Animal Science, Veterinary Research and Zoology Award Shortlist

Volume reduction of the jugular foramina in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with syringomyelia            
Martin J Schmidt, Nele Ondreka, Maren Sauerbrey, Holger A Volk, Christoph Rummel and Martin Kramer            
BMC Veterinary Research 2012, 8:158   

Female attractiveness affects paternal investment: experimental evidence for male differential allocation in blue tits    
Katharina Mahr, Matteo Griggio, Michela Granatiero and Herbert Hoi
Frontiers in Zoology 2012, 9:14                                

Cancer Award Shortlist – sponsored by ABCAM

Impact of hormone receptor status on patterns of recurrence and clinical outcomes among patients with human epidermal growth factor-2-positive breast cancer in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: a prospective cohort study
Ines Vaz-Luis, Rebecca A Ottesen, Melissa E Hughes, P Kelly Marcom, Beverly Moy, Hope S Rugo, Richard L Theriault, John Wilson, Joyce C Niland, Jane C Weeks and Nancy U Lin                                          
Breast Cancer Research 2012, 14:R129 

Human periprostatic adipose tissue promotes prostate cancer aggressiveness in vitro
Ricardo Ribeiro, Cátia Monteiro, Virgínia Cunha, Maria J Oliveira, Mariana Freitas, Avelino Fraga, Paulo Príncipe, Carlos Lobato, Francisco Lobo, António Morais, Vítor Silva, José Sanches-Magalhães, Jorge Oliveira, Francisco Pina, Anabela Mota-Pinto, Carlos Lopes and Rui Medeiros       
Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research 2012, 31:32           
                                

Clinical Medicine Award Shortlist

The effect of earplugs during the night on the onset of delirium and sleep perception: a randomized controlled trial in intensive care patients
Bart Van Rompaey, Monique M Elseviers, Wim Van Drom, Veronique Fromontand Philippe G Jorens      Critical Care 2012, 16:R73                   

Zinc adjunct therapy reduces case fatality in severe childhood pneumonia: a randomized double blind placebo-controlled trial
Maheswari G Srinivasan, Grace Ndeezi, Cordelia K Mboijana, Sarah Kiguli, Gabriel S Bimenya, Victoria Nankabirwa and James K Tumwine    
BMC Medicine 2012, 10:14                   

Computational and high-throughput studies in genomics and systems biology Award Shortlist

A gene expression atlas of the domestic pig                    
Tom C Freeman, Alasdair Ivens, J Kenneth Baillie, Dario Beraldi, Mark W Barnett, David Dorward, Alison Downing, Lynsey Fairbairn, Ronan Kapetanovic, Sobia Raza, Andru Tomoiu, Ramiro Alberio, Chunlei Wu, Andrew I Su, Kim M Summers, Christopher K Tuggle, Alan L Archibald and David A Hume
BMC Biology 2012, 10:90 

Global gene expression profiling displays a network of dysregulated genes in non-atherosclerotic arterial tissue from patients with type 2 diabetes Diabetology
Vibe Skov, Steen Knudsen, Malene Olesen, Maria L Hansen and Lars M Rasmussen
Cardiovascular Diabetology 2012, 11:15                 

Microbiology, Immunology, Infection and Inflammation Award Shortlist

Excessive folate synthesis limits lifespan in the C. elegans: E. coli aging model
Bhupinder Virk, Goncalo Correia, David P Dixon, Inna Feyst, Jie Jia, Nikolin Oberleitner, Zoe Briggs, Emily Hodge, Robert Edwards, John Ward, David Gems and David Weinkove
BMC Biology 2012, 10:67 

Giant viruses coexisted with the cellular ancestors and represent a distinct supergroup along with superkingdoms Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya
Arshan Nasir, Kyung Mo Kim and Gustavo Caetano-Anolles   
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012, 12:156 

Molecular and Cellular Science Award Shortlist

Histone deacetylase-4 is required during early cranial neural crest development for generation of the   zebrafish palatal skeleton  
April DeLaurier, Yukio Nakamura, Ingo Braasch, Vishesh Khanna, Hiroyuki Kato, Shigeyuki Wakitani, John H. Postlethwait and Charles B. Kimmel      
BMC Developmental Biology 2012, 12:16       

Skeletal muscle regeneration in Xenopus tadpoles and zebrafish larvae
Alexandre Miguel Cavaco Rodrigues, Bea Christen, Merce Marti and Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte     
BMC Developmental Biology 2012, 12:9

Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry Award Shortlist

LRRK2 knockout mice have an intact dopaminergic system but display alterations in exploratory and motor co-ordination behaviors
Molecular Neurogeneration Kelly M Hinkle, Mei Yue, Bahareh Behrouz, Justus C Dächsel, Sarah J Lincoln, Erin E Bowles, Joel E Beevers, Brittany Dugger, Beate Winner, Iryna Prots, Caroline B Kent, Kenya Nishioka, Wen-Lang Lin, Dennis W Dickson, Christopher J Janus, Matthew J Farrer, and Heather L Melrose               
Molecular Neurodegeneration 2012, 7:25 

Phospholipids and insulin resistance in psychosis: a lipidomics study of twin pairs discordant for schizophrenia
Matej Orešič, Tuulikki Seppänen-Laakso, Daqiang Sun, Jing Tang, Sebastian Therman, Rachael Viehman, Ulla Mustonen, Theo G van Erp, Tuulia Hyötyläinen, Paul Thompson, Arthur W Toga, Matti O Huttunen, Jaana Suvisaari, JaakkoKaprio, Jouko Lönnqvist, Tyrone D C      
Genome Medicine 2012, 4:1 

Plant Biology, Environmental Biology and Ecology Award Shortlist

Plant growth strategies are remodeled by spaceflight
Anna-Lisa Paul, Claire E Amalfitano and Robert J Ferl   
BMC Plant Biology 2012, 12:232 

Plant and animal endemism in the eastern Andean slope: Challenges to conservation
Jennifer J Swenson, Bruce E Young, Stephan Beck, Pat Comer, Jesus H Cordova, Jessica Dyson, Dirk Embert, Filomeno Encarnacion, Wanderley Ferreira, Irma Franke, Dennis Grossman, Pilar Hernandez, Sebastian K Herzog, Carmen Josse, Gonzalo Navarro, Victor Pacheco, Bruce A Stein, Martin Timana, Antonio Tovar, Carolina Tovar, Julieta Vargas and Carlos M Zambrana-Torrelio                   
BMC Ecology 2012, 12:1 

Public Health and Health Services Research Award Shortlist

The weight of nations: an estimation of adult human biomass     
Sarah C Walpole, David Prieto-Merino, Phil Edwards, John Cleland, Gretchen Stevens and Ian Roberts            
BMC Public Health 2012, 12:439 

“This does my head in”. Ethnographic study of self-management by people with diabetes         
Susan Hinder and Trisha Greenhalgh             
BMC Health Services Research 2012, 12:83

Translational Medicine Award Shortlist

Reversal of type 1 diabetes via islet β cell regeneration following immune modulation by cord blood-derived multipotent stem cells
Yong Zhao, Zhaoshun Jiang, Tingbao Zhao, Mingliang Ye, Chengjin Hu, Zhaohui Yin, Heng Li, Ye Zhang, Yalin Diao, Yunxiang Li, Yingjian Chen, Xiaoming Sun, Mary B Fisk, Randal Skidgel, Mark Holterman, Bellur Prabhakar and Theodore Mazzone  
BMC Medicine 2012, 10:3 

Nitric oxide and superoxide mediate diesel particle effects in cytokine-treated mice and murine lung epithelial cells — implications for susceptibility to traffic-related air pollution
Nicholas D Manzo, Adriana J LaGier, Ralph Slade, Allen D Ledbetter, Judy H Richards and Janice A Dye                   
Particle and Fibre Toxicology 2012, 9:43