Dr. Monica Munoz
Contratado Doctor,
Laboratory of Human Neuroanatomy,
Facultad de Medicina,
Universidad de Castilla La Mancha,
02006 Albacete, Spain

Tel: +34 622-500-255





E-mail: Monica.MunozLopez@uclm.es

Research Interests
Plasticity of Developing Brain Networks
With a background in neuroanatomy and experimental psychology, I now work with children and young adults with an overarching aim of understanding the plasticity of developing brain networks.  My work to date has been in the domain of understanding better the vulnerability of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex to hypoxia-ischemia. Earlier work focused on the incidence of memory impairment in association with hippocampal pathology due to hypoxia-ischaemia in three large groups of patients at risk of hyposia/ischaemia: preterm, extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treated children, and children with congenital heart disease. More recent studies have revealed cryptic disruption of attentional and executive networks coupled to alterations in the connectivity of the medial prefrontal cortex revealed through diffusion tensor tractography. We combine neuropsychological analysis tools with structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Key Publications
Muñoz M, Chadwick M, Gadian D, Hoskote A, Kling C, De Haan M, Baldeweg T, Khambadkone S, Mishkin M, Vargha-Khadem F (submitted) Memory impairment and hippocampal atrophy in children with acute neonatal cardiorespiratory failure. Submitted to Paediatrics.
Clayden JD, Jentschke S, Muñoz M, Cooper JM, Chadwick MJ, Banks T, Clark CA, Vargha-Khadem F (2011) Normative Development of White Matter Tracts: Similarities and Differences in Relation to Age, Gender, and Intelligence. Cereb. Cortex, 22: 1738-1747.
Muñoz M, Mohedano-Moriano A, Insausti R (2010) Anatomical Pathways for Auditory Memory in Primates. Frontiers in Neuroscience 129
Muñoz M, Insausti R (2005) Cortical Output of the Entorhinal Cortex and the adjacent parahippocampal region of the Monkey (Macaca Fascicularis). Eur. J. Neurosci., 22:1368-1388.