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Kessler Foundation’s Stroll ‘N Roll Features Special Guests, Innovative Technology and Competition

October 30, 2012

WEST ORANGE/NEWARK, N.J.—Kessler Foundation celebrates its 10th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and Run!) on Sunday, October 16 at Branch Brook Park in Newark, N.J.

Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, singer Pras Michel from the Fugees, Tony Award Winner John Larroquette, actor Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and state leaders will attend.

Guests will glimpse the future via live demonstrations of eLEGS—a wearable, robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton that enables individuals with paralysis to stand and walk. Amanda Boxtel, an eLEGS ambassador paralyzed since 1992, will demonstrate the device, which is being tested at Kessler Foundation. Made by Berkeley Bionics, eLEGS is now used in rehabilitation; it is targeted for home and community use in 2013.

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A.M. Barrett receives NIDRR grant to study prism adaptation therapy for spatial neglect

October 24, 2012

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Three-year grant from National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research totals $595,756.

West Orange, NJ. October 24, 2012. A.M. Barrett, MD, of Kessler Foundation received a grant totaling $595,756 to study the effects of prism adaptation therapy for spatial neglect in survivors of right-sided stroke. The title of the 3-year grant from National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is ‘Impact of Prism Adaptation Therapy for Spatial

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Kessler Foundation Celebrates Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!), Featuring Eric LeGrand

October 19, 2012

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 Kessler Foundation celebrates its 11th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) to benefit people with disabilities on Sunday, October 21st at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield and Montclair, N.J., beginning at 8 a.m. Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, Miss N.J. Teen U.S. Kendal Barrett and Miss Wheelchair NJ Kim Biglin are this year’s event ambassadors.

Runners and wheelchair racers may compete in USATF-certified 5K or 10K courses, while others can stroll or roll in the family-fun 5K around Brookdale Park. The Kids Activity Zone will offer carnival games, snacks, face painting, balloon animals

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Young People Come Together for Kessler Foundation

October 19, 2012

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Nineteen students from New Jersey and New York are serving on Kessler Foundation’s first Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), including Miss New Jersey Teen U.S. Kendal Barrett. The Committee is working on planning and fundraising for the Foundation’s 11th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!), scheduled on Sunday, October 21st at Brookdale Park.

“Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) is Kessler Foundation’s signature event that brings together people of all ages and abilities,” said Pam DeLuca, chief development officer of Kessler Foundation. “We’re so proud that these students are volunteering their time to be a change in the lives of

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Model Selita Ebanks Joining Kessler Foundation’s Stroll ‘N Roll

October 19, 2012

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Model Selita Ebanks is joining Kessler Foundation’s 11th Annual Stroll ‘N Roll (and RUN!) on Sunday, October 21st at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair, N.J.

Ebanks has modeled for high fashion, including Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and DKNY. She has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Lucky and Eastwest. Recently, Ebanks was a backstage correspondent for Extra TV during the 2012 New York Fashion Week. She also competed in the 2010 season of Celebrity Apprentice.

“We’re excited to have Selita Ebanks join us for our signature event of the year,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of

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Kessler Foundation Hosts Senator Menendez’s Panel Discussion on Disability Rights Treaty

October 17, 2012


WEST ORANGE, N.J.—On October 24, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened leading disability advocates—including injured former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand—to discuss strategies to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The discussion was hosted at Kessler's West Orange campus. More than 35 representatives from a wide range of state and national disability organizations voiced their support of the Senator’s efforts to garner the votes needed for ratification.

The CRPD provides a framework for the rights of individuals with disabilities across the world, based on values

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Kessler Foundation research director wins NIH grant to study chemotherapy effects on brain

October 17, 2012

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 Guang Yue, PhD, was awarded an NIH grant to study adverse effects of chemotherapy on brain structure, neurophysiology, and psychomotor behavior. The 2-year grant totals $366,053.

October 17, 2012. West Orange, NJ. Guang Yue, PhD, director of Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of chemotherapy on brain structure, neurophysiology, and

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Kessler Foundation Fellow Named to NIDRR-Sponsored ARRT Young Investigators Panel

October 9, 2012

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 Abhijit Das, MD, DM, of Kessler Foundation recognized for research on cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis

West Orange, NJ. October 9, 2012. Dr. Abhijit Das, a postdoctoral fellow in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, has received recognition for his research in cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS).  Dr. Das is one of five young investigators recognized for contributions to rehabilitation research by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).  His fellowship is funded through

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Kessler Foundation scientists present rehabilitation research findings at 2012 ACRM-ASNR Conference

October 8, 2012

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 Findings in cognitive and mobility research and outcomes assessment will be presented by Kessler Foundation experts in stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and MS

West Orange, NJ.October 8, 2012.Scientists from Kessler Foundation are presenting recent findings during Progress in Rehabilitation Research, the 2012 conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation (ACRM-ASNR).  A.M. Barrett, MD, Amanda Botticello, PhD, Peii Chen, PhD, Abhijit Das, MD, Gail F. Forrest, PhD, Yael Goverover, PhD, Denise Krch, PhD, Karen Nolan, PhD, and Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, are addressing a variety of topics that

Rep. Pascrell Announces $2.2 Million Grant to Kessler

Rep. Pascrell Announces $2.2 Million Grant to Kessler

October 4, 2012

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 WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, announced today a $2.2 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education to Kessler Foundation. The five-year grant will fund comprehensive rehabilitation services for people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.

“Today’s grant to Kessler Foundation from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research is a testament to the quality of the institution and the strength of the application," said Rep. Pascrell. "As co-chair of the Congressional Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, I know the importance of coordinated medical care when responding to a TBI, and the critical

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Kessler Foundation researchers present at Society for Neuroscience Meeting in New Orleans

October 3, 2012

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 Drs. Genova, Weaver, Wylie and Yue share findings in brain injury, MS and aging

West Orange, NJ. October 3, 2012. Kessler Foundation scientists will present research findings in traumatic brain injury , multiple sclerosis, and aging at the meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, La., October 13-17. Helen Genova, PhD, Glenn Wylie, DPhil, Guang Yue, PhD, and Starla

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Directors for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Appointed by Kessler Foundation

October 2, 2012

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 Dr. Chiaravalloti named TBI Research Director; Dr. Dyson-Hudson named SCI Research Director

WEST ORANGE, N.J. September 20, 2012.—Kessler Foundation has appointed two research directors. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, M.D., has assumed the position of director of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) & Outcomes Assessment Research. Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., has been named director of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research. Drs. Dyson-Hudson and Chiaravalloti are also project directors of National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded

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Kessler Foundation scientists present cognitive research findings at European MS conference

October 2, 2012

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Drs. Sumowski, Leavitt and Strober discuss studies of cognitive reserve, outdoor temperature, and self-efficacy

October 2, 2012. West Orange, NJ. Researchers at Kessler Foundation are presenting new findings in multiple sclerosis (MS) research at The European Committee for the Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) conference at the Lyon Convention Center in Lyon, France, October 10-13.  Research scientists James Sumowski, PhD

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Kessler Foundation scientists awarded New Jersey grants for brain injury research

September 21, 2012

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Drs. Genova and Weaver received three-year grants totalling more than $660,000 to study ways to improve cognitive function after traumatic brain injury

WEST ORANGE, N.J.—Two neuroscientists at Kessler Foundation received grants from the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Helen Genova, Ph.D., research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research was awarded a three-year Individual Research Grant totaling $462,103. Starla Weaver, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research, received a three-year Fellowship Research Grant for $

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Kessler Foundation scientist garners Research Award from MS Consortium

September 17, 2012

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Jelena Stojanovic-Radic, PhD, NMSS fellow at Kessler Foundation, received Research Award for Best Poster at 2012 Meeting of Consortium of MS Centers

West Orange, NJ.  September 17, 2012. At the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Centers in San Diego, California. Jelena Stojanovic-Radic, PhD, was awarded the Research Award for her platform presentation, “Neuroimaging and Cognition using Nearest Infrared Spectroscopy in Multiple Sclerosis.” Dr. Stojanovic is a postdoctoral fellow in