Prof. Fernanda Tovar-Moll, MD, PhD
Brain Connectivity Unit
D'Or Institute for Research and Education and
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
About Prof. Tovar-Moll
Fernanda Tovar-Moll obtained her MD degree (1999), completed a Medical Residency program in Radiology (2000-2003), and obtained a Master’s Degree (2000-2002) and a PhD Degree (2004-2007) in Morphological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. From 2004 to 2007, she was a grantee of a “Postdoctoral Fellowship" award at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.
Fernanda is elected Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and has mentored several PhD students and post-docs, conducting research projects in neuroplasticity and neuroimaging. In 2015, she was one of the co-founding members of the International Research Consortium for the Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity (IRC5), and she is currently a member of the Governance Board of Directors and has been working in collaborative groups with other international experts on normal and abnormal brain development connectivity.
She was a professor at UFRJ from 2010 to 2020. At UFRJ, from 2014 to 2018 Dr. Tovar-Moll was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Structural Biology and Bioimaging (CENABIO).
Currently, she holds a position as the CEO of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), a private not-for-profit research institute in Brazil, which she co-founded in 2009. IDOR has been responsible for the development and implementation of research, education and innovation activities at Rede D'Or Hospitals Network, the largest private hospitals network in Brazil (with more than 50 hospitals).
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Professor Tovar-Moll promotes translational research leading several studies conducted in both healthy volunteers, patients and animal models. Several of these studies run in collaboration with researchers from different institutions. To know more about them, see Collaborators.
Human Brain Studies
Neuromodulation and brain connectivity
The main goal of this topic is to investigate brain changes induced by neuromodulation in healthy volunteers, amputees and some neurological diseases, such as stroke.
Here we are applying fMRI neurofeedback training and other neuromodulatory techniques, such as TDCS.
Imaging Brain Plasticity
Here, we employ MRI techniques (and clinical and neurophysiological correlations) to investigate brain plasticity in patients with neurodevelopmental diseases.
Neurobiology and imaging investigation of neuropsychiatric disorders and aging
In this research line we investigate brain changes associate with aging, Alzheimer disease and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Animal Models' Studies
Using animal models for neurodevelopmental diseases, amputees and psychiatric disorders, here we investigate the brain "disconnectome" applying MR imaging and histological techniques.
To develop all of the clinical, basic and translation research, Prof. Tovar-Moll heads a team made up by post-docs and students. Besides that, some studies which are in collaboration with D' Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) are strongly supported by a multidisciplinary team. To see both teams in detail, see below.
Some researches developed by her group are result of fruitful collaboration with high level scientists.
Roberto Lent is Professor of Neuroscience at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jorge Moll is head of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit, and president-director of the D'Or Institute for Research and Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Neuroscience Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education.
Adjunct Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Researcher at D'O Instituto for Research and Education.
Ricardo de Oliveira
Researcher at D'Or Institute for Research and Education
Professor Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education, Brazil.
Head of the Neurostimulation Lab at Neurology Clinical Division, Hospital das Clinicas São Paulo University, and Researcher from Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, Brazil.
Senior Investigator of the Cerebral Microcirculation Section at NINDS, NIH.
Adjunct Professor Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gabriel de Feritas
Neurology Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education
Fernanda De Felice
Associated Professor Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Professor at Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Jean Christophe Houzel
Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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