Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075


De Girolami family Award

Dr. de Girolami died in 2006.

Periodically, the Tropical Biology Journal appoints an ad hoc committee to review all articles on biomedical issues published in a particular period (usually one year). The winning article is selected based on its quality and the members of the Evaluation Committee are appointed by the School of Biology and the Faculties of Microbiology, Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Costa Rica.

The objective of the award, founded by the Girolami family, is to support biomedical research in Costa Rica. Winners receive a certificate and a cash prize of around $ 2000.

In accordance with the rules of the award, all Costa Rican authors of biomedical articles published in the Journal are considered participants automatically.

The De Girolami Prize was established in 1995 by Dr. Ettore de Girolami and his family. Dr. de Girolami was an Italian cytologist and pathologist who lived in Costa Rica from 1952 to 1958. During this period he taught at the University of Costa Rica and carried out important research on cancer and other biomedical aspects.


List of winning articles of the Girolami Family Award:

Year: 1998

Publication: Gastrointestinal activity of the raw aqueous extract of Quassia amara (Simarubaceae)

Authors: Beatriz Badilla, Tatiana Miranda, Gerardo Mora, Kattia Vargas

Year: 2001 
Publication: Micronuclei frequency in lymphocytes of individuals occupationally exposed to pesticides

Authors: Vanessa Ramírez, Patricia Cuenca

Year: 2004 
Publication: In vitro antiviral activity of Chamaecrista nictitans (Fabaceae) against herpes simplex virus: Biological characterization of mechanisms of action. 
Authors: Libia Herrero Uribe, Esteban Chaves Olarte & Giselle Tamayo Castillo

Year: 2005 
Publication:   Common polymorphisms and cardiovascular factors in patients with myocardial infarction of Costa Rica 
Authors: Lizbeth Salazar-Sánchez, Lilliana Chaves, Mayra Cartin, Gudrun Schuster, Karin Wulff, Winnie Schröder & Falko H. Herrmann 

Year: 2006

Publication:   Edema induced by Bothrops asper (Squamata: Viperidae) snake venom and its inhibition by Costa Rican plant extracts

Authors:   Beatriz Badilla, Fernando Chaves, Gerardo Mora, Luis J. Poveda

Year: 2009 
Publication: Abnormal hemoglobins in the neonatal population of Costa Rica 
Authors: Gabriela Abarca, Marta Navarrete, Rafael Trejos, Carlos de Céspedes & Manuel Saborío 

Year: 2011 
Publication: Frequency of the allele causing Charcot Marie-Tooth disease (axonal type with autosomal recessive inheritance) in Palmares, Costa Rica 
Authors: Melissa Rojas-Araya, Roger Bonilla, Sergio Campos, Carolina Centeno, Christian Del Valle, Juan Pablo Pacheco, Alina Saborío, Jovel Vega, Hubert Fernández & Alejandro Leal

Year 2013

Publication: "Molecular characterization and antimicrobial resistance of isolates of Clostridium perfringens from different origins in Costa Rica"

Authors: María del Mar Gamboa, Silvia Mau and Evelyn Rodríguez

Year : 2015

Publication: "Ethnic background and CYP2D6 genetic polymorphisms in Costa Rica"

Authors: Carolina Céspedes-Garro, Gerardo Jiménez-Arce, María-Eugenia G. Naranjo, Ramiro Barrantes, Adrián Llerena

Year: 2017

Publication: "Preclinical efficacy against toxic activities of medically relevant Bothrops sp. (Snakes: Viperidae) snake venoms by a polyspecific antivenom produced in Mexico "

Authors: Álvaro Segura, María Herrera, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Alfredo Uscanga-Reynell, Guillermo León and José María Gutiérrez.