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Dr. Zanca Of Kessler Foundation Receives $600,000 Award To Improve Personal Care Services For People With Spinal Cord Injury
EAST HANOVER, NJ (Globe Newswire) — Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, of Kessler Foundation is the project director/principal investigator of a Field-Initiated Program award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The nearly $600,000 grant will fund her three-year project to improve the quality of personal care assistance services for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) through on-line education.
ROCKY MOUNT, VA (The Franklin News Post) — The Disability Rights and Resource Center (DRRC) in Rocky Mount has announced a new program for individuals living with spinal cord injuries. The West Piedmont Peer Counseling Group empowers those individuals to participate in individual and group peer counseling activities and community events. The program assists them in continuing or developing a life of independence and ensures they receive professional education and training by participating in relevant workshops.
COLUMBUS, OH (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center) — The community of bacteria that live in our intestines, also called the “gut microbiome,” is important to normal intestinal function. Knowing that spinal cord injuries often negatively affect the gut’s ability to do its job, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center showed that spinal cord injury causes profound changes in the gut microbiota. They also showed that feeding mice probiotics after a spinal cord injury confers neuroprotection and improves functional recovery.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Magee’s Blog) — After an illness or injury, dealing with the loss of independence can be challenging. Returning to driving is often the last step on the road to independence, but getting behind the wheel again is a scary prospect. Magee Riverfront recently added a Driving Simulator to help patients practice driving skills in a safe environment before they get behind the wheel of a car or van on the road.
WEST ORANGE, NJ (Globe Newswire) — Kessler Foundation was awarded a grant by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to fund research on vocational services aimed at improving employment outcomes after spinal cord injury (SCI). Director of Disability & Employment Research at Kessler Foundation, will collaborate with the Medical Director and Director of SCI Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, to establish a program that will initiate vocational services during an individual’s inpatient stay with the goal of facilitating the return to competitive employment following discharge.
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