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Kessler researchers link left-sided brain injury with greater risk for hospital-acquired infections

February 28, 2013

2013-02-26 16:47:12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Findings published in March Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation have implications for translational research into brain-mediated immune defenses, infection control practices and cognitive rehabilitation strategies after stroke and brain injury

West Orange, NJ. February 28, 2013. The March 2013 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the medical journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, features an article by Kessler researchers Pasquale Frisina, PhD, Ann Kutlik, BA, and A.M. Barrett, MD. Left-sided brain injury associated with more hospital-acquired infections during inpatient rehabilitation (http://dx.


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Kessler Foundation Named Site for COMIT, a NIDRR-funded Study of Wheelchair Use in Spinal Cord Injury

February 26, 2013

2013-02-26 14:36:07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 5-year, $4.5 million grant was awarded to the lead center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with Kessler Foundation receiving $850,000 as one of the collaborating sites in the NIDRR-funded SCI Model System

West Orange, NJ. February 26, 2013. Kessler Foundation is participating in the Collaboration on Mobility Training (COMIT), a large study designed to maximize independence among wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI).  The COMIT, a SCI Model Systems (SCIMS) Multisite Collaborative Research Project, is funded by the


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Kessler Foundation researchers study factors affecting self-reporting among people with TBI

February 26, 2013

Depression and self-awareness affect subjective reports of memory, quality of life, and satisfaction with life

West Orange, NJ. February 26, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have found that among individuals with TBI, depression and self-awareness affect subjective reports of memory, quality of life (QOL), and satisfaction with life. The study was published in the February 2014 issue of Brain Injury. (Yael Goverover, Nancy D. Chiaravalloti: The impact of self-awareness


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Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT, Joins Spinal Cord Injury Research Team at Kessler Foundation

February 12, 2013

2013-02-11 17:49:15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kessler Foundation Appoints Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT, to Senior Position in Spinal Cord Injury Research

West Orange, NJ. February 12, 2013.  Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, has assumed the position of senior research scientist at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Zanca joined Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) & Outcomes Assessment Research on January 28, 2013, reporting to director Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD


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Tickets for the ReelAbilities N.J. Disabilities Film Festival are on Sale Now

February 12, 2013

2013-03-06 15:28:40 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Country’s Largest Showcase of Films by and about People with Disabilities to Premiere in North-Central N.J., from March 13-17, 2013

February 12, 2013—Tickets are now available for the Inaugural ReelAbilities: N.J. Disabilities Film Festival, to take place in 8 venues throughout North-Central N.J., from March 13th through March 17th, 2013. A special festival preview event will be hosted by Montclair State University on March 7th.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), Seton Hall University, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Kean University, Montclair State University, JCC Metro West and Goodwill Industries’ Harrison Headquarters are among the venues to feature over 20


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John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation delivers keynote at IPMSC meeting in Milan

February 5, 2013

Dr. DeLuca among experts at inaugural meeting of the International Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Collaborative (IPMSC) in Milan, Italy, February 6-8, 2013

West Orange, NJ. February 5, 2013. John DeLuca, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, will deliver a keynote address on February 8, 2013 at the inaugural meeting of the International Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Collaborative (IPMSC). The meeting is being held at the San Raffaelle Congress Centre in Milan, Italy, February 6-8, 2013. The IPMSC, formed in 2011 to expedite the development of therapies for progressive MS, comprises the MS societies of Italy, the


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Kessler Foundation Appoints Bing Yao, PhD, Manager of New Neuroimaging Center

February 4, 2013

2013-02-04 16:37:12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeLuca, Wylie and Yao to lead State-of–the-art Center for Neuroimaging Research

WEST ORANGE, N.J. February 4, 2013.—Bing Yao, Ph.D., was appointed manager of Kessler Foundation’s new Center for Neuroimaging Research, which is scheduled to open in spring of 2013. Dr. Yao, also known as Brian,  assumed the position on January 7. John DeLuca, PhD, VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, will serve as director.


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Kessler Foundation - 2013 Signature Employment Grant Cycle Opens

February 1, 2013

Grants to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities

Deadline – February 1, 2013 at 5 pm EST - Visit kesslerfoundation.org and link to the application

Kessler Foundation awards Signature Employment Grants yearly to support non-traditional solutions and/or social ventures to increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. 

Signature Employment Grants are awarded nationally to fund new pilot initiatives, demonstration projects or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities. Preference is given for interventions that


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Kessler Foundation Awards $323,333 to APSE to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

January 30, 2013

2013-01-30 16:18:45 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $323,333 Signature Employment Grant to APSE—Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst—in Rockville, M.D., to work with OfficeMax to develop a model of successful employment for people with disabilities. This Signature Grant is part of more than $2.17 million in grants distributed by Kessler Foundation to improve employment and job training options for Americans with disabilities. 

For this project, entitled, “Maxing Out Diversity,” OfficeMax and APSE


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Kessler Foundation researchers find retrieval practice improves memory in severe traumatic brain injury

January 30, 2013

Robust results indicate that retrieval practice would improve memory in memory-impaired persons with severe TBI in real-life settings

West Orange, NJ. January 30, 2014. Kessler Foundation researchers have shown that retrieval practice can improve memory in individuals with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). “Retrieval Practice Improves Memory in Survivors of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury,” was published as a brief report in the current issue of Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


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Kessler Foundation Announces $2.17 Million in Grants to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

January 29, 2013

2013-01-29 15:06:23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded $2.17 million in grants to organizations that advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  The grants fund major programs in three states, as well as community initiatives primarily in the New Jersey area. Since 2005, the Foundation has distributed more than $27 million for employment projects for individuals with disabilities. The Foundation also awarded grants to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts for people with disabilities.

”We are excited to announce the newest recipients of Kessler Foundation’s grants,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “I’m proud of the diversity of the funded programs as well


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Kessler Foundation Awards $484,452 Grant to the National Disability Institute to Improve Employment in the Financial Industry for People with Disabilities

January 29, 2013

2013-01-29 15:19:27 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $484,452 Signature Employment Grant to the National Disability Institute (NDI), in Washington, D.C., to launch an employment initiative to increase opportunities for people with disabilities in N.Y. credit unions. This Signature Grant is part of more than $2.17 million in grants distributed by Kessler Foundation to improve employment and job training options for Americans with disabilities.

The project, entitled, “BEST (Building Economic Strength Together)


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Kessler Foundation Awards $500,000 to the Center for Head Injury Services to Expand Employment for People with Disabilities

January 29, 2013

2013-01-29 15:40:18 FOR IMMEDIATE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation awarded a $500,000 Signature Employment Grant to the Center for Head Injury Services, in St. Louis, Mo., to establish Destination Desserts—a social enterprise to expand employment opportunities for individuals with brain injury. This Signature Grant is included in the $2.17 million in grants distributed by Kessler Foundation this year to improve employment and job training options for Americans with disabilities.

Employees with and without disabilities will work together to


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Kessler Foundation MS study correlates fMRI with negative effect of warmer weather on cognitive status

January 28, 2013

Leavitt et al. link fMRI findings with cognitive declines during warmer outdoor temperatures. Results have implications for patients and researchers

WEST ORANGE, N.J.  October 28, 2013. Kessler Foundation scientists correlated functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) findings with the negative impact of outdoor temperature on cognitive functioning in multiple sclerosis (MS). This study, “Warmer outdoor temperature is associated  with task-related increased BOLD activation in patients  with multiple sclerosis,” (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11682-013-9267-


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Kessler Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report, with Special Online Edition, is Available Now

January 20, 2013

Kessler Foundation’s 2012 Annual Report is available now, in print and online. For the first time, Kessler Foundation created a special Online Edition of the Annual Report with multimedia and bonus content. Embedded videos and hyperlinks provide more information about each topic. The print version of the Annual Report contains QR codes that link to more information on grants, publications, research, employment initiatives, and personal stories. To access the QR codes, download a QR code reader or scanner on a mobile device; open the app and place the mobile device over the QR code.

To download the PDF of the print version,