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President's Day - Remembering the Signing of the ADA

President's Day - Remembering the Signing of the ADA

May 7, 2015

February 12, 2015. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law "the world's first comprehensive declaration of the equality of people with disabilities, and evidence of America's leadership internationally in the cause of human rights." Because of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, Bush said, "every man woman and child with a disability can now pass through once closed doors, into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom."

The passage of this important piece of legislation remains an important milestone for people with disabilities and the organizations that support the fullest implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year, Kessler Foundation will commemorate the ADA’s 25th Anniversary, by releasing


Volunteers with SCI needed for pain study

Volunteers with SCI needed for pain study

May 7, 2015

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY for Persons with Pain After SCI: Kessler Foundation researchers are studying how well two different kinds of education programs reduce the extent to which chronic pain interferes with daily life and well being. If you have had SCI for at least 1 year and moderate to severe pain that has lasted at least 3 months, you may be eligible to participate. The study involves a physician visit, questionnaires, 4 weekly classes of 2 hours each at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and homework assignments for 8 weeks. Participants may receive up to $200 compensation for their time. For more information, contact Ashleigh Quinn at (973) 324-3548 or aquinn@KesslerFoundation


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Foundation's MS & Stroke research featured on Medical News Today

May 7, 2015

Spatial neglect, foot drop stimulator, wellness program for MS

Recent articles on our stroke and MS research are being featured on Medical News Today, the largest independent medical news site on the web. Please visit the links below and submit your star ranking!

Implications of ipsilateral spatial neglect after stroke http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/283493.php 

Foot drop stimulator helpful in rehabilitation after stroke http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/282980.php

The benefits of wellness program for people with multiple sclerosis


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Medical News Today features new Foundation research in MS, TBI and SCI

May 7, 2015

Recent Kessler Foundation articles on MS, SCI and brain injury are being featured on Medical News Today, the largest independent medical news site on the web. Please visit each page and submit your star ranking!

The impact of cultural diversity in brain injury research  http://tinyurl.com/nrc4fpx

First study of brain activation in multiple sclerosis using fNIRS   http://tinyurl.com/nofdw2t

Variation in self-care and mobility outcomes by race and ethnicity in those with complete spinal cord injury http://tinyurl.com/q6drf7c


One Month Until Stroll 'N Roll! Register Now!

One Month Until Stroll 'N Roll! Register Now!

May 7, 2015

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.

Every dollar raised supports rehabilitation research and employment initiatives that change


Kessler Foundation mourns the recent passing of dedicated trustee Louis Lipschitz, CPA

Kessler Foundation mourns the recent passing of dedicated trustee Louis Lipschitz, CPA

May 7, 2015

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


Dr. Chiaravalloti interviewed on the Conundrum of Childhood Concussions

Dr. Chiaravalloti interviewed on the Conundrum of Childhood Concussions

May 7, 2015

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


Foundations hosts New Jersey Metro Chapter of National MS Society

Foundations hosts New Jersey Metro Chapter of National MS Society

May 7, 2015

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.


Elaine Katz elected to National APSE Board

Elaine Katz elected to National APSE Board

May 7, 2015

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 Today

Dr. Barrett of Kessler Foundation Comments on Stroke Incidence and Mortality Study in Cardiology Today

May 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


Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

May 7, 2015

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

Dr. Dyson-Hudson interviewed on Denver's KOA-AM radio

Dr. Dyson-Hudson interviewed on Denver's KOA-AM radio

May 7, 2015

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


Six Countries Represented in the 2014 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

Six Countries Represented in the 2014 Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10K

May 7, 2015

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 Disabilities

At SCI Grand Rounds, Dr. Kalpakjian Discusses Gynecological Health Care Experiences of Women with Disabilities

May 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


A.M. Barrett, MD, of Kessler Foundation Joins Brain Injury Medicine Milestone Project

A.M. Barrett, MD, of Kessler Foundation Joins Brain Injury Medicine Milestone Project

May 6, 2015

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