West Orange, NJ. November 6, 2012. Kessler Foundation announces that The 2012 Estabrook Distinguished Research Lectureship will be given on November 28, 2011 at Kessler Conference Center, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, New Jersey, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Edward Taub, PhD, will lecture on "Constraint-induced (CI) Therapy: A Family of Treatments in Rehabilitation that Remodel the Brain." Dr. Taub is director of the CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Training Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a professor in the Department of Psychology.
Registration is complimentary, but reservations are required. Light refreshments are included. Register for the Estabrook Lecture now!
Dr. Taub, a noted behavioral neuroscientist, developed constraint-Induced therapy, which has been shown to be effective in improving movement after stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological injuries. In this intervention, the unaffected limb is immobilized, encouraging use of the weakened limb. CI therapy produces an increase in grey matter tissue in motor areas in the cerebral cortex of both hemispheres – a true remodeling of the brain. This occurs in older patients as well as children, indicating that the plasticity of the brain persists throughout the life span. Grey matter in the hippocampus also increases, indicating that the creation of new nerve cells may be involved in the therapeutic effects produced by CI therapy.
Dr. Taub has received numerous awards for his research, which has been called one of the ten most exciting lines of neuroscience research. Nearly 400 papers have been published on the effects of CI therapy.
About the Estabrook Lectureship Series
The Estabrook Lecture Series memorializes Kenneth Estabrook (1924-2003), who supported Dr. Henry H. Kessler's efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Estabrook, an attorney, served as trustee, vice president, and president of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation from 1967-1986, as well as chairman of Kessler Rehabilitation Corporation and member of the Board of Trustees for Kessler Foundation. His wife, Anne, established this lectureship in 2001 to commemorate his 75th birthday.
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation is the largest public charity in the field of disability. Kessler Foundation Research Center focuses on improving function and quality of life for persons with injuries of the spinal cord and brain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic neurological conditions. Kessler Foundation Program Center fosters new approaches to the persistently high rates of unemployment among people disabled by injury or disease. Targeted grant making funds promising programs across the nation. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, people recovering from catastrophic injuries and stroke, and young adults striving for independence are among the thousands of people finding jobs and training for careers as a result of the commitment of Kessler Foundation.
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