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EAST HANOVER, NJ (EurekAlert!) – Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, has partnered with Motek, a leader in virtual reality (VR) rehabilitation technologies, to develop new treatments to improve cognitive and motor impairments in individuals with disabilities. Mobility deficits due to disease, trauma, or aging, adversely affect a person’s quality of life. Specifically, the inability to adjust one’s gait to one’s environment – such as to maneuver a doorstep, puddle of water or other obstacles – leads to increased risk of falling.
Challenged Athletes Foundation announces record breaking grant distribution of 2,806 individual grants across 95 different sports totaling over $4.3 million in support
SAN DIEGO, CA (Econotimes) – The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is proud to announce unprecedented financial support through its annual grant programs, which provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, specialized running prosthetics, coaching, mentoring, travel and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges of all ages and levels who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports. Through the 2018 distribution – the largest grant distribution to-date in the organization’s 25 year history – 2,806 individual grants in 40 countries are making it possible for individuals to achieve their athletic dreams across 95 sports from basketball to CrossFit and rock climbing.
DALLAS, TX (EurekAlert!) – Scientists have found a genetic trigger that may improve the brain’s ability to heal from a range of debilitating conditions, from strokes to concussions and spinal cord injuries. A new study in mice from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute shows that turning on a gene inside cells called astrocytes results in a smaller scar and potentially – a more effective recovery from injury.
EAST HANOVER, NJ (Infosurhoy) – Karen Nolan, PhD. senior research scientist in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, will collaborate with Stevens Institute of Technology on a grant from New Jersey Health Foundation. With this $35,000 grant, investigators will develop and test the SAFE (Stevens Ankle-Foot Electromechanical) Orthosis, an adaptive oscillator-based assistive device with sensory stimulation to facilitate recovery of gait symmetry in stroke survivors.
LOUISVILLE, KY (EurekAlert!) – Patients with severe spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience chronically low blood pressure that negatively affects their health, their quality of life and their ability to engage in rehabilitative therapy. “People with severe spinal cord injury – especially when it occurs in a higher level in the spine – have problems with blood pressure regulation to the point that it becomes the main factor affecting quality of life for them,” said Glenn Hirsch, M.D., professor of cardiology at the University of Louisville (UofL).
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (Penn State News) – Penn State students with spinal cord injury are invited to apply for a full scholarship offered by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, in partnership with Penn State’s Student Disability Resources office. Designed to support individuals with spinal cord injury in their pursuit of higher education, the Neilsen Scholarship Program provides undergraduate and graduate student recipients with scholarships and supplemental support as they earn their degrees.
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