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Dr. Carlos Belmonte

FARVO Professor of Human Physiology

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

HQ Phone: (240) 221-2900

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Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Suite 400 1801 Rockville Pike

Rockville, Maryland 20852

United States

Company Description

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is the largest eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include more than 12,000 researchers from over 70 countries. The Association encourages and assists research, trainin ... more

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Employment History


International Brain Research Organization


Neurosciences Institute

Secretary and President

International Society for Eye Research


The Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata

Member of the Editorial Board
European Journal of Neurosciences , Pain

Academia Europaea

President, International Society
Helen Keller Foundation



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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.

"It's not leaving a single point ...

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"It's not leaving a single point in the cornea in which there is no possibility of stimulating a pain fibre," says Carlos Belmonte, founder of the Institute of Neurosciences in Alicante, Spain, and among the first to study the physiological basis of eye pain.

Belmonte's research has suggested that sensors at the ends of specialised corneal nerves can indirectly measure the thickness of the eye's tear film by sensing a drop in temperature at the corneal surface. As the tear film evaporates and exposes more of the cornea to air, Belmonte says, these sensors detect a colder surface temperature and trigger an alarm that's perceived as a dry, painful sensation. For most people, crying or blinking restores the tear film to its normal thickness, and the pain fades away. In mice missing a crucial part of the cold temperature sensor warning of dryness, Belmonte found that the normal rate of tear production fell by up to half.
Based on Belmonte's research, he believes damaged nerve sensors can become so hypersensitive that they send pain signals to the brain even with a normal surface temperature and an intact tear film.

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