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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 project is


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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 study.”  Dr


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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 Predictor


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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 Nancy


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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 Friday March 22, 2013


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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 people


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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 does not fund


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

February 28, 2013

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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.doi.org/10


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

February 26, 2013

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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 and


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

February 12, 2013

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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

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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 N.J. premieres of internationally


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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 Netherlands,


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

February 4, 2013

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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 overcome specific