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About us The Fresco
Institute-Italia

The Fresco Institute–Italia, created in 2015, is acting as a coordinating hub of the activities of Italian sites that are currently providing clinical care and performing research in the field of movement disorders and the activities of the Fresco Institute at NYU Langone.

Its main aim is to build the Fresco Poles of Excellence Network in Italy, creating highly qualified centers that respond to the criteria of “Centers of Excellence”, as defined by the National Parkinson Foundation. This will be accomplished through joint research projects, clinical and scientific knowledge transfer as well as by providing meaningful educational opportunities for young physicians and scientists who wish to specialize in Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.

The Institute, with its collaborations and synergies, has been created thanks to the vision, passion, and support of Paolo and Marlene Fresco.

Learn more about the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center.

People Marlene and Paolo Fresco

“The collaboration with Italian medical and scientific communities, through the Fresco Institute, is a key feature of this grant and I think both countries will benefit from it.” Paolo Fresco, Founder

GOALS


The Fresco Institute aims to advance clinical and basic research capabilities through a network of the main italian research centers and NYU Langone Medical Center.
The Institute will engage in the following objectives underlying that goal:

  • 1

    General

    The Fresco Institute-Italia will support the initial groundwork for all clinical, research, and education programming that occurs in Italy, and will play an integral role in implementing all planning and liaising between the faculty and staff in the United States and in Italy.
  • 2

    Clinical

    The Fresco Institute aims to advance clinical and basic research capabilities, to understand more fully Parkinson’s and movement disorders, and improve diagnostics, clinical treatment, and treatment modalities.
  • 3

    Research

    The Fresco Institute will establish a clinical presence in Italy, on the traces of the successful model given by the Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center, including a strong network of local hospitals and clinics for exam analysis.
  • 4

    Marketing & Communication

    To make the Fresco Institute–Italia to be known, as well as all of its life-changing endeavours, to a wide variety of institutions, including government, healthcare institutions, physicians, companies etc..

About parkinson’s:
Diagnosis and symptoms

Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder that progressively affects a person’s speech, mood, thinking, and movement, such as causing tremors.

The condition is caused by a loss of function of nerve cells—called neurons—in the brain, including those that release a chemical called dopamine. When levels of dopamine and other brain chemicals are too low, a person can develop a variety of symptoms, including difficulty with movement, speech, mood, and thinking.

Even early on, Parkinson’s disease can cause nonmotor symptoms, including anxiety, depression, constipation, a reduced sense of smell, urinary incontinence, dizziness when standing, fatigue, and sleep disorders. As the disease progresses, a person may experience hallucinations or cognitive impairment.

Parkinson’s disease can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects people older than 50. The condition is likely to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Pesticide exposure and drinking well water, for example, have been associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.

Often, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be made during an appointment with a movement disorders specialist and is based only on symptoms . Further testing is usually not necessary. However, sometimes doctors order imaging studies, such as an MRI scan, to help confirm the diagnosis.

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Research

Basic and Clinical Research

The Fresco Institute aims to advance basic and clinical research capabilities to understand more fully Parkinson’s and movement disorders,
and improve diagnostics, clinical treatment, and treatment modalities.

The Institute will engage in the following objectives underlying that goal:

  • Create a Network of Parkinson Centers in Italy, to participate in The Fresco Institute activities and research
  • Cooperate with The Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center on several pilot and major research initiatives in both clinical and basic science

Affiliations

The Fresco Institute is currently engaging a number of Italian sites (hereinafter “the Poles”) that are currently involved in clinical care and research in the field of Parkinson’s and movement disorders. The Institute will provide guidance and support to the selected sites to further care and research by implementing the guidelines issued by the National Parkinson Foundation, which will be fully involved in this process. The Poles of Excellence will also have the opportunity to participate in joint research projects with the Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical School.

The goals in establishing the Fresco Poles of Excellence Network in Italy are to:


  • Advance a comprehensive approach to Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders care that addresses the whole person and the full range of symptoms;
  • Create a community of health care professionals dedicated to Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders care;
  • Advance the understanding of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders by means of collaborative clinical and basic research;
  • Create a national database and synchronize the activities of the Centers.

A selection procedure is currently in progress for the following sites:


  • Genova
  • Milano
  • Messina
  • Gravedone
  • Vicenza
To get more information on the affiliation program, please contact info@frescoinstituteitalia.it

Education

Thanks to its partnership with the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center, the Fresco Institute-Italia is offering the opportunity to further education in the research and treatment of Parkinson's disease to young Italian professionals.

Each year, the Fresco Institute-Italia will provide support for two-year and three-year clinical and research fellowships at the Fresco Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center. Following the phase in New York, fellows may be eligible for additional support to conduct independent research and clinical work in one of the Fresco Network of Excellence sites that are being developed in Italy.

Symposia and Conferences


In line with the international collaborative spirit of the Fresco Institute, conferences are being organized to further the knowledge and to promote new insights in neuroscience research.

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