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John DeLuca, PhD, speaks at APA Convention in Honolulu

August 2, 2013

Lecture topic: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time

On August 2, 2013, John DeLuca, PhD, gave an invited talk on behalf of Division 40 at the American Psychological Asosciation's 121st Annual Convention at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. DeLuca's topic was "Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis: It's About Time," Dr. DeLuca, who is vice president for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, also serves on the Division 22 Board of Directors as Member-At-Large.

About John DeLuca

Dr. DeLuca is VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, which conducts cognitive and physical research in brain injury (TBI), MS, spinal cord injury, and stroke. He specializes in the study of


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Kessler Foundation Commemorates ADA Anniversary by Supporting Disability Employment Initiatives and Research

July 26, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—As July 26th marks the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Kessler Foundation continues to pledge its commitment to change the lives of the 56 million Americans with disabilities.

Earlier this year, Kessler Foundation began collaborating with the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD) to release Trends in Disability Employment—National Update (TIDE Update). John O’Neill, Ph.D., director of Employment and


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Congressman Frelinghuysen visits Kessler Foundation

July 26, 2013

Tours new Neuroimaging Center

On July 26, 2013, Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11) toured the new Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation in West Orange with Rodger DeRose, president and CEO and John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for Research and Training. The Foundation has the only freestanding research facility with a scanner dedicated solely to rehabilitation research. Dr. DeLuca explained the extraordinary capabilities of the Center’s 3T Siemens-Skyra scanner, the most powerful of its kind.  “We are now able to explore not only how the brain and spinal cord function, but to measure the effects of experimental treatments. This will provide the data needed to document the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions. Having this new Center will expand our


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Reeve Foundation Visits Kessler Foundation

July 13, 2013

Wilderotter and Goldberg tour new Neuroimaging Center and Gait Lab

On July 30, Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO, and Maggie Goldberg, senior VP for Marketing and Communications of the Reeve Foundation visited Kessler Foundation.  They toured the Foundation’s new Neuroimaging Center and Gait Lab with Rodger DeRose, president and CEO. “These additions greatly expand our capabilities to perform rehabilitation research in cognition and mobility,” said DeRose. “The Neuroimaging Center’s 3T Siemens Skyra scanner is the most powerful of its kind, enabling our scientists to study the relationships between brain structure and behavior and document the effects of rehabilitative interventions. Having a scanner on site that is dedicated to research is a unique asset that will enable


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MS researchers determine that brain reserve independently protects against cognitive decline in MS

June 24, 2013

U.S. and Italian researchers have determined that brain reserve, as well as cognitive reserve, independently protects against cognitive decline in MS. Brain reserve and cognitive reserve in MS: What you’ve got and how you use it, was published June 11 in Neurology

 West Orange, NJ. June 24, 2013.  U.S. and Italian researchers have determined that brain reserve, as well as cognitive reserve, independently protects against cognitive decline in multiple sclerosis (MS). Their article, “Brain reserve and cognitive reserve in multiple sclerosis: What you’ve got and how you use it”, was  published in Neurology on June 11, 2013 (Neurology 2013;80:2186-2193). Authors James Sumowski, PhD, Victoria


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Announcing our Summer 2013 Issue of SCI Connections

June 21, 2013

A newsletter for people with spinal cord injury

Kessler Foundation released the Summer 2013 issue of Connections, its spinal cord injury (SCI) newsletter. Connections, a publication of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Model System, is now available online and in print. Model systems are a collaborative group of institutions that are federally funded to conduct research to improve the quality of life of individuals with a specified disability. Highlights of this issues include travel resources for people with SCI and information on canine companions, the benefits of


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Kessler Foundation’s John DeLuca gives keynote at International MS Cognition Society Congress in Zurich

June 19, 2013

Dr. DeLuca will deliver his address, "Effects of non-pharmacological approaches on cognitive functions," on June 29 at 11:15 am

 June 19, 2013. John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, will give the keynote lecture at the 2nd conference of the International Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cognition Society (IMSCOGS).  More than 200 MS professionals will attend the conference on June 28-29 at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland.  Dr. DeLuca will deliver his address, "Effects of non-pharmacological approaches on cognitive functions," on June 29 at 11:15 am.


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Employment Data Show Mixed Results for People with Disabilities

June 7, 2013

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

WEST ORANGE, N.J. June 7, 2013. The latest statistics indicate a mixed employment picture for people with disabilities, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Monthly Update (TIDE). This release is the fourth monthly analysis 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, June 7, labor force


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Dr. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation speaks at ISPRM2013 in Beijing, China

June 3, 2013

Cognitive expert in MS and TBI will address “Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Brain Damage: Past, Present, and Future”

West Orange, NJ. June 3, 2013. John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, will lecture at the 7th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM2013), the premier international congress of physical and rehabilitation medicine. More than 4,000 professionals will be in attendance at ISPRM2013 from June 16-20, 2013 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China. Dr. DeLuca will address “Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Brain Damage: Past, Present, and Future.”


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Kessler Foundation’s Elaine Katz Presents at National Summit on Disability Employment

May 29, 2013

Building a More Inclusive Workforce: A National Summit to Boost Education and Employment Outcomes for Americans with Disabilities: May 31, 2013 at Bank of America, Wilmington, DE

May 29, 2013. Elaine Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, of Kessler Foundation will speak at “Building a More Inclusive Workforce: A National Summit to Boost Education and Employment Outcomes for Americans with Disabilities.” The Summit, which is being held on Friday, May 31, 2013, 8:25 am – 3:00 pm at Bank of America, Wilmington, Delaware, is hosted by Delaware


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Inspirational Leaders, Medical Excellence, and Outgoing Board Members Honored by Kessler Foundation

May 25, 2013

Kessler Foundation honored inspirational leaders in the community, an expert physician and researcher in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) and recognized trustees leaving the Board at its Board of Trustees Annual Dinner on May 22 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, N.J.

“We recognized individuals who are changing the lives of not only people with disabilities but also of all those impacted by their work,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “They are mentors to their colleagues and help others live better lives through inspiration, leading by example, research, medical care and advancing the development of the Foundation to serve more people with


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Kessler Foundation Names Dr. Ross Zafonte recipient of Foundation’s 3rd Annual DeLisa Award

May 22, 2013

Ross Zafonte, D.O., of Harvard Medical School, is the 2013 recipient of Kessler Foundation's Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Ross Zafonte, D.O., is the 2013 recipient of Kessler Foundation's Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Zafonte will be honored at the Foundation’s Board of Trustees Recognition Dinner in Cedar Grove on May 22. The award includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant for Dr. Zafonte’s research activities. 

An expert on brain injury, Dr. Zafonte is the Harvard Medical


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May Employment Data Continue to Show Positive Trend for People with Disabilities

May 3, 2013

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire release Trends in Disability Employment - National Update May 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J. May 3, 2013. For the second month in a row, the latest statistics indicatea positive employment picture for people with disabilities, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Update (TIDE Update). This release is the third monthly analysis issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD).  Last month’s TIDE Update was issued on April 5.


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Charles Fleisher of Kessler Foundation’s ThinkFirst Chapter Named VIP of the Year

April 24, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Charles Fleisher, from the N.J. chapter of ThinkFirst, won the national ThinkFirst VIP of the Year Award for educating students on the potential consequences of risky behaviors. He accepted the award at the ThinkFirst Awards Luncheon on April 24 in New Orleans. This marks the first year that an individual from N.J. earned VIP of the Year.

ThinkFirst is a national injury prevention program that educates students K-12 about avoiding disabling injuries of the brain and spinal cord injury. Voices for Injury Prevention (VIPs) tell their own stories to illustrate how taking the time to ‘think first’ could have prevented serious injury. Kessler Foundation has sponsored


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Dr. Chiaravalloti interview on MS research at Kessler Foundation

April 22, 2013

West Orange, NJ. On April 22, DailyRx.com featured an interview with Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD: Maintaining Memory with MS: Multiple sclerosis researchers explore cognitive decline and therapy. At Kessler Foundation, MS research is conducted by scientists in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, under the directorship of Dr. Chiaravalloti. Dr. Chiaravalloti specializes in cognitive rehabilitation research, particularly in new learning, memory and processing speed in individuals with