About the Fresco Institute

At the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone, we envision a day when we discover a cure. While we are working toward that goal, we will never lose sight of our mission to provide excellent patient care while finding new and better treatments for individuals who are living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders today.

Thanks to a generous $25 million contribution from Marlene and Paolo Fresco, the Fresco Institute will build a robust and international suite of clinical, educational, and research programs servicing patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.

The Fresco Institute involves scientific and clinical collaboration between the United States and Italy, with the goal of preventing and curing Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.

We feel strongly that the best science should be aimed solely at improving the care for our patients, so we are investing heavily in both basic science and clinical research.

It is also critical for the next generation of care providers to benefit not only from this science, but to gain experience in the most innovative care models, improve upon them, and expand them to as many patients as possible—so, we offer specialized fellowships and other training programs in Parkinson’s and movement disorders.

The Fresco Institute’s several priority projects and goals include:

  • advancing groundbreaking research in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders in both clinical and basic science
  • pursuing new treatments that can affect the course of the disease and eventually contribute to finding a cure
  • creating new opportunities for early-career scientists and researchers in Italy to acquire advanced knowledge of the NYU Langone model through an innovative fellowship program, including several clinical research fellows and basic science research fellows from Italy training at NYU Langone for two to three years
  • fostering new and lasting programmatic collaborations and shared projects supporting Parkinson's and movement disorders in the United States and Italy, through the engagement of key institutions and foundations
  • eventually creating and establishing an outstanding new medical, research, and educational center in Italy that acts as a centralized hub, coordinating efforts with collaborators in Italy to support improved care, treatment, and ultimately the cure for Parkinson’s and movement disorders
  • strengthening existing patient-centered and family-centered programs and models of care at NYU Langone that embrace medical, rehabilitative, psychological, psychosocial, and supportive care, and develop and transfer replicable programs to Italy

The Fresco Institute has been designated as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence since 2009. This recognition is given only to a handful of programs across the United States and around the world, and is a testament to the outstanding expertise, creativity, and dedication demonstrated by our faculty and staff in the areas of clinical care, research, and outreach. The Fresco Institute was founded in 2007 as the NYU Langone Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center with the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, which continues to support many of the Institute’s programs.