Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea was recognized for his significant contributions in the field of pediatrics, specifically in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, neonatal drug addiction and his pioneering work on the detection of fetal exposure to drugs, tobacco smoke, alcohol and environmental toxicants by analysis of meconium. Among his outstanding works are the development of the meconium drug test, one of the most sensitive tests to detect fetal exposure to illicit drugs by the analysis of meconium; the development of an affordable Philippine-made ventilator for sick newborn infants; his US NIH funded studies in the Philippines on fetal exposure to environmental pesticides and its long term effect on the neurobehavioral development of infants and children and his collaborative study on food supplementation of pre-school Filipino children with Moringa-enriched snacks which resulted in improvement in their IQ. Although he has chosen to live abroad, he has remained committed to the advancement of science in the Philippines. A significant portion of his research works were done in the Philippines beginning in 2002 in collaboration with local hospitals and the UP National Institutes of Health. This collaboration served as impetus for local scientific activities and has opened many opportunities for Filipino neonatologists and young pediatricians to be trained under his tutelage and obtain training abroad.
Birthdate: 23 June 1941
- A.A. (with High Honors) - University of the Philippines
- B.S. (Cum Laude) - University of the Philippines 1961
- M.D. (Cum Laude) - University of the Philippines