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Grand Opening of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation

September 26, 2013

Foundation becomes the only freestanding institution in the U.S. with a rehabilitation research-dedicated neuroimaging center

WEST ORANGE, N.J. September 26, 2013—The Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation celebrates its grand opening on September 26. Kessler Foundation is now the only freestanding rehabilitation facility in the U.S. with a rehabilitation research-dedicated neuroimaging center.

"Our state-of-the-art Neuroimaging Center is designed to accelerate the pace of translational research that improves quality of life for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by neurological illness and injuries,” said


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SCI researchers published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

September 24, 2013

Researchers from University of Michigan, Kessler Foundation, Northwestern University and James Peters VAMC publish study on blood pressure dysregulation

West Orange, N.J. September 24, 2013. An article by SCI researchers appears in the current issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013; 94(9):1721-1730: Carlozzi NE, Fyffe D, Morin KG, Byrne R, Tulsky DS, Victorson D, Lai J-S, Wecht JM. Impact of blood pressure dysregulation on health-related quality of life in persons with spinal cord injury.  Results suggest that blood pressure dysregulation has adverse effects on health-related quality of life, indicating the need for a valid, sensitive tool for measuring


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Kessler Foundation researcher receives Clinical Biomechanics Award at Annual Meeting in Omaha

September 23, 2013

Peter Barrance, PhD, recognized for NIDRR-funded study: “Tibiofemoral contact location changes associated with lateral heel wedging: A Study using weight-bearing MRI”

West Orange, NJ. September 23, 2013.  Peter Barrance, PhD, of Kessler Foundation received the 2013 Clinical Biomechanics Award on September 7 at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Barrance, senior research scientist in Human Performance & Engineering Research, is primary author of the winning abstract, “Tibiofemoral contact location changes associated with lateral heel wedging: A study using weight-bearing MRI.”

Co-authors are Venkata Gade, MS, and Jerome Allen, formerly of Kessler Foundation, and Jeffrey Cole, MD, director of


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Kessler Foundation researchers provide commentary on new study of video games and cognition

September 20, 2013

Drs. Leavitt and Sumowski quoted in MS Discovery Forum

West Orange, NJ. September 20, 2013.  Two scientists at Kessler Foundation commented on an important new study published Sept 5 in Nature: Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults by Anguera JA, et al. Neuropsychologists Victoria Leavitt, PhD, and James Sumowski, PhD, were quoted in an article in Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum titled,


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nTIDE August 2013 Jobs Report - Employment Data for People with Disabilities Show Disappointing Results

September 6, 2013

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

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – SEPTEMBER 6, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a smaller percentage of people with disabilities is working and fewer are participating in the labor force, while a higher percentage are looking for work, 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 Stroke Researcher Named “Teacher of the Year” by Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

September 3, 2013

Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, assistant director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research, honored for excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation

WEST ORANGE, N.J. September 9, 2013 – Mooyeon Oh-Park, M.D., of Kessler Foundation was named 2013  “Teacher of the Year” in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. This award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrated outstanding knowledge in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as dedication and skills in teaching.

“When someone asks me, ‘what wakes you up in the morning?’ I can confidently say ‘my students.’ Teaching is always bidirectional in enhancing our knowledge and


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Kessler Foundation Researcher reports pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task

August 31, 2013

Denise Krch, Ph.D., research scientist, presented “Pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task,” at the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation.

WEST ORANGE, N.J. August 27, 2013. —Denise Krch, Ph.D., research scientist for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research at Kessler Foundation, presented “Pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task,” at the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR). In the pilot study, Dr. Krch evaluated the Assessim Office (AO), a virtual reality office task, in


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Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine publishes September conference issue

August 30, 2013

Conference theme: The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury

West Orange, NJ. August 30, 2013. The September issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine focuses on, “The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury,” the theme for the 2013 meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Professionals. Research articles address topics in urology, neuroscience, rehabilitation psychology, physiology, gastroenterology, and infectious disease.The conference dates are September 2-4 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conference abstracts are available for free download at: http://tinyurl.com/n95jnoy

The issue’s lead article is


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John DeLuca, PhD, to Address PVA Summit 2013 + EXPO in Orlando

August 29, 2013

Aug. 29th Invited Lecture: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time

On August 29, 2013, John DeLuca, PhD, will give an invited talk to more than 1000 attendees of the annual meeting of the Paralyzed Veterans of America – Summit 2013 + EXPO:  Delivering Excellence - Achieving State-of-the-Art Healthcare. The meeting, which  will be held at the Renaissance Sea World in Orlando, Florida,  August 27-29, brings together doctors, nurses, occupational, recreational and physical therapists, social workers, and researchers to explore and implement holistic strategies to strengthen the continuum of care, empower clinicians and patients, and improve quality of life for all people living with SCI, MS, ALS and other chronic neurological conditions.


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A.M. Barrett of Kessler Foundation authors editorial on spatial neglect study in Neurology

August 28, 2013

Study by Rousseaux and colleagues in Neurology contributes to translational stroke care

West Orange, NJ. August 28, 2013.  A.M. Barrett, MD, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, authored the editorial, Picturing the body in spatial neglect: Descending a staircase, (doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182a82571) published ahead of print on August 28 by Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The editorial addresses the research article in the same issue: Rousseaux M, Honoré J, Vuilluemeier P,  Saj A:


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Rodger DeRose Discusses Disability Employment on CNBC

August 27, 2013

Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, was interviewed on CNBC's Power Lunch, on Tuesday, August 27th. Live from the New York Stock Exchange, he discussed why employing people with disabilities is a good business decision, how Kessler Foundation is expanding opportunities through funding disability employment initiatives, the current employment environment for people with


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Rodger DeRose to discuss Disability Employment on CNBC, on August 27

August 23, 2013

Tune in to CNBC's Power Lunch TODAY at 1pm EST

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, will be interviewed live on CNBC's Power Lunch, on Tuesday, August 27th at 1:30pm EST, from the New York Stock Exchange. He will discuss:

  • Why employing people with disabilities is a good business decision
  • How Kessler Foundation is expanding opportunities through funding disability employment initiatives, sponsoring governors' conferences to discuss ideas to increase employment for people with disabilities, and working with the US Business Leadership Network and Chamber of Commerce
  • The current employment

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Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine publishes special issue on assistive technology for Individuals with spinal cord injury

August 21, 2013

Rory Cooper, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh is guest editor for JSCM special issue

West Orange, NJ. August 21, 2013. The July issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine focuses on, “Advances in Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injury.” Guest Editor Rory Cooper, PhD, is a member of the journal’s Editorial Board. Dr.  Cooper is the FISA/PVA Endowed Chair and a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.  He is also the Center


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Grand Opening of Training Center to Support Employment for People with Disabilities at OfficeMax

August 6, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—With the grand opening of the Aspire CareerLink Training Center on August 6, in Illinois, OfficeMax® will begin training people with disabilities for jobs in its distribution and retail centers, an initiative supported by Kessler Foundation.

In 2012, Kessler Foundation awarded the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE) with a $323,333 Signature Employment Grant to partner with OfficeMax, a leading provider of office and facility supplies, technology and services, in


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nTIDE July 2013 Jobs Report: Employment Data for People with Disabilities Show Mixed Results

August 2, 2013

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release JUly 2013 nTIDE Report - National Update

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – August 2, 2013. When compared with last year’s data, a smaller percentage of people with disabilities is working, while a higher percentage is engaged 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 Friday, August 2, the employment-to-