Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders International Program

NYU Langone’s Marlene and Paolo 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 movement disorders, and 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, and host annual conferences.

Basic Science Research Grants Program

The Basic Science Research Grants Program encourages early career scientists to pursue basic research to improve our understanding of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, with the goal of helping develop and support the medical and scientific community in Italy working in this area. This program is specifically focused on encouraging outstanding and innovative early career scientists who are pursuing basic science questions related to Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, and moving these scientists into a more independent role.

Fresco Parkinson Center in Europe

NYU Langone’s Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders collaborates with select European sites that are currently involved in clinical care and research in the field of Parkinson’s 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 National Parkinson 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 School of Medicine.

Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Neurology Clinic—Perugia University Hospital

The Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Neurology Clinic at Perugia University Hospital provides clinical care to people with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, choreic disorders, ataxias, and dystonias. Its clinical care work is integrated with its clinical and preclinical research work.

Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders—Policlinico Milan

The Center for Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders at the Fondazione Ca' Granda General Hospital of Milan provides care to about 2,000 people per month through specialized outpatient clinics and through inpatient hospitalization in the neurology ward. 

Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders—University of Genova

The Center for Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at the University of Genova cares for people with Parkinson’s 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.

Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders—Villa Margherita Healthcare Facility

The Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the Villa Margherita Healthcare Facility offers an all-inclusive treatment model for people with Parkinson’s 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, over 700 patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders are admitted to the center and over 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.

Department of Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease and Severe Acquired Cerebrolesions—Morrgia-Pelascini Hospital

The Department of Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s 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 Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism—such as progressive supranuclear palsy and multiple system atrophy—and dystonia. Each year it is accessed by an average of 600 patients. Three outpatient clinics are reserved for patients with Parkinson's disease or movement disorders each week.

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center—University Hospital Würzburg

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center—University Hospital Würzburg offers comprehensive, patient-tailored care for Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders. A team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, psychologists, and occupational and physical therapists work together to manage the different challenges faced by each patient, using an individualized care plan to maintain quality of life. The Würzburg center is internationally renowned for innovations in deep brain stimulation therapy and offers the full range of pharmacological treatment options, including infusion therapies. They also provide educational services for patients and family members to help people with Parkinson’s disease function as independently as possible.

Besides improving the potential outcomes of the treatment options that are currently available, research activities at the center aim to implement clinical–pathological correlations with molecular brain imaging studies, biomechanical measurements, and simultaneous recordings of cortical areas and deep brain nuclei. The center aims to better understand the neuronal encoding mechanisms of motor control, patterns of neurodegeneration, and compensatory mechanisms so that new and personalized treatments  tailored towards individual patient needs can be developed.

Regional Referral Center for Parkinson’s Disease—University of Pisa

The Regional Referral Center for Parkinson’s Disease at the University of Pisa provides care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and also conducts clinical research. The center’s research focuses on developing new diagnostic methods, such as MRI, PET, and SPECT scans and neurobiology, and new drugs. About 50 good clinical practice clinical trials have been conducted since 1986. Since that time, approximately 10,000 patients have been examined at the center and about 1,200 patients are currently in ongoing follow-up care.