Elvira De la Peña García

Professor of human physiolgy at the Miguel Hernández University (UMH)

I graduated in Cemistry at the University of Valencia in 1993 and doctorate in Chemistry in 1997 at the University of Alicante- Spain. PhD “Electrophysiological and morphological properties of pyramidal neurons of the medial frontal cortex of the guinea pig (1994-1997), directed by Emilio Geijo. During this period I did two predoctoral stays: 1995 Bristol Mayers Squibb Company. Development Neurogenetics PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY. Dr. Inmaculada Silos, 1996 National Institute for Medical Research LONDON David Odgen. In 1998 I started my postdoc period at the Instituto de Neurociencias Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) with Dr. Carlos Belmonte and Dr. Felix Viana working in the sensory transduction and I was contract to the study the effect of viscoelastic substances on mechano- nociception (Colaboration UMH-Matrix Biology).

Professor and Coordinator of Inorganic (1999-2007), Secretary Faculty of Pharmacy (2003-2006) and Vice Dean Faculty of Pharmacy-UMH (2006-2008), Lecturer of the Department of Physiology (2008-2010), Senior Lecturer (2011) in the Faculty of Medicine-UMH. Since 2011 Secretary of the Department and since 2021 Coordinator of PhD Neuroscience Program. I was the director of two Doctoral Thesis and 10 Final Degree Projects focused on the study of pain. Maternity 2002, 2006, 2008.

In 1999 I joined the Sensory Transduction and Nociception research group at the UMH-CSIC Neuroscience Institute working with Carlos Belmonte, Felix Viana and Ana Gomis, participating in different research projects as well as in contracts with companies such as Matrix Biology, Fundación Botín and Esteve. The general theme of our research focuses on elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pain, thermo and mechanosensation. Our line of research focuses on the study of ion channels (TRP, Potassium and Piezo) involved neuropathic pain trying to understand how these ion channels function in sensory neurons in non-pathological, inflammatory and neuropathic situations. Our translational research in the field of Neurobiology sensory and, particularly, to understand how sensory ion channels work and can be modulated to prevent the development of pain. These channels play a central role in the transduction of pain and their pharmacological modulation is a central objective in biomedicine.

To date I have contributed to 15 research articles and 9 book chapters. I have participated in 23 research projects, and in 22 projects with a company. In relation to the dissemination of science, I have participated in international congress (56 in total). In 2021 and 2022 I have been member of the organizing committee and scientific committee of the congresses International workshop on Chronic Pain and Itch: Mechanisms and Circuits. I teach undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Miguel Hernández University of which I am the Academic Secretary of the Department of Physiology and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Neurosciences. I have directed 2 Doctoral Theses and 10 Final Degree Projects. I have led 3 teaching innovation projects and participated in 3 medical education congresses and I have 3 teaching publications in biomedicine.