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The Revista de Biología Tropical grants the de Girolami Familiy Award to the best biomedical publications.

Periodically, the journal names an ad hoc board to review all biomedical articles that have been published in a particular period (usually, one year).

The winner is selected on the basis of quality. The goal of the award, funded by the de Girolami Family, is to support biomedical research in Costa Rica. The winner receives a certificate and a check for about US$2000 in a formal ceremony.

According to the award's rules, participation is automatic for all Costa Rican authors of biomedical papers published in the Revista.

The de Girolami Award was established in 1995 by Dr. Ettore de Girolami and his family. He was an Italian-born cytologist and pathologist who lived in Costa Rica from 1952 to 1958.

During this period he teached at the University of Costa Rica and did important research on cancer and other fields of biomedicine.

Dr. De Girolami died in 2006.

Award-winning publications

Year: 2004
Paper: 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
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Year: 2006
Paper: 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
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Year: 2009
Paper: Hemoglobinas anormales en la población neonatal de Costa Rica
Authors: Gabriela Abarca, Marta Navarrete, Rafael Trejos, Carlos de Céspedes & Manuel Saborío
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Year: 2011
Paper: Frecuencia del alelo causante de la enfermedad de Charcot Marie-Tooth (tipo axonal con herencia autosómica recesiva) en 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
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