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Dr. DeLuca of Kessler Foundation participates in nationwide National MS Society webcast

Webinar: 'The Next Frontier: Understanding and Treating Progressive MS' to be held May 23, 2012 7-8 p.m. ET, registration required, no fee

Kessler Foundation

West Orange, NJ. May 17, 2012. John DeLuca, PhD, VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation, is a panelist for the May 23 (7-8 pm ET) national webcast sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, "The Next Frontier: Understanding and Treating Progressive MS." Dr. DeLuca, an expert in cognition in MS joins Peter Calabresi, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and Daniel Reich, MD, PhD, from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Timothy Coetzee, Chief Research Officer of the National MS Society will serve as moderator. Registration is required; there is no fee. For people who cannot participate in real-time, the recorded version with transcript will be posted by the NMMS shortly after the event.

John DeLuca, PhD, oversees Kessler Foundation's renowned rehabilitation research in spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Dr. DeLuca specializes in disorders of memory and information processing in TBI and MS and has authored more than 200 articles, books, and chapters in these areas. His collaborative work in cognitive rehabilitation extends to Italy, Spain and China. He is the editor of five recent books, including the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. He often presents at national and international conferences and contributes to continuing education for professionals and consumers. He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Rehabilitation Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. DeLuca 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.

Kessler Foundation's cognitive rehabilitation research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society and Kessler Foundation. Scientists in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation have made important contributions to the knowledge of cognitive decline in MS. A recent study documented a correlation between cognitive performance and outdoor temperatures in individuals with MS. Another finding was that short-term cognitive rehabilitation using of modified story technique improved memory in people with MS; moreover, the improvements in cognitive assessment correlated with changes on fMRI. Cognitive reserve was the topic of a 2010 paper that reported that an intellectually challenging lifestyle protected against cognitive decline in MS.


About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, the largest public charity in the field of disability, conducts rehabilitation research in mobility and cognition that advances the care of people with multiple sclerosis, brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. Kessler Foundation is one of six centers in the U.S. to have NIDRR-funded model systems for traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. 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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