Aage Moller

Founders Professor
Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
amoller@utdallas.edu
972-883-4306
BSB14601
Faculty Page
Tags: Cognition and Neuroscience

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Medicine
Karolinska Institute - 1975
Cand. Med. - Medicine
Karolinska Institute - 1974
Docent - Physiological
Karolinska Institute - 1965

Research Areas

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in neural plasticity and its role in tinnitus, hyperacusis, phonophobia and misophonia.

Publications

Moller, A.R., Ansari, S., Osburn, L., Cohen-Gadol, A.A. Techniques of Intraoperative Monitoring for Spinal Cord Function: Their Past, Present and Future Directions. Neurol Res, Submitted. ? - Publication
De Ridder, D., Vanneste, S., Kovacs, S., Sunaert, S., Menovsky, T, van de Heyning, P. and Moller, A.R. "Transcranial magnetic stimulation and extradural electrode implants on secondary auditory cortex for tinnitus suppression. Clinical article" Neurosurg. 2011 Apr;114(4):903-11. 2011 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Pain: Its Anatomy, Physiology and Treatment, Createspace, 2011, 363 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1466395107, ISBN-10: 1466395109 2011 - Publication
Moller, A.R. The role of neural plasticity in tinnitus. In: Moller, A.R., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D. and Kleinjung, T. (Eds.) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York, Chapter 12, pp. 99-102, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Misophonia and phonophobia. In: Moller, A.R., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D. and Kleinjung, T. (Eds.) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York, Chapter 4, pp. 25-27, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Similarities between tinnitus and pain. In: Moller, A.R., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D. and Kleinjung, T. (Eds.) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York, Chapter 14, pp. 113-120, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring, Intraoperative Neurophysiology, 3rd Edition, Springer, New York, 403 pages, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1441974358. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Epidemiology of tinnitus in adults. In: Moller, A.R., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D. and Kleinjung, T. (Eds.) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York, Chapter 5, pp. 29-37, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring, Intraoperative Neurophysiology, 3rd Edition, Springer, New York, 403 pages, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-1441974358. 2010 - Publication
Moller, A.R. Anatomy and physiology of pain. In: Moller, A.R., Langguth, B., De Ridder, D. and Kleinjung, T. (Eds.) Textbook of Tinnitus, Springer, New York, Chapter 15, pp. 121-132, 2010. 2010 - Publication

Appointments

Member of the Board
American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring [2002–2003]
Chairman
The University of Texas at Dallas [2002–Present]
Chairman of the Board
American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring [1999–2002]
Professor/Holder of the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Chair
The University of Texas at Dallas [1997–Present]
Member
Special Sensory Committee on Auditory Electrophysiology, Subcommittee American Neurotology Society [1996–Present]
Vice-Chairman of the Board
American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring [1995–1999]
President
American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring [1990–1991]
President-Elect
American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring [1989–1990]
Professor (Tenured)
University of Pittsburgh [1988–1997]
Member of the Associate Medical Staff
Presbyterian-University Hosp. [1988–1997]

Additional Information

Personal Statement

Since completion of my doctor of medical sciences degree my research interests have concerned sensory systems, mainly hearing. More recently my interests have turned to systems neuroscience focusing on disorders of the nervous system. I have studied the role of neural plasticity in general and especially in the auditory system and its role in disorders that have tinnitus, hyperacusis and chronic pain as symptoms. I have also studied autism and the involvement of non-classical auditory pathways.

I am the author of fifteen (single author) books on hearing science, intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring and neuroscience; a book that concerns healthcare, "The Malleable Brain," 2009 and a textbook on pain. I am editor or co-editor of nine published books, author or co-author of 202 articles in refereed journals, 105 book chapters and many review articles, etc. I was Editor-in-Chief (and founder) of the international journal, "Hearing Research" for 27 years (1978-2005). I am member of the Editorial Board of several other international journals. I am interested in teaching and I have developed new courses that I teach regularly, such as "Neural Plasticity and Disorders of the Nervous System," "Sensory System," "Functional Human Neuroanatomy," and "Anatomical and Physiologic Basis of Pain." I also teach courses in the "Scientific Publishing and Writing," and "Physiological Basis for Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring," the only university-based course on the topic in the USA. I received The University of Texas at Dallas: "The President's Teaching Excellence Award" for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

I am member of several international research organizations, and am chairman of the "Board of Directors" and member of the "Scientific Advisory Board" of the Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) Foundation, an international organization for research on tinnitus, based in Germany and in the USA.

Ad Hoc Committes University of Texas at Dallas
  • Member, Promotion Committee for Larry Cauller. 1998
  • Chairman, Promotion Committe for Dr. Tres Thompson, 1998
  • Member, Search Committee for a new faculty member. 1998
  • Member, Search Committee for Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies at UTD, 2000
  • Member, UTD Search Committee for a new faculty member, 2000
  • Chairman, Promotion Committe for Dr. Anu Sharma, 2002
  • Member, Promotion Committee, Sandy Chapman
Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies
  • Acoustical Society of America (Fellow)
  • Society for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Neuroscience
  • New York Academy of Science
  • International Brain Research Organization
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Auditory Society
  • American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (Fellow)
  • American Neurotology Society
  • International Society for the History of Otolaryngology
  • Council of Biology Editors
  • American Board of Neurophsysiological Monitoring

News Articles

Teaching Award Honors Neuroscience Researcher
Dr. Aage Møller of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is known around the world for his innovative research on sensory systems and neural plasticity. But back at UT Dallas, he’s known to many students simply as a terrific teacher. Møller received the President’s Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty during the annual Honors Convocation on May 13. He was selected from among more than 100 eligible faculty members who were nominated by undergraduate students. The award carries a stipend of $5,000. Møller holds the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Endowed Chair in BBS. He and his wife, Margareta, also are donors to UT Dallas, helping establish scholarships and professorships at the school. Møller said he enjoys working with students and is pleased that his time in the classroom and labs helps move their education forward.
Professors Gift Establishes New Teaching Award
Dr. Aage Moller, recipient of a long list of awards throughout the world during his academic career, is demonstrating his devotion to UT Dallas students and the art of teaching through a new fund in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS). Moller holds the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Chair in BBS. He and his late wife, Margareta, frequently supported UT Dallas and previously established scholarships and professorships at the school. This most recent donation, a $30,000 endowment to establish the Aage Moller Teaching Award, was prompted by his desire to spotlight faculty members who show exceptional commitment to their students. “I think good teaching should be rewarded, and I hope a prize will promote good teaching,” he said. “In a competitive world, knowledge and skill have become increasingly important, not only to get a job that can give a paycheck and pay for necessities. But more important, knowledge and skill are essential for getting an interesting job.”
Professor Hopes Donations Inspire Further Giving
University of Texas at Dallas faculty and students will benefit from a professor’s generosity. UT Dallas Behavioral and Brain Sciences Professor Aage Moller and his wife, Margareta, are giving the University two separate gifts to endow a new professorship and a new scholarship. The first, a $100,000 gift, will fund the Aage and Margareta Moller Endowed Professorship. It will be used to support the research and scholarly activities of a tenured faculty member in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Alice O’Toole has been selected to serve as the first Aage and Margareta Moller Endowed Professor. Her current research compares human performance on face-recognition tests to face-recognition algorithms and other biometrics.
Lecture to Focus on How Brain Changes Through Experience
Dr. Aage Møller is in high demand at scientific symposia around the world for his insights on neuroplasticity and how the brain changes through experience. When he presents UT Dallas’ annual Polykarp Kusch Lecture later this week, Møller will explain what this research means to the rest of us and how greater understanding of brain connections could lead to exciting new treatments for disabling neurological conditions. Møller, Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, will present “The Malleable Brain, For Good and for Bad” at 1:30 p.m. on April 27 in the McDermott Library Auditorium (MC2.410). The lecture is free and open to the public. “It was only a few years ago that it became known that changes in the connections between different cells and different parts of the brain are common,” Møller said. “One cause of changes in connections is diseases such as severe pain and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Connections also change without any known cause, in particular in the beginning and toward the end of life.”

Funding

Tinnitus and Neurona Plasticity in the Ascending Auditory Pathway: Studies in the Rat of the Electrophysiological, Metabolic, and Molecular Manifestations of Factors Known to Induce Tinnitus in Humans
$59,517 - American Tinnitus Association [1996–2018]
Tinnitus and Neuronal Plasticity in the Ascending Auditory Pathway: Studies in the Rat of the Electrophysiological, Metabolic, and Molecular Manifestations of Factors Known to Induce Tinnitus in Humans
$59,000 - American Tinnitus Association [1995–2018]
Is Presynaptic Modulation of Neurotransmitter Release a Mechanism of Neuronal Plasticity in the Ascending Auditory Pathway?: An In Vivo Microdialysis Study in the Inferior Colliculus of the Rat
$16,000 - Copeland Foundation [1995–2018]
The Pathophysiology of Tinnitus
$15,00 - American Tinnitus Association [1994–2018]
The Pathophysiology of Tinnitus
$10,068 - American Tinnitus Association [1993–2018]