West Orange, NJ (PRWEB) July 8, 2009
Kessler Foundation announced that it was awarded seven grants totaling $2,049,100 during the first half of 2009. The grants were awarded by federal and state agencies, major universities and other health organizations to support research that improves quality of life for individuals with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke and other disabling conditions.
"Kessler Foundation Research Center continues to be recognized as a national leader in the area of disability research," stated Rodger DeRose, President and CEO of Kessler Foundation. "Continuing to be awarded grants from these organizations in support of our research is proof of that."
Grants were awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), New Jersey State Commission on Brain Injury Research, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), the University of Pennsylvania, Select Medical Corporation, and CENT (Center for Experimental Neurorehabilitation Training).
"These grants enable us to advance our understanding of how the brain is affected by stroke, brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases like MS and Huntington's disease, while providing young investigators with advanced training in neurocognitive research," noted John DeLuca, PhD, vice president for research at Kessler Foundation Research Center. "Patients with these devastating disorders will benefit from the improvements that will be achieved in neuropsychological rehabilitation."
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation is in the forefront of research in the areas of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neuropsychology, neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, movement analysis, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering. Kessler Foundation Research Center, which has 7 specialized laboratories, also has model systems for brain and spinal injury Northern New Jersey SCI System and Northern New Jersey TBI System, which are funded by major grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. While there are 14 model SCI systems and 14 TBI model systems in the U.S., Kessler Foundation is one of only seven centers in the country to have dual model systems. In 2008, Kessler Foundation researchers published more than 60 articles in medical and scientific journals and presented their research findings at national and international meetings.
Kessler Foundation also supports programs that promote the employment of people with disabilities through its Program Center's "Transition to Work" Signature and Community Employment Grants. The Foundation's Special Initiative Grants also support educational programs like 'ThinkFirst', an injury prevention program aimed at children and teens. Kessler Foundation has a full-time staff of 90 individuals, divided between two locations in West Orange, New Jersey.
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