Dr. Aage Møller
Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor
Møller is known internationally for his innovative research on sensory systems and neural plasticity. His work has helped establish UT Dallas as a leader in tinnitus-related research.
His lengthy research career has focused on four primary areas. He first looked at the basic function of the ear, studying sound transmission in the middle ear and cochlea. He then studied the neural code of complex sounds while at the famed Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He eventually moved on to research in humans aimed at studying disorders of the ear and the nervous system, such as tinnitus. When he joined UT Dallas, he became interested in abnormalities in nervous system function among individuals with autism.
Møller's development of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, which enabled monitoring of sensory and motor function during brain and spinal cord surgery, has saved many people from deficits that could have greatly reduced their quality of life. He developed several of the techniques that reduce the risks of hearing loss, loss of function in facial muscles, and loss of function in other cranial nerves.
He has produced 11 books on hearing science and neuroscience and also is author or co-author of 192 articles in refereed journals. He has edited or co-edited nine books, most recently the Textbook of Tinnitus. Among his many awards are: The American Society of Intraoperative Monitoring Award of Excellence, Honorary Diplomat of the American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring and the UT Dallas President's Teaching Excellence Award. His work also was the subject of a special issue of the journal Hearing Research, a publication he founded and served as editor-in-chief for 27 years.
Møller is a member of the editorial board of several other international journals. He is chairman of the board of the international research organization Tinnitus Research Initiative (TRI) Foundation, located in Regensburg, Germany.
Møller earned his PhD and doctorate in medical science at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
The University of Texas System supports the professorship.
One of Møller's most important contributions to neuroscience has been his development of a method to reduce the risk of serious complications from brain operations. The technique, known as intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM), is used worldwide.
"I have had great luck in life, making it possible to participate in many different kinds of research and to make contributions to various areas of science."