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Kessler Stroke Researchers Explore Five New Avenues for Rehabilitation Research

November 26, 2013

Treatments based on behavioral or non-invasive physiological stimulation show greatest potential

West Orange, NJ. November 26, 2013. Because the concept of permanent neurological injury has given way to recognition of the brain’s potential for long-term regeneration ad reorganization, rehabilitations strategies are undergoing radical changes.  The potential for five new translational interventions was examined in an article published ahead of print on November 13 by Neurology Clinical Practice: Barrett AM, Oh-Park M, Chen P, Ifejika NL: Five New Things in Neurorehabilitation. doi: 10.1212/01.CPJ.0000437088.98407.fa. Drs. Barrett, Oh-Park and Chen are affiliated with Kessler Foundation. Dr. Ifejika is with the University of Texas Medical School at


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nTIDE September 2013 Jobs Report: Employment Results for People with Disabilities Optimistic for the First Time Since May

November 22, 2013

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

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – OCTOBER 22, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a higher percentage of people with disabilities are employed, while a lower percentage of people without disabilities are participating in the labor force, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Monthly Update (TIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “first-Friday” data released


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Kessler Foundation study provides first Class 1 evidence for cognitive rehabilitation in MS

November 21, 2013

MEMREHAB Trial shows a significant effect for cog rehab in MS that lasts 6 months

WEST ORANGE, NJ November 21, 2013. Kessler Foundation researchers published the results of the MEMREHAB Trial in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, providing the first Class I evidence for the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (MS). The article, Chiaravalloti N, Moore NB, Nikelshpur OM, DeLuca J: An RCT to treat learning impairment in MS. Neurology 2013(81), was released as an epub ahead of print on


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Noted Dutch MS scientist gives 2013 Baird Lecture

November 21, 2013

Prof. Jeroen Geurts presented research on gray matter and cognition

On November 21, Kessler Foundation welcomed its 2013 Baird Lecturer, noted MS researcher Prof.dr. Jeroen Geurts. Dr. Geurts chairs the department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam where he is  Professor of Translational Neuroscience.  Dr. Geurts presented his research on the clinical impact of grey matter damage in MS and its role in cognitive decline.  The Baird Lecture series is a professional educational series sponsored annually by Kessler Foundation.  Dr. Geurts met with Dr. John DeLuca, VP for Research & Training, after the lecture.


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October Employment Results for People with Disabilities Skewed by Government Shutdown

November 8, 2013

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

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – November 8, 2013. When compared with last year's data, there are substantial decreases in the employment and labor force participation of people with disabilities, which may be the result of the government shutdown, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Monthly Update (TIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).

In Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “first-Friday” data 


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Kessler Foundation Names First Recipient of Kessler Foundation Neurorehabilitation Award

November 7, 2013

Steven Benvenisti Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness of Neurorehabilitation

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Steven Benvenisti, Esq., partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, personal injury attorney and motivational speaker, has been named the first recipient of the Kessler Foundation Neurorehabilitation Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to social and public awareness of neurorehabilitation. The American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR) Educational Foundation Board selects the honoree. Benvenisti will receive this award at the ASNR Foundation dinner on November 7, 2013 in San Diego at the Hard Rock Café. 

“It is very humbling to receive an award


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Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

November 1, 2013

Neuroimaging findings indicate presence of ‘fatigue-network’ in persons with MS and cognitive fatigue

EMBARGOED UNTIL NOV. 1, 2013 at 5 pm.

West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A new study by Kessler Foundation scientists sheds light on the mechanisms underlying cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis.  Cognitive fatigue is fatigue resulting from mental work rather than from physical labor.  Genova H et al: Examination of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using


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Kessler researchers find aerobic exercise benefits memory in persons with MS

November 1, 2013

Kessler researchers find aerobic exercise benefits memory in persons with multiple sclerosis

Collaborative study reveals novel finding that aerobic exercise results in increased hippocampal vol

West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A research study headed by Victoria Leavitt, Ph.D. and James Sumowski, Ph.D., of Kessler Foundation, provides the first evidence for beneficial effects of aerobic exercise on brain and memory in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).  The article, “Aerobic exercise


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Government reopens: Monthly TIDE Report resumes Tuesday, Oct. 22

October 20, 2013

Kessler Foundation & UNH will issue Trends in Disablity Employment Report

The Oct. 4 national TIDE Report that was postponed due to the government shutdown will be issued on Tuesday, October 22.  The TIDE Report is a customized analysis of employment data issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

October 17, 2013

On October 17, Kessler Foundation hosted students from Horizon High in Livingston, NJ

On October 17,  Kessler Foundation was one of hundreds of employers across the U.S. that participated in Disability Mentoring Day. Once again, the Foundation hosted students from Horizon High School in Livingston.  Below is an article from the West Orange Patch, and attached is the photo feature from the Star Ledger’s Essex County section on Sunday. 

Special thanks to our employee committee for working one on one to provide these students with an engaging experience. The excellent media coverage, coordinated by Lauren Scrivo and Winning Strategies, highlights the roles of Horizon High School and Kessler Foundation in changing the lives of people with disabilities.


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Kessler Foundation’s Krch awarded $600,000 NIDRR grant for virtual reality study in TBI

October 17, 2013

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Denise Krch, PhD, of Kessler Foundation was awarded a NIDRR Field-Initiated Grant titled

West Orange, NJ. September 30, 2013.  Denise Krch, PhD, of Kessler Foundation was awarded a NIDRR Field-Initiated Grant (#H133G130189) titled, "The development of a virtual reality program to improve executive functioning in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI)." This three-year grant is valued at $600,000. Dr. Krch is a research scientist in TBI Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also an assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

This project is the


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Stroll 'N Roll for People with Disabilities at Verona Park

October 13, 2013

Kessler Foundation's 12th Annual Stroll 'N Roll to benefit people with disabilities, sponsored in part by Gibbons PC and Liz and David Lowenstein, will be held on Sunday, October 13th at Verona Park in Verona, NJ. Every dollar raised funds rehabilitation research and employment initiatives for people with disabilities.

“Stroll ‘N Roll is our community signature event of the year,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “It’s the perfect day for people of all ages and abilities to come together and support our mission to change the lives of people with disabilities. Funds raised help individuals with paralysis take their first steps and improve their mobility; others with multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury improve their


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MS research featured in Fall issue of NARCOMS Now

October 13, 2013

Drs. Genova and Goverover quoted in Feature Focus on cognition in MS

West Orange, NJ. October 4, 2013. Helen Genova, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, and Yael Goverover, PhD, of NYU, were interviewed about their MS research in the Fall 2013 issue of NARCOMS Now, a quarterly publication of the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS).  The "Feature Focus" article for the Fall 2013 issue, entitled "Cognitive Changes in MS," is available at:http://www.narcoms.org/narcomsnow/featurefocus/fall2013/page1

Drs. Genova and Goverover discussed the implications of deficits in processing speed on activities of daily living. They presented their research at this


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News 12 New Jersey and WMBC Interview Dr. Chiaravalloti at TBI Conference

October 11, 2013

On October 11, 2013, the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) presented "Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change," a conference for individuals with brain injury, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals, at Kessler Conference Center in West Orange. News 12 New Jersey interviewed Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of TBI Research at Kessler Foundation and the NNJTBIS, on the dangers of brain injury, including concussions in youth sports, and the importance of


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Kessler Foundation collaborates with VA New Jersey Health Care System on study of Gulf War illness

October 4, 2013

Dr. Wylie heads team studying cognitive fatigue in Gulf War veterans

 West Orange, NJ. October 4, 2013.  A major grant totaling $761,222from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Clinical Science Research and Development, involves a collaboration between Kessler Foundation and the VA New Jersey Health Care System.  Glenn Wylie, DPhil is principal investigator for the study, “Examination of Cognitive Fatigue in Gulf War Illness using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Dr. Wylie is a research scientist at the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at VA New Jersey Health Care System's East