Kessler scientists receive grant to study exercise benefits in multiple sclerosis – EurekAlert

Dr. Genova, assistant director of the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research, studies ways to improve cognitive function in children and adults with neurological illnesses and injuries, including brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and autism.
CREDIT: Kessler Foundation

East Hanover, NJ. October 7, 2019. With a grant from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, John DeLuca, PhD, Helen Genova, PhD, of Kessler Foundation, will study the effects of different exercise regimens across multiple realms of symptoms and functioning in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. DeLuca is senior vice president for Research and Training and Dr. Genova is assistant director of the Center for Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research. Rosalia Dacosta Aguayo, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center, will assist with the pilot study.

Individuals with MS experience a range of disabling symptoms, which can be cognitive, physical and emotional in nature. Recent research suggests that physical activity may significantly benefit individuals with MS and lessen their symptoms. Despite this research, many individuals with MS are hesitant to exercise for various reasons, including heat sensitivity, weakness and spasticity.

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