Jorge Moll attended the Federal University of Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo University where he obtained his MD and Ph.D., respectively (Crunchbase). After completing his education he moved back to Rio de Janiero and now works in the medical field where he researches and creates new treatments and therapies for patients suffering from painful or debilitating disorders. Jorge Moll works to give patients with these, often chronic, diseases a better quality of life. Moll attributes his passion for helping others as a a trait passed on by his father, who also works in the medical field.
Jorge Moll created the D’or Institute of Research and Education to provide the resources he needed for his work. The company is a nonprofit organization that funds scientific and technological advancements in the medical field. Since officially creating the institute in 2010, the charity has grown to employ over 50 people. The institution specializes in pediatrics, neurosciences, intensive care medicine, internal medicine and oncology.
Jorge Moll recently expanded on a concept called warm-glow giving. In 1989, James Andreoni, an economist described the concept as the reason behind why people give to charity. His concept states that people give to charitable institutions because people are psychologically awarded for altruism, something he calls impure altruism.
Jorge Moll, along with Jordan Grafman, a peer at the National Institute of Health, scanned the brains of volunteers and made an interesting observation. The volunteers were asked to imagine a scenario where they donated money to a charitable cause or to imagine spending that sum of money on an item for themselves.
Their experiment showed that the prefrontal cortex responded significantly to both an act of altruism and an act of selfishness, adding to the proof that people reward themselves on a psychological level when they donate to a good cause (https://interview.net/jorge-moll/). What is even more interesting is that individuals who donated more money to charity than others showed greater activity in the prefrontal cortex. This shows that generosity isn’t only good for the recipient but also for the philanthropist. Humans may be naturally altruistic, but not without reason.