dr. Das is one of five young investigators invited to participate in the conference’s Young Investigators Panel sponsored by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).  Dr. Das, a NIDRR-funded post-doctoral fellow in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, will present his findings on the neurobiology of self-reported fatigue in individual with multiple sclerosis. 

Researchers at Kessler Foundation have faculty appointments in the department of physical medicine & rehabilitation at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey−New Jersey Medical School. They collaborate closely with clinicians at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

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Kessler Foundation is one of the largest public charities in the field of disability. Kessler Foundation Research Center focuses on improving function and quality of life for persons with injuries of the spinal cord and brain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic neurological conditions. Kessler Foundation Program Center fosters new approaches to the persistently high rates of unemployment among people disabled by injury or disease. Targeted grantmaking funds promising programs across the nation. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, people recovering from catastrophic injuries and stroke, and young adults striving for independence are among the thousands of people finding jobs and training for careers as a result of the commitment of Kessler Foundation.

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