Rodolfo Llinás Riascos was born on 1934 in Bogotá, Colombia. Motivated by the curiosity of watching his grandfather’s of neuropsiquiatra, Rodolfo finished school in 1952 from the Modern Gymnasium, then entered the Pontifical Javeriana University where he finished with a title in Medical surge.
Rodolfo had the opportunity to travel to Europe, where he meet several investigator in Spain and France, Rodolfo had the opportunity to participate in experiments of neurofisiogia. He traveled to the United States to start his residence in neurosurgery but he changed his mind and wanted to experiment in neuroscience.
Rodolfo Llinás is one of the parents of neuroscience. His achievements are discovery of the dendrite inhibition in the types of neurons that compose the cerebellum and define the function of the cerebella from on evolutionary perspective.
Manuel Elkin Patarroyo Murillo was born on November 3, 1946 in Bogotá, Colombia, He is a Colombian doctor globally recognized for the development of the synthetic vaccine against malaria, a disease transmitted by the mosquito Anopheles gambiae. This vaccine, which is effective in humans between 40-60%, could help prevent the action of this disease, he won in the 1994 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research for this discovery. In 1999 he tested the vaccine in Gambia, Tanzania and Thailand, with partially effective results.
The results of the work done at the Institute of Immunology, today Foundation Institute of Immunology, Colombia, FIDIC, which are more obvious. On the one hand, you have meant to Patarroyo and his group, different national and foreign awards: four times (1979, 1981, 1984 and 1986) has won the National Science "Angel Alejandro Escobar; have been awarded two national awards in medicine, a time of the State of São Paulo, in the mode of Science and Technology (1989); the ACAC to scientific merit, awarded by the Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science (1989), among others.
Moreover, Patarroyo has received countless awards: Knight of the Order of San Carlos by the President of the Republic (1984); medal of merit from the National University of Colombia (1985).
Andrea Marcela Rojas Correa
28 de Marzo del 2008