Research and Innovation

Translating state-of-the-art research into clinical practice is helping advance the recovery of our patients.

Advancing rehabilitation through research

Kessler Institute doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and other professional staff are actively involved in more than 100 studies that may lead to new treatments – and new hope – for patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurologic diseases including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, cancer and limb loss.

Many of these projects are conducted in collaboration with Kessler Foundation, our research affiliate. We share the designation as a Model System for the treatment and research of both traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) – one of only seven centers in the nation. This continues to put us at the forefront of advances in our field.

The use of robotic technologies, including exoskeletons; prism adaptation therapy which involves the use of special goggles to address spatial neglect, a vision deficit; virtual rehabilitation; various interventions to help improve cognition; and pain management strategies are among the many innovative studies currently underway.

Two of the most exciting areas of research involve the Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation and the Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center, both located on Kessler Institute’s West Orange campus. These unique laboratories are changing the landscape of what is possible for patients with disabilities.

Explore with us.

Learn more about or be part of the life-changing research underway at Kessler. We often seek participants for our studies. If you are interested, please contact us.
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