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Tribute to Dr Luis Fernando Bicudo Pereira Costa Rosa (GG)

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Hindawi Limited
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DOI: 10.1093/ecam/neh144
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Advance Access Publication 16 January 2006 eCAM 2006;3(1);161 doi:10.1093/ecam/neh144 Obituary Tribute to Dr Luis Fernando Bicudo Pereira Costa Rosa (GG) Estela Maris Andrade Forell Bevilacqua and Jose´ Roberto Machado Cunha da Silva* Laborato´rio de Histofisiologia Evolutiva, Departamento de Biologia Celular e do Desenvolvimento, Instituto de Cieˆncias Biome´dicas, Universidade de Sa˜o Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 1524, sala 409, CEP:05508-900, Sa˜o Paulo, SP, Brazil We have been asked to pay our respects on behalf of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology to our dear colleague Luis Fernando Bicudo Pereira Costa Rosa, who tragically passed away on May 19, 2005, at the age of 40, after he met with an accident while cycling. We have to confess we have had a hard time coming up with the words. We hope we have achieved the right blend of respect and admiration to adequately memorialize him in these short few lines of ink. Luis Fernando (known to his friends as GG) was born in Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil, on December 31, 1964, as the oldest child of Antonio Fernando and Maria Cecı´lia. He graduated from the University of Sa˜o Paulo (USP), where he majored in Biology. He received his master’s degree and PhD under the supervision of Professor Rui Curi in 1992 and in 1995, respectively, at the USP. He started his academic career in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, at the USP before moving to the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in 1995, where he remained until he died. On December 21, 1990, he married Marı´lia Seelaender, also our colleague at the Department of Cell and Developmen- tal Biology. As he liked often to say, his children, Isabel and Felipe, were his most important accomplishments. Among the things that made Luis Fernando unique, and which all of those who knew him will miss, were his energy, his unquiet spirit and his sincere talking. He was an exceptional athlete an

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