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A.M. Barrett, MD, of Kessler Foundation Named Chair of AAN Section

A.M. Barrett, MD, of Kessler Foundation Named Chair of AAN Section

May 6, 2015

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


Read the latest SCI Connections Newsletter

Read the latest SCI Connections Newsletter

May 6, 2015

 

 

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


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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May 6, 2015

 

 

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


Locomotor Training Principles and Practice

Locomotor Training Principles and Practice

May 5, 2015

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


Collaborating and Coordinating with Employers: An Issue Brief

Collaborating and Coordinating with Employers: An Issue Brief

May 5, 2015

Although employers of all types have benefited from hiring people with disabilities, unemployment rates remain high. Closer collaboration between employers and disability employment initiatives is key

This comprehensive brief illustrates key research findings, outlines existing strategies and practices that are advancing the concept of disability and business collaboration, and provides resources that further illuminate effective strategies and examples of established collaborations

Elaine Katz, MS, CCC-SP, who is Kessler Foundation's vice president of Grant Programs and Special Initiatives, co-authored this Issue Brief with Richard Lueking, EdD, president of TransCen, Inc. Funding was provided by the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.


Major NIH Roadmap

Major NIH Roadmap

May 1, 2015

The Outcomes and Assessment Lab received an NIH Roadmap award (U-01) related to the national PROMIS project. Kessler Foundation�s subcontract on this project is estimated at $1,040,000 over 4 years. 

PROMIS is the acronym for Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Health Information System. Boston University will partner with Kessler Foundation, Shriners Hospitals, the James Haley Veterans Hospital (Tampa) and the James J. Peters (Bronx) VA Medical Center to validate the new PROMIS outcome measurement scales in children and young adults with disabilities. The PROMIS initiative was launched in 2004 as an NIH cross-institute project designed to "re-engineer" the research process. The PROMIS instruments will become state-of-the-science outcome variables within NIH-sponsored clinical


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Kessler Foundation's First Joel DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research & Education

May 1, 2015

WEST ORANGE, N.J.— Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Physiology at the University of Puerto Rico, is the first recipient of Kessler Foundation's Joel A. DeLisa, MD Award for Excellence in Research and Education in the Field of PM&R. Dr. Frontera will receive the award at Capitale in New York City on May 12.

Rodger DeRose, President and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation, said, "Dr. Frontera's leadership in the field of PM&R is recognized around the world. Among his roles as physician, investigator, teacher and editor, he prioritizes rehabilitation research that is aimed at improving quality of life for people with disabilities as well


On the 20th Anniversary of the ADA

On the 20th Anniversary of the ADA

May 1, 2015

Kessler Foundation reflects on passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act and its impact on quality of life for people with disabilities,

20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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


UMDNJ-NJMS medical student honored for poster presentation

UMDNJ-NJMS medical student honored for poster presentation

April 30, 2015

Ms. Tina Chen (pictured at left), a medical student in the UMDNJ-NJMS class of 2013, tied for top-ranked Medical Student Summer Research poster presentation with her summer project,

Ms. Tina Chen (pictured at left), a medical student in the UMDNJ-NJMS class of 2013, tied for top-ranked Medical Student Summer Research poster presentation with her summer project, "Assessment of Spatial Neglect and Spatial Biases in Left Brain Stroke Survivors."  Ms. Chen worked with her research mentor, Dr. Barrett (pictured at right) and with James Maniscalco, research assistant in the Stroke Laboratory, to produce the winning poster, for which Ms. Chen will receive a travel prize to present the work at a national meeting. Her work emphasized that all stroke survivors should be assessed for


Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

Disability Mentoring Day at Kessler Foundation

April 30, 2015

Students Andre, Sha-Dair, and Lavar from Horizon High School visited Kessler Foundation to test various jobs for National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), on October 20.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Kessler Foundation, Rodger DeRose, said, "Kessler Foundation is proud to be a part of this special day. With the unemployment rate for people with disabilities at nearly eighty percent, it's critical to show employers that people with disabilities are just as performance driven and competent as able-bodied individuals while also bringing unique perspectives, skills and increased dedication to the workplace."

Students received employee badges before they rotated to various stations for one-on-one instruction and mentorship. The staff of the Foundation's


Ghana Athlete Prepares for Kessler Foundation 10K

Ghana Athlete Prepares for Kessler Foundation 10K

April 30, 2015

WheelChair racer plans to add to his international medals

Obeng aims to qualify for Paraplympics in London.

Patrick Obeng of Team Ghana competed in the 11th Annual Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10k on Monday, May 30th in Ridgewood, NJ.  The race, which is the wheelchair division of the Fred d'Elia Ridgewood Run has become the premier wheelchair 10k in the Northeast. 

Kessler Foundation sponsored Obeng and Sam Aidoo, technical director of the Ghana Paralympic Committee to come to the US to race in several competitions so that Obeng can qualify for the Paralympics.   Medals are just part of the big story.  Adaptive sports have had a huge impact in Ghana, where the successes of athletes with disabilities have garnered national attention, changing attitudinal barriers


eLEGS Scheduled for Testing at Kessler Foundation

eLEGS Scheduled for Testing at Kessler Foundation

April 30, 2015

Kessler Foundation is one 10 centers to test eLEGS

eLEGS has potential in rehabilitation of people with paralysis

On June 8, Berkely Bionics released news of its partners in testing eLEGS in the rehabilitation setting.

Click here to read the release

Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation are collaborating on research studies that will help determine which types of patients are most likely to benefit with use of eLEGS. Gail Forrest, PhD, an expert in biomechanics research at Kessler Foundation, plans to test the exoskeletal device initially in people with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, as well as in people with brain injury, stroke, and neuromuscular disorders. Forrest's


Battle it Out with Music!

Battle it Out with Music!

April 30, 2015

Join us on Saturday, August 13th for a “Battle of the Bands” to benefit Kessler Foundation, the battle will be held at the Crossroads—78 North Avenue, Garwood, NJ. Doors open at 6:30pm and the party doesn’t end until midnight!

For just a $7 cover charge, you can enjoy three talented bands—Matt Koziol, Go Falcon, and The Nightlife. Also enjoy delicious food and your favorite cocktails. What better way to spend a Saturday night with your friends as you enjoy great music, food, and drinks while supporting Kessler Foundation and its mission to make discoveries that improve the lives of people with disabilities?

Dara Alfano, a 23 year old


Pneumonia rates low in study of patients with spinal cord injury

Pneumonia rates low in study of patients with spinal cord injury

April 30, 2015

Dyson-Hudson presents 1- year findings at international meeting

Prevention of respiratory complications, the major cause of death in people with spinal cord injury, is the focus of an ongoing research study. Because poor cough reflex contributes to the high rate of complications, researchers are comparing two methods of promoting cough inpatients with tetraplegia and paraplegia. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, interim director of SCI Research at Kessler Foundation, presented preliminary findings at the ASIA-ISCoS scientific conference held in June in Washington DC. 

At one year, there were three reported episodes of pneumonia related to medical complications and no cases of community-acquired pneumonia, an incidence much lower than expected. Investigators also found that


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Patrick Wins Gold!

April 30, 2015

Just one month ago, Patrick Obeng, 35, left Ghana and came to the United States in the hopes of earning a spot in the Paralympics. Kessler Foundation wanted to help him achieve his goals and sponsored his travel and stay in the U.S.

While the Paralympics require athletes to log a certain number of competitive racing hours in order to fully qualify, the economical and geographical constraints in Ghana make it difficult. Patrick, therefore, had to compete in multiple races while he had the opportunity to be in the U.S.

His first stop was the Kessler Foundation Wheelchair 10k, the wheelchair division of the Fred D’Elia Ridgewood Run. It is one of the largest integrated wheelchair races in the country. As a