Estephan J. Moana-Filho

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Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
School of Dentistry, Twin Cities
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Estephan J. Moana-Filho, DDS, MS, PhD, is an assistant professor of diagnostic and biological sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 

Moana-Filho works to identify brain mechanisms involved in the transition from acute to chronic Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and pain. His work supports the development of improved prognostic markers and individual treatment strategies, leading to the reduction of health care costs and an improved quality of life for patients who experience orofacial pain. 

Moana-Filho uses psychophysics and neuroimaging methods to measure somatosensory function, or the interpretation of bodily sensations, and other brain mechanisms in patients who experience oral and facial pain, especially patients with TMD. 

Notable Achievements

Paper of the Year, 2016 Dental Research Updates at the University of Minnesota

Member, Society for Neuroscience; American Pain Society; International Association for the Study of Pain; International and American Association for Dental Research

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