SOURCE: Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation

January 26, 2012 09:15 ET

Kessler Foundation Appoints Assistant Director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research

WEST ORANGE, NJ--(Marketwire - Jan 26, 2012) - Kessler Foundation appointed Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD as assistant director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research, an inaugural position. She assumes the position in February 2012.

Dr. Oh-Park joins the team led by Anna Barrett, MD, director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, and an expert in hidden disabilities that often complicate recovery after stroke. The laboratory has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1999.

Dr. Oh-Park's expertise complements the laboratory's translational work in cognition and visual perception. "Dr. Oh-Park has invaluable experience investigating the impact of mobility problems on function in aging," said Dr. Barrett. "She is an inspired leader who can help us grow as a team."

The Foundation's stroke research focuses on the disabilities that often go unnoticed, such as aphasia -- a communication disorder in which the brain has difficulty processing language -- and spatial neglect -- an impairment of the ability to accurately recognize objects in three-dimensional space. Dr. Oh-Park's research will look at aspects that affect mobility
and biomechanics.

"Functional recovery after stroke depends on multiple domains, including cognition, visual perception, movement strategies, and biomechanics," said Dr. Oh-Park. "At Kessler Foundation, I intend to study how each domain affects the others. The opportunity to collaborate with Kessler Foundation's other laboratories will spur advances that will improve rehabilitation after stroke." Dr. Oh-Park will complement her research initiatives with clinical responsibilities at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where Dr. Barrett is Chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation.

Dr. Oh-Park was director of electrodiagnostic services at Montefiore Medical Center, in Bronx, N.Y. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a five-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award.

About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation is the largest public charity in the field of disability. Kessler Foundation Research Center advances care through rehabilitation research in its six specialized laboratories under the leadership of noted research directors. Research focuses on improving function and quality of life for persons with injuries of the spinal cord and brain, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic neurological conditions. Kessler Foundation Program Center fosters new approaches to the persistently high rates of unemployment among people disabled by injury or disease.

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