Desire Humanes obtained a Biology degree at the University of Seville (Spain), Master degree in biology of behavior and Neuroscience in University of Pablo Olavide, Seville (Spain), and PhD in the National Hospital of Paraplegic Patients in Toledo (Spain). Her PhD was focused on the study of somatosensory system plasticity after injury (spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury) using different electrophysiology techniques in vivo (extracellular and intracellular recordings). After her PhD, she joined the department of System Neuroscience at the Rurh-University, in Bochum (Germany), to study the sensorimotor connections along the brain using different techniques such as optogenetics. In 2019, she came back to Spain to join HM CINAC.

The main focus of her present research is to study the role of corticostriatal activity in the onset and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Relevant publications

  1. Aguilar J, Humanes-Valera D, Alonso-Calviño E, Yague JG, Moxon KA, Oliviero A, Foffani G. Spinal cord injury immediately changes the state of the brain. J Neurosci. 2010 Jun 2;30(22):7528-37.
  2. Humanes-Valera D, Aguilar J, Foffani G. Reorganization of the intact somatosensory cortex immediately after spinal cord injury. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 29;8(7):e69655.
  3. Humanes-Valera D, Foffani G, Aguilar J. Increased cortical responses to forepaw stimuli immediately after peripheral deafferentation of hindpaw inputs. Sci Rep. 2014 Dec 2;4:7278.
  4. Humanes-Valera D, Foffani G, Alonso-Calviño E, Fernández-López E, Aguilar J. Dual Cortical Plasticity After Spinal Cord Injury. Cereb Cortex. 2017 May 1;27(5):2926-2940.
  5. Fernández-López E, Alonso-Calviño E, Humanes-Valera D, Foffani G, Aguilar J. Slow-wave activity homeostasis in the somatosensory cortex after spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol. 2019 Aug 22:113035.