While no disease is easy to endure, illnesses that cause cognitive degradation are especially hard. They create hardships on the patient’s loved ones, as well as on the individual patient. Dr. Jorge Moll was drawn to neuroscience, because he wanted to work towards alleviating these conditions. That desire to improve the quality of life for sufferers of brain illnesses has led Dr. Moll to become the president of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR).
Those administrative positions keep Dr. Moll fairly busy, meeting with students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and even his own associates. While that may sound tedious, Dr. Moll enjoys it, because he says those meetings are often very productive. They help promote creativity and the free flow of ideas, all of which are advantageous in the field of neuroscience (http://www.diasdacruz.org.br/tag/dr-jorge-moll-neto/). So many good ideas might cause one to lose a sense of focus, but Jorge says he knows how to weed through them all.
“I tend to choose the ones that can be converted into a plan of action, and allow for collaboration,” says Dr. Moll.
Speaking of good ideas, Jorge says he’s enraptured by the direction and progress of artificial intelligence. Particularly, Dr. Moll is interested in the developing technology of linking A.I. to human brain functioning, because it shows the promise of protecting against cognitive degeneration. Similarly, he’s keeping a keen eye on how gene therapy and regenerative medicine is advancing. He hopes to see it applied to mental illnesses in the near future.
Dr. Moll was asked to share an unpopular opinion in his recent interview, so he commented that the educational system and the healthcare industry are obstructing progress. Jorge believes these sectors are keeping people from exploring their biggest aspirations. He added that type of hindrance is keeping big ideas from being realistically explored.
“Don’t try to repeat things over and over,” Dr. Moll offered as advice. “It is imperative to always question your model.”
Lastly, Jorge Moll was asked if he had any advice that he would offer to his younger self. Hinting at some regret, he said he would warn himself not to hold back on his ideas for too long. If they’re not worth pursuing in short order, they’re best forgotten. That seems to be a lesson Jorge has learned well, as he strives to make good ideas a reality in the field of neuroscience.