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Government reopens: Monthly TIDE Report resumes Tuesday, Oct. 22

October 20, 2013 Kessler Foundation & UNH will issue Trends in Disablity Employment Report

The Oct. 4 national TIDE Report that was postponed due to the government shutdown will be issued on Tuesday, October 22.  The TIDE Report is a customized analysis of employment data issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

October 17, 2013 On October 17, Kessler Foundation hosted students from Horizon High in Livingston, NJ

On October 17,  Kessler Foundation was one of hundreds of employers across the U.S. that participated in Disability Mentoring Day. Once again, the Foundation hosted students from Horizon High School in Livingston.  Below is an article from the West Orange Patch, and attached is the photo feature from the Star Ledger’s Essex County section on Sunday. 

Special thanks to our employee committee for working one on one to provide these students with an engaging experience. The excellent media coverage, coordinated by Lauren Scrivo and Winning Strategies, highlights the roles of Horizon High School and Kessler Foundation in changing the lives of people with disabilities.


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Kessler Foundation’s Krch awarded $600,000 NIDRR grant for virtual reality study in TBI

October 17, 2013 2013-10-17 09:28:54 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Denise Krch, PhD, of Kessler Foundation was awarded a NIDRR Field-Initiated Grant titled

West Orange, NJ. September 30, 2013.  Denise Krch, PhD, of Kessler Foundation was awarded a NIDRR Field-Initiated Grant (#H133G130189) titled, "The development of a virtual reality program to improve executive functioning in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI)." This three-year grant is valued at $600,000. Dr. Krch is a research scientist in TBI Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also an assistant professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

This project is the product of pilot


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Stroll 'N Roll for People with Disabilities at Verona Park

October 13, 2013

Kessler Foundation's 12th Annual Stroll 'N Roll to benefit people with disabilities, sponsored in part by Gibbons PC and Liz and David Lowenstein, will be held on Sunday, October 13th at Verona Park in Verona, NJ. Every dollar raised funds rehabilitation research and employment initiatives for people with disabilities.

“Stroll ‘N Roll is our community signature event of the year,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “It’s the perfect day for people of all ages and abilities to come together and support our mission to change the lives of people with disabilities. Funds raised help individuals with paralysis take their first steps and improve their mobility; others with multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury improve their


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MS research featured in Fall issue of NARCOMS Now

October 13, 2013 Drs. Genova and Goverover quoted in Feature Focus on cognition in MS

West Orange, NJ. October 4, 2013. Helen Genova, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, and Yael Goverover, PhD, of NYU, were interviewed about their MS research in the Fall 2013 issue of NARCOMS Now, a quarterly publication of the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS).  The "Feature Focus" article for the Fall 2013 issue, entitled "Cognitive Changes in MS," is available at:http://www.narcoms.org/narcomsnow/featurefocus/fall2013/page1

Drs. Genova and Goverover discussed the implications of deficits in processing speed on activities of daily living. They presented their research at this year’s


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News 12 New Jersey and WMBC Interview Dr. Chiaravalloti at TBI Conference

October 11, 2013

On October 11, 2013, the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS) presented "Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change," a conference for individuals with brain injury, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals, at Kessler Conference Center in West Orange. News 12 New Jersey interviewed Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of TBI Research at Kessler Foundation and the NNJTBIS, on the dangers of brain injury, including concussions in youth sports, and the importance of


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Kessler Foundation collaborates with VA New Jersey Health Care System on study of Gulf War illness

October 4, 2013 Dr. Wylie heads team studying cognitive fatigue in Gulf War veterans

 West Orange, NJ. October 4, 2013.  A major grant totaling $761,222from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Clinical Science Research and Development, involves a collaboration between Kessler Foundation and the VA New Jersey Health Care System.  Glenn Wylie, DPhil is principal investigator for the study, “Examination of Cognitive Fatigue in Gulf War Illness using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Dr. Wylie is a research scientist at the War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) at VA New Jersey Health Care System's East Orange


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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 the


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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 Electrodiagnostic Medicine and


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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 Friday,


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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 wisdom --


Scientist Denise Krch Smiling for the camera

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 participants with


Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine Cover

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 a state-