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Employment History

Professor and Director
The Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata

President
International Brain Research Organization

President, Professor
International Brain Research Organization

Founder, Department of Physiology
Medical School at the University of Alicante

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Medical School at the University of Alicante

Executive Editor
International Society for Eye Research

Secretary and President
International Society for Eye Research

Affiliations

Founder
The Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata

Education

MD

PhD

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Carlos Belmonte, MD, FARVO


Carlos Belmonte, founder of ...

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Carlos Belmonte, founder of the Institute of Neurosciences in Alicante, Spain, and a pioneer in studying the physiological basis of eye pain, explains that corneal nerves don't completely regenerate after LASIK surgery. "The main risk is that in a very small percentage of cases, this regeneration is pathological, and then you get this neuropathic pain and that is a disaster," he said. "But this is a risk that happens in surgery."

In 2007, Belmonte published a study that suggested a form of dry eye pain called 'phantom' cornea could occur after LASIK-mediated damage to the corneal nerves.


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Carlos Belmonte, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Director, Institute of Neurosciences of Alicante


The European Vision Awardee 2011: Professor Carlos Belmonte: European Vision Institute EEIG

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Carlos Belmonte
The European Vision Institute EEIG proudly presents the winner of the European Vision Award 2011:
Professor Carlos Belmonte
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Carlos Belmonte has made seminal contributions to the functional characterization of the non-visual sensory innervation of the eye. Using cellular, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques, he unveiled the functional characteristics of ocular sensory nerves and their role in ocular sensations as well as in the neural regulation of various ocular functions (tearing, blinking, regulation of ocular blood flow and intraocular pressure), on corneal trophism and on wound healing.
His findings represent a fundamental advance in our present knowledge of the neurobiological basis of ocular discomfort, pain and dysesthesias, both in normality and in a number of pathological situations such as dry eye, contact lens wearing, herpes, diabetes and postsurgical pain.
In addition, Prof. Belmonte has developed a new esthesiometer (the Belmonte Esthesiometer) that measures separately the different modalities of corneal and conjunctival sensation in humans, allowing a more complete clinical evaluation of the ocular surface sensitivity. He has also contributed to identify the participation of sensory neuropeptides in corneal wound healing, discovered the existence of sensory and autonomic fibers activated by intraocular pressure changes and, very recently established the role of cold ocular fibers in the maintenance of basal tear secretion.
Prof. Belmonte has made also important contributions to general sensory neurobiology in the area of peripheral transduction by somatic and visceral primary sensory neurons deciphering some of the molecular and cellular mechanisms for pain and temperature transduction. Schematically, his main scientific discoveries are:
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The work of Prof. Belmonte has received wide international recognition, particularly in recent years, due to the growing importance that ocular pain and discomfort are acquiring in clinical Ophthalmology. His pioneering studies on the functional characteristics of ocular sensory innervation became established doctrine and are now part of textbooks.
More about the European Vision Award and its 2011 awardee
Read the interview of Carlos Belmonte as the European Vision Awardee 2011.
Curriculum Vitae
Carlos Belmonte combined his research activity with a distinguished academic career and has trained many of the most prominent professors and researchers in Medical Physiology and Neurosciences of Spain.
He became Full Professor of Physiology in the Medical School of University of Madrid at the age of 27. In 1971, he was awarded with an International Fellowship from the Fogarty International Center, NIH, USA and expends 2 years in the Dept. of Physiology, University of Utah, working on electrophysiology of chemoreceptors with Carlos Eyzaguirre and of invertebrate photoreceptors with the Nobel Laureate Keffer H. Hartline.
At his return to Spain in 1973, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of Physiology in the Medical School of Valladolid.
In 1980 he was appointed Vicepresident of the University of Alicante that he helped to create being elected afterwards the first Dean of its Medical School.
In the University of Alicante Prof. Belmonte also founded and directed during the last 20 years, the Instituto de Neurociencias, a joint research Center of the University and the National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas). This Institute has become the largest and most prestigious institution devoted to brain research in Spain.
Prof. Belmonte has maintained a very active international scientific life. He has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Harvard and Utah (USA), visiting scientist at the Eye Research Institute, Retina Foundation, Boston (USA) and at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, Sydney Australia.
He is also an associated researcher at the CRCERT (Sydney, Australia) and is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Neurosciences, Pain, Experimental Eye Research, Primary Sensory Neuron, Molecular Pain, Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry.
Prof. Belmonte has been the Secretary-General and is currently the President of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). He has been President of the Spanish Society of Neurocience and Secretary and President of the International Society for Eye Research. He is member of the Academia Europaea, of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain and of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, Germany.
Carlos Belmonte, is presently professor of Physiology at the Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernandez-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in San Juan de Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
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2011 - Carlos Belmonte


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I attended my first meeting of the IBRO Governing Council during the SfN Meeting and was pleased to learn from the IBRO President, Professor Carlos Belmonte of Spain, that IBRO particularly wants to facilitate the advancement of neuroscience in the Asia-Pacific Region over the next few years. This dovetails well with the Society's present focus on enhancing the links between ANS and our colleagues in Asia. Carlos also announced that the Governing Council had elected members for three of IBRO's Regional Committees and I congratulate Glenda Halliday on being elected to APRC for a four-year term from 2009-2012.

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