Estephan J Moana Filho


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Research interests

My career goal is to identify brain mechanisms involved in the transition from acute to chronic Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) pain. This will support the development of improved prognostic markers and individualized treatment strategies, leading to reduction of health care costs and improvement of patients’ quality of life.

In order to achieve those goals, I use psychophysics and neuroimaging methods to measure somatosensory function and its related brain mechanisms in patients suffering from orofacial pain (OFP), with a focus on chronic TMD pain.

Research interests

  • Pain
  • Endogenous Pain Modulation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychophysics
  • Somatosensory System

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Projects 2018 2020

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Muscular Diseases
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Research Output 2000 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Visual Analog Scale
2 Citations (Scopus)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
5 Citations (Scopus)

Endogenous pain modulation in chronic orofacial pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Moana-Filho, E. J., Herrero Babiloni, A. & Theis-mahon, N. R., Aug 1 2018, In : Pain. 159, 8, p. 1441-1455 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Facial Pain
Chronic Pain
Confidence Intervals
4 Citations (Scopus)

Multifactorial assessment of measurement errors affecting intraoral quantitative sensory testing reliability

Moana-Filho, E. J., Alonso, A. A., Kapos, F. P., Leon-Salazar, V., Durand, S. H., Hodges, J. S. & Nixdorf, D. R., Jul 1 2017, In : Scandinavian Journal of Pain. 16, p. 93-98 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Design
Sensory Thresholds
Resource Allocation
Linear Models
6 Citations (Scopus)

Initially intact neural responses to pain in autism are diminished during sustained pain

Failla, M. D., Moana-Filho, E. J., Essick, G. K., Baranek, G. T., Rogers, B. P. & Cascio, C. J., Aug 1 2018, In : Autism. 22, 6, p. 669-683 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Gyrus Cinguli
Acute Pain