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Announcing our Spring 2013 Issue of TBI News & Views

April 21, 2013

A newsletter for people with traumatic brain injuries

Read how Mallik Arjunan learned the value of optimism, get educated on TBI research and information

Kessler Foundation announces the Spring 2013 issue of TBI News & Views, a consumer newsletter of the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS). Read how Mallik Arjunan learned the true value of optimism, get educated on the latest TBI research and health information, and learn how to travel without limits. Twice a year, TBI News & Views updates individuals with TBI and their


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Kessler Foundation’s James Sumowski, PhD, speaks at April 18-19 MS Symposium in Toronto

April 17, 2013

Dr. Sumowski will discuss ‘Brain reserve and cognitive reserve in multiple sclerosis

West Orange, NJ. April 17, 2013. James Sumowski, PhD, of Kessler Foundation is among the invited MS experts presenting at the 2013 University of Toronto Neuro-inflammation Symposium and endMS RRTC Retreat on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - Friday, April 19, 2013, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre in Toronto.  Dr. Sumowski is a research scientist in


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Kessler Foundation participates in multi-site NIH study to develop caregiver TBI-CareQOL

April 16, 2013

Dr. Chiaravalloti receives $526,206 National Institutes of Health grant to study challenges faced by caregivers of persons with TBI

West Orange, NJ. April 16, 2013. Kessler Foundation is one four sites participating in “Quality of Life in Caregivers of Traumatic Brain Injury: The Development of the TBI-CareQOL”, a multi-site 5-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (1R01NR013658-01).  Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD,  co-investigator of the Kessler site,


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Dr. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation speaks at Consortium of MS Centers meeting in Chicago

April 10, 2013

John DeLuca, PhD, an expert in cognitive rehabilitation research, will address “Behavioral Approaches to Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis."

West Orange, NJ. April 10, 2013. John DeLuca, PhD, VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, will speak at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown-Lakefront in Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, 2013. This one-day CME-accredited program, “Assessing and Managing Neuropsychiatric Problems in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): From MRI to Treatment” is chaired by Ralph Benedict, PhD, and hosted by the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC).  Organized in 1986 under the direction of neurologists interested in the clinical care of MS, CMSC has grown to


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Employment Data Confirm Upward Trend For People With Disabilities

April 5, 2013

TRENDS IN DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT - NATIONAL UPDATE APRIL 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J. April 5, 2013. New data indicate a positive employment picture for people with disabilities, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Update (TIDE Update). This release is the second monthly analysis issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). The inaugural update was issued on March 8.

In


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The State of Spinal Cord Injury Grand Rounds Hosted by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System and Rutgers University

April 2, 2013

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—The State of Spinal Cord Injury: Latest News on Clinical Trials of Interventions to Promote Neurological Recovery will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Kessler Conference Center—1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, N.J. This special Grand Rounds is presented by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) and the Spinal Cord Injury Project of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The NNJSCIS is a collaborative effort between Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for


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Dr. Strober to speak at 2013 RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM sponsored by NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society

April 1, 2013

Symposium scheduled for April 20 at the Renaissance Woodbridge in Iselin, NJ

West Orange, NJ. Lauren Strober, PhD, will speak at the 2013 RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM sponsored by The NJ Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. Dr. Strober’s topic , "Improving Cognition, Care and Overall Quality of Life of Individuals with MS,” will focus on NMSS-funded studies being conducted at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Strober is a research scientist in Neuroscience & Neuropsychology Research at Kessler Foundation, a major center


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National MS Society highlights Kessler Foundation research presented at March AAN meeting in San Diego

March 28, 2013

Studies highlighted showed memory improvement with exercise and identified factors protective against disease-related cognitive decline

West Orange, NJ. March 28, 2013. Research presented by Kessler Foundation scientists was highlighted by Andrew Bebo, PhD, associate VP of Discovery Research at the National MS Society. “Emerging evidence suggests that exercise doesn’t just help keep us physically fit,” he said, “but also helps our brains function better; presentations … on exercise, rehabilitation and quality of life issues suggest this holds true for people living with MS.” Dr. Bebo added, "...growing evidence suggests that people may be able to build


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Kessler Foundation scientist receives National MS Society grant for new memory study

March 28, 2013

Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD awarded a $43,494 grant to study the efficacy of a new treatment for memory loss in MS

West Orange, NJ. March 28, 2013. The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society awarded Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, a $43,494 grant to study the efficacy of a new treatment for memory loss in MS. Dr. Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of  Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, is an expert in cognitive rehabilitation research in traumatic brain injury and MS. This one-year pilot


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Kessler Foundation scientists receive Consortium of MS Centers grant to study emotional processing in MS

March 27, 2013

Helen Genova, PhD, and Jean Lengenfelder, PhD, were awarded a $40,000 grant to study disorders of emotional processing in multiple sclerosis.

West Orange, NJ. March 27, 2013. Helen Genova, PhD, and Jean Lengenfelder, PhD, were awarded a $40,000 grant to study disorders of emotional processing in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).  The one-year study, funded by The Consortium of MS Centers, is titled “Remediation of emotional processing deficits in MS: A pilot


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Kessler Foundation scientist receives National MS Society grant for $619,618 to study predictors of memory decline

March 27, 2013

Victoria Leavitt, PhD, of Kessler Foundation was awarded a $619,618 five-year grant from the National MS Society to study predictors of memory decline in MS

West Orange, NJ.  March 27, 2013. The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society awarded Victoria Leavitt, Ph.D., a $619,618 grant to study predictors of memory decline in MS. Dr. Leavitt, a scientist in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate a brain marker with predictive value for memory decline. This novel five-year study is titled “Resting State Functional Connectivity as a


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Kessler Foundation Marks Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 14, 2013

Advances in Rehabilitation Research and Funding for Disability Employment Benefit People with Traumatic Brain Injury

West Orange, NJ. March 14, 2013—Representatives from Kessler Foundation attended Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill on March 13, educating attendees on Kessler Foundation’s brain injury research and programs that expand disability employment opportunities.

Kessler Foundation’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research examines the social and cognitive—thinking, learning, and memory—problems that result from brain injury. “We are interested in more than recovery; we want to get people back to school and back to work as productive members of their communities,” said


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Kessler Foundation researchers share findings in rehabilitation research at AAN meeting in San Diego

March 14, 2013

Kessler Foundation scientists and their colleagues will discuss their progress stroke and MS at 65th Annual American Academy of Neurology Conference in San Diego, CA, March 16 – 23

West Orange, NJ. March 14, 2013. Kessler Foundation scientists and their colleagues will discuss their progress in rehabilitation research at the upcoming 65th Annual American Academy of Neurology Conference at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, March 16 – 23.

A.M. Barrett, MD, director of Stroke Rehabilitation at Kessler Foundation will present on Pharmacologic Enhancement of Stroke Rehabilitation on


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People with Disabilities More Engaged in the Workplace

March 8, 2013

Trends in Disability Employment National Update March 2013

 WEST ORANGE, N.J. March 8, 2013. New data indicate that people with disabilities are more engaged in the labor force, according to today's Trends in Disability Employment – National Update, a new monthly analysis issued by Kessler Foundation and the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire.

In Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday, March 8, the employment-to-population ratio increased from 25.2 percent in February 2012 to 27.6 percent (up 9.5%)in February 2013 for working-age


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Kessler Foundation Seeks Grant Proposals for Employment Programs for People with Disabilities in New Jersey

March 1, 2013

Grants to improve employment and career development for people with disabilities in NJ

Application Deadline - March 1, 2013 at 5 pm EST

Kessler Foundation, which helps people with disabilities lead more productive, independent and fulfilling lives through rehabilitation research and the funding of employment initiatives, has announced the opening of its 2013 Community Employment Grant program cycle.

The program supports nonprofit organizations that provide employment and career advancement opportunities for New Jersey residents with mobility and/or cognitive disabilities, primarily caused by neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, or chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Please note, the Foundation