Dr. Moore received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Calgary and her
doctorate in Anatomy and Neurobiology from this department in 2000. She is
currently the Director of the Laboratory of Interventions for Cortical Injury and
Cognitive Decline and a co-investigator in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology
with Dr. Rosene.
Dr. Moore’s primary research focus is the assessment of cognitive and motor function impairments in our rhesus monkey models of cortical injury and aging and the underlying neurobiological basis for these impairments. In both models, she assessing the efficacy of an exciting new therapeutic, mesenchymal stromal cell derived extracellular vesicles (MSC-EVs), to reverse deficits in cognitive and motor function by decreasing neuroinflammation and myelin pathology.
Her model of cortical injury involves training monkeys on our tasks of fine motor function of the hand, neurosurgical lesion production in primary motor cortex, assessment of recovery of fine motor function and post-perfusion analysis of blood, CSF and brain and spinal cord tissue. This model is used to establish the rate and degree of recovery of function following cortical injury in the aged brain and to investigate the neurobiological basis for recovery. Further, she is assessing the efficacy of MSC-EVs as a restorative treatment to facilitate recovery of function following cortical injury. This work is being conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Henry Ford Health System and the University of Buffalo. To date, she has demonstrated that administration of MSC-EVs, facilitates a complete recovery of fine motor function in the first 3-4 weeks after injury. Further, MSC-EVs reduce injury-induced microglial neuroinflammation, neuronal excitotoxicity, synapse loss, oligodendrocyte damage and myelination deficits. Finally, a recent collaborative proteomic study using a GO analysis of Biological Processes showed that proteins from MSC-EVs are highly specific and involved in signaling pathways for cell-cell adhesion, cell proliferation, extracellular matrix organization, MAPK cascade, Wnt signaling, and small GTPase mediated signal transduction, some of which, play important neuritogenic and synaptogenic roles that could be involved in ameliorating injury-related neurodegeneration and hyperexcitability.
In her aging study, she is administering MSC-EVs to aged monkeys following extensive cognitive assessment. After a period of 18 months of treatment, she re-assesses the cognitive performance of the monkeys to determine whether the MSC-EVs have slowed or reversed age-related cognitive decline. She is also acquiring longitudinal MRIs and blood and CSF samples from these monkeys to quantify various biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative damage. Following completion of treatment and cognitive testing, brains will be harvested and analyze for treatment related changes in neuroinflammation and myelin pathology.
Finally, she is in the early stages of developing a rhesus monkey model of hypertension (HT), using the well-established “one kidney-one clip” model of hypertension used in rodents. With this model, she will establish the effect of HT of cognitive function in middle-aged rhesus monkey and how HT alters the inflammation and myelin integrity in the aged brain.
Dr. Moore is also the Director of the graduate program MS in Forensic Anthropology. This program is designed to train individuals in the theory, practice, and methods of biological and skeletal anthropology employed by forensic anthropologists in medicolegal death investigations.
Dr. Moore teaches Professional Skills and Human Anatomy and Osteology in the Forensic Anthropology program and Neurobiology of Aging in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Dr. Moore is also the Vice-Chair of the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee, and a member of the Animal Research Advisory Committee and Animal Core Advisory Committee at the School of Medicine.
cortical injury, normal aging, primate behavior, forensics