Starch, sepsis and simple solutions

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ACS 2015 National Awards

The American Chemical Society recently announced the recipients of the 2015 National Awards, and we are pleased to be able to say that two of those recipients are from the F1000 Faculty.Prof Eric Kool

Professor Eric Kool, an F1000 Section Head in Chemical Biology, wins the 2015 Ronald Breslow Award for outstanding contributions to the field of biomimetic chemistry. He will receive $5,000 in prize money.

Chuan HeChuan He, a Faculty Member in the Chemical Biology Faculty, wins an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, which recognises and encourages excellence in organic chemistry. He wins $5,000 and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant.

The recipients will be honoured at awards ceremony next year, in conjunction with the ACS national meetings.

Our congrats to Eric and Chuan!

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Mirrors, migration and a viral aphrodisiac

A round up of the week's most popular tweets from @F1000, as well as some other interesting picks from the rest of the Twitterverse...

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Philip Ingham wins 2014 Waddington medal

Philip InghamHead of Faculty Philip Ingham has been awarded the 2014 Waddington medal from the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB). Ingham is the Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor and Vice Dean research at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore, and has been with F1000 since its birth in 2011.

The Waddington medal is awarded for Ingham’s seminal contributions to the understanding of the genetic basis of fly embryo patterning, as well as his deciphering of the components of the hedgehog signalling pathway.

Ingham’s Waddington Medal covers his entire research career, which you can watch here:

Congratulations, Philip!

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F1000 Specialists video competition – F1000 gives it a go

Last month, we launched a video competition for F1000 Specialists. The competition is open until the end of the month, so I’ve rallied in Outreach Coordinator and F1000 Specialists Manager Antonia Desmond to create her own short video about her journey from PhD to F1000.

This short video is all that’s needed to enter the competition, so why not enter your own video about your journey in science so far or the research you’re working on at the moment? Once you’ve added the video, let us know, and we’ll add it to our Video Competition playlist.

All video submitters will receive a £10 Amazon voucher and the video that receives the most likes (on our You Tube channel) will win a £50 Amazon voucher. Competition rules available here.

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Stop by our booth at BioConference Live


We are looking forward to the BioConference Live Genetics and Genomics virtual event on August 20th and 21st. Our booth will be open around the clock, but if you drop by between 11-12PM or 2-3PM EST, our resident scientists will be in attendance to answer your questions. Come learn about how F1000 can help you discover, discuss and publish research and how you can benefit from our personalized recommendations of the best biomedical research articles. The event is free, and you can register here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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The power of polypharmacology and scrutinizing schizophrenia

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F1000 Specialists video competition – can you sum up your research in a few minutes?

Recently, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the F1000 Specialists programme, we invited all Specialists to participate in a video competition, i.e. submit a short video of the research that goes on in their lab. We’re rewarding each video with a £10 Amazon voucher, with a further chance to win a £50 voucher for being voted the most ‘liked’ YouTube video*. (If you aren’t a F1000 specialist, but would like to contribute, you can still sign up via LinkedIn.)

We received our first entry from F1000 Specialist Heather Etchevers from the Aix-Marseille University medical school in Marseille, France. Heather’s research is in the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying rare birth defects, particularly congenital nevi.

As we receive more videos, we will add them to this playlist. Keep sending along your videos! Remember, they can be as short and simple as you like, and you can even add slides if you wish.

How to enter
Once you’ve created your video, upload it to YouTube and post the link, along with your name, on the F1000 Specialists LinkedIn group. Please only share videos you’re happy to make publically available. *Competition rules can be found here.

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Tony Hunter wins 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences

Tony HunterOur congratulations to F1000 Section Head Tony Hunter, who has been awarded the 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences by the Royal Society.

Tony Hunter is director of Salk’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and has been on the F1000 Faculty since its conception in 2001*. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The award recognizes Tony’s important contributions to the understanding of the chemical signaling that tells cells when to multiply. In 1979, his lab uncovered a new mechanism of protein regulation in cells: the addition of a phosphate group to the amino acid tyrosine in proteins affects how cells multiply. This discovery of a ‘master switch’ for growth signaling opened the door to the study of tyrosine kinases and their important role in cancer. This eventually led to the development of a number of new cancer drugs. William Brody, president of the Salk Institute, phrases it well, saying “Tony Hunter’s discoveries have changed the landscape for the treatment of cancer and other related diseases and underscores the importance of basic science.”

Congrats on winning this prestigious award, Tony!

*We have a picture of Tony from the Experimental Biology conference 2012, where he’s sporting one of the original purple Faculty of 1000 t-shirts!

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Michael Eisen joins Faculty of 1000’s International Advisory Board

We are delighted to welcome Michael Eisen to F1000’s International Advisory Board.

Michael EisenMichael Eisen initially joined F1000 in September 2001 as a Faculty Member in the Genomics & Genetics Faculty. Best known for being a co-founder of PLOS (Public Library of Science) in 2000, he is also a professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at the University of California at Berkeley and is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. In addition, he also serves on the PLOS board and the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of Open Library of Humanities.

Michael Eisen will join 11 other highly respected global experts on the International Advisory Board, who advise F1000 on broad policy issues and on development of new products and services. The other advisory board members are Bruce Alberts, Michael Bishop, Dame Kay Davies, Steven Hyman, Mary-Claire King, Sir Keith Peters, Elizabeth Robertson, Arthur Rubenstein, Gerald Rubin, Alan Schechter and Hans Wigzell.

Chairman Vitek Tracz welcomed Eisen, saying, “We are thrilled to have Michael on the International Advisory Board. Michael has been with F1000 since the birth of the Faculty, and is a leading figure in the study of genomics. His knowledge and insights both as a scientist and as an innovative science publisher will add substantially to Faculty of 1000.”

Michael Eisen commented, “I am honoured to be invited to join an advisory board that contains so many esteemed leaders in their fields of science. Faculty of 1000’s post-publication peer review service is already an important way in which researchers and clinicians can keep up with their reading and, with plans in development for upcoming new features, I look forward to helping shape the future F1000 services.”

See our press release for full details.

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