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Division of Movement Disorders Fresco Institute Fellowships

Fresco Institute Fellowships

NYU Langone’s Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders is committed to educating the next generation of physicians and researchers in the art and science of treating and studying movement disorders. We offer a movement disorders fellowship for neurologists based in the United States and both clinical and research fellowships for Italian neurologists and researchers. Our fellowships train young neurologists and scientists in the comprehensive care of Parkinson’s disease as well as in the latest clinical, translational, and basic research.

Support for our fellowship programs is provided by the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, the Kellar Family Foundation, and the Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation.

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.

The first year of training includes coursework and hands-on clinical experience. Fellows are expected to treat patients under the supervision of a U.S.-licensed physician, complete research, and publish results. After the one-year mentored clinical phase in New York City, fellows are eligible for an additional year of support to conduct independent research and clinical work in one of the Fresco Poles of Excellence sites in Italy.

Fellows completing the program may be eligible for further support through competitive grant opportunities offered by the Fresco Parkinson Institute in Italy.

Application Details

The current Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute Clinical Fellowship program begins January 1, 2019, and provides support for selected candidates to receive clinical and research training at the Fresco Institute.

This program is designed to support talented and motivated Italian citizens who have completed an MD and have completed a four-year residency program in neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurophysiopathology, geriatrics, or related specialties.

Successful candidates benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities at NYU Langone as well as from the extensive and thriving clinical research community in New York City. Our fellows enjoy competitive salaries and benefits.

Documentation to Be Submitted

The following documentation must be submitted to be considered for the clinical fellowship program:

  • CV, using NYU Langone’s format
  • a one-page cover letter with a summary that includes a description of the following:
    • your history and commitment to a clinical or research career in movement disorders
    • your potential to develop a successful career in movement disorders
    • your expectations about the training to be obtained with this fellowship
  • letters of references from at least two previous or current mentors (and up to four mentors) that include information on your qualifications and previous experience
  • a copy of all degree certificates with grades and clinical licensures
  • evidence of English language proficiency, as determined by one of the following:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language® (TOEFL®) score of at least 65 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 (not more than 5 years old)
  • signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school

If none of the above documents are available, English language proficiency will be determined during an interview conducted by the sponsor either in person, by videoconferencing, or by telephone.

Prospective applicants should send all of the above documentation to or Monica Norcini at For any questions or to obtain a copy of the curriculum, please contact Ms. Norcini.

Review Process

All applications undergo a preliminary administrative review. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be asked to interview with members of the selection committee via Skype or other teleconferencing system.

Selected Applicant Work Requirements

Selected applicants are required to work with the administration of NYU Langone to ensure proper administrative and U.S. immigration processing. Clinical fellows will be required to comply with all NYU Langone, departmental, and division rules and regulations.

Fresco Basic Research Fellowship for Italian Researchers

Our basic research fellowship program allows Italian researchers to engage in postdoctoral work relevant to the Fresco Institute’s mission within our own institute and also the Neuroscience Institute.

To join one of our teams, you must be an Italian citizen with a PhD, MD, or equivalent advanced degree in biomedical sciences. You must also have an excellent record of research in molecular genetics, electrophysiology, cellular imaging, rodent behavior, and/or computational neuroscience.

Successful candidates benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities at NYU Langone as well as from the extensive research community in New York City. As a fellow, you receive a competitive salary and benefits. Upon completion of the fellowship, you must continue related research in Italy that is aligned with the vision of the Fresco Institute.

At this time, we do not have a request for applications open. We anticipate publishing a new request in February 2019.

Current Fellows


Alberto Cucca, MD, Fresco Clinical Fellow

Dr. Cucca graduated cum laude from the Medical School of the University of Trieste, Italy, and completed a neurology residency at the University of Udine, where he developed an interest in noninvasive brain stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders.

Marta Maltese, PhD, Fresco Basic Research Fellow

Dr. Maltese received her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she worked on basal ganglia neurophysiology in animal models of movements disorders, including dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, and monogenic parkinsonism. She is currently working with Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, to study the neural circuit effects of dopamine.

Maria Mancini, PhD, Fresco Basic Research Fellow

Dr. Mancini earned her PhD in health sciences from the University of Molise in Campobasso and then completed her first postdoc at the IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation working on corticostriatal synaptic plasticity in Parkinson’s disease. She came to NYU Langone from the Foundation of the Carlo Besta Neurological Institute, where she was a visiting scholar. She is currently working with Margaret E. Rice, PhD, studying the modulation of dopamine release.


Andrea Lee, MD, Lily Safra Fellow

Dr. Lee received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. She completed her internship year at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, and completed her neurology residency at NYU Langone.


Giulietta Maria Riboldi, MD, Fresco Clinical Fellow

Dr. Riboldi completed her medical degree and neurology residency at the University of Milan. She spent her last year of residency as a research fellow at the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia University, where she studied molecular and cellular basis of neurodegeneration.


Riccardo Melani, PhD

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 habenula–interpeduncular nucleus pathway, focusing on the role of this network in the modulation of aversive responses.

Guendalina Bastioli, PhD

Dr. Bastioli is one of the inaugural postdoctoral researchers awarded a Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute Research Fellowship for Italian Researchers. She will work in the lab of Dr. Rice conducting a research project on the role of BDNF and Trk-B receptors in dopamine release regulation after exercise, and on nigrostriatal dopamine pathways. Dr. Bastioli received her PhD in biomedical sciences from the University Politecnica delle Marche, where she studied the role of sodium–calcium exchanger in Parkinson’s disease, in collaboration with the University of Perugia in the lab directed by Paolo Calabresi, MD. She completed her first postdoc project at the University of Perugia, in collaboration with the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome, in the lab headed by Dr. Calabresi. The focus of her research was the study of neurodegenerative damage induced by α-synuclein in animal models of Parkinson’s disease.