Kessler Foundation receives a major federal grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), which funds an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Project in Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Engineering.

Guang Yue, Ph.D., director of Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, was awarded a $735,000 grant by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research for the training of doctoral-level rehabilitation researchers in partnership with Rutgers University.

The project aims to improve overall health and function of individuals with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal (NM-MSK) diseases and injuries by training doctoral-level researchers committed to advancing the field of rehabilitation.

"The need for rehabilitation scientists continues to grow, underscoring the increasing demand for postdoctoral research training programs," stated Dr. Yue. "Fellowship training at Kessler Foundation allows talented postdoctoral fellows to gain research experience while learning the skills necessary to pursue a career in a rehabilitation-related field." 

"Our fellows complete at least one independent research project and two collaborative research projects studies, with access to the latest technologies, such as robotics, virtual reality, 3-D printing, and brain imaging," Dr. Yue added. 

In 2017, five aspiring researchers joined the postdoctoral fellowship training program at Kessler Foundation, which has launched the careers of many leaders in rehabilitation research. More than 30 former fellows conduct research in Europe, India, South America, and major universities in the U.S., as well as at Kessler Foundation.

The impact of their training can be measured by their success in obtaining funding, and their many contributions to the field including publications, academic appointments, and subsequent leadership positions.

"By funding these fellowships, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research supports the education of specially trained scientists who can conduct rigorous clinical studies aimed at improving the lives of people recovering from serious illnesses and injuries," said Steven Kirshblum, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

"Kessler Foundation, in partnership with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, provides the ideal environment for inspiring young professionals to pursue meaningful and productive careers in rehabilitation research," Kirshblum added.