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Register for the 24th Annual PM&R Review Course

January 16, 2013

Registration for the 24th Annual Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Board Review Course, the nation’s largest review course in the field of PM&R, is now open! Register before January 16th to receive early bird discounts.

Practicing physicians, fellows, and residents will refresh their knowledge of anatomy, neuroanatomy, kinesiology, and radiology in PM&R, learn innovative therapeutic management, and prepare for Parts I and II of the Board Exam.

The course begins on March 17th and ends on March 25th. There is also a special one-day Prosthetics & Orthotics Program on March 18th. This program is included in full registration


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Kessler Foundation’s Botticello wins NIH grant to study community effects on rehabilitation outcomes

January 15, 2013

2013-01-15 14:55:58 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3-year grant totals $736,216

West Orange, NJ. October 22, 2012. Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, research scientist in Outcomes & Assessment Research at Kessler Foundation, received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the role of environmental factors in rehabilitation outcomes in spinal cord injury. The 3-year grant (4R00HD065957-03) from NIH/ Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development totals $738,216.

This grant addresses disability prevention, a key priority for


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Kessler Foundation receives record $10.8 million in external research awards in 2012

January 15, 2013

2013-01-15 16:43:03 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—After successfully securing $10.8 million in external grant funding in 2012, Kessler Foundation is poised to make even greater discoveries to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.

The amount represents the highest-ever annual total in Kessler Foundation history. This figure more than doubles the $4.05 million in funding generated in 2011, according to Rodger DeRose, the Foundation’s President and CEO.  

“This record research funding—in this competitive economic environment—illustrates the respect for Kessler Foundation scientists within the medical research community,” DeRose says, “and underscores the evolving role of Kessler Foundation in developing better ways to


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Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Supported by Kessler Foundation

January 4, 2013

2013-01-04 15:24:51 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Kessler Foundation has awarded nine grants, totaling $58,440, to non-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities in storm-affected areas. The grants, from the Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund, address the immediate needs of these organizations to resume operations or fill needs for special equipment and accessible housing. The Fund is supported by ongoing donations and the proceeds of the Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit, held on November 15.

“As recovery continues, we must not forget people with disabilities,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “Many lost wheelchairs, medical equipment, modified vehicles and access


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Kessler awarded $2 million Federal Grant for Northern NJ Traumatic Brain Injury System

December 12, 2012

2012-12-12 15:01:32 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Project Director Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, leads NNJTBIS, a cooperative effort of Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

WEST ORANGE, NJ. December 12, 2012. –The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education awarded a $2.2 million federal grant to Kessler Foundation. The five-year grant (H133A120030) funds the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS), a comprehensive system of care, research, education and


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Happtique and Kessler Foundation Lead New Working Group of Application Developers Alliance

December 10, 2012

2012-12-10 18:00:07 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Health and Medical Apps Working Group Supports Advancement of Apps for Use in Health, Medicine and Wellness

West Orange, NJ. (December 10, 2012) – The Application Developers Alliance has launched a new working group focused on health and medical apps. Comprised of Alliance members, the group will support growth in the medical, health, and wellness application marketplace. The working group, chaired by Happtique and Kessler Foundation, will provide core expertise and guidance to the Alliance and its members through commissioned research, white papers, policy recommendations, and best practices.

“Health


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Kessler Foundation Wins National MS Society Grant to Study Prevention of Cognitive Decline

December 6, 2012

2012-12-06 12:34:36 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Victoria Leavitt, PhD, of Kessler Foundation receives $44,000 grant to study effects of intellectual enrichment on cognitive decline in multiple sclerosis

West Orange, NJ. December 6, 2012. The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society awarded Victoria Leavitt, Ph.D., a $44,000 grant to study the effects of intellectual enrichment on cognitive decline in individual with multiple sclerosis. Participants in Dr. Leavitt’s study will use iPads to engage in home-based activities such as reading, puzzle solving, and games for 12 weeks. Dr. Leavitt, a scientist in Neuropsychology and


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Announcing our Fall 2012 issue of TBI News & Views

December 3, 2012

A newsletter for people with traumatic brain injuries

Read about Matt Gross’s journey to create a new life, get the scoop on sports-related brain injuries

Kessler Foundation announces the Fall 2012 issue of TBI News & Views, a consumer newsletter of the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS). Read about Matt Gross’s journey to create a new life, get the scoop on sports-related brain injuries, and be wowed by the talent of artists with TBI. Twice a year, TBI News & Views updates individuals with TBI and their families with the latest news in care and


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Kessler Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2012

2012-12-03 16:26:00 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Through research and training, Kessler Foundation works to remove barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all

West Orange, NJ. December 3, 2012. Through rehabilitation research and training, Kessler Foundation collaborates with partners here and abroad to further this year’s focus of the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities – to remove barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.  

"Our collaborative rehabilitation research with partners in Europe and Asia is improving


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Dr. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation Receives Medical Excellence Award for MS Research

November 28, 2012

2012-11-28 10:30:43 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

John DeLuca, PhD, Vice President for Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, will receive the Medical Excellence Award at the 10th Anniversary of Musical Moments for MS on Dec. 11 at NJPAC in Newark, NJ

WEST ORANGE, N.J. November 28, 2012. — John DeLuca, PhD, Vice President for Research and Training at Kessler Foundation, was named this year’s recipient of the Medical Excellence Award by Musical Moments for MS. Dr. DeLuca will be honored  at the 10th Anniversary of Musical Moments for MS on Tuesday, December 11 at NJPAC in Newark, NJ . 


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Hurricane Sandy Benefit Raises Money for People with Disabilities

November 26, 2012

2012-11-26 15:30:13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kessler Foundation establishes Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund to award grants to disability organizations providing aid in New Jersey

West Orange, NJ. November 16, 2012. More than 200 guests supported Kessler Foundation’s Rebuilding Lives after Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People with Disabilities on Thursday, November 15, at The Grove in Cedar Grove, N.J.

 “As we look ahead to recovery, a group often overlooked by Hurricane Sandy’s effects is people with disabilities. Many lost wheelchairs, ramps, vehicles, medical supplies and access to accessible housing,” said Rodger DeRose


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Kessler Foundation’s Dr Chiaravalloti to speak at Virtual Reality Symposium at Walter Reed

November 26, 2012

2012-11-26 18:40:30 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Experts in rehabilitation research will address ‘Virtual Reality & its Role in Wounded Warrior & Veteran Care” on Nov. 30 7:30am-4pm. at Walter Reed. Dr. Chiaravalloti’s topic is “Virtual Reality for Neuropsychology.”

West Orange, NJ. November 26, 2012. Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, of Kessler Foundation will speak at the State of the Science Symposium at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Friday, November 30, 2012. The symposium, titled, “Virtual Reality and Its Role in Wounded Warrior & Veteran Care,” is being held from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Dr. Chiaravalloti, an


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Former NIDRR fellow Abhijit Das, MD, DM, named director at Institute of Neurosciences in India

November 20, 2012

Dr. Das named Director of Neurorehabilitation at Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Abhijit Das, MD, DM, formerly of Kessler Foundation, was named Director of Neurorehabilitation at Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.  Dr. Das was a postdoctoral fellow in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation for two years. During his fellowship, funded through the 


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Kessler Foundation researchers predict hidden epidemic of neurological disability for India

November 19, 2012

In a report published in the Nov. 20 issue of Neurology, US/Indian researchers identify hidden epidemic of neurologic disability in India fueled by TBI, stroke and age-related dementia

West Orange, NJ. November 19, 2012. The 'Global Perspectives' published in the Nov. 20, 2012 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, features "Neurologic Disability: A Hidden Epidemic for India." (doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182752cdb) The authors, a team of US and Indian scientists, detail three emerging trends contributing to this public heath problem and outline measures to stem its growth


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Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People With Disabilities

November 12, 2012

2012-11-12 11:44:04 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Join Kessler Foundation on November 15th at The Grove in Cedar Grove, N.J.

Kessler Foundation announced Rebuilding Lives After Hurricane Sandy: A Benefit for People With Disabilities on Thursday, November 15th at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The evening will feature comedian Jeff Norris, a New Jersey native, the premiere 80’s cover band—the Emulators—and The Platinum Band. There will be raffle prizes, boardwalk games, caricature artists and a classic Jersey Shore menu. At the invitation of Kessler Foundation, Ben Vereen will stop by the event. Vereen, who has received care at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, looks forward to supporting this benefit to raise funds for people with