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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Scientists developed a technique for brain training capable to induce changes of neural networks in less than one hour.
New study reveals functional changes among sensitive and motor brain areas after limb amputation, shedding light on the mechanisms behind the false idea that the limb is still present.
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.
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
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
A Silveira de Souza, P Soares de Oliveira-Szjenfeld, A Oliveira Melo, LA Moreira de Souza, A Medeiros Batista, F Tovar-Moll
Child's Nervous System January 2018, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 85–93
T Vieira, T Lemos, LAS Oliveira, CHR Horsczaruk, F Tovar-Moll, EC Rodrigues.
Gait & Posture 57, 12
Leila Chimelli, Adriana S. O. Melo, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Clayton A. Wiley, Aline H. S. Camacho, Vania S. Lopes, Heloisa N. Machado, Cecilia V. Andrade, Dione C. A. Dock, Maria Elisabeth Moreira, Fernanda Tovar-Moll [...] Amilcar Tanuri
Acta Neuropathologica 133 (6), 983-999
Dr Martine Hoogman, PhD, Janita Bralten, PhD, Derrek P Hibar, PhD, Maarten Mennes, PhD, Marcel P Zwiers, PhD, Lizanne S J Schweren, PhD, Kimm J E van Hulzen, PhD, Sarah E Medland, PhD, Elena Shumskaya, PhD, Neda Jahanshad, PhD, Patrick de Zeeuw, PhD, Eszter Szekely, PhD, Gustavo Sudre, PhD, Thomas Wolfers, MSc, Alberdingk M H Onnink, PhD, Janneke T Dammers, MSc, Jeanette C Mostert, PhD, Yolanda Vive
Volume 4, No. 4, p310–319, April 2017
Rafael Mello Galliez, Mariana Spitz, Patricia Piazza Rafful, Marcelo Cagy, Claudia Escosteguy, Caroline Spósito Brito Germano, Elisa Sasse, Alessandro Luis Gonçalves, Paola Paz Silveira, Paula Pezzuto, Alice Maria de Magalhães Ornelas, Amilcar Tanuri, Renato Santana Aguiar and Fernanda Tovar Moll
First published online: October 3, 2016
Patricia Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Deborah Levine, Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Melania Maria Ramos Amorim, Alba Gean M. Batista, Leila Chimelli, Amilcar Tanuri, Renato Santana Aguiar, Gustavo Malinger, Renato Ximenes, Richard Robertson, Jacob Szejnfeld, Fernanda Tovar-Moll
Radiology: Volume 281: Number 2
Vladimir V. Lazarev , Myriam de Carvalho Monteiro, Rodrigo Vianna-Barbosa, Leonardo C. deAzevedo, Roberto Lent, Fernanda Tovar-Moll
PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152668.
Theo F.Marins, Erika C. Rodrigues, Annerose Engel, Sebastian Hoefle, Rodrigo Basílio, Roberto Lent, Jorge Moll and Fernanda Tovar-Moll
Front. Behav. Neurosci., 24 December 2015
Mariana Acquarone, Thiago M. de Melo, Fernanda Meireles, Jordano Brito-Moreira, Gabriel Oliveira, Sergio T. Ferreira, Newton G. Castro, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Jean-Christophe Houzel and Stevens K. Rehen
Front. Cell. Neurosci., 08 April 2015 | doi: 10.3389/fncel.2015.00097
Distribution of mesenchymal stem cells and effects on neuronal survival and axon regeneration after optic nerve crush and cell therapy.
Mesentier-Louro LA, Zaverucha-do-Valle C, da Silva-Junior AJ, Nascimento-Dos-Santos G, Gubert F, de Figueirêdo AB, Torres AL, Paredes BD, Teixeira C, Tovar-Moll F, Mendez-Otero R, Santiago MF.
PLoS One. 2014 Oct 27;9(10):e110722. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110722. eCollection 2014.
Functional dissociation of ventral frontal and dorsomedial default mode network components during resting state and emotional autobiographical recall.
Bado P, Engel A, de Oliveira-Souza R, Bramati IE, Paiva FF, Basilio R, Sato JR, Tovar-Moll F, Moll J.
Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Jul;35(7):3302-13. Epub 2013 Nov 6.
Sustained effect of bone marrow mononuclear cell therapy in axonal regeneration in a model of optic nerve crush.
Zaverucha-do-Valle C, Mesentier-Louro L, Gubert F, Mortari N, Padilha AB, D Paredes B, Mencalha A, Abdelhay E, Teixeira C, G M Ferreira F, Tovar-Moll F, Lopes de Souza SA, Gutfilen B, Mendez-Otero R, F Santiago M.
Brain Res. 2014 Oct 31;1587:54-68. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.08.070. Epub 2014 Sep 6.
The orthotopic xenotransplant of human glioblastoma successfully recapitulates glioblastoma-microenvironment interactions in a non-immunosuppressed mouse model.
Garcia C, Dubois LG, Xavier AL, Geraldo LH, da Fonseca AC, Correia AH, Meirelles F, Ventura G, Romão L, Canedo NH, de Souza JM, de Menezes JR, Moura-Neto V, Tovar-Moll F, Lima FR.
BMC Cancer. 2014 Dec 8;14:923. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-923.
Electroconvulsive therapy in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a chart review and evaluation of its potential therapeutic effects.
Lins-Martins NM, Yücel M, Tovar-Moll F, Rodrigues EC, Fontenelle LF.
J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2015 Winter;27(1):65-8. doi: 10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13080184. Epub 2014 Oct 31.
Immediate story recall in elderly individuals with memory complaints: how much does it contribute to memory assessment?
Coutinho G, Drummond C, de Oliveira-Souza R, Moll J, Tovar-Moll F, Mattos P.
Int Psychogeriatr. 2015 Mar 13:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]
Diffuse and Focal Corticospinal Tract Disease and Its Impact on Patient Disability in Multiple Sclerosis.
Tovar-Moll F, Evangelou IE, Chiu AW, Auh S, Chen C, Ehrmantraut M, Ohayon JM, Richert N, Bagnato F.
J Neuroimaging. 2014 Oct 16. doi: 10.1111/jon.12171. [Epub ahead of print]
White matter tract damage in the behavioral variant of frontotemporal and corticobasal dementia syndromes.
Tovar-Moll F, de Oliveira-Souza R, Bramati IE, Zahn R, Cavanagh A, Tierney M, Moll J, Grafman J.
PLoS One. 2014 Jul 23;9(7):e102656. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102656. eCollection 2014.
Structural and functional brain rewiring clarifies preserved interhemispheric transfer in humans born without the corpus callosum.
Tovar-Moll F, Monteiro M, Andrade J, Bramati IE, Vianna-Barbosa R, Marins T, Rodrigues E, Dantas N, Behrens TE, de Oliveira-Souza R, Moll J, Lent R.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 May 27;111(21):7843-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1400806111. Epub 2014 May 12.
Real-time fMRI pattern decoding and neurofeedback using FRIEND: an FSL-integrated BCI toolbox
Sato JR, Basilio R, Paiva FF, Garrido GJ, Bramati IE, Bado P, Tovar-Moll F, Zahn R, Moll J.
PLoS One. 2013 Dec 2;8(12):e81658. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081658. eCollection 2013.
The unbearable lightness of the extrapyramidal system.
de Oliveira-Souza R, Tovar-Moll F.
J Hist Neurosci. 2012 Jul;21(3):280-92. doi: 10.1080/0964704X.2011.595652.
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