Aage R. MollerMD, PhD
Dr. Aage Møller is known internationally for his innovative research on sensory systems and neural plasticity and for developing methods for reducing the risk of neurological deficits in neurosurgical operations. His work has helped establish UT Dallas as a leader in tinnitus-related research and neuroplasticity. Dr. Møller’s lengthy research career has focused on four primary areas. The basic functions of the ear, sound transmission in the middle ear and cochlea, the neural code of complex sounds and neural plasticity. He did his early work in studies in animals and he eventually moved on to research in humans aimed at studying disorders of the year and the nervous system, such as tinnitus and some forms of muscle spasm. He began his research career at the famed Karolinska Institut in Sweden. In 1978, he was invited to join the University of Pittsburgh. There he did innovative research in the area of neurosurgery and intraoperative neurophysiology; he developed methods for reducing the risks of severe neurological deficits after neurosurgical operations.
He was one of the founders of a new specialty; intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and he did innovative research that led to better understanding of several neurological diseases. When Dr. Møller joined UT Dallas 1997, he became interested in abnormalities in the nervous system function among people with autism. He developed teaching programs in the biology of pain; sensory systems, neuroplasticity and he established the first university program in teaching IONM in a graduate program. During his time at UT Dallas, he was named the university’s “President’s Teaching Excellence Award,” won Teacher of the Year for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and was named distinguished lecturer in Cognition and Neuroscience. Dr. Møller earned a degree of Doctor of Medical Science at the Karolinska Institut (Medical School) in Stockholm, Sweden.