CNS Senior Neuroscientist Named President of Board of Directors for Kern County American Heart Association/ Stroke Association

–Lisa Kreber, Ph.D., CBIS,and Senior Neuroscientist for Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) has been named President of the Kern County Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

“Dr. Kreber participates in research into the causes and treatment of stroke and brain injury,” said Mark J. Ashley, Sc.D., president and CEO of CNS. “Researchers, clinicians, and those who’ve come to CNS for treatment all benefit from her depth of knowledge.”

Dr. Kreber has published several papers about brain injury, growth hormone deficiency, and neuropathology and exercise in respected clinical publications, including the Journal of Neurotrauma. Additionally, Dr. Kreber has spent much of her career at CNS educating the community about brain injury and neurorehabilitation.

CNS’ 35-year history of treating stroke was a factor in the association’s choice of Dr. Kreber. Stroke is a brain injury, and CNS is a national leader in rehabilitation, treating all forms of stroke and offering the programs and skills to help patients gain independence.

The two-year term begins in July, and entails serving as the chief volunteer medical staff officer and official spokesperson on science, medical, health and public policy matters. Dr. Kreber will also be an advocate for the AHA/ASA, providing counsel and guidance to advance its mission and influence in the community.

Promoting greater stroke and heart health awareness in Kern County is another responsibility she’ll assume. Serving on the executive leadership team, Dr. Kreber will work with community leaders on the annual Heart and Stroke Walk. The Bakersfield walk raised $220,000 last year.

The AHA/ASA in Kern County is also engaged in a regional initiative to reduce heart disease by 20 percent by 2020. She’ll work locally with businesses and health care providers to build momentum and support.

“Stroke has been considered as an elderly disease,” Dr. Kreber said. “But we’re seeing it more in young people, due to diet and lifestyle. We need to emphasize prevention and education. I’m honored to work with the AHA/ASA in its efforts to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke.”

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