Estephan J. Moana-Filho, DDS, MS, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences

Estephan J. Moana-Filho

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-3338

Fax 612-626-0138

Office Address:
6-320d Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Residency, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (TMD/Orofacial Pain, Advanced Clinical Training Program in TMD and Orofacial Pain), 2008

PhD, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry (Oral Biology), 2014

MS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry (Dentistry), 2010

DDS, Bauru School of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997


Awards & Recognition

Patrick M. Flood Leadership Award 2013
Nominated by students and faculty/staff associated with the UNC Oral Biology PhD program and reviewed by a faculty committee.

AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Nomination 2013
Award: 2-year sponsored membership in AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science)/Science.

Freedland Advanced Dental Education Fellowship 2012
Award: $4,800. Awarded by the Dental Foundation of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC.

Financial aid grant 2012
Award: 700 euros and meeting registration fee. Awarded by the IASP Financial Aid Working Group to partially fund attendance of the 14th World Congress on Pain in Milan, Italy.

Member Induction 2008
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Financial aid grant 2007
Award: $500. Awarded by thesis advisor Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, to partially fund attendance of the 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

Scholarship 2007
Award: $200, meeting registration fee plus travel and hotel expenses. Awarded by Steering Committee of the “Essentials of Pain Management: Principles and Practice” program to attend its 2-day course and the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the
American Pain Society.

First place in monograph category 1997
Award: $910. Awarded by the “Johnson & Johnson Incentive to Oral Health Research Prize” [Portuguese – Prêmio Jonhson & Johnson de Incentivo à Pesquisa em Saúde Bucal].
Monograph title: Fluoride Varnishes - Assistant in Prevention of Tooth Decay [Monograph in Portuguese - Vernizes Fluoretados - Auxiliar na Prevenção da Cárie Dentária].

Professional Associations

  • Society for Neuroscience 2012-Present
  • American Pain Society 2013-Present, 2007-2008
  • International Association for the Study of Pain 2012-Present
  • International and American Association for Dental Research 2009-Present
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping 2009-2010
  • Brazilian Dental Association 2002-2005


Research Summary/Interests

Orofacial pain conditions including temporomandibular disorders, persistent dentoalveolar pain, trigeminal neuralgia; Neuroimaging; Psychophysics; Systems neuroscience; Non-invasive brain stimulation.

Research Funding Grants

Research Assistant 2010-Present
Project: Mechanisms of Sensory Processing in Fibromyalgia
P.I.: Richard H. Gracely, Ph.D.
Funding agency: NIH/NIAMS

  • Helped development of experimental protocol for aims 1 (psychophysics) and 2 (psychophysics, behavioral, neuroimaging)
  • Helped development of stimuli delivery equipment and software for both aims
  • Developed multi-modal neuroimaging protocol
  • Collected data for aims 1 and 2 (N=120, 60 in each aim)
  • Performed preliminary data analysis for aim 1
  • Did data organization and backup for both aims
  • Mentored undergraduate student in preliminary analysis of aim 2 psychophysical and behavioral data
  • Taught a semester-long course on UNIX computer systems and neuroimaging analysis to the members of our research group
  • Currently performing comprehensive analysis of multi-modal neuroimaging data (anatomical, diffusion-weighted, stimulus-evoked functional, resting-state)


  • Cascio, C. J.,Moana-Filho, E. J., Guest, S., Nebel, M. B., Weisner, J., Baranek, G. T. and Essick, G. K. (2012). "Perceptual and neural response to affective tactile texture stimulation in adults with autism spectrum disorders." Autism Res 5(4): 231-44.
  • Nixdorf, D. R. andMoana-Filho, E. J.(2011). "Persistent dento-alveolar pain disorder (PDAP): Working towards a better understanding." Reviews in Pain 5(4): 18-25.
  • Moana-Filho, E. J., Nixdorf, D. R., Bereiter, D. A., John, M. T. and Harel, N. (2010). "Evaluation of a magnetic resonance-compatible dentoalveolar tactile stimulus device." BMC Neurosci 11(1): 142.
  • Nixdorf, D. R.,Moana-Filho, E. J., Law, A. S., McGuire, L. A., Hodges, J. S. and John, M. T. (2010). "Frequency of Persistent Tooth Pain after Root Canal Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." J Endod 36(2): 224-230.
  • Nixdorf, D. R.,Moana-Filho, E. J., Law, A. S., McGuire, L. A., Hodges, J. S. and John, M. T. (2010). "Frequency of Nonodontogenic Pain After Endodontic Therapy: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." J Endod 36(9): 1494-8.
  • Moana-Filho, E. J.(2005). Survey of attitudes and beliefs of orthodontists regarding temporomandibular dysfunction and orofacial pain. [Article in Portuguese -Levantamento das atitudes e crenças dos ortodontistas com relação à disfunção têmporo-mandibular e dor orofacial.] R Dental Press Ortodon Ortop Facial 10(4): 60-75.
  • Moana-Filho, E. J.and Silva, S. M. B. (2000). Fluoride varnishes - critical review of the literature. [Article in Portuguese - Vernizes fluoretados: revisão crítica da literatura.] Rev. APCD 54(2): 149-55.