Biology Award

Basil Honegger, University of Zürich
Imp-L2, a putative homolog of vertebrate IGF-binding protein 7, counteracts insulin signaling in Drosophila and is essential for starvation resistance
Honegger B, Galic M, Köhler K, Wittwer F, Brogiolo W, Hafen E, Stocker H
Journal of Biology 2008, 7:10 (15 April 2008)

Basil Honegger, PhD
I was born (1977) and raised in Zürich Switzerland where I started my Biology study in 1997. I completed the study in June 2002 with a diploma thesis in Ernst Hafens lab already about Imp-L2. In september 2002 I started the PhD in Ernst’s lab. I finished the PhD in 2006. After the PhD thesis I changed from research to science journalism. Since November 2006 I’m working for the Swiss television first in a science and now in a medical broadcast. My scientific interests are rather broad. Since I’m working in journalism I’m much more in contact with different topics. The latest, which I found really interesting were tissue engineering of heart valves and intestinal bacteria and their influence on the immune system. My hobbies are scuba diving, floorhockey and hiking.

Medicine Award

Weiqi Yan and Guomin Xiao, Zhejiang University
Improved outcomes from the administration of progesterone for patients with acute severe traumatic brain injury: a randomized controlled trial
Xiao G, Wei J, Yan W, Wang W, Lu Z
Critical Care 2008, 12:R61 (30 April 2008)

Weiqi Yan, MD, PhD
Dr. Yan joined Medical College, Zhejiang University of China from Canada as a Professor in 2004 and worked in the Centre for Clinical Research at The Second Affiliated Hospital as Director and Senior Clinician since 2005. Professor Yan is involved in a number of clinical studies aimed at development of new therapy on CNS & neurological disorders and cancer using drug target, stem cell and nanotechnology. His research interests also include early detection and intervention in populations for certain sarcoma and arthritis. Professor Yan’s personal hobbies are playing flute and volleyball.

Case Report of the Year

Derek Rajakumar, University of Saskatchewan
Mycobacterium tuberculosis monoarthritis in a child
Rajakumar D, Rosenberg AM
Pediatric Rheumatology 2008, 6:15 (18 September 2008)

Dr Derek Rajakumar
Dr. Derek Rajakumar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor and Science Honours degree in Biochemistry in 2002. He then went on to obtain his MD at this institution in 2007, and is currently in his second year of post graduate training in pediatrics in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Editor of the Year

Chris Arme, Parasites & Vectors
Chris Arme is a parasitologist whose research interests are in the physiology of tapeworms, with particular emphasis on their nutrition and how these parasites interact with the physiological systems of their hosts. Since his doctoral studies at Leeds University he has maintained a special interest in the tapeworm, Ligula intestinalis, and its interactions with the reproductive systems of its fish host. In recognition of this work he was awarded a DSc from Keele University and a DSc honoris causa from the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He is a Past-President of the British Society for Parasitology and was an Editor of Parasitology for 19 years. He is now Editor-in-Chief of the online open access journal Parasites & Vectors.

Open Access Institute of the Year

University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings. More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight’s analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain’s “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham has pioneered open access developments in the UK in particular and Europe in general. It was the first UK institution to set up a pilot OAI-compliant institutional repository for research outputs in 2001. It was also the first UK institution, more recently, to introduce a central open-access publication fund to enable its authors to pay OA publication fees. Since 2003, it has hosted the SHERPA initiative, a cluster of projects and services focusing on OA repository development. Well-known services such as RoMEO and OpenDOAR are run out of the SHERPA offices at Nottingham. Nottingham has recently further strengthened its work in the area of OA by setting up the new Centre for Research Communications, which will act as a focus for R&D on a wide range of OA-related issues.”