Dr. Jorge Moll is a brilliant neuroscientist whose interest in the human mind and experimentation with MRI and fMRI provided the impetus for him to enter medical school and placed him in the vanguard of the study of neuroscience. While an MRI generates high-quality images of the brain and provides the researcher and scientist with information about the structure and anatomy of the brain, the fMRI or functional MRI revolutionized the study of neuroscience. With fMRI, a researcher or scientist in a non-invasive way can test a hypothesis about brain function and the response of the brain to different stimuli. Dr. Moll’s early experimentation with fMRI guided him to medical school at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he earned his M.D. and completed a residency. He then enrolled at São Paulo University where he received a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology.
One of Dr. Jorge Moll’s lifelong dreams was to develop a state-of-the-art institution in his native Brazil that focused on research, education, and healthcare. That dream was realized when Dr. Moll founded the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (DOR) where he currently serves as president, senior researcher, and a member of its governing Board of Directors. In addition to his work at DOR, Dr. Moll is also Director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and Neuroinformatics Workgroup, a diagnostic and imagining group.
His skills and area of expertise include neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, neurology, fMRI, prefrontal cortex, and morality. Dr. Moll’s belief in being a team player has led him to collaborate with other scientists and researchers on various projects. For example, Dr. Moll as a member of a team of three scientists, worked on a project to study the neuropsychiatry of social conduct and moral cognition. With groups of from 2-5 scientists and researchers, Dr. Moll has co-written and published articles on a variety of topics including “Neural Bases of Ingroup Altruistic Motivation in Soccer Fans,” and “Hemispheric Dominance or Stereognosis in a Patient with an Infarct of the Left Postcentral Sensory Hand Area.”