A paper co-authored by Professors Kate Storey and Jason Swedlow has won the BioMed Central’s 6th Annual Research Award in the category for Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry.

The paper, “A novel reporter of notch signalling indicates regulated and random notch activation during vertebrate neurogenesis (FilipeVilas-Boas, Kate G Storey and Domingos Henrique BMC Biology2011, 9:58 31 August 2011) won in one of ten new award categories in the BioMed Central’s 6th Annual Research Awards which recognise the excellence in open access research published across their journals each year (announced today, 25th April 2012).

BioMed Central’s Annual Research Awards celebrate excellence in scientific research made freely available through open access publishing within their portfolio of over 200 journals. The articles in ten new research award categories are, selected by internationally renowned judges, and have been chosen for their innovation and high-quality execution and discussion.

Lead author of the paper, Filipe Vilas-Boas was a graduate student with Dr Domingos Henrique, Instituto Medicina Molecular in Lisbon. Building on the work of Dr Rita Fior in this group, he created a high fidelity reporter for Notch signalling. Filipe validated this construct in vivo working with the Tissue Imaging Group led by Professors Kate Storey and Jason Swedlow at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. Filipe is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, where his main research interests are reactive oxygen species and tumour angiogenesis.

The awards also acknowledge outstanding individual or institutional efforts made to support open access to research.

The winners in each category will automatically be shortlisted for the overall BioMed Central Research Award, the winner of which will be announced at the BioMed Central Research Awards ceremony held in London on 17th May.