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Kessler Foundation Awarded $750,000 Grant from National MS Society for cognitive research

Kessler Foundation Awarded $750,000 Grant from National MS Society for cognitive research

April 1, 2014

Dr. Chiaravalloti will study effect of speed of processing training on cognitive performance in MS

West Orange, NJ.  April 1, 2014. Kessler Foundation received a four-year $750,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to conduct a randomized controlled trial of speed of processing training to improve cognition in multiple sclerosis (MS). Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, PhD, the study’s principal investigator, is Director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience and


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Kessler Foundation Named One of the Best U.S. Nonprofits and Best Places to Work in N.J.

April 1, 2014

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—For the second consecutive year, Kessler Foundation (KesslerFoundation.org) has been recognized as one of the Best U.S. Nonprofit Organizations to Work for by The NonProfit Times, as well as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ in the medium category (15-249 employees).

“Kessler Foundation is proud to be recognized as one of the best nonprofits and best places to work for in the nation and in New Jersey,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “This achievement is a result of the enthusiasm shown by all of our employees and trustees to our mission of changing


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Kessler Foundation Receives MS Research Center Award from National MS Society

March 31, 2014

John DeLuca, PhD, is principal investigator for $821,000 grant that funds new MS Collaborative Network of New Jersey

West Orange, NJ. March 31, 2014. Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a MS Research Center Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  John DeLuca, PhD, is principal investigator for the five-year $821,000 grant, which will fund the MS Collaborative Network of New Jersey (MSCNNJ). The MSCNNJ will bring together the Foundation’s experts in mobility and cognitive research to advance understanding of cognitive-motor interaction in MS. Dr. DeLuca is Senior Vice President of Research and Training at the Foundation.

"We’re very pleased that the Collaborative MS Research Center Award is going to a world-renowned team at the Kessler Foundation,”


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Researchers identify impaired new learning in persons with Parkinson Disease

March 20, 2014

Kessler Foundation researchers collaborate with colleagues in Spain to study memory deficits in Parkinson’s patients without dementia

West Orange, NJ. March 20, 2014. Kessler Foundation scientists collaborated with colleagues in Spain to study memory and learning in patients with Parkinson Disease (PD). They found that the Parkinson group’s ability to learn new information was significantly poorer when compared with the control group. The article was published ahead of print on February 24: Chiaravalloti ND


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Kessler Foundation scientist awarded Patterson Trust Award in Clinical Research

March 18, 2014

Lauren Strober, PhD, research scientist, extends her investigation of factors influencing employment in persons with multiple sclerosis

West Orange, NJ. March 18, 2014. Lauren Strober, PhD, was awarded a Patterson Trust Award in Clinical Research, a two-year grant for $75,000. Dr. Strober, a neuropsychologist, will use this grant to explore ways to address the high rate of unemployment among individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Strober is a senior research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at


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Kessler Foundation researchers link endogenous body temperature to relapsing-remitting MS and fatigue

March 18, 2014

More studies needed to investigate the complex relationships among fatigue, body temperature and inflammatory processes in RRMS

West Orange, NJ. March 18, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have demonstrated for the first time ever that body temperature is elevated endogenously in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and linked to worse fatigue. The article was published ahead of print on Feb. 21, 2014 in Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Sumowski J, Leavitt V: Body temperature is elevated and linked to fatigue in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, even without heat exposure. doi:


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Congratulations to Dr. Gans of Kessler Institute

March 14, 2014

Gans honored by Brain Injury Alliance of NJ

West Orange, NJ. March 14, 2014. Bruce M. Gans, MD, of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation was honored last night at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey's (BIANJ) annual gala. Dr. Gans, a physiatrist, is executive VP and chief medical officer of Kessler Institute, which provides rehabilitative services for people with disabilities. Each year during Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIANJ recognizes individuals who have made major contributions toward improving the lives of people with traumatic brain injury. Also honored was Richard Spengler, executive VP of Investors Bank. Dr. Gans is pictured at the gala with Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of TBI Research at Kessler Foundation.


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nTIDE February 2014 Jobs Report - Employment Numbers for People with Disabilities Continue to Decline in February

March 7, 2014

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release March nTIDE Report – Monthly Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – March 7, 2014. February employment numbers continued to decline for people with disabilities when compared to February 2013, in contrast to a more positive outlook for people without disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Despite the statistics, positive strategies that help people with disabilities find jobs and careers are promising.

In 


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Kessler Foundation researchers find education attenuates impact of TBI on cognition

February 27, 2014

Results support the hypothesis of cognitive reserve in traumatic brain injury

West Orange, NJ. February 27, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have found that higher educational attainment (a proxy of intellectual enrichment) attenuates the negative impact of  traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive status.  The brief report, Sumowski J, Chiaravalloti N, Krch D, Paxton J, DeLuca J. Education attenuates the negative impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive status, was published in the December


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Kessler Foundation MS researchers find task meaningfulness influences learning and memory

February 20, 2014

Self-generation may be influenced by variables such as task meaningfulness during learning and memory

West Orange, NJ. February 20, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have found that among persons with multiple sclerosis, self-generation may be influenced by variables such as task meaningfulness during learning and memory. They also found that type of task (functional versus laboratory) had a significant effect on memory. This is the first controlled investigation of therapeutic and patient-specific factors that supports the inclusion of self-generation in cognitive rehabilitation. The study was published in the January issue of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal. (


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Kessler Foundation researchers study impact of head movement on fMRI data

February 19, 2014

Head movement during fMRI may bias sampling toward subjects with lower cognitive ability

 

West Orange, NJ. February 19, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have shown that discarding data from subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exhibit head movement during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may bias sampling away from subjects with lower cognitive ability. The study was published in the January issue of Human Brain Mapping. (Wylie GR,


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Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants Now Available

February 7, 2014

Grant Concept Submittal Deadline: February 7, 2014 at 5pm EST

Kessler Foundation opened its application process for nonprofit organizations to apply for its Signature Employment Grants. Awarded annually to organizations around the country, Signature Grants fund innovative initiatives that create or expand job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Programs awarded include pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas that solve the high underemployment and unemployment rate of people with disabilities.

Signature Employment Grants range from $250,000 to $500,000 and are given over a period of two years.

Grant Concepts are due by February 7, 2014 at 5pm EST. Notification of


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nTIDE January 2014 Jobs Report - Employment Numbers Continuing Downward Trend for People with Disabilities

February 7, 2014

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire Release December nTIDE Report – Monthly Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – February 7, 2014. To begin the New Year, employment numbers continue to decline for people with disabilities when compared to January 2013, while jobs data are mixed for people without disabilities, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In 


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Kessler Foundation MS researchers study predictors of employment status

January 31, 2014

Comparison of cognitive tests shows SDMT effective in determining employment status in MS

West Orange, NJ. January 31, 2014. Researchers at Kessler Foundation have studied the measurement tools used in multiple sclerosis for their effectiveness in predicting employment status. They compared the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC), the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT), and the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT), and found the SDMT effective in differentiating employed from unemployed individuals. The article, Unemployment in multiple sclerosis (MS): utility of the MS Functional Composite and cognitive testing, was published in the


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Severity of spatial neglect after stroke predicts long-term mobility recovery in the community

January 27, 2014

Findings suggest early detection and intervention of spatial neglect may be necessary to achieve better return of mobility

West Orange, NJ. January 27, 2014. Stroke rehabilitation researchers at Kessler Foundation report an association between acute, severe spatial neglect post stroke and long-term recovery of mobility. This new study indicates that severity of spatial neglect during the acute inpatient rehabilitation for right brain stroke may predict functional mobility in the community after discharge. The article, “Severity of spatial neglect during acute inpatient rehabilitation predicts community mobility post stroke,” was epublished ahead of print in Physical Medicine