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 earned her MD degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. She completed a Medical Residency program in Radiology, with an emphasis in Neuroradiology, and obtained a PhD in Morphological Sciences at UFRJ. Her PhD thesis explored the use of MR tractography in assessing neuroplasticity in children with callosal dysgenesis. She was a postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (USA), from 2004-2007, where she investigated MRI anatomical biomarkers in demyelinating and neurodegenerative central nervous system disorders.

 

Dr Tovar-Moll is currently an adjunct professor (licensed) at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Neuroplasticity Lab) and the director of the Bioimaging Unit for Small Animals (CENABIO) at UFRJ. In addition, she also holds a position as the President of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), a private not-for-profit research institute, which she co-founded in 2009. She has been working in projects related to basic, clinical and translational research in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental conditions. Her main research interest is to employ novel in vivo imaging techniques in human and rodents to map brain circuits in order to improve the understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms related to functional and structural brain connectivity and brain plasticity in normal and pathological conditions. Another focus of interest is to employ neuromodulatory techniques, such as tDCS, TMS and MRI neurofeedback to induce changes in brain circuits to improve neurological function in stroke and other abnormal conditions.

 

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projects

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

Brain Plasticity 

Using animal models for neurodevelopmental diseases, amputees and psychiatric disorders, here we investigate the brain "disconnectome" applying MR imaging and histological techniques. 

 

team

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.

Barbara

Barbara

Keywords: brain plasticity in amputees and stroke, neuromodulation, neuroimaging, somatosensory and motor systems, rehabilitation.

Caroline Victorino, PhD candidate

Caroline Victorino, PhD candidate

Keywords: brain development, MRI, Zika virus, translational research.

Myriam Monteiro, PhD

Myriam Monteiro, PhD

Keywords: Neuropsychologia, corpus callosum, neurodevelopment disorders

Bruna Valerio, PhD candidate

Bruna Valerio, PhD candidate

Daniel Menezes, PhD candidate

Daniel Menezes, PhD candidate

Diego Szczupak, PhD candidate

Diego Szczupak, PhD candidate

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Emily Castro, PhD candidate

Emily Castro, PhD candidate

Keywords: Aging, Alzheimers' Desease, MRI

Livia Goto, PhD

Livia Goto, PhD

Keywords: Neurobiology, neuroplasticity, Cellular reprogramming

Juliana Andrade, PhD candidate

Juliana Andrade, PhD candidate

Keywords: OCD, spectroscopy, neurodevelopment disorders

Lucas Gemal, Msc student

Lucas Gemal, Msc student

Keywords: neuroplasticity, corpus callosum, psychology

Rodrigo Viana, PhD

Rodrigo Viana, PhD

Fernanda Hansen, PhD candidate

Fernanda Hansen, PhD candidate

Keywords: Quality control, data processing, mathematical and computational modelling

Theo Marins, PhD candidate

Theo Marins, PhD candidate

Keywords: neurofeedback, motor imagery, stroke

Gabriel Coutinho, psychologist

Gabriel Coutinho, psychologist

Researcher from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Claudia Drumond, speech therapist

Claudia Drumond, speech therapist

Researcher from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Erika Rodrigues, physical therapist

Erika Rodrigues, physical therapist

Researcher from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Marina Monteiro, technical support

Marina Monteiro, technical support

Engineer of the technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Ivanei Bramati, PhD candidate

Ivanei Bramati, PhD candidate

Coordinator of the technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Débora Lima, research assistant

Débora Lima, research assistant

Research assistant from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Thais Monteiro, research assistant

Thais Monteiro, research assistant

Research assistant from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Andrea de Souza, radiologistMD, PhD

Andrea de Souza, radiologistMD, PhD

Researcher from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Bruno Melo, technical support

Bruno Melo, technical support

Programmer of the technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Fernanda Meireles, technical support

Fernanda Meireles, technical support

Medical physicist of technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), and PhD candidate

Griselda Garrido, technical support

Griselda Garrido, technical support

Programmer of the technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

Rodrigo Basilio, technical support

Rodrigo Basilio, technical support

Programmer of the technical team from D'Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR)

collaborators

 

Some researches developed by her group are result of fruitful collaboration with high level scientists.

Roberto Lent

Roberto Lent

Roberto Lent is Professor of Neuroscience at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jorge Moll

Jorge Moll

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.

Paulo Mattos

Paulo Mattos

Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Neuroscience Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education.

Leornardo Fontenelle

Leornardo Fontenelle

Adjunct Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Researcher at D'O Instituto for Research and Education.

Ricardo de Oliveira

Ricardo de Oliveira

Researcher at D'Or Institute for Research and Education

Stevens Rehen

Stevens Rehen

Professor Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education, Brazil.

Adriana Conforto

Adriana Conforto

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.

Afonso Silva

Afonso Silva

Senior Investigator of the Cerebral Microcirculation Section at NINDS, NIH.

Flavia Lima

Flavia Lima

Adjunct Professor Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Gabriel de Feritas

Gabriel de Feritas

Neurology Research Coordinator at D'Or Institute for Research and Education

Fernanda De Felice

Fernanda De Felice

Associated Professor Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Sergio Ferreira

Sergio Ferreira

Professor at Medical Biochemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Jean Christophe Houzel

Jean Christophe Houzel

Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

key publications

Martine Hoogman , Ph.D., Ryan Muetzel , Ph.D., Joao P. Guimaraes , M.Sc., Elena Shumskaya , Ph.D., Maarten Mennes , Ph.D., Marcel P. Zwiers , Ph.D., Neda Jahanshad , Ph.D., Gustavo Sudre, et al.

The American Journal of Psychiatry, 10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.18091033

M Monteiro, R Oliveira-Souza, J Andrade, T Marins, E Rodrigues, I Bramati, RobertoLent, J Moll, F Tovar-Moll

NeuroImage: Clinical, 10.1016/j.nicl.2019.101808

T Marins, EC Rodrigues, T Bortolini, B Melo, J Moll, F Tovar-Moll

NeuroImage, 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.027

Ivanei E. Bramati, Erika C. Rodrigues, Elington L. Simões, Bruno Melo, Sebastian Höfle, Jorge Moll, Roberto Lent & Fernanda Tovar-Moll

Scientific Reports, volume 9, Article number: 2518 (2019)

Mychael V. Lourenco, Rudimar L. Frozza, Guilherme B. de Freitas, Hong Zhang, Grasielle C. Kincheski, Felipe C. Ribeiro, Rafaella A. Gonçalves, Julia R. Clarke, Danielle Beckman, Agnieszka Staniszewski, Hanna Berman, Lorena A. Guerra, Letícia Forny-Germano, Shelby Meier, Donna M. Wilcock, Jorge M. de Souza, Soniza Alves-Leon, Vania F. Prado, Marco A. M. Prado, Jose F. Abisambra, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Paulo Mattos, Ottavio Arancio, Sergio T. Ferreira & Fernanda G. De Felice

Nature Medicinevolume 25, pages165–175 (2019)

Dalboni da Rocha JL, Coutinho G, Bramati I, Moll FT, Sitaram R

Brain Imaging and Behavior, 10.1007/s11682-018-0002-2

C Pacheco Bahia, R Vianna-Barbosa, F Tovar-Moll R Lent

Cerebral Cortex, https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhy043

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