Benjamin Cabrera

Benjamin Cabrera was born on March 18, 1920 and enrolled in the University of the Philippines in 1945 when he was about 25. This was where and when he got his medical degree after which he decided to pursue further studies in the US and enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.


This was where he studied for and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Filipino scientist Benjamin Cabrera is one person that really deserves a pat on the back because not only is he a physician but he is also known for his works on public health and medical parasitology.


He is a scientist that never seems to run out of ideas and uses his brain to bring advances solutions to problems. He has had a lot of achievements and while most of the have been significant, there are some works of his that just really stand out and are still significant and in use up until today.


He boasts more than a hundred scientific publications to his name. His specialties were focused on public health and parasitology and this is where he did a lot of work and introduced a lot of breakthroughs in.


His works were all significant but one stood out above the rest and it was about the study he conducted on filariasis which is an infectious and parasitic tropical disease that is brought about by infestations of thread-like nematode worms that belong to the Filariodea family.


Dr, Cabrera’s work on this tropical disease is what garnered him the Philippine Legion of Honor which was a Presidential Award back in the year 1996.


In his study, he came to know the life cycles and the epidemiology of these parasites and that was how he figured out how to come up with drug treatments that were necessary in keeping people safe from the disease.


He also figured out ways in which people can stay free of the mosquitoes that spread the parasites that lead to the disease. The country was in danger of an epidemic from the mosquitoes and the disease they carried and his study was the one thing that saved them all from disaster.


His work didn’t just garner him a prestigious award but it also saved a lot of his country-men from developing the disease so it as indeed an award that he truly deserved.

Doctor Cabrera’s works are mostly about innovations in cures and treatments for diseases caused by mosquitos and agricultural soil. One of his best works is about a research regarding the tropical disease, Filariasis.


Filariasis is caused by small roundworms transmitted by mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects. Doctor Cabrera studied the life cycles of these roundworms. He also studied the different ways of how the Filariasis is being transmitted to humans. Because of this research, a cure for Filariasis was innovated. Doctor Cabrera was even given an award from the president of the country for this work.

Benjamin Cabrera may not be as famous as other Filipino scientists but he surely is a hardworking one. He had a hundred scientific publications and had helped a lot in the exploration in his own field. It is quite rare for someone to choose a field as unique as parasitology.