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Solita F. Camara-Besa

NAST Academician

Expertise: Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, Nutrition

Dr. Camara-Besa is a medical educator and researcher. She has worked on the sodium and potassium content of Philippine foods and established standards useful in the preparation of diets. Her series of eight papers on cholesterol levels in relation to diets of various segments of the Filipino population which are very important epidemiological basic data on the Filipino give an idea of the importance of fats and cholesterol in the epidemiology of atherosclerosis among Filipinos. Some of Dr. Camara-Besa's researches were award winning. She was a Barbour Scholar, University of Michigan from 1939-1940 and is a member of various honorary and learned societies.

Affiliation

Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine, UP Manila

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member
    • Manila Medical Society, Member
    • Philippine Medical Association, Member
    • Chemical Society of the Philippines, Member
    • Philippine Association of Nutrition, Director and Chairman Committee on Scientific Meetings
    • PGH Medical Society, Secretary
    • Philippine Medical Women's Association, Director
    • Philippine Medical Women's Association, Secretary
    • Philippine Medical Women's Association, Chairman, Committee on Research
    • Philippine Medical Women's Association, Chairman, Committee on Awards
    • Philippine Medical Women's Association, Chairman, Documentation Committee for the IXth International Congress
    • Zonta Club of Manila, Director
    • Phi kappa Phi, Member
    • Mu sigma Phi Sorority of the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Adviser

Employment

    • College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Research Fellow, Dept of Physics and Biochemistry, 1938 - 1939
    • College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Temp. Instructor to Prof. and Head, Dept. of Biochemistry, 1941
    • Post Graduate School of Medicine, U. P, Prof lecturer Biochemistry, 1950 - 1960
    • Manila units, U.P., Assistant Dean of Women, 1948
    • 19th Medical General Laboratory, U. S. Army, Biochemist, 1945 - 1946

Award

    • Gold Medal for scholarship in M. D. (cum laude), President, University of the Philippines, 1938
    • Academician, NAST
    • Establishment of the Dr. Soleta F. Camara-Besa Academic Distinction Award, UP College of Medicine, 2006 D 5
    • Gold medal and idploma of honor for having been adjudged valedictorian class '38, Philippine uislands Medical Association, 1938
    • Guillermo Rustia Award for the best scientific article of the year, Philippine Medical Women's Association, 1954
    • Second Prize for research in Basic Sciences, Manila Medical Society, 1955
    • First Prize for research in Basic Sciences, Manila Society, 1959
    • Second Place, Abbott Research Award , Philippine Medical Association, 1961
    • Research Fellowship, Dept. of Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, 1938-1939
    • Barbour Scholarship, University of Michigan, 1939-1940
    • Travel Fellowship to USA, Mexico, Central & South America, China Medical Board of New York, Inc., 1960 Ag - D

Papers Presented

    • An annotated bibliography of utirtiona nd related topics with special emphasis on exeprimental researches, 8th Pacific Science Congress, Manila

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Manila, M. D., 1938
    • University of Michigan, USA, M. S., 1940

Publication

    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al., (1939 Mr ) Studies on Vitamin C: IV The ascorbic acid content of maternal and fetal blood
    • Journal of the Philippine Islands Medical Association Volume 19, No. 3
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al., (1939) Studies on vitamin C: V. The vitamin C content of normal Filipino blood
    • Journal of the Philippine Islands Medical Association Volume 19
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1939 D ) Studies on vitamin C: VI. The blood ascorbic acid in leprosy
    • Journal of the Philippine Islands Medical Association Volume 19, No. 12
    • Solita F. Camara-Besa, Isabelo Concepcion, (1940) Studies on vitamin C: VII. The blood ascorbic acid content in pregnancy and lactation
    • Journal of the Philippine Islands Medical Association Volume 20
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al., (1953) An annotated bibliography of nutrition and related topics with special emphasis on experimental researches
    • Institute of Nutrition and the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of the U.P. College of Medicine
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1954 Jl-S ) Report on the 1954 teaching institute of the Association of american Colleges of Pathology, Microbiology and Genetics
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 11, No. 1
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1955 Jl-S ) A comparison of the dry ashing and wet ashing techniques of extraction of electrolytes: II. Potassium analysis of human hearts
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 12, No. 1
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1955 Jl-S ) The teaching of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry: a report on the first conference on teaching
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 12, No. 1
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1955 Jl-D ) On the sodium and potassium content of Philippine foods
    • Nutrition News Volume 10-11, No. 3-4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1955 O-D ) A comparison of the macro and the ultramicro methods of serum sodium and potassium analysis by flame photometry
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 12, No. 2
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1956 Ap ) Facts about sodium and potassium of Philippine foods useful in diet therapy
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume 32, No. 4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al. , (1956 My) Sodium and potassium content of normal human hearts Preliminary report
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume 32
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1956 Jl - 1957 Je ) Studies with the copper sulfate specific gravity method of blood analysis: I. Hemoglobin, hematocrit and plasma protein values of normal Filipino students
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 13, No. 1-4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1956 Jl -1957 Je ) Studies with copper sulfate specific gravity method of blood analysis: II. COmparison with a standard method and a micro method of hemoglobin determination
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 13, No. 1-4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al., (1956 Jl -1957 Je ) Studies with thte copper sulfate specific gravity method of blood analysis: III. Comparison of hematocrit values with Wintrobe's method and a micro method of determination
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 13, No. 1-4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al., (1957 Jl -S ) Studies with the copper sulfate specific gravity method of blood analysis: IV. Comparison with a modified Kjeldahl method of serum protein determination
    • Acta Medica Philippina Volume 14, No. 1
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1957 O-D ) Dietary fat and atherosclorosis
    • Nutrition News Volume 9, No. 4
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al. , (1957 N ) Serum total cholesterol values in men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
    • Nutrition Survey of the Armed Forces
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1958 Ja ) Bone metabolism
    • Journal of the Philippine Dental Association Volume 11
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., (1958 Ja - Mr ) The relation of nutrition to physical fitness
    • Nutrition ews Volume 11, No. 1
    • Camara-Besa, S.F., et. al. , (1958 Ap-Je ) Notes on the Natelson micro method of hematocrit determination
    • Nutrition News Volume 11, No. 2