Altruism is subject to brain influence, says neuroscientist, Jorge Moll

A 2006 study conducted by neuroscientist Jorge Moll and a team of other scientists shows that altruistic behavior is affected by the physical composition of the human brain. This is not the first research that Jorge Moll is conducting, as he has initiated some clinical studies aimed at understanding how the human minds work. His previous research was centered on the neural spectrum which has sought to understand the physical mechanisms that trigger emotional responses. The results from his 2006 study into altruism indicate that the architecture of our brains can influence our emotional reactions towards charitable acts.


The study posed a hypothetical question to some volunteers, where they presented them with two scenarios. They were required to either give money to charity or use it for their material gain. Jorge Moll employed the functional magnetic imaging to monitor the brains of the subjects to establish which part of their brains influenced their decisions. Jorge and his team expertly observed the mesolimbic system, which is the sector of our brains that dictates our system of reward by releasing dopamine, which is the chemical that makes react to pleasure. It is also the part of the brain that creates stimuli, indicating want for food and sex.


The results of the study showed that more dopamine was released when a subject chose to donate money to charity. The subjects experienced more pleasure when they were being rewarded for altruism than when they decided to keep the money for themselves. Additionally, the study showed that the brains were more active when the choice of charity inclined with their moral beliefs and attitude.


More about Jorge Moll


Jorge Mall did his residency in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the same university where he attained his MD in Neuroscience. Moll is also a Ph.D. holder in Experimental Pathophysiology from the University of Sao Paulo. He serves as a board member and president of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) and is also the director of the Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and Neuroinformatics Workgroup.


In his daily routine, Jorge Moll engages students, researchers, fellow scientists, associates and entrepreneurs to ensure a multi-directional flow of ideas. Moll believes in joint efforts and collaborations, and he uses this criterion in his daily work as he is tasked with picking the best ideas. He thinks that being open and transparent and having the right set of skills is cardinal in increasing productivity.


Former Physician turned CEO of Ovations Pharmaceuticals LLC: Jeff Aronin

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Jeff Aronin is a physician that eventually would have to make an ultimate decision on how to treat his patients ailments. He had a child in his care who was suffering from seizures. The choice between treating this condition with surgery (that could be a rough recovery) or a medication was a tough call to make. Dr. Aronin eventually decided to go the route of medication to avoid the possible complications due to surgery. Jeff Aronin believes that building a relationship with his patients is very crucial step to further his career. It’s his patients that motivated him to become the Chief Executive Officer and creator of Ovations Pharmaceuticals LLC.


In the beginning Jeff Aronin received his Bachelors Degree through Northern Illinois University. He later obtained his Masters of Business Administration through DePaul University. He soon began a career in the healthcare field as a doctor. He later discovered he could better help people obtain the medication they needed through the pharmaceutical industry. He created Ovations Pharmaceuticals LLC in the early 2000’s. He wanted to be able to fully focus his career on drug development and the patients needs. What was going to make his pharmaceutical company stand out from others was that his focus was to address the specific needs of the patients. Especially the patients who had rare diseases or diseases with little to no cure. He wanted to be able to make a difference for those people.


In 2009 a danish company named Lundbeck offered to buy Aronin’s pharmaceutical company for just under one billion dollars. Lundbeck decided the smart thing to do was to continue allowing Aronin to be the CEO of Ovations Pharmaceuticals LLC. This company still continues to be a huge success story and to think it’s all because of a physician who wanted to make a difference in the treatment of his patients.



Jeunesse Global Natural Medicine

Jeunesse Global is centered around youth enhancement. The company has a 9 point approach to promoting youthfulness in appearance and well-being. Randy Ray, a successful computer hardware and software expert, and Wendy Lewis, a medical practice management professional, founded the company and have seen sales growth into the billions of dollars over the past 9 years. The Jeunesse Global team also includes doctors, plastic surgeons, and alternative health professionals with experience in natural medicine and Eastern medicine. The result of this diverse team is a health and wellness direct selling company that can do a lot.

Browsing their product lines, which entail skincare products, supplements, and a weight loss program, it is easy to see all of the team’s expertise coming together. While each product has a specific function, the products are designed to work together to produce maximum results. A look at the ingredient lists of Jeunesse supplements illustrates the philosophy of approaching a goal from multiple angles. The AM and PM Essentials supplements, for instance, include a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and proprietary blends. The AM proprietary blend component includes amino acids for protective and supportive properties, natural energy sources like green tea leaf, and antioxidants for repair and prevention of ageing. The PM proprietary blend has Valerian root for restfulness, more amino acids and antioxidants, and cruciferous vegetable concentrate for phytochemicals and fiber.

The skincare line also has a star line up of ingredients. The Luminesce Daily Moisturizing Complex combines SPF 30, fruit and legume extracts, and APT-200, a which incorporates polypeptide technology to slow ageing. APT-200 uses adipose stem cells to deliver its effects. The purpose of APT-200 is to promote youthful skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and unwanted lines. APT-200 appears in the Luminesce Advanced Night Repair cream as well. Alongside APT-200, vitamins and minerals work to restore and hydrate the skin.