Winners of the 2007 BioMed Central Research Awards

The winners of the 2007 BioMed Central Research Awards were announced yesterday. Shortlisted authors, who travelled from as far afield as Germany, Italy and the US, joined science journalists, eminent researchers, open access advocates, publishers and editors for a ceremony at
the Royal Society of Medicine last night. The BioMed Central Research Awards recognise and celebrate
the best medical and biological research published in BioMed Central’s
open access journals.

Guests at the awards ceremony were treated to an entertaining talk on natural history and biodiversity preservation from Henry Nicholls, journalist and author. Nicholls discussed his experiences with the rarest animal in the world
today, the giant tortoise known as Lonesome George.

Dr
Markus Ralser won the prize for biological research. His
research, ‘Dynamic rerouting of the
carbohydrate flux is key to counteracting oxidative stress
’ was published
in Journal of Biology. Dr
Xiaolong Meng received the award for medicine. Meng’s
research ‘Endometrial
regenerative cells: A novel stem cell population
’ was published in Journal of Translational Medicine.
Both these awards were generously sponsored by Microsoft Research.

This
year there was a new addition to the awards, the JMCR Award, presented to the
author of the most original case report published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.
Dr Phuong Mai won the award for her case report: ‘A possible new syndrome
with growth-hormone secreting pituitary adenoma, colonic polyposis,
lipomatosis, lentigines and renal carcinoma in association with familial
testicular germ cell malignancy: A case report
‘.

Congratulations to the winners and to those shortlisted for the awards, and thanks to Pfizer, whose provided sponsorship for the awards ceremony itself.

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