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Kessler Foundation researchers present at Society for Neuroscience Meeting in New Orleans

2012-10-03 12:08:27 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Drs. Genova, Weaver, Wylie and Yue share findings in brain injury, MS and aging

West Orange, NJ. October 3, 2012. Kessler Foundation scientists will present research findings in traumatic brain injury , multiple sclerosis, and aging at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, La., October 13-17. Helen Genova, PhD, Glenn Wylie, DPhil, Guang Yue, PhD, and Starla Weaver, PhD, will present their neuroimaging research in cognitive fatigue and age-related degeneration, and behavioral research on the effect of task switching on executive function. The Society for Neuroscience annual meeting is the premier venue for neuroscientists from around the world to debut cutting-edge research.

Dr. Genova’s topic is “An investigation of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using neuroimaging," H.M. Genova,J. DeLuca, A. Das, N. Chiaravalloti, G. Wylie. Dr. Genova is a research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation.  This study is funded by the National MS Society.

Dr. Wylie will present “An investigation of cognitive fatigue in traumatic brain injury using functional magnetic resonance imaging,” G.R. Wylie, H. Genova, J. DeLuca, A. Das, N. Chiaravalloti. Dr. Wylie is assistant director of neuroscience in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. This study is funded by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research.

Dr. Weaver will present her preliminary research on “The effect of hierarchical task representation on action selection in voluntary task switching,” S.M. Weaver, C.M. Arrington. Dr. Weaver, a postdoctoral fellow in Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, is a recipient of a Mitchell Rosenthal Memorial Fellowship in Traumatic Brain Injury. She has received funding from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research to continue this investigation.

Dr. Yue, is co-author of, “Motor cortical map plasticity underlying strengthening counteracts aging-related degeneration: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study,” E.B. Plow, C. Bonnet, D.A. Cunningham, A. Wyant, D. Janini, M.B. Bayram, J. Hou, B. Mamone, V. Siemionow, A. Machado, G. H. Yue. This research was conducted by scientists at Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University in Ohio, with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Yue, director of Human Performance & Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation since January, was formerly with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.

Kessler Foundation conducts rehabilitation research in multiple sclerosis, stroke and brain injury, and spinal cord injury.  John DeLuca, PhD, is vice president of Research and Training at the Foundation.  Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, directs Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the Foundation.  Drs. DeLuca and Chiaravalloti are experts in the cognitive effects of brain injury and MS. They are co-directors of the Northern New Jersey TBI System, one of a national network of model systems funded by the National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research.  Kessler Foundation also receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society, National Stroke Association, state agencies, device manufacturers, and private foundations.

Scientists at Kessler Foundation have faculty appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine & Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a large public charity in the field of disability, conducts rehabilitation research and training in mobility and cognition that advances the care of people with multiple sclerosis, brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. Kessler Foundation is one of seven centers in the U.S. to have NIDRR-funded model systems for traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Through its program center, Kessler Foundation fosters new approaches to the persistently high rates of unemployment among people disabled by injury or disease. Targeted grant making 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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