Belmonte, Carlos


Carlos Belmonte

Carlos Belmonte 24‐10‐1943, Albacete, Spain


  • 1966, Medical Doctor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Medical School
  • PhD Physiology (with Honors), Universidad de Madrid
  • 1971‐ NIH International Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physiology, U. Utah, USA


Present Positions

  • Full Professor (Emeritus), Dept. Physiology, Med. School, University Miguel Hernandez
  • Senior Scientist, Instituto de Neurociencias (UMH-CSIC)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Spain; Academia Europaea; Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (Germany); Honorary member of the Academies of Medicine of Valencia, Murcia and Valladolid (Spain) and Cordoba (Argentina).


Past positions

  • President of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
  • Associate Professor, Univ. Madrid, Med. Sch.
  • Professor &Chairman, Dept. Physiology Med. Sch. Universities of Valladolid and Alicante
  • Founder and Director, Instituto de Neurociencias. University Miguel Hernandez-CSIC
  • Vice-president, Univ. Alicante
  • Dean, Medical School, Univ. Alicante
  • Visiting Professor, Universities of Harvard, Utah (USA) and New South Wales,( Australia)
  • President of the Spanish Society of Neurosciences
  • President of the International Society for Eye Research
  • President of the Spanish Society of Medical Education
  • Secretary-General and President, International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)
  • Vice-president of the Human Frontiers Science Program


Advisory Committees

ERC Starting Grants Evaluation Committee (EU).Board of Governors of: Hellen Keller Foundation Prize; European Dana Alliance for the Brain; ARVO Foundation; Alto Consejo Consultivo  Generalidad Valenciana. Scientific Advisory Boards of: Institut de la Vision (Paris, France), Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) , Instituto de Fisiologia Celular, UNAM (Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico); Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Univ. Nagoya (Nagoya, Japan); Institute of Experimental Medicine, Acad.Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic); Instituto Príncipe Felipe (Valencia, Spain); Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa (Madrid, Spain); Champalimaud Center, (Lisbon, Portugal);Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Hospital La Paz (Madrid, Spain); Instituto Murciano de Investigaciones Biomédicas (IMIB).


Distinctions and Awards

Nature’s Lifelong Mentorship Award (2017), ARVO Foundation Honoree (2013); Prize “Antonio Gallego” of the Sociedad Española de Ciencias Fisiologicas (2012); Doctor Honoris Causa Universities of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (2011) and University of Cordoba (Argentina (2016); Distinction to Scientific Merit Government of the Valencian Community, Spain (2011); Lección Andres Laguna, Lilly Foundation.  European Vision Award of the European Vision Institute (2011); National Prize for Biomedical Research “Gregorio Marañón”, Spain (2008); National Prize Daza Valdés in Vision Research, Spain (2007); Endre A. Balazs Prize of the International Society for Eye Research (1998); Alcon Annual Award for Vision Research, USA (1997); National Prize “Cátedra Severo Ochoa”, Spain (1995); National Prize “Rey Jaime I” for Research in Neurosciences. (1992); Prize “Alberto Sols” (1991). Prize to International Cooperation Dr. Luis Federico Leloir of the Ministry of Science Argentina Republic. Golden Medals of the University of Alicante (1992), the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (2007); Emilio Diaz Caneja Medal for excellence in eye research, University of Valladolid, Spain (1997).


Scientific activity

Research work centered on somato-sensory transduction mechanisms, non-visual sensory innervation of the eye and pain. 275 publications, h-index: 45; Sum of Times Cited 6.684; Citing articles 4.438 (Web of Science, Oct.2017)