Jorge Moll’s Success as Brazil’s Top Neuroscientist

Jorge Moll has an astounding resume in one of the most important, innovative and demanding areas of medicine: neuroscience. This Brazilian doctor is the president, founder and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education and has obtained much academic recognition, such as being appointed to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2008, the Governors Board of the International Neuroethics Society from 2012 to 2013 and winning the Visiting Scholar Award from the Neuroscience Institute of Stanford University in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to the neuroscience field, especially on social neuroscience, neuroethics and neuropsychiatry.

He believes one of the most important assets to be successful in neuroscience world is to never stop being a student: be always up to date, always investigate, question and never stop learning. He does that by engaging on a daily basis in meetings and debates with other of the most brilliant minds of his area in Brazil and representatives of many organizations in the matter. That’s the reason Moll is keenly interested in the newest topic arising in neuroscience like “the rising trend of artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, and how machines and brains can work together” and “the new developments in regenerative medicine and gene therapy”. He thinks it is vital to be transparent and open to new ideas as he advises “Don’t try to repeat things over and over. It is imperative to always question your model” (Vivianegome).

He has a standardized thought process. Moll says he has tons of ideas, but he always drops the weaker ones and selects the bests. How does he do this? He chooses the ones that can be converted into action plans. That’s how he’s been able to face many challenges throughout his career, especially when he has not obtained the expected results or they take way too long. He goes back to his action plan, perfects it and arms himself with a lot of patience. He thinks innovation is vital to the progress of science.