BioMed Central Research Award

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A novel virus genome discovered in an extreme environment suggests recombination between unrelated groups of RNA and DNA viruses
Geoffrey S Diemer and Kenneth M Stedman
Biology Direct 2012, 7:13

Kenneth Stedman has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford. After working in biotechnology in Switzerland, he earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley with Sydney Kustu on bacterial transcriptional regulation.  He was a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow with Wolfram Zillig, the pioneer in archaeal transcription and archaeal viruses at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry. There he developed his love of “extreme viruses”.  He is currently the chair of the NASA virus focus group and is working on adocumentary film on virus ubiquity and utility called “Edge of Life”.

Geoffrey Diemer is currently a doctoral candidate at Portland State University in Oregon, USA, working with Dr. Kenneth Stedman.  Geoffrey obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2001 at KU Leuven in Belgium, where he developed lentiviral vector technology and gene therapy strategies targeting HIV with Drs. Zeger Debyser and Erik De Clercq. After several fruitful years thereafter in the biopharmaceutical industry developing biologics targeting inflammation and cancer, he began his current PhD research in evolutionary virology and astrobiology at the PSU Center for Life in Extreme Environments.

 

Animal Science, Veterinary Research and Zoology Award

Cnidocyte discharge is regulated by light and opsin-mediated phototransduction
David C Plachetzki

BMC Biology
2012, 10:17

David Plachetzki received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara working with Todd Oakley, where he studied the origins and evolution of the animal visual cascade.  He is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Davis, USA. His postdoctoral research integrates genomic, wet lab and behavioral data using phylogenetic methods. David’s key focus is on the molecular genetics of allorecognition in Hydractinia. He is using this system to illuminate our understanding of nematocyte function, sensory biology in cnidarians and the deeper evolutionary history of senses such as olfaction, taste and vision.

Cancer Award  – sponsored by abcam

A target based approach identifies genomic predictors of breast cancer patient response to chemotherapy
Robin M Hallett
BMC Medical Genomics 2012, 5:16

Robin Hallett is a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University supervised by Dr. John Hassell. Robin was educated at the University of Guelph and at McMaster University. During this time he developed a keen interest in using data generated with high-throughput biology and approaches such as microarrays and sequencing to ultimately guide the use of therapies in cancer patients based on the characteristics of their particular tumor.

Clinical Medicine Award

The confusion assessment method for the intensive care unit (CAM-ICU) and intensive care delirium screening checklist (ICDSC) for the diagnosis of delirium: a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical studies
Dimitri Gusmao-Flores
Critical Care 2012, 16:R115

Dimitri Gusmao-Flores, graduated in medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. He completed his Critical Care Residency program at Hospital da Cidade, Salvador, Brazil. Dimitri is a specialist in intensive care medicine and coordinator of the intensive care unit at the University Hospital Prof. Edgar Santos. Currently his research is focusing on delirium in critically ill patients.

Computational and High-Throughput Studies in Genomics and Systems Biology Award

A novel virus genome discovered in an extreme environment suggests recombination between unrelated groups of RNA and DNA viruses
Geoffrey S Diemer and Kenneth M Stedman
Biology Direct 2012, 7:13

Kenneth Stedman has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford. After working in biotechnology in Switzerland, he earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley with Sydney Kustu on bacterial transcriptional regulation.  He was a Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow with Wolfram Zillig, the pioneer in archaeal transcription and archaeal viruses at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry. There he developed his love of “extreme viruses”.  He is currently the chair of the NASA virus focus group and is working on a documentary film on virus ubiquity and utility called “Edge of Life”.

 

 

Geoffrey Diemer is currently a doctoral candidate at Portland State University in Oregon, USA, working with Dr. Kenneth Stedman.  Geoffrey obtained a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2001 at KU Leuven in Belgium, where he developed lentiviral vector technology and gene therapy strategies targeting HIV with Drs. Zeger Debyser and Erik De Clercq. After several fruitful years thereafter in the biopharmaceutical industry developing biologics targeting inflammation and cancer, he began his current PhD research in evolutionary virology and astrobiology at the PSU Center for Life in Extreme Environments.

 

Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation Award

Shifts in human skin and nares microbiota of healthy children and adults
Julia Oh, Julie A Segre and Heidi H Kong
Genome Medicine 2012, 4:77

Julie Segre is a leader in the NIH Roadmap Human Microbiome Project. She utilizes high throughput sequencing and develops algorithms to study the microbial diversity of human skin in both health and disease states, focusing on eczema and primary immune deficiencies. Heidi H. Kong is a tenure-track clinical investigator in the Dermatology Branch, CCR, NCI, NIH with a research focus on the skin microbiome in healthy individuals and patients with atopic dermatitis and primary immunodeficiency disorders with eczematous skin conditions. Kong & Segre published the first topographical map of human skin bacterial diversity, and are currently exploring fungal diversity. Julia Oh is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Julia Segre at the National Human Genome Research Institute, researching the dynamics of the human skin microbiome, immunity, and disease, using novel technologies to explore the communities of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that inhabit all areas of the human body and play an integral role in human health.

Molecular and Cellular Science Award

HIRA dependent H3.3 deposition is required for transcriptional reprogramming following nuclear transfer to Xenopus oocytes
Jerome Jullien
Epigenetics & Chromatin 2012, 5:17 

Jerome Jullien obtained his PhD in 2003 at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France where he studied how growth factor receptor intracellular trafficking influences cell fate decision. He is currently a research associate at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK. He is interested in how gene expression of a differentiated adult cell can be experimentally reversed to that of an embryonic cell. This could potentially open the way to provide therapeutically useful replacement cells of any kind from other more readily available differentiated cells such as skin.

 

Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry Award

Systemic immune challenges trigger and drive Alzheimer-like neuropathology in mice
Irene Knuesel
Journal of Neuroinflammation 2012, 9:151

Irene Knuesel received her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Awarded with a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, she joined Mary B. Kennedy at the Division of Biology, Caltech to conduct a postdoctoral training. Following a junior group leader position with Joram Feldon at the Technical University of Zurich (ETH), she accepted a senior research scientist position at the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich where she initiated her independent research program. Her main scientific interests include the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying aging-associated neurodegenerative diseases, with a specific focus on sporadic Alzheimer’s Disease. She is one of the pioneers investigating the impact of disturbances of neurodevelopmental processes on brain aging and cognitive decline.

 

Plant Biology, Environmental Biology and Ecology Award

Horizontal transfer of expressed genes in a parasitic flowering plant
Charles C Davis
BMC Genomics 2012, 13:227

Charles Davis attended Harvard University where he obtained his MA and PhD degrees in 1999 and 2002, respectively. In 2002 he became Assistant Professor and member of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, his alma mater. In 2005 he returned to become Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In 2010 he was granted tenure there. Charles’ research is focused on using phylogenomic tools to understand evolution of flowering plants. His work integrates the fields of evolution, ecology, paleobiology, and molecular biology. His particular areas of interest include biome evolution, plant-insect interactions, climate change, and molecular evolution.

 

Public Health and Health Services Research Award

Healthy snacks at the checkout counter: A lab and field study on the impact of shelf arrangement and assortment structure on consumer choices
Ellen van Kleef
BMC Public Health 2012, 12:1072

Ellen van Kleef is assistant professor with the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After writing her doctoral dissertation on consumer research for new food development, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the EU-funded research project SAFE FOODS and at Cornell’s Food and Brand lab (USA). Her papers have been published in journals such as Appetite, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, and the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Ellen is currently working on research projects that explore the role of subtle cues in the environment that cause consumers to overeat and interventions that assist in self-control.

 

Translational Medicine Award

Perinatal nicotine exposure induces asthma in second generation offspring
Virender K Rehan
BMC Medicine 2012, 10:12

Virender K. Rehan, a physician scientist, trained in New Delhi (India), Liverpool (UK), Winnipeg (Canada), and Rhode Island (US). He has been Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, David Geffen School of Medicine, USA, for more than a decade. He has received many teaching honors and awards for excellence in patient care. His research interests include control of breathing, fetal lung development, prevention of chronic lung disease of prematurity, and the non-genetic transgenerational transmission of acquired traits.

 

Editor-in-Chief Editor of the Year

Martin Eccles
Implementation Science

Martin Eccles qualified in medicine from Newcastle University, UK in 1978. He trained in general practice and continued to work two sessions a week as a GP in the north east of England up to his retirement from clinical practice at the end of April 2012. Alongside clinical practice he ran a research programme on the implementation of evidence based practices into routine care. He has published over 200 peer reviewed publications, edited three books and written 35 book chapters; his publications include major papers of primary care based trials of behaviour change interventions, Cochrane reviews of behaviour change strategies, the role of theory in implementation and modelling work using theoretical approaches to intervention building. He has also led the development of 10 clinical practice guidelines. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was President of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (2007 to 2010). In 2006 he founded Implementation Science as Co-Editor in Chief with Brian Mittman and now runs the journal with Co-Editors in Chief Michel Wensing and Anne Sales.

Section Editor of the Year

Omar Khan
BMC Public Health

Omar Khan, MD is Medical Director of the Eugene DuPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute as well as the Center for Community Health, at ChristianaCare Health System in Delaware (USA), one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. He is Chair of the Global Health Working Group of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance and Chair-Elect of the International Health section of the American Public Health Association. He is also on the faculty of Jefferson Medical College & University of Pennsylvania.