Fernanda Freire Tovar-Moll

Fernanda Freire Tovar-Moll


Our team investigates clinical and translational research on the functional and structural circuits of the normal and pathological brain, in developmental, neurological, and neurodegenerative disorders. Using advanced in vivo imaging techniques to map biomarkers of brain connectivity and plasticity and, counting on a multidisciplinary team, we aim to establish the relationship among these biomarkers and clinical, biochemical, and microstructural factors. Currently, I serve as the CEO of IDOR, the institute responsible for research, education, and innovation activities at Rede D’Or Hospitals Network.

Keywords: Neuroimaging; Neurodevelopment; Neuroplasticity; Neurodegeneration


Medical Residence, Radiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

PhD, Morphological Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroimaging, National Institutes of Health, Maryland, USA





NIH Research Fellowship Award (National Institutes of Health intramural program, Public Health Service award: Visiting Program). Lead associate investigator (2004-2007)

Young Scientist of the State of Rio de Janeiro, FAPERJ. (2012-Current)

CNPq researcher (2012-Current)

International Research Consortium for the Corpus Callosum and Cerebral Connectivity (IRC5), Co-founder and member of the Governance Board of Directors (2015 – Current)

Affiliated Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2016- 2020)

Selected Publications

Simões EL, Bramati I, Rodrigues E, Franzoi A, Moll J, Lent R, Tovar-Moll F. Functional expansion of sensorimotor representation and structural reorganization of callosal connections in lower limb amputees. J Neurosci. 2012; 32(9), 3211-20.
doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4592-11.2012

Tovar-Moll F, Monteiro M, Andrade J, Bramati IE, Vianna-Barbosa R, Marins T, Rodrigues E, Dantas N, Behrens TE, de Oliveira-Souza R, et al. Structural and functional brain rewiring clarifies preserved interhemispheric transfer in humans born without the corpus callosum. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014; 111(21), 7843-8.
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1400806111

Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld P, Levine D, Melo AS, Amorim MM, Batista AG, Chimelli L, Tanuri A, Aguiar RS, Malinger G, Ximenes R, Robertson R, Szejnfeld J, Tovar-Moll F. Congenital Brain Abnormalities and Zika Virus: What the Radiologist Can Expect to See Prenatally and Postnatally. Radiology. 2016; 1(1), 203-18.
doi: 10.1148/radiol.2016161584

T Marins, EC Rodrigues, T Bortolini, B Melo, J Moll, F Tovar-Moll. Structural and functional connectivity changes in response to short-term neurofeedback training with motor imagery. Neuroimage. 2019;194, 283-290.
doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.027

Szczupak D, Liu C, Yen CCC, Choi SH, Meireles F, Victorino C; IRC5 Consortium, Richards L, Lent R, Silva AC, Tovar-Moll F. Long-distance aberrant heterotopic connectivity in a mouse strain with a high incidence of callosal anomalies. Neuroimage. 2020 Aug 15;217:116875.
doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116875

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