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The Fresco Parkinson 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 Parkinson Institute activities and research
  • Cooperate with The Fresco Parkinson Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center on several pilot and major research initiatives in both clinical and basic science


  • Comprehensive Models of Care for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
  • Language and Communication in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
  • Noradrenergic function in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
  • Learning, Plasticity, Neurorehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

For more info about our project contact info@frescoparkinsoninstitute.it

Basic Neuroscience Research

Led by Dr. Richard Tsien, the Scientific Director of the Fresco Parkinson Institute and Director of the Neuroscience Institute, the NYU Langone Medical Center’s basic research team investigates dopamine release, regulation, and effects on downstream neural signaling and animal behavior.

Dr. Zang Tsien

Richard Tsien, PhD

Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience, Chair of the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, and Director of the NYU Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone

Dr. Tsien is a world leader in the study of calcium channels and neurotransmission. He studies how synapses contribute to neuronal computation and network function in both healthy and diseased brains. His research has contributed substantially to understanding how neurotransmitters, drugs and molecular alterations regulate calcium channels and has implications for diverse clinical areas such as pain and autism. The Tsien laboratory studies neuronal circuits, the signaling mechanisms that underlie their plasticity, and the behaviors they generate.

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Dr. Sarah Rice

Margaret Rice, PhD

Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience & Physiology at NYU Langone

Dr. Rice received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph N. Adams. She moved to NYU School of Medicine in 1985 to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Charles Nicholson where she continued her studies on the brain’s extracellular space and the factors that influence neurochemical diffusion between cells. The Rice laboratory is primarily interested in the dynamic, local regulation of dopamine release in the striatum and midbrain.

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Dr. Jhon Tritsch

Nicolas Tritsch, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone

Dr. Tritsch obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, before earning a doctorate in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA under the mentorship of Dr. Dwight Bergles. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Bernardo Sabatini at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He is presently Assistant Professor in the Neuroscience Institute where he carries out fundamental research aimed at revealing how the nervous system generates movement, and how disorders of movement control, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) corrupt this process.

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