Health & Wellness

Dr. Helen Genova Awarded Grant for Novel Emotional Processing Study in Multiple Sclerosis

East Hanover, NJ - January 10, 2018 - Helen Genova, PhD, Assistant Director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation, has been awarded a $44,000 grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The grant funds her research on emotional processing deficits in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune degenerative disease of the central nervous system associated with significant behavioral and emotional sequelae.

Recent research suggests that a significant number of individuals with MS have difficulty with emotional processing, specifically, in recognizing the emotions of others through facial expressions. These impairments often lead to issues in social functioning and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Genova will examine the effects of an intervention consisting of a computerized program aimed at improving facial affect recognition in individuals with MS, and interactive training that uses examples of the individual's own emotional experiences.

"We know that the proposed intervention has been effective in autism, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and in our own pilot data in people with MS," remarked Dr. Genova. "We predict that following the treatment, neuroimaging will show increased activation in regions of the brain critical for facial affect recognition, correlating with the effects of the intervention. These data will enable us to document the beneficial effect of this intervention for this population and others."

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This is the first study to apply a treatment that has been shown to be successful in other populations to individuals with MS. This project may provide important evidence showing that this strategy can be effective for improving social functioning in the community, workplace, and at home, and enhance quality of life for people with MS.

About Dr. Helen Genova

Helen M. Genova, PhD, is the Assistant Director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. Dr. Genova's research interests have included examining cognitive dysfunction in various clinical and neurological populations including chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is currently using functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging to examine cognitive impairments in MS and TBI, and how these impairments relate to neuronal pathology. Dr. Genova's research is funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research, and the Consortium of MS Centers.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. Learn more by visiting http://www.KesslerFoundation.org

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East Hanover/Florham Park

Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor Reminds Residents of Reorganization

Mayor Mark Taylor reminds residents that January 6, 2018 is the reappointment of boards and commissions and reorganization of the Borough. Join Mayor Taylor at 6pm and if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent. Please contact the Borough of Florham Park. 

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The Morris Area Coalition for Education & Positive Choices Bring Back Friday Nights at Mennen Arena

January 18, 2018

FLORHAM PARK,N.J- From Friday, January 5, 2018 to Friday, March 9, 2018, The Morris Area Coalition for Education and Positive Choices, proudly sponsors "Friday Nights at Mennen Arena", from 7:30pm-10pm.The initiative helps provide teens with an opportunity to have fun with their friends in a safe, drug-free environment. 

The Coalition team is made up of law ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

January 16, 2018

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

Ocean County Freeholders Firmly Against Drilling Off the New Jersey Coast

TOMS RIVER - The Ocean County Board of Freeholders are strongly opposed to a Trump administration plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling to the waters of nearly every coastal state in the nation..

The proposal by the Trump Administration includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas — 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf ...

U.S. Army Corps to Begin Routine Dredging at Entrance of Shark River Inlet

BELMAR, NJ — Completion of the dredging of the Shark River channels situated off the Belmar Marina will bring the start of another dredging project at the entrance of the Shark River Inlet.

Since early September, the N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been removing 102,000 cubic yards of sediment to open up the western portions of the Share River Channel and Shark River Channel ...

Raccoon Attacks Hillsborough Woman and Dog Outside Residence

January 17, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ  - A raccoon attacked a 63-year-old woman and her dog a few steps outside the front door of her residence Tuesday morning, according to police.

Irene Rothschild told police she had walked out the front door of her home at 424 Bigley Road with her dog around 11 a.m. when the raccoon attacked, biting and scratching the dog.

Neighbors on social media say Rothschild went ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 010

On this week’s AtlantiCast, we take you to the groundbreaking for an expansion to Morristown Medical Center, introduce you to the newest babies of 2018 at Atlantic Health System and share some must-see winter weather tips!

 

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Clark Public Library, Clark

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The Three "Rs" Beginning with Reorganization in Florham Park Schools

January 20, 2018

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - About a year ago, Dr. Melissa Varley, Superintendent for the Florham Park school district, and her team, including Brian Silkensen, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Christy O’Connor, Supervisor of English and Language Arts ,  implemented new teaching methods at all three Florham Park schools. According to Silkensen, ...

Madison High School Class of 2020 Invites the Public to 'Disney Sing-Along and Story Time' Event This Saturday

January 18, 2018

Calling all princesses, pirates and any other favorite characters!

The MHS Class of 2020 invites you to join us for our very first Disney sing-along and story time! We welcome you to a morning of crafts, storytelling, singing and yummy treats on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave.

Feel free to wear your best Disney costumes. This ...