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Mònica López

Mònica López

Investigadora postdoctoral Salut materna, infantil i reproductiva, Infància i medi ambient, Contaminació atmosfèrica

Mònica López Vicente holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and a Master's degree in Neuroscience (Universitat de Barcelona). She got her PhD at ISGlobal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), where she acquired experience in environmental epidemiology. During this period, she studied the role of different factors, such as physical activity, nutrition and environmental exposures, on neurodevelopment using data from international population-based cohorts. She was involved in the coordination of the mental health data harminization of the LifeCycle project.

She got a LEaDing Fellows grant fromt the Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Programme to work on a project about the longitudinal development of brain connectivity using cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques at Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam, Netherlands). During this postdoctoral stage, she got experience in different brain imaging techniques, including structural, diffusion tensor imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging. In collaboration with researchers from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), she studied the interaction between the genes and the prenatal psychosocial environment on brain development within the framework of the DREAM BIG consortium.


Mònica López is currently studying the impact of several environmental exposures on brain development using brain imaging techniques with a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación grant.

Línies de recerca

  • Neurodevelopment
  • Mental health
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Brain imaging techniques
  • Air pollution
  • Longitudinal studies

Publicacions principals

  • López-Vicente M, Agcaoglu O, Pérez-Crespo L, Estévez-López F, Heredia-Genestar JM, Mulder RH, Flournoy JC, van Duijvenvoorde ACK, Guroglu B, White T, Calhoun V, Tiemeier H, Muetzel RL. Developmental Changes in Dynamic Functional Connectivity From Childhood Into Adolescence. Front Syst Neurosci. 2021 Nov 22;15:724805.
  • Julvez J, López-Vicente M, Warembourg C, Maitre L, Philippat C, Gutzkow KB, Guxens M, Evandt J, Andrusaityte S, Burgaleta M, Casas M, Chatzi L, de Castro M, Donaire-González D, Grazuleviciene R, Hernandez-Ferrer C, Heude B, Mceachan R, Mon-Williams M, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Robinson O, Sakhi AK, Sebastian-Galles N, Slama R, Sunyer J, Tamayo-Uria I, Thomsen C, Urquiza J, Vafeiadi M, Wright J, Basagaña X, Vrijheid M. Early life multiple exposures and child cognitive function: A multi-centric birth cohort study in six European countries. Environ Pollut. 2021 Sep 1;284:117404.
  • López-Vicente M, Lamballais S, Louwen S, Hillegers M, Tiemeier H, Muetzel RL, White T. White matter microstructure correlates of age, sex, handedness and motor ability in a population-based sample of 3031 school-age children. Neuroimage. 2021 Feb 15;227:117643.
  • López-Vicente M, Sunyer J, Lertxundi N, González L, Rodríguez-Dehli C, Espada Sáenz-Torre M, Vrijheid M, Tardón A, Llop S, Torrent M, Ibarluzea J, Guxens M. Maternal circulating Vitamin D3 levels during pregnancy and behaviour across childhood. Sci Rep. 2019 Oct 15;9(1):14792.
  • López-Vicente M, Ribas Fitó N, Vilor-Tejedor N, Garcia-Esteban R, Fernández-Barrés S, Dadvand P, Murcia M, Rebagliato M, Ibarluzea J, Lertxundi A, Fernández-Somoano A, Tardón A, López- Sabater MC, Romaguera D, Vrijheid M, Sunyer J, Julvez J. Prenatal Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratio and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms. J Pediatr. 2019 Jun;209:204-211.e4.