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EAST HANOVER, NJ – September 9, 2022 – John DeLuca, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research and Education at the Kessler Foundation, has received a five-year, $468,019 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to continue the long “MS Fellowship in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Program”.

This is the fourth consecutive National MS Society grant awarded to the Foundation since 2007. The awards have provided a total of $1.62 million towards the formation of multiple sclerosis (MS) research fellowships. for scientists working towards careers dedicated to improving the lives of people with MS. This Company investment is driving progress toward MS cessation, restoration of function, and MS cessation – the goals of the widely endorsed Pathways to Cures for MS to better align the global MS community. MS research around the most promising areas for curing MS for each person. person as soon as possible.

“The goal of the program is to nurture fellows’ enthusiasm for rehabilitation research with guidance and an in-depth understanding of research integrity issues,” said Dr. DeLuca, the grant’s Principal Investigator. Foundation scientists serve as role models in the field of multiple sclerosis rehabilitation while teaching domain-specific skills and scientific methodology.

“Our postdoctoral fellowship program has a long history of success in equipping young scientists with the skills they need to improve the scientific basis of medical rehabilitation and expand effective treatment options for people with MS and other diseases. neurological,” said Dr. DeLuca. “This is accomplished by providing postdoctoral fellowship training in neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation, and cognitive/translational neuroscience at a clinically oriented medical rehabilitation research center,” he added.

“A unique feature of our program is highly individualized “research training plans” designed by each postdoctoral fellow in close collaboration with their mentor. We believe this has played a major role in our success,” explained Dr. DeLuca. Training activities are tailored to fellows’ strengths, gaps, and interests, allowing them to develop and improve their scientific writing skills and submit grant applications as independent researchers.

“The interests of each fellow are nurtured so that each develops a new line of research. Fellows are closely guided through every step of the research process, from idea curation, proposal design and submission, to data collection and analysis, culminating in publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national conferences,” concluded Dr. DeLuca.

Funding: National MS Society (MB-2107-38097)

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society, founded in 1946, funds cutting-edge research, encourages change through advocacy, and provides programs and services to help people with MS live their best lives. Connect to learn more and get involved: nationalMSsociety.org, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube or 1-800-344-4867.

About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling to mobility problems, blindness and paralysis. It is estimated that one million people live with MS in the United States. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 and it affects three times more women than men.

About John DeLuca, PhD
John DeLuca, PhD, is Senior Vice President for Research and Education at the Kessler Foundation, Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurology at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He is certified in rehabilitation psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. DeLuca is internationally recognized for his research on memory and information processing disorders in various clinical populations, including multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and fatigue syndrome. chronic. Dr. DeLuca has published over 350 articles and book chapters in these areas, edited seven books on neuropsychology, neuroimaging and rehabilitation, and is co-editor of the “Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology”. He has received over $40 million in grants for his research. Dr. DeLuca’s most recent research projects include brain mapping of human cognitive processes using functional neuroimaging, as well as the development of research-based techniques to ameliorate cognitive impairment.

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