News from NYU Langone’s International Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders
Spring/Summer 2016

'Somehow It Will Be Better' - Maintaining Hope as a Woman with Parkinson's

Four years ago, Maria Ivanac-Besson noticed that the fourth finger on her left hand was shaking. It wasn’t long after that Rebecca Gilbert, MD of the Fresco Institute diagnosed her with Parkinson’s disease. “I’m 72,” said Maria. I’ve seen a lot of things. If this is going to be the worst thing, let it be. I’ll cope with it.” Maria’s positive attitude has inspired many, including Dr. Gilbert. 
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Nic Tritsch, PhD: Working to Identify Novel Parkinson's Treatments

Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology at the Fresco Institute and the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone, studies the functional organization of neural circuits that orchestrate voluntary motor actions under physiological and pathological conditions. Nina Gray, PhD, Executive Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Administrator of the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU Langone interviewed Dr. Tritsch about his background and research.

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An Update from our Parkinson's Wellness Partners in Boston

The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative is seeing significant success in its recent expansion. A year after its Boston launch—a partnership between JCCs of Greater Boston and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center–the number of enrolled participants in their program has doubled. The Boston program is modeled after the Fresco Institute’s medically connected, community based partnership with JCC Manhattan, the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program-NYC.

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Fresco Institute ExerTMS Study Seeking Volunteers

At the Fresco Institute, we are seeking volunteers between the ages of 35-85 with and without Parkinson’s disease to participate in a study investigating the basic mechanisms by which exercise could impact Parkinson’s progression and brain function. This study aims to enhance our understanding of the underlying mechanism by which exercise has been linked to increased health and brain function in people with Parkinson’s. 

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Even More Taboo Topics Discussed at This Year's Parkinson's Wellness Symposium

Encouraged by the positive response to last year’s annual Parkinson’s Wellness Symposium featuring a morning plenary session tackling the topics that are tough for patients and families to talk about, the Fresco Institute hosted a “Round Two” symposium at the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s’ Wellness Program-NYC, held at JCC Manhattan. Topics included Parkinson's dementia, disclosing a Parkinson's diagnosis to loved ones, and "Debunking Dr. Google."

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Ringing the Bell for Parkinson's Awareness

World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) members joined WPC President Serge Przedborski, MD PhD, on April 28 to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Included amongst the WPC staff, faculty, patient advocates, and volunteers that joined Dr. Przedborski were Amy C. Lemen, LCSW, WPC faculty member and program director of the Fresco Institute, as well as Elizabeth (Eli) Pollard, executive director of the WPC.

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Fresco Institute Thanks NYU Silver Social Work Intern Lonnie Nemiroff

The Fresco Institute team would like to extend a big thank you and fond farewell to Lonnie Nemiroff, our 2015-16 Masters of Social Work student from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Lonnie completed her training with the Fresco Institute providing care both in the clinic and in the community for patients and families through the Edmond J. Safra Supportive and Wellness Services Program. 

International Fresco Conference to be Held in Italy this September

The Fresco Conference: 4th International Workshop on Synaptic Plasticity – From Bench to Bedside will be held September 12-14, 2016, in Lucca, Italy. The conference will focus on rehabilitation, homeostasis, and brain oscillations in health and movement disorders, and will feature a session dedicated to functional plasticity in neuropsychiatric conditions and sleep.

Photo Gallery: 22nd Annual Parkinson's Unity Walk

A Big Presence for NYU Langone and Team 'Bold Moves' at the Parkinson's Unity Walk in Central Park

It was a true NYU Langone team effort in support of the Parkinson’s community on Saturday, April 23, as medical and scientific staff, students, patients, and families joined the Fresco Institute and Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program-NYC’s team “Bold Moves” at the 22nd Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk. The team of 100 completed the 1.4 mile lower loop of Central Park in an effort to help raise funds to support Parkinson’s research.
The team, one of the largest at the Unity Walk, came out to support the community and the “Bold Moves Weekly Walking Group” a program of the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program-NYC. Members of the walking group, all living with Parkinson’s, trained together for 12 weeks at both JCC Manhattan and on the streets of New York City to build endurance, confidence, and camaraderie in preparation for the walk. During their training, some members of the walking group transformed into runners as the training program’s goal-based design encouraged an attitude of athlete rather than patient. Group members encouraged each other to run through the Unity Walk finish line hand in hand. 

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