Noel W. Solomons, MD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MD, Harvard Medical School

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

Research Summary:
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.

Scientific Director
Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM)

2010 The Guatemalan Council of Science and Technology (CONCYT): National Medal of Science and Technology
2010 Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Sciences: Member
2009 American Society of Nutrition: Society Fellow
2006 The Spanish Society of Community Nutrition: International Award
1997 International Union of Nutritional Sciences: International Nutrition Award
1996 Society for International Nutrition Research: Kellogg International Nutrition Prize
1994 Guatemalan Academy of Medical, Physical, and Natural Sciences: Corresponding Member
1974 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation: Faculty Fellowship Award
1974 Nutrition Foundation: Future Leader Award
1969 The White House Conference on Hunger: Delegate
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  1. Solomons NW, Villamor E. Associations of underweight and stunting with impaired vitamin D status in Ecuadorian children provides insights into the vitamin's biology. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Apr 25; 1-3. PMID: 29692280.
  2. Li C, Solomons NW, Scott ME, Koski KG. Subclinical mastitis (SCM) and proinflammatory cytokines are associated with mineral and trace element concentrations in human breast milk. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2018 Mar; 46:55-61. PMID: 29413111.
  3. Solomons NW. Standing on the Shoulders of Nutrition's Giants: A Third Editor Assumes the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Food Nutr Bull. 2017 06; 38(2):135-138. PMID: 28513260.
  4. Schümann K, Solomons NW. Perspective: What Makes It So Difficult to Mitigate Worldwide Anemia Prevalence? Adv Nutr. 2017 May; 8(3):401-408. PMID: 28507005.
  5. Hambidge KM, Miller LV, Mazariegos M, Westcott J, Solomons NW, Raboy V, Kemp JF, Das A, Goco N, Hartwell T, Wright L, Krebs NF. Upregulation of Zinc Absorption Matches Increases in Physiologic Requirements for Zinc in Women Consuming High- or Moderate-Phytate Diets during Late Pregnancy and Early Lactation. J Nutr. 2017 Jun; 147(6):1079-1085. PMID: 28424260; DOI: 10.3945/jn.116.245902;.
  6. Melse-Boonstra A, Vossenaar M, van Loo-Bouwman CA, Kraemer K, de Pee S, West KP, Russell RM, Solomons NW. Dietary vitamin A intake recommendations revisited: global confusion requires alignment of the units of conversion and expression. Public Health Nutr. 2017 08; 20(11):1903-1906. PMID: 28327209; DOI: 10.1017/S1368980017000477;.
  7. Soto-Méndez MJ, Romero-Abal ME, Schümann K, Gil Á, Solomons NW. Normative Fecal Calprotectin Concentrations in Guatemalan Preschoolers Are High Relative to Children Reported Elsewhere. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Feb; 64(2):238-244. PMID: 27101538; DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001241;.
  8. Solomons NW, Schumann K. Sustainable Nutrition in a Changing World (Biesalski H, Drewnowski A, Dwyer J, Eggersdorfer M eds.). Iron and Zinc: Two Principal Trace Element Nutrients in the Context of Food Security Transitions. 2017.
  9. Caplan E, Kanter R, Bearup R, Solomons NW, Bermudez OI. Comparative performance of NEMS-S surveys in latino food stores in the Greater Boston Area. Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion. 2017; 67:98-105.
  10. Solomons NW, Bermudez OI. Nutrition and Health in a Developing World (de Pee S, Taren D, Bloem MW eds.). Nutrition in the Elderly from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. 2017.
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