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People About the institute Mª Carmen Acosta Boj
Biological Sciences, University of Alicante, Spain. June 1994.

Ph.D program:
Doctorate in Neurosciences, Instituto de Neurociencias de la Universidad Miguel Hernández-CSIC. PhD Thesis with honours directed by Prof. Juana Gallar Martínez and Carlos Belmonte Martinez. 15th October 1999.

Posdoctoral Positions:
Laboratories of Dr. Elspeth McLachlan (1997) and Dr. James Brock (2002), Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Laboratories of Dr. Herman O. Handwerker (1998) and Dr. Karl Messlinger (2001), Department of Physiology and Experimental Pathophysiology. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany.

Previous positions:
Research Fellowship F.P.I., Generalitat Valenciana (1995-1998).

Research Fellowship, Universidad Miguel Hernández (1999).

Research Scientist, Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernández-CSIC (1999-2002).

Current Position:
Assistant professor of the Department of Physiology, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Spain.
Vice-dean of Studies, Universidad Miguel Hernández Medical School.
Investigator in the Cellular and Systems Neurobiology Unit, Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernández-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

Research Fields:
Sensory physiology. Functional characteristics of primary sensory neurons giving sensibility to ocular tissues. Psychophysics of ocular sensitivity and discomfort. Activity of regenerating sensory neurons after lesion.

Representative Publications

Acosta, M.C.* , Gallar, J., Belmonte, C. " The influence of eye solutions on blinking and ocular comfort at rest and during work at video display terminals. " Exp. Eye Res . 68(6) , 663 - 669 ( 1999 ) * Corresponding author

Acosta MC , Belmonte C, Gallar J. " Sensory experiences in humans and single unit activity in cats evoked by polymodal stimulation of the cornea. " J. Physiol . 534(2) , 511 - 525 ( 2001 )

Acosta MC* , Peral A, Luna C, Pintor J, Belmonte C, Gallar J. " Tear secretion induced by selective stimulation of corneal and conjunctival sensory nerve fibers. " Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci . 45(7) , 2333 - 2336 ( 2004 ) * Corresponding author

Madrid R. , Donovan-Rodriguez T.,Meseguer V.,Acosta MC.,Belmonte C.,Viana F. " Contribution of TRPM8 channels to cold transduction in primary sensory neurons and peripherals nerve terminals. " J Neuroscience . 26(48) , 12512 - 12525 ( 2006 )

Acosta MC* , Luna CL, Graff G, Meseguer V, Viana F, Gallar J, Belmonte C. " Comparative effects of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug nepafenac on corneal sensory nerve fibers responding to chemical irritation. " Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci . 48(1) , 82 - 88 ( 2007 ) * Corresponding author
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