Biology Prize, in association with Roche

Roberto Danovaro, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
The first metazoa living in permanently anoxic conditions
BMC Biology 2010, 8:30 (6 April 2010)

Professor Roberto Danovaro
Roberto Danovaro was born in Genoa where he obtained his degrees in Marine Biology. He studied a PhD at the University of Pisa in 1992 and became Assistant professor at the University of Ancona in 1994 and Associate Professor at the University of Bari in 1998.

In 2001 Roberto moved to Polytechnic University of Marche where he worked as full professor. until 2005 when he took up the post of Director of the Department of Marine Sciences, full Professor in Marine Biology and Ecology.

Roberto’s research is focused on the development of a sin-ecologic and inter-disciplinary approach devoted to the study of the deep-sea biology, the identification of the links between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and the production of goods and services for an eco-sustainable development.

Medicine Prize

Christina Jones, University of Liverpool, UK
Intensive care diaries reduce new onset post traumatic stress disorder following critical illness: a randomised, controlled trial
Critical Care 2010, 14:R168 (15 September 2010)

Dr Christina Jones
Dr Christina Jones runs the counselling and rehabilitation service for ICU patients at Whiston Hospital, Liverpool, as well as organising the follow-up clinic, seeing patients on the wards and in their own homes. Her PhD work of Dr Christina Jones was to design and test a physical and psychological rehabilitation package for ICU patients to take home with them. In addition much of her research has examined the patients’ psychological recovery and the impact of delusional memories for ICU, particularly on the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her latest research has examined the impact of ICU diaries on the later incidence of PTSD in a multinational study.

Open Data Award, sponsored by Microsoft Research

Tommi Nyman, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
How common is ecological speciation in plant-feeding insects? A ‘Higher’ Nematinae perspective
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10:266 (1 September 2010)

Dr Tommi Nyman
Tommi Nyman currently works as an Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Biology at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu. He earned an M.Sc. degree in Joensuu in 1996 and completed his Ph.D. in 2000. His main research interest revolves around northern sawflies, which have proven to be a surprisingly versatile group for coevolutionary research, particularly striving to use molecular-phylogenetic trees to answer various coevolutionary and macroevolutionary questions.

Case Report of the Year

Michael J Keogh, Lincoln County Hospital, UK
Statin-associated weakness in myasthenia gravis: a case report
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2010, 4:61 (20 February 2010)

Dr Michael Keogh
Michael Keogh is currently an Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Newcastle in the UK. He graduated in Biomedical Sciences and in Medicine from the University of Nottingham, before beginning his clinical training in the East Midlands region of England. His academic pursuits are focussed in the field of neurodegenerative neurology under the supervision of Professor Patrick Chinnery with a particular personal interest in the neurogenetic and mitochondrial aspects of neurodegeneration and early biomarkers of neurological disease. His current research projects include the role of iron in neurodegeneration, and the hereditary movement disorder neuroferritinopathy.

Editor of the Year

Dr Jean Louis Vincent, Critical Care

Dr Vincent is Professor of intensive care at the University of Brussels and Head of the Department of Intensive Care at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. Specialist in Internal Medicine, he spent two years training at the University of Southern California with Prof. Max Harry Weil. Dr. Vincent is the editor-in-chief of “Critical Care” and two other publications and is a member of the Editorial Boards of over 30 journals.

Dr. Vincent is presently Secretary General of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. He is a Past-President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the European Shock Society, and the International Sepsis Forum. For 31 years he has organized an International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine which is held every March in Brussels.

Open Access Advocate of the Year

Andrew Waller, Open Access Librarian, University of Calgary
Andrew Waller is the Open Access Librarian in the Scholarly Communication Centre at the University of Calgary, Canada. Andrew is responsible for the Open Access Authors Fund, which has covered over 170 articles for University of Calgary authors since the inception of the Fund in 2008. The Open Access Authors Fund was the first of its kind in Canada and only the sixth in the world. The Fund is one of several programs in the University of Calgary’s open access “suite” including: an institutional repository (the second largest university repository in Canada); an expansive digitization program; Open Access journals and monographs in the University of Calgary Press; and the Synergies project.

Andrew has regularly written on and spoken about open access over the last several years. He is one of the people behind the Open Access Librarian blog and is a Canadian editor for the open access repository for library and information science, E-LIS. He is also Licensing and Negotiation Librarian in the Collections unit in Libraries and Cultural Resources.