This task is challenging every year, but our panels of expert scientists and clinicians have made it happen once again: They selected ten exceptional research articles, covering topics as diverse as phototransduction in hydra and the human skin microbiota, as the winners of the 7th BioMed Central annual Research Awards.

The ten category awards span key areas of biology, medicine and health services research, and the winners were chosen from amongst
the research articles published in our journals in 2012. A single article picked out of these ten papers will be announced as the main Research Award winner at a ceremony held during the Experimental Biology FASEB meeting in Boston in April.


“The quality of research from all categories is outstanding”

Frank Cox, ‘Microbiology, Immunology,
Infection and Inflammation’ award judge


Several winning research teams had used metagenomic approaches and made exciting biological discoveries, for example, of a new viral genome resulting from interviral RNA DNA recombination (winner of the award for ‘Computational and High-throughput Studies in Genomics and Systems Biology’), and of substantial horizontal gene transfer between host and parasite which raises intriguing questions about fitness, selection and adaptation (‘Plant Biology, Environmental Biology and Ecology’ award). Also amongst the category winners is a paper published in Epigenetics & Chromatin by Genevieve Almouzni, John Gurdon and their teams, who provide insights into the molecular mechanisms whereby chromatin remodeling is required for nuclear reprogramming (‘Molecular and Cellular Science’ award).


“We are incredibly grateful for the acknowledgement of our work. Ultimately the award will help us to continue this research in our lab”

- Charles Davis, ‘Plant Biology, Environmental Biology and Ecology’ category award winner


The judges also recognized several studies that clearly impact on current and future preventative and clinical practice. This includes work published in BMC Medicine that showed in a rat model that maternal exposure to nicotine can influence respiratory health in second generation offspring (winner of the ‘Translational Medicine’ award), as well as new research into the feasibility of personalized treatment for breast cancer (‘Cancer’ award) and a better understanding of the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s Disease (‘Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry’ award).

In addition to the Research Awards, we have an Open Data Award recognizing leadership in the sharing of data and a Case Report of the Year Award for the best case report given for its originality and significance to clinical practice.
All winning articles will be featured in Biome, starting with the overall winner soon after the award ceremony in Boston.

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