Join us on Sunday, September 21, at Verona Park for Kessler Foundation's 13th Annual Stroll 'N Roll! Enjoy a stroll or roll around the beautiful lake in the park in Verona, NJ. You'll also love the carnival games, magic acts, balloon art, delicious food and desserts, live music acts, and a talented DJ group. It's the perfect day for adults and children of all ages and abilities. Even your family dog can sport a Stroll 'N Roll commemmorative t-shirt while snacking, strolling, and playing.
Kessler Foundation mourns the recent passing of dedicated trustee Louis Lipschitz, CPA. Elected to the Foundation Board in September 2007, Lipschitz served as executive vice chair, chaired the Audit Committee, and contributed his expertise in finance to the Finance and Research Committees. “Lou was a smart and caring trustee. He was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation, a unique facility dedicated to rehabilitation research of disorders of the brain and spinal cord,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. Lou always carefully prepared for meetings, which made him a keen participant in all major actions of the Board. It will be very hard to replace Lou, given his unique skills and his warmth in
Online radio program 'Speaking with Dr. B" addresses concussion as topic for start of school year
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, was interviewed on July 31 about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) on ‘Speaking of Health with Dr. B’s special radio program for the beginning of the new school year. “The Conundrum of Childhood Concussions” addressed what constitutes a concussion, how to recognize subtle symptoms of TBI, the role of helmets in prevention, current research studies, and the most effective treatments. Dr. Chiaravalloti is director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation in West Orange, NJ. She serves as project director of the Northern New Jersey TBI Model System. The show may be accessed by date at Dr. David Borenstein
Research presentationsby Drs. Chiaravalloti, DeLuca, Genova, Goverover, Wylie and Yao
Kessler Foundation recently hosted members and staff of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society for an update on the Foundation’s research studies funded by the Society. Pictured from left to right are John DeLuca, PhD, the Foundation’s senior VP of Research & Training, Jim Roberts, chapter president and Jonathan Staunch, senior director, Donor Relations, National MS Society. Our visitors toured the Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation and heard presentations by Drs. Chiaravalloti, DeLuca, Genova, Goverover, Wylie and Yao.
Congratulations to Elaine Katz, CCC-SLP, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications, on her election to the National Board of APSE (Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst). Elaine will serve as regional delegate from the Northeast/New England region. APSE is a national non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities. APSE offers consultation services to help businesses reach out to and partner with one of the strongest labor and customer pools in the country: the disability community.
Dr. Barrett of Kessler Foundation Comments on Stroke Incidence and Mortality Study in Cardiology TodayMay 7, 2015
A.M. Barrett, MD, director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation, provided commentary on new stroke research findings in Cardiology Today on Healio.com—“US Stroke Incidence, Mortality Rates Declined from 1987 to 2011” by the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities. While glad that stroke events decreased, Dr. Barrett emphasized the importance of recognizing the burden of disability that often follows stroke. She also
Tips for Individuals with SCI
It’s summer again and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and weather. For persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) who have trouble regulating their body temperature, high temperatures can be more than just a little uncomfortable—they can be life threatening!
SCI and the Heat
People with SCI often have difficulty regulating their body temperature. Some (particularly those with injuries above T6) also do not sweat in response to heat, so there is no means of keeping the body cool. This is why people with SCI get easily overheated on hot, sunny days.
Tips to avoid overheating:
- Always think ahead! Don’t wait until you feel
Discusses advances in research and rehabilitation that are improving the outlook for individuals with SCI
The injury sustained by Olympian Amy VanDyken Rouen has focused attention on new approaches to spinal cord injuries. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, director of Spinal Cord Research at Kessler Foundation, was interviewed on Denver’s KOA-AM about advances in research and rehabilitation that are improving the outlook for individuals with spinal cord injury. Dr. Dyson-Hudson is co-director of the Northern New Jersey SCI System, one of 14 federally funded centers in the U.S. To hear the interview
On a beautiful Memorial Day, some of the most elite racers in the world competed in the 14th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K—the wheelchair division of the Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run. Racers competed for a total purse of $10,000. Twenty-three racers represented six countries, including Canada, Nigeria, Spain, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the United States.
Alexandre Dupont, from Quebec, Canada, won the Men’s Open division with a time of 22 minutes and 11 seconds. Injured in a motorcycle accident where he lost his right leg when he was 17 years old, Dupont watched a televised wheelchair racing event from the 2004 Paralympics. Now 28 years old, celebrating the tenth year of his racing career, he is a Paralympian and broke the Canadian record in the 100-meter sprint
At SCI Grand Rounds, Dr. Kalpakjian Discusses Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with DisabilitiesMay 7, 2015
Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS, delivered a presentation, “’Makes You Want to Just Give Up…and Hide’: The Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with Disabilities” at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Grand Rounds on May 27, 2014 at Kessler Conference Center, sponsored by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS).
Dr. Kalpakjian shared survey data from approximately 400 women with disabilities with an average age of 39. A very important but under addressed health topic, the study revealed that preventative care was the primary gynecological concern for the participants, followed by sexuality and regulating menstrual periods. The survey uncovered structural, attitudinal, and knowledge barriers that women with disabilities face when receiving routine
West Orange, NJ. A.M. Barrett, MD, has been invited to join the Brain Injury Medicine Milestone Project, a joint initiative of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Barrett will serve on the Milestone project’s Working Group, which will develop a subspecialty-specific system of competency –based learning and assessment for brain injury. The Working Group’s chair is Gerard Francisco, MD.
Dr. Barrett, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, is director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, co-leader of the
Dr. Barrett to chair section on Neural Repair and Rehabilitation
A.M. Barrett, MD, was named chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s section on Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. The American Academy of Neurology is a professional society representing more than 21,000 neurologists and neuroscientists. Dr. Barrett, a cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, is director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also Chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, co-leader of the Kessler Institute Stroke
A newsletter for people with spinal cord injuries
Kessler Foundation released the latest issue (2014, Vol. 3, No. 1) of Connections, a publication of the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) for individuals with SCI, their families, and caregivers. Read how Michael Rhode returned to the slopes after an injury, learn how to prevent pressure ulcers, find out about accessible entertainment and recreation, and get updated on the latest SCI
Update on Prism Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation
Stroke researchers continue their successful NIDRR-funded research project, examining the impact of prism adaptation therapy for the hidden disability of spatial neglect in more than 300 stroke survivors. “We found that spatial neglect is under recognized. It affects 70% of stroke survivors and 28% of patients with TBI,” noted Dr. Barrett. The tool they developed, the Kessler Foundation Neglect Assessment Process (KF-NAP™), has been instrumental in clinical care and research.
In the first multi-center diagnostic training collaboration for spatial neglect, led by director A.M. Barrett, MD, Peii Chen, PhD, and Kim Hreha, OTR, the KF-NAP led to identification of hidden disabilities of functional vision
Kessler Foundation Research Center and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation provided a three and a half-day course on locomotor training to educate therapists on the principles of activity-based therapy
The first day, all participants attended lectures focused on developing an understanding of the basic science and guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training. Clinical team members participated in intensive skill development of locomotor training techniques, including patient evaluation and progression using a body weight support treadmill system, locomotor training, overground assessment and progression, and community ambulation and activity training.
Seven locations offered this comprehensive training, which was taught by noted