Noel W. Solomons, MD
|Institution||Boston University School of Public Health|
|Address||17th Avenida, #16-89, Zona 11|
Guatemala City Guatemala 01011
|Institution||Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM)|
|1969||The White House Conference on Hunger:
Future Leader Award|
|1974||Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation:
Faculty Fellowship Award|
|1994||Guatemalan Academy of Medical, Physical, and Natural Sciences:
|1996||Society for International Nutrition Research:
Kellogg International Nutrition Prize|
|1997||International Union of Nutritional Sciences:
International Nutrition Award|
|2006||The Spanish Society of Community Nutrition:
|2009||American Society of Nutrition:
|2010||Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Sciences:
|2010||The Guatemalan Council of Science and Technology (CONCYT):
National Medal of Science and Technology|
Dr. Solomons holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University, and has had clinical and specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania (internal medicine, infectious disease) and the University of Chicago (gastroenterology, clinical nutrition).
He has been based in Guatemala, Central America for 40 years. The first decade was as an Affiliated Investigator at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), and the last 30 years has been as co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM). In this interval, he served as a faculty member Assistant and Associate Professor in the former Department of Nutrition and Food Science of MIT. He has taught and/or collaborated in the United States, Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia.
CeSSIAM has been the site for capacity building of local and international exchange-students including 15 doctoral dissertations, over 40 masters degrees and dozens of summer-student exchanges, including Boston University students. In addition to his adjunct professor appointment in Global Health at the BU School of Public Health, he has adjunct professor appointments with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Department of Community Nutrition and Public Health, both of Tufts University
Over the decades in Guatemala, CeSSIAM has followed a broad agenda of research at the interface of nutrient absorption and metabolism and the specific environmental and dietary characteristics of the nation. It has sustained an undercurrent of methodological research of non-invasive and practical diagnostic methods, appropriate for juvenile populations, involving collection of expired air, saliva, urine, stools, capillary blood sampling and photographic imaging. The current research focus is on body size and composition and in newborns, preschoolers and the elderly its correlates with inflammation, oxidation, disease resistance and intestinal health. CeSSIAM has a broad portfolio of micronutrient interests including zinc, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B12, coenzyme Q and carotenoids.. Most prominent are issues of excess of iron and vitamin A and deficiencies of vitamin D and essential fatty acids.. Interacting with all of the above is a broad interest in lactation biology including nutrient quality of breast milk, assessment and affects of subclinical mastitis, and nutrition and hydration of the lactating mother.
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