Open access publisher BioMed Central revealed the
winners of their 6th
Annual Research Awards
last night at Emirates Stadium, London, UK. Celebrating the very best research
that has been made available by open access publishing, more than 100 guests
attended the prestigious ceremony including leading researchers, shortlisted
authors and science journalists from around the world.
The winners were selected by internationally renowned judges from over 230 BioMed Central journals which
published more than 18,000 peer-reviewed open access articles over the last 12
BioMed Central Research Award
The overall winner of the prestigious BioMed
Central Research Award, selected from a shortlist consisting of the winners of
the 10 subject categories, was Áine McKnight Professor of Viral
Pathology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary,
University of London (Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation Prize)
for her work ‘A whole genome screen for HIV restriction factors’ Retrovirology 2011, 8:94
Áine was educated in
Dublin, Ireland. She studied for her PhD with Professors Robin Weiss and Paul
Clapham on antibody mediated neutralization and tropism of HIV (at ICR and UCL,
London). As an early Research Wellcome Trust Career Fellow, and later as a
Medical Research Council (UK) Senior Fellow, she developed her own research
interest into the pathology of HIV and factors that restrict infection of the
host target cell by HIV.
Open Data Award, sponsored by LabArchives,
AG Sandercock, University of Edinburgh
‘The International Stroke Trial database’ Trials 2011, 12:101
(21 April 2011)
Sharing and publishing clinical trial data is
important to improve the reliability and efficiency of health research. With
more than 19,000 patients this study was one of the largest randomized trials
ever conducted in acute stroke. The results of the International Stroke Trial
were first published in the Lancet in 1997 but publication of this database means
that anonymous, individual patient data from the International Stroke Trial
(IST) is now available.
Case Report of the Year
Jaewoo Pak, Miplant Stems Clinic, Korea
of human bones in hip osteonecrosis and human cartilage in knee osteoarthritis
with autologous adipose-tissue-derived stem cells: a case series
of Medical Case Reports
2011, 5:296 (7 July 2011)
Pak is a Korean-American who works in Seoul, Korea. He works on regenerative medicine using fat-derived
stem cells for cartilage and bone regeneration.
Recently, he also has started research on hair re-growth.
Editor of the Year
Marcel Hommel, enthusiastic
EiC of Malaria Journal. Over the past
year Marcel has been involved in not only his own journal and the supplementary
projects, including an ongoing series with the WHO (publishing WHO global malaria recommendations this month), but also has
been a staunch supporter of Open Access in Africa.
Open Access Advocate of the Year
Helena Asamoah-Hassan, Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. Helena has been instrumental in creating
the Open Access mandate at KNUST, ensuring that they became our first Southern
Foundation Member and has been tireless in her support of our Open
Access Africa Event
including acting as host for the conference in 2011.
Matthew Cockerill, Managing
Director of BioMed Central, said: "Choosing winners for each of the
categories was no easy feat so I would like to extend my gratitude to our
judging panels and my congratulations to the deserving winners for their
outstanding achievements. We would also like to
thank our new partners LabArchives for their support of the Open Data award."