Public Release:  Dr. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation speaks at Consortium of MS Centers meeting in Chicago

John DeLuca, Ph.D., an expert in cognitive rehabilitation research, will address 'Behavioral Approaches to Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis'

Kessler Foundation

West Orange, NJ. April 10, 2013. John DeLuca, PhD, VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, will speak at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown-Lakefront in Chicago, Illinois, on April 26, 2013. This one-day CME-accredited program, "Assessing and Managing Neuropsychiatric Problems in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): From MRI to Treatment" is chaired by Ralph Benedict, PhD, and hosted by the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC). Organized in 1986 under the direction of neurologists interested in the clinical care of MS, CMSC has grown to become a multi-disciplinary organization providing a team approach to MS care and a network for all health care professionals and others specializing in the care of persons with MS.

The educational needs of healthcare professionals working with patients with MS include knowledge of cognitive impairment, which may be mild, moderate, or severe. Dr. DeLuca, an expert in cognitive rehabilitation research, will address "Behavioral Approaches to Cognitive Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis." The program faculty includes Fred Foley, PhD, Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, Anthony Feinstein, MD, PhD, and Sarah Morrow, MD, FRCPC, MS.

Registration deadline is April 17.

To register: http://www.mscare.org/events/event_details.asp?id=293444&group= For more information, contact education@mscare.org

About John DeLuca

Dr. DeLuca is VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, which conducts cognitive and physical research in brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and stroke. He specializes in the study of disorders of memory and information processing in TBI and MS and has published more than 200 articles, books, and chapters in these areas. His collaborative work in cognitive rehabilitation extends to Italy, Spain, Portugal, and China. He has obtained more than $26 million in grant funding and is the editor/co-editor of five recent books, including the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, the first encyclopedia of its kind. Dr. DeLuca often presents at national and international conferences and contributes to continuing education for professionals and consumers. He is a professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurology & Neurosciences at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, and a licensed psychologist in the states of New Jersey and New York.

Recent articles:

Chiaravalloti ND, Wylie G, Leavitt V, Deluca J (2012) Increased cerebral activation after behavioral treatment for memory deficits in MS. Journal of Neurology. DOI: 10.1007/s00415-011-6353-x.

Sumowski, J.F., Wylie, G.R., Leavitt, V.M., Chiaravalloti N.D., DeLuca J. (2013). Default network activity is a sensitive and specific biomarker of memory in MS. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 19, 199-208.

DeLuca, J. & Nocentini, U. (2011). Neuropsychological, medical and rehabilitative management of persons with multiple sclerosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 29, 197-219.

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About MS Research at Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation's cognitive rehabilitation research in MS is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society, NJ Commission of Brain Injury Research, Consortium of MS Centers, and Kessler Foundation. Under the leadership of Dr. DeLuca and Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, scientists have made important contributions to the knowledge of cognitive decline in MS. Clinical studies span new learning, memory, executive function, attention and processing speed. Research tools include innovative applications of neuroimaging, iPADs, and virtual reality. Among recent findings are the benefits of cognitive reserve; correlation between cognitive performance and outdoor temperatures; the efficacy of short-term cognitive rehabilitation using modified story technique; and the correlation between memory improvement and cerebral activation on fMRI.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

Contacts: Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org
Lauren Scrivo, 973.324.8384, 973.768.6583 - c, LScrivo@KesslerFoundation.org

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