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Prof. Carlos Belmonte

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Scientific Advisory Board Member

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Neuroscience Technologies Ltd
59-63 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3XF
United Kingdom

Company Description: NEUROSCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES is a biomedical company with expertise in human pain neurophysiology. We help the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in assessing...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MD
  • PhD
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Neuroscience Technologies - Scientific Advisory Board, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Prof. Carlos Belmonte, Alicante, Spain
Professor of Physiology, Cellular and Systems Neurobiology Sensory Transduction and Nociception Director of the Instituto de Neurociencias, University of Alicante, Spain President of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) 2008-2011 Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences Former Director of the International Society for Eye Research Former President of the Spanish Society for Neuroscience
Foundation welcomes three new board members, 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
Carlos Belmonte, MD, PhD, FARVO Professor of Human Physiology at the Medical School, University Miguel Hernandez; Senior Researcher of the Neurosciences Institute of Alicante Carlos Belmonte is widely recognized for his many contributions to eye research, sensory neurobiology discoveries and notably, his influential contributions to the functional characterization of the non-visual sensory innervation of the eye.
His past positions include director of the Department of Physiology and vice dean at the Medical School of University of Valladolid. He also served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Medical School at the University of Alicante, where he established the Department of Physiology.
In 1990, Belmonte founded the Institute of Neurosciences: a Joint Center of the National Research Council and the University Miguel Hernandez, and served as its director through 2007.
Helen Keller Foundation for Research & Education, 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
Carlos Belmonte, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Director, Institute of Neurosciences of Alicante
Carlos Belmonte, MD, PhD, ..., 17 April 2015 [cached]
Carlos Belmonte, MD, PhD, Founder, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante, and Professor, Universidad Miguel Hernández-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, and President, International Brain Research Organization, Alicante, Spain
The European Vision Awardee 2011: Professor Carlos Belmonte: European Vision Institute EEIG, 1 Jan 2011 [cached]
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Carlos Belmonte
The European Vision Institute EEIG proudly presents the winner of the European Vision Award 2011:
Professor Carlos Belmonte
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:
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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