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Alberto E. Musto , MD, PhD, FAES

    • Title:
    • Assistant Professor

    • Role:
    • Faculty

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    • Office Location:
    • Lewis Hall

    • Undergraduate Education:
    • Graduate Education:
    • Doctor of Philosophy  (Ph.D. in Neurobiology),  School of Medicine, 2002, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Postgraduate Studies in Academic Education, School of Medicine, 2000, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Master in Hospital Management and Health Systems, 2002, Centro de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Exactas, (Thesis dissertation pending), Buenos Aires, Argentina

    • Postdoctoral Education:
    • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Neuroscience Center of Excellence, 2002-2006, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA USA

    • Medical Education:
    • Medical Doctor (M.D.), School of Medicine, 1990, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Postgraduate Medical Training 

      Neurology;  internship Hospital General de Agudos "José María Ramos Mejía". 1990-1991, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Neurology;  residency, Department of Internal Medicine and Neurology. 1995-1998, Hospital Municipal de San Isidro,Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Clinical Electroencephalography; Society of Electroencephalography, 1995-1996, Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Neuroradiology;  fellowship, Clinical del Sol. 1992-1993, Centro de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento. Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Medical Imaging;  Sanatorio Güemes, 1999-2002, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    • Residency:
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    • Board Certification(s):
    • Medical Licensure,  National Ministry of Public Health, 1991, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

      Board Certified Medical Imaging (Radiology)*,  National Ministry of Public Health, 2002, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

      Board Certified Neurologist*, School of Medicine, 2002, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina.


      *: Equivalent as an U.S. full trained medical resident in neurology and radiology (The Knowledge Company).

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    • Research Interests:
    • His primary research interest  is to understand the  immune-inflammatory process  in the neural tissue  following  a brain injury  that contribute to aberrant neuronal networks formations which mediate  the  development of epilepsy.  Dr. Musto, with his collaborators at EVMS and using in vitro and in vivo experimental models of epilepsy, radiation exposure and brain tumors, investigates:  a) single neuron and neuronal circuitry activities from hippocampus using silicon probes, multimcroelectrode arrays, and microsensors for glutamate and glucose; b) biology of neuronal terminals of pyramidal cells using histological and biochemical techniques; and c) role of the chemokines and cytokines molecules in the brain. These approaches will contribute to better understanding of the physiopathology of epileptogenesis, to identify a biomarker to predict onset of epilepsy and to determine a novel therapeutic target to prevent recurrent seizures.

    • Primary Specialty:
    • His teaching activities are focused on integration of concepts from basic sciences, advancement of research and clinical sciences through clinical cases. His mentorship activity is concentrated in medical neuroscience to enhance diversity and integrate research into medical education. In addition Dr. Musto is designing a comprehensive approach of Medical Spanish curriculum in medical education. Course taught: Medical Neuroscience, Pathology, Human Structure, Muscle, Bone and Skin, Medical imaging and procedures for Successful Transition to Effective Practice.

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    • Bio:
    • Dr. Alberto E. Musto, MD, PhD, FAES, is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Anatomy, one of the Module Directors of the Pre-clerkship CareForward Curriculum, School of Medicine and Director of Neuroanatomy course, School of Health Professionals at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Musto integrates an interdisciplinary approach in medical education and mentorship activities in neuroscience research to enhance research, and diversity in the new medical curricula.  Dr. Musto’s scientific goal is to identify a potential biomarker and preventive therapies for epilepsy. He has been bestowed with a prestigious award -- Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES) – a lifetime professional honor in recognition of his accomplishments and dedication to excellence in epilepsy. He has several publications in major journals in the field of neuroscience and epilepsy, including with his colleagues patents in neuroprotection and against glioblastoma multiforme development. He has been a member of NIH grant review study sections. Also, He has been an invited speaker at National and International professional meetings. Prior to join EVMS, Dr. Musto was an Assistant Professor of Research of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, LSUHSC, New Orleans, LA (2007-2015). He has been involved actively in medical education, anatomy, neurology, neuroimaging and neuroscience research in Schools of Medicine at Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Universidad Austral, Argentina (1987-2002) and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA (2002-2015). Dr. Musto received board certifications in both neurology and radiology in 2002, completed postgraduate studies in medical education in 2000, and management in health systems in Argentina in 2002. Also, he worked as emergency physician (1991-2002) and as chief of a medical imaging center (1999-2002) in Argentina.   He completed a doctoral thesis in neurobiology in Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2002 and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroprotection in Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA in 2006.

      Selected Publications:

      1.   Britten, R. Jewella, JS; Miller, V.; Hadley,MM;  Macadat,E; Musto, AE.;  and La Tessae, C. Impaired attentional set-shifting performance following exposure to 5 cGy of 600 MeV/n 28Si particles. Radiation Research. 2016 (in press).

      2.   Musto AE, Rosencrans RF, Walker CP, Bhattacharjee S, Raulji CM, Belayev L, Fang Z, Gordon WC, Bazan NG. Dysfunctional epileptic neuronal circuits and dysmorphic dendritic spines are mitigated by platelet-activating factor receptor antagonism. Nature-Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 22; 6:30298.

      3.   Bazan, N.G. and A.E. Musto. What is the therapeutic potential of neuroprotectin D1 of epilepsy? Future Neurology 2015, Vol 10, 395-400.

      4.   Marrero L., L. Wyczechowska,  A.E. Musto, A. Zapata, H. Vashista, C. Parsons, S. Wieland, D. Levitt, K. Reiss, O.Prakash. Therapeutic efficacy of Aldoxorubicin in an intracranial xenograft mouse model of human glioblastoma. Neoplasia. 2014 16(10): 874–882.

      5.   Ibiwoye, M., C. Clement, J. Olubadewo, A.E. Musto, T. A. Foster, J.C.Broome and D. Crooks. Blood vascular changes associated with chronic active multiple sclerosis plaques: detection by anti-human vascular endothelia-specific monoclonal antibodies. J.Pharmac. Science and Pharmacology, 2015, Vol 2, 26-34.

      6.   Musto, A.E., C.P., Walker, N. Petais and N.G., Bazan.  Hippocampal neuro-networks and dendritic spine perturbations in experimental epileptogenesis are attenuated by neuroprotectin D1. PlosOne, 2015, Jan 24; 10(1):e0116543.

      7.   Prakash, O., W. Lukiw, K. Reiss, F Peruzzi, A.E., Musto. Gliomas and epileptic seizure. Medical Hypothesis, 2012, 2012, 79; (5) 622-6.

      8.   Addae, C., X. Yi, R Gernapudi, H. Cheng, A.E. Musto, E. Martinez-Ceballos. All -Trans-retinoid acid induces the differentiation of encapsulated mouse embryonic stem cells into GABAergic neurons. Differentiation, 2012, 83, 233-241. 

      9.   Sfondouris, J, T. Quebedeaux, C Hodlgraf, A.E. Musto. Combined process automation for large-scale EEG analysis. Computers in Medicine and Biology, 2012, 42 129-134. 

      Book Chapter:

      Bazan N.G., A.E. Musto. Inositol lipid signaling in synaptic activity, neuronal plasticity and epileptogenesis. Review Boook Chapter in Encyclopedia of Basic Research in Epilepsy, Elsevier, 2009 P. Schwartzkroin (Editor).

      Clinical Recommendations:

      1.   Guidelines for the use of new antiepileptic drugs in adults. R. Bernater, F. Bruno, V. Campanille,  E. Centurion,  D. Consalvo,  A.M. Cruz , E. Ferraro,  A. Firstenfeld,  E. Fossa Olandini, B. Giagante,  C. Marquez Vigo, J. Mesri , A. Musto,  M. Perasolo,  P. Saidon  W. Silva,  M.C. Tabeada,  A. Thomson,  J. Ure , M.B. Viaggio. Rev. Neurol. Argentina 2006; 31(2):111-116.

      2.   Guidelines for Epilepsy Surgery- Guia de Cirugia para la Epilepsia. Bernater; F. Bruno, V. Campanille, E. Centurikon, D. Consalvo, A Cruz, E Ferraro, A. Firstenfedl E. Olanidni, B. Gogante, R. Granillo, j. Grippo, S. Kochen, E. Lekuniec, D. Lopez, E. Mallo, C.Marquez Vigo, Mesri, A. Musto, Perasolo, P. Saidon, W. Silva, C Tabeada, A Thompson, J. Ure and M.Viaggio. Rev. Neurol. Argentina 2006; 31: 117-122.

      Honors & Awards:

      1.  Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES), 2016.

      2.  LSUHSC Neuroscience Center of Excellence. Awarded for outstanding research contribution, 2012.

      3.   Global Alumni Service Humanity Award. Winner Zone 22 B&C. Rotary International, 2012.

      4.  National Center for Research Resources Travel Award. National Institute of Health, 20105.  Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary Foundation, Rotary International, 2005.

      6.  Group Study Exchange Scholarship. Rotary Foundation-Rotary International, 1999, University of Rochester Medical Center and Cornell University, New York State, USA.

      7.  Scholarship to assist to the 23rd Course: Neurobiology, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Advanced Study Institute: International School of Biophysics.

      8.  "Antonio Borsellino", 1995, Ettore Majorana International Centre for Scientific Culture. Erice, Sicily, Italy.

      9.  Competitive Individual Fellowship Award, 1994-1998, Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Argentina (CONICET).

      10.  Award: “Estímulo al Futuro en Neurociencias”, 1990, for the best scientific work in neurosciences. Annual Meeting of Sociedad Argentina de Neurociencias.