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Kessler Foundation Marks National Stroke Awareness Month

Kessler Foundation Marks National Stroke Awareness Month

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Kessler Foundation highlighted its stroke rehabilitation research and funding of employment initiatives to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

While many researchers strive to improve mobility after stroke, scientists at Kessler Foundation focus on what are known as “hidden disabilities,” which often go undiagnosed and untreated, but greatly limit independence and quality of life. Spatial neglect—a hidden disability that affects up to 70 percent of stroke survivors—is of special interest to researchers at Kessler Foundation.

“Paralysis and weakness are well recognized, while hidden disabilities


Congressman Payne, Jr. Tours Kessler Foundation

Congressman Payne, Jr. Tours Kessler Foundation

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) toured Kessler Foundation on Wednesday to learn about its rehabilitation research to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

“We are honored to have Congressman Payne join us to see how our work changes the lives of people with disabilities,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Through our research, individuals with paralysis have taken their first steps. People with brain injury and multiple sclerosis are improving their thinking, learning and memory so they can participate in more of the daily activities that we are fortunate enough to enjoy. Stroke survivors are improving their


Five Countries Represented in the 2013 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Five Countries Represented in the 2013 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

April 21, 2015

On Memorial Day, racers from all over the world competed in the 13th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K—the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Racers competed for a total purse of $10,000. Twenty-eight racers represented five countries, including Nigeria, Spain, Columbia, Costa Rica and the United States.

Laurens Molina, from Costa Rica, won the Men’s Open division with a time of 23.46 minutes. Molina competed in the 2012 London Paralympics and is striving to secure a world title. Tony Noguiera, from N.J., came in with a time of 24.06 minutes for a close second place. He is one of the original members of the WheelBlazers—an adult wheelchair racing team sponsored by Kessler Foundation.

Four-time Paralympian Jessica Galli, from Ga.,


 Kessler Foundation Awarded More than $500,000 in Grants by New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research

Kessler Foundation Awarded More than $500,000 in Grants by New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—The New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research awarded two grants to scientists at Kessler Foundation to study emotional processing deficits in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the effects of aerobic exercise on memory impairments after TBI. The grants exceeded $500,000.

“With the support of the Commission, we look forward to expanding our knowledge of how the brain functions after brain injury and developing treatments that improve the function of individuals with TBI,” said Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., director of TBI and Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler


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June Employment Data Show Difficult Month for People with Disabilities

April 21, 2015

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release July TIDE - National Update

West Orange, NJ – July 5, 2013. The latest statistics indicate weak employment results for people with disabilities across the board, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Update (TIDE). This release is the fifth monthly analysis issued by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.  “first-Friday” data released Friday, July 5, all indicators suggest that


Kessler Foundation Awarded more than $1.2 Million in Grants by the NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research

Kessler Foundation Awarded more than $1.2 Million in Grants by the NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research awarded three grants to scientists at Kessler Foundation. The grants, which exceed $1.2 million, fund studies of assisted walking with Ekso, the impact of aging in the population with spinal cord injury (SCI) and the effects of electrical stimulation on bone loss.

“Thanks to the Commission, we have the ability to advance research to find new treatments that improve the function and quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury,” said John DeLuca, Ph.D., vice president for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation. “We


NJ Students Gain Knowledge, Awards through ThinkFirst Contest

NJ Students Gain Knowledge, Awards through ThinkFirst Contest

April 21, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.Kessler Foundation announced the winners of its annual New Jersey ThinkFirst poster contest for the 2013 academic year. ThinkFirst, a national injury prevention program, educates students K-12 on simple safety practices to avoid a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI), and the consequences of such injuries. Kessler Foundation sponsors the N.J. ThinkFirst chapter, which reached 11,569 students this year.

Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of


Op-Ed by Rodger DeRose published in “The Hill”

Op-Ed by Rodger DeRose published in “The Hill”

April 21, 2015

“Providing work opportunities for people with disabilities benefits economy and society”

 

Read July 24 op-ed in the influential congressional daily paper, “The Hill”, by Rodger DeRose, president & CEO of Kessler Foundation. In “Providing work opportunities for people with disabilities benefits economy and society,” DeRose cites the Foundation’s funding of disability employment initiatives as examples where positive acceptance of people with disabilities in the work force make good business sense.

Read more: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/313357-providing-work-


Trustee Publishes Book with Portion of Sales Benefiting Kessler Foundation

Trustee Publishes Book with Portion of Sales Benefiting Kessler Foundation

April 21, 2015

Saul Simon, CFP, a trustee of Kessler Foundation and national expert on strategic financial planning, published his first book: Simon Says Love Your Legacy - A Guide to Financial Education for You and Your Family. A portion of the sales will benefit Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of people with disabilities through rehabilitation research and funding employment initiatives. “My dream of writing what I believe to be a defining book on the human face to financing has become a reality,” said Simon. “I also set a goal of raising $100


 Research Participants Needed for New Dementia Study

Research Participants Needed for New Dementia Study

April 21, 2015

For people diagnosed within the past 5 years

Kessler Foundation is seeking participants who have been diagnosed with dementia within the past 5 years.  This study requires one 1.5 to 2-hour session of memory testing at our research center in West Orange. No medications or invasive procedures are involved. Monetary compensation provided. Contact Dr. James Sumowski at 


Kessler Foundation Fellow Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

Kessler Foundation Fellow Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

April 21, 2015

Rakesh Pilkar, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, was awarded a R03, $153,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Rakesh Pilkar, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, was awarded a R03, $153,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the response levels to function electrical stimulation (FES) interventions in the rehabilitation of stroke patients—titled, “


Dr. Chiaravalloti comments on concussion study in cheerleaders

Dr. Chiaravalloti comments on concussion study in cheerleaders

April 21, 2015

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, quoted in

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, is quoted in "Watching Children for Concussions” published on http://www.dailyrx.com/possible-concussions-young-athletes-may-need-professional-evaluation. Her comments focus on a study of the cognitive effects of concussions in cheerleaders published in the August issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. The researchers used the Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) to evaluate girls pre- and post-injury.


U.S. News and World Report interview with Rodger DeRose

U.S. News and World Report interview with Rodger DeRose

April 21, 2015

Emphasizes progress among major employers

Rodger DeRose, president and CEO of Kessler Foundation, is quoted in this September 6 US News article, “August Jobs Report Shows Negative Outlook for Disabled Workers”: http://tinyurl.com/mqqs4sz.  This article examines the August Trends in Disability Employment – National Update (TIDE Update) issued by experts at Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Also interviewed is Andrew Houtenville, PhD, of UNH. Despite the disappointing data, DeRose emphasizes the heightened awareness of some major employers regarding the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.


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New SCI Research & You Brochure Available

April 21, 2015

Brochure insert highlights recruitment for 8 ongoing studies

Now available: Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System: Research and You. a new informative color brochure for individuals with SCI and their caregivers.  Insert details eight ongoing studies being conducted by Kessler Foundation and collaborators. The scan code brings the reader to the research recruitment page on our website.

This new brochure complements our general Kessler Foundation: Research & You participant recruitment brochure.

Reminder:


Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation's DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 13

Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation's DeLisa Award: Deadline Dec. 13

April 21, 2015

4th Annual Award for Excellence in Research & Education

A single award of $50,000 will be made in Spring 2014

Kessler Foundation announces the 2013-2014 Call for Nominations for Kessler Foundation’s Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). This $50,000 annual award recognizes a physician or scientist who is a leader and role model in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation. Click for more information about the nomination process, application guidelines, instructions, and nomination cover sheet for Kessler Foundation’s Joel A.