Melissa Nirenberg at [NYU Langone Health]

Melissa J. Nirenberg, MD, PhD

About Me

Conditions and Treatments

Parkinson's disease, movement disorders, hemifacial spasm, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, botox, dystonia, essential tremor, REM behavior disorder, restless leg syndrome (RLS), ataxia, meige syndrome, chorea, tic disorder, Huntington disease, spasmodic dysphonia, spasmodic torticollis
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  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
  • Associate Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology, 2003
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Columbia University Medical Center, Movement Disorders, 2005
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, Neurology, 2002
  • MD from Cornell University, 1998
  • PhD from Cornell University, 1996

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NYU Movement Disorders

240 East 38th Street, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Research My Research


Parkinson's disease, nonmotor, stem cells, dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome, impulse control disorder

Research Summary

- Psychiatric, cognitive, and other non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease

- Impulse control disorders related to dopamine agonist medications

- Dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome

- Clinical trials of novel treatments for Parkinson's disease

- Stem cell research of Parkinson's disease and related disorders

- Neuroimaging studies of Parkinson's disease and related disorders

- Quality of life in Parkinson's disease

Academic Contact

Academic office

240 East 38th Street

Twentieth Floor

New York, NY 10016





Research Interests Timeline

These focus areas and their associated publications are derived from PubMed and the MeSH term library.
represents one publication


  • A novel TRPA1 variant is associated with carbamazepine-responsive cramp-fasciculation syndrome

    Nirenberg, M J; Chaouni, R; Biller, T M; Gilbert, R M; Paisan-Ruiz, C Nirenberg, M J; Chaouni, R; Biller, T M; Gilbert, R M; Paisan-Ruiz, C
    Clinical genetics. 2017 Apr 24. ?-?

  • Comprehensive identification of delusions and olfactory, tactile, gustatory, and minor hallucinations in parkinson's disease psychosis [Meeting Abstract]

    Kulick, C V; Montgomery, K M; Nirenberg, M J Kulick, C V; Montgomery, K M; Nirenberg, M J
    Neurology. 2017 April. Conference: (69th):

  • Identification of a novel TRPAl mutation associated with carbamazepine-responsive cramp-fasciculation syndrome [Meeting Abstract]

    Biller, T M; Paisan-Ruiz, C; Gilbert, R M; Chaouni, R; Nirenberg, M J Biller, T M; Paisan-Ruiz, C; Gilbert, R M; Chaouni, R; Nirenberg, M J
    Neurology. 2017 April. Conference: (69th):

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