Dr. David Munoz, Neuropathology

What’s your role with ONDRI?

I’m leading the neuropathology program based out of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Where have you lived?

I was born in Spain and have practised in Vermont, Saskatoon, London (Ontario), Madrid, and Toronto, and briefly in Vancouver.

Did you ever consider another profession? 

I did consider becoming a biologist or journalist but I’ve always been more interested in living things and the unique features of humans. I was actually trained as a neurologist before I went into neuropathology.

Why is working with ONDRI important to you?

It’s a great opportunity to see the connections among the different neurodegenerative diseases, using a variety of techniques, and gathering the talent from multiple centres in Ontario.

What is your research focus?

I’m currently working on the focal presentations of Alzheimer’s disease and their relationship to vascular injury and trauma, as well as the gastrointestinal tract as seed of Parkinson’s disease. My interest is focused on neuropathology, particularly the mechanisms of development and progression of degenerative diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease, the non-Alzheimer dementias, movement disorders, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

What are your hobbies?

Running, swimming, camping in the wilderness, reading, and canoeing.

Favourite books?

The Origin of Species, The Wealth of Nations, and Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Favourite movies?

Casablanca, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, and An Education.