A Global Network Of Parkinson’s Doctors
The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders, a partnership between the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and MJFF, is helping to meet this growing need.
Remembering Mrs. Lily SafraThe Michael J. Fox Foundation honors the extraordinary legacy of world-class philanthropist Mrs. Safra. Read our tribute on the impact of her generosity on Parkinson’s disease research and care.
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Improving Lives through Research and Care
Learn more about the programs impact and the most recent fellowship graduates and their mentors.
To date, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders has graduated 21 new movement disorder clinician-researchers across the world. Each specialist makes significant contributions by delivering high-quality care, advancing research and engaging their local communities. Learn more about the Fellowship graduates and where they are now.
Fellowship Site: University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Whitley cares for patients with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders. Her research explores health outcomes and end-of-life care for patients with Parkinsons disease and atypical parkinsonism. She is particularly interested in developing initiatives to improve quality of life for patients at all stages of disease.
David P Breen Mrcp Phd
Honorary Consultant Neurologist and Senior Clinical Research FellowUniversity of EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland
Fellowship Site: Toronto Western Hospital Ontario, Canada
David treats movement disorder patients while leading research into their conditions. He developed a new program at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic to care for people and connect them to research studies. His research looks to understand genetic and environmental risk factors for Parkinson’s as well as the influence of sleep on brain health and how it impacts risk of developing diseases such as Parkinson’s.
Comprehensive Care Center Locations
To better serve areas with the greatest need for high-quality care, application priority is given to medical centers that are: located in geographic areas that do not currently have a Center of Excellence serve communities that have limited access to quality care resources provide services to bordering cities and states.
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Center For Parkinsons Disease And Movement Disordersuniversity Of Genova
The Center for Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Genova cares for people with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders, and also conducts clinical and experimental research, working together with other movement disorders centers in Italy and abroad. It also provides extensive training to students from various degree programs within the Department of Medicine, as well as to residents, nurses, and other medical professionals.
Riccardo Melani Phd Fresco Basic Research Fellow
Dr. Melani received his PhD in psychology from the University of Florence. He worked at the National Research Council in Pisa, where he also performed his first postdoctoral training. Under the supervision of Nicoletta Berardi, MD, and Tommaso Pizzorusso, PhD, he studied how environmental stimulation affects learning and memory, and he investigated synaptic properties that regulate behavior in health and disease. In 2017, Dr. Melani joined NYU Langone, conducting research in the laboratory of Ipe Ninan, PhD, on the mechanisms that underlie synaptic transmission and plasticity in the medial habenulainterpeduncular nucleus pathway, focusing on the role of this network in the modulation of aversive responses.
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Fresco Institute International Program
NYU Langones Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders offers clinical and research fellowships for international applicants. We also offer programs to foster collaboration between NYU Langone and international movement disorders clinicians and researchers, including a basic science research grant program and a clinical research grant program, as well as host annual conferences.
The Communication Connection: The Art & Science Of Staying In Touch While Living Well With Parkinsons
Parkinson and Movement Disorders CenterA National Parkinson Foundation Center of ExcellenceThe Edmond J. Safra Parkinsons Wellness Program A partnership between the NYU Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center and the JCC in Manhattan
Join us for this interactive forum focused on the range of motor and non-motor Parkinsons symptoms that may impact our ability to stay active and connected to ourselves and our loved ones. Speakers to include a panel of Parkinsons experts including, Dr. Rebecca Gilbert and Amy C. Lemen, LCSW, of the NYU Parkinson & Movement Disorder Center Karen Riedel, CCC-SLP of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine Virgen Luce, LCSW of the NYU Silver School of Social Work and individuals living with Parkinsons.
Afternoon break-out workshops will include:
- PD Nia: Movement and Music Jam for the whole family with Caroline Kohles
- Staying in Touch with Calming Yoga with Whitney Chapman
- A Parkinsons Unity Walk Preview an amazing Aikido demo with Ken Marvin and family
Free Event with Lunch Provided ** Pre-Registration Required **
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Parkinsons Network Of Excellence
A Network of Excellence is comprised of multiple, independent medical sites that together provide high-quality, patient-centered and multi-disciplinary care to people with PD within a specific country or region. A Network demonstrates exemplary care, innovative research, a commitment to medical professional training and educating the community of people with and affected by PD.
Center For Parkinsons Disease And Movement Disordersvilla Margherita Healthcare Facility
The Center for Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders at the Villa Margherita Healthcare Facility offers an all-inclusive treatment model for people with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders, along with their relatives, and uses a multidisciplinary approach and continuity of care. The center is composed of a neurology unit with 15 beds and a neurorehabilitation unit with 45 beds.
Each year, more than 700 patients with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders are admitted to the center, and more than 3,000 are treated on an outpatient basis. The center actively collaborates with clinical and experimental researchers specializing in movement disorders both in Italy and abroad.
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Department Of Rehabilitation For Parkinsons Disease And Severe Acquired Cerebrolesionsmoriggia
The Department of Rehabilitation for Parkinsons Disease and Severe Acquired Cerebrolesions at Moriggia-Pelascini Hospital of Gravedona ed Uniti is home to 56 beds dedicated to the rehabilitative hospitalization of people with Parkinsons disease or parkinsonismsuch as progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophyand dystonia. Each year, it is accessed by an average of 600 patients. Three outpatient clinics are reserved for patients with Parkinsons disease or movement disorders each week.
Fresco Institute Professional Education
Parkinsons disease, the most common condition seen by movement disorders specialists, is often difficult and complicated to manage. Specialized training is essential for clinicians who seek to provide optimal care for patients and support for their families.
Professional education programs at NYU Langones Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders train the next generation of neurologists, nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals in the best possible care of people with Parkinsons disease. We also support the development of an engaged and collaborative scientific and clinical community.
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Important Vaccine Information And Considerations
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- You had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past.
- You have a condition that affects your immune system.
- You are getting radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
- You are taking medications that affect your immune system or have taken corticosteroids for more than 14 days.
You should wait at least 10 days after you have received a positive COVID-19 test result or 72 hours after your fever ends to schedule a vaccination appointment. We recommend waiting up to a month after COVID-19 infection, as some experts say that is the time needed to ensure your immune system fully responds to the vaccine. However, unless directed by your doctor, there is no need to wait longer than a month to be vaccinated. If you are quarantining because of exposure to COVID-19, you can schedule an appointment after your quarantine period ends and you have no COVID-19 symptoms.
Please do not schedule a vaccination or come to NYU Langone to be vaccinated if any of the following statements apply to you:
- You are currently feeling sick.
- You have an active COVID-19 infection.
- You received a COVID-19 diagnosis and were treated with COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusions or convalescent plasma within the past 90 days.
Division Of Movement Disorders
The Division of Movement Disorders, housed at NYU Langone Healths Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders, is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of Parkinsons disease and related conditions. We also educate the next generation of movement disorders experts, with the ultimate goal of preventing and curing these conditions. The mission of our clinicians and researchers is to provide excellent patient care while finding new and better treatments for individuals living with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders.
The Fresco Institute is a Parkinsons Foundation Center of Excellence. We received this recognitiongiven to only a handful of programs around the worldin 2009.
The institute, originally named NYU Langone Parkinsons and Movement Disorders Center, was founded in 2007 with the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation.
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Nyu Fresco Institute Takes A Practical Approach To Parkinson Disease
Matt HoffmanMD Magazine Neurology
“By the middle of next year or this time next year, it will be clear to people even outside the movement disorder community that this is a powerhouse center.”& mdash Steven J. Frucht, MD
In 2015, Paolo Fresco, the former head of Fiat, donated $25 million to New York University Langone Medical Centernow NYU Langone Healthin New York City for a particular purpose. He aimed to create a way to help people with debilitating movement disorders after his wife, Marlene, received care there for a neurological conditionParkinson disease .
Now, just over 2 years later, the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders is setting itself up as a leader in the space and provides care for almost 5000 patients per year. The institute recently brought on 2 renowned physiciansAndrew S. Feigin, MD, and Steven J. Frucht, MDas coexecutive directors to lead the center.
Steven J. Frucht, MD
I think we both realized that this was a unique opportunity, Frucht told MD Magazine®. It was sort of a decision on the part of the institute and the leadership here to really make a sea change and move things to another level. We were both pleasantly surprised and decided this was a unique opportunity.
Although that connection differentiates the institute, one of its major strengths lies in its multidisciplinary approach to treatment that concentrates on practical issues faced by patients with PD, according to Frucht and Feigin.
Clinical Fellowship For Italian Neurologists And Related Specialists
The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Clinical Fellowship award provides two years of support to Italian neurologists who are interested in developing a career in movement disorders. Successful applicants participate in the international fellowship program between NYU Langone and a funded partner institution in Italy. The fellowship includes two years of support for training, with the first year at NYU Langone and the second at a partner institution, nominated by the applicant, in Italy. Learn more about the clinical fellowship for Italian neurologists and related specialists.
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Instructor of NeurologyMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBoston, Massachusetts
Fellowship Site: Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
Grace cares for people with Parkinsons disease and other movement disorders. Her research explores the interaction between genes and the environment. A better understanding of this relationship could identify disease-modifying therapies for individuals with Parkinsons disease and lead to the development of preventative trials in at-risk genetic carriers.
Fresco Parkinson Centers In Europe
The Fresco Institute collaborates with select European sites that are currently involved in clinical care and research in the field of Parkinsons disease and movement disorders. The Fresco Parkinson Institute provides guidance and support to the selected sites to further care and research by implementing the guidelines issued by the Parkinsons Foundation. Clinicians and scientists at the Fresco Parkinson Center in Europe also have the opportunity to participate in joint research projects with researchers at NYU Langone.
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Movement Disorders Clinical Training
As a fellow, you treat patients primarily at NYU Langones Fresco Institute for Parkinsons and Movement Disorders, supervised by an attending physician. You also treat patients at the movement disorders clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, which draws from an ethnically diverse community, and provide inpatient consultations at NYU Langones Tisch Hospital and Bellevue.
You also receive training in botulinum toxin injection techniques for blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, cervical dystonia, limb dystonia, spasticity, and other movement disorders. We currently offer botulinum toxin clinics at NYU Langone locations and Bellevue. Fellows are heavily involved in these clinics.
Additional training at NYU Langones Center for Neuromodulation involves learning how to assess candidates for deep brain stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders. You also learn postoperative and long-term programming of the stimulators and have opportunities to learn intraoperative monitoring.
Parkinson’s Disease And Movement Disorders
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The Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center offers advanced treatment options for individuals affected by movement disorders, including Parkinsons disease, dystonia, essential tremor, ataxia, Tourettes syndrome, and related conditions. We specialize in deep brain stimulation , spinal stimulation, and other state-of-the-art treatments for movement disorders and pain. We are one of the few centers in the United States offering image-guided, high-intensity focused ultrasound for essential tremor.
If you have advanced Parkinsons disease and are experiencing dyskinesia symptoms or motor fluctuations that are not responding to medicines, you may be eligible for a clinical trial examining a new minimally invasive method to treat your symptoms.
About The Fresco Institute
Thanks to a $25 million contribution from Marlene and Paolo Fresco, the Fresco Institute houses a wide-ranging international suite of clinical, educational, and research programs aimed at caring for people who have Parkinsons disease or other movement disorders. We maintain a scientific and clinical collaboration between the United States and Italy, and invest significantly in both basic science and clinical research.
The Fresco Institutes priority projects and goals include the following:
Center For Parkinson’s Disease & Other Movement Disorders
The Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers the only comprehensive diagnostic and treatment program for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders in Brooklyn.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system, involving the degeneration and loss of nerve cells in the basal ganglia of the brain. The disease occurs in both men and women and, while symptoms may occur as early as age 40, they are usually not apparent until patients are in their 60s or 70s.
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Centers Of Excellence Locations
To better serve areas with the greatest need for high-quality care, application priority is given to medical centers that are: located in geographic areas that do not currently have a Center of Excellence serve communities that have limited access to quality care resources services to bordering cities and states.
For more information, please contact .
Former Fiat Exec Gives $25 M To Nyu Langone For Parkinson’s Research
Paolo Fresco. | AP Photo/Alastair Grant
06/16/2015 05:04 AM EDT
The symptoms at first were hardly noticeable, which is how it can be with Parkinsons. But soon it became obvious that Marlene Fresco had a form of the neurological disease.
Her husband, Paolo Fresco, the former head of Fiat, talked to his friend Ken Langone, the chairman and benefactor of the NYU Langone Medical Center, who recommended a doctor there.
Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco provided excellent care, said Fresco, who began thinking of ways to show his gratitude.
Today, NYU Langone Medical Center will announce a $25 million grant from the Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation, one meant not only to repay the debt he felt toward the institution, but also one he felt toward Italy, his native country, and to the United States, his adopted home.
More practically, Fresco said, the money could do some real good for the more than four million people suffering from the disease.
Ive been receiving encouragement from various sources that this is an area where a donor can make a dent, make a difference, he said.
The donation will create opportunities for early-career scientists and researchers in Italy through a fellowship program. Some of those fellows will train at NYU Langone for two to three years.
One of the goals of Frescos gift, in addition to the research, is to eventually establish a new medical, research and educational center in Italy that coordinates efforts to care for Parkinsons patients.
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Distinguished Movement Disorders Researchers To Lead Fresco Institute At Nyu Langone Health
NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two renowned Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders physician-researchers have been appointed co-executive directors of the at NYU Langone Health.
Steven J. Frucht, MD, and Andrew Feigin, MD, will lead the Fresco Institute at NYU Langone, a multidisciplinary, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence that provides individualized care for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
Dr. Frucht, who joined NYU Langone in August as Professor of Neurology, also has been appointed director of the division of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders and associate chair of neurology, faculty group practices. Dr. Feigin, who joins October 1, also will serve as professor of neurology and associate chair of neurology for NYU Langone’s Network and Clinical Research.
“Having two movement disorders experts of Dr. Frucht’s and Dr. Feigin’s prominence is a tremendous benefit for our patients at the Fresco Institute, and for our health system’s overall research and education efforts,” says Steven Galetta, MD, the Philip K. Moskowitz, MD, Professor and Chair of Neurology. “They have already demonstrated how to move their award-winning research into the clinical setting. We are thrilled these efforts will continue and flourish at NYU Langone.”
About the Co-Directors
About the Fresco Institute