The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $1.83 million grant to a Kessler Foundation researcher leading a clinical trial to test if a month-long cognitive training program can improve learning and memory in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the Centers for Neuropsychology, Neuroscience and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, received the prize for her ongoing study “Evaluation of a Theory-Driven Manualized Approach to Improving New Learning and Memory in MS (STEM)“.
Cognitive deficits, such as difficulty with learning and remembering information, impact everyday life for many with MS. Patients can struggle to recall things such as planned tasks, an address, or a list of items. They may also have trouble learning and remembering new tasks.
However, cognitive rehabilitation programs are rarely given to these people because little scientific evidence supports their effectiveness.
Chiaravalloti and her team are conducting a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial in MS patients, regardless of disease type, with evident learning and memory problems.
The study will investigate the effectiveness of a memory enhancement technique developed by the team, to see how well this method can help to improve patients’ memory and everyday life.
“Our study examines the efficacy of strategy-based training to enhance memory, or STEM,” Chiaravalloti said in a press release.
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