SfN 2014 highlights

So that’s it! SfN is over and done with for another year. We’ve loved meeting all of you who visited our booth, we’ve given away F1000 and F1000Research #SfNswag and we had a fantastic time at #SfNBanter, which we sponsored this year.

Here’s a Storify summary of our favourite tweets from SfN 2014. See you next year!

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Clocks, cardiac injury and losing control

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Dame Kay Davies wins WISE Lifetime Achievement Award

Dame Kay DaviesWe are thrilled to congratulate Dame Kay Davies, F1000 International Advisory Board member, on being awarded the 2014 WISE Lifetime Achievement Award. WISE Awards celebrate female talent in science, technology and engineering, and recognise the efforts of advisors, employers and other organisations to encourage and support women in STEM careers. This is the 30th year of the WISE Campaign.

“Science is an exciting and fascinating field to work in. It needs diversity of talent to provide diversity of thinking.” — Dame Kay Davies

Dame Kay is the Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy, University of Oxford and Deputy Chair of the Wellcome Trust. Her research examines the molecular analysis of neuromuscular and neurological disease, particularly Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. She was responsible for the development of a test now used worldwide to screen women at high risk of having a child with the disease. The WISE lifetime achievement award celebrates Dame Kay’s outstanding career in science that has inspired and supported other women to follow in her footsteps. The award was presented at the award’s ceremony last week by HRH the Princess Royal, the patron of WISE.

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Clinical challenges in colon cancer: an interview with Heinz-Josef Lenz

Heinz-Josef Lenz, Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of the F1000 Section Heads for Gastrointestinal Cancers. In this video, Professor Lenz describes his multifaceted areas of interest, focusing on predictive biomarkers for gastrointestinal cancers and early drug development.

Currently, Professor Lenz’s team are looking at the development of drugs that inhibit the complex and vital Wnt signalling pathway, important for cancer cell growth and spread. The challenge, however, is that affecting the cell differentiation aspect of this pathway is associated with significant toxicity; selectively targeting the cell proliferation is a must for the development of therapies for colon cancer, as well as many other cancer types.

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Atlases and antioxidants

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Ebola collection: sharing critical information faster

Beat Ebola with better research sharing, says the discoverer of virus.

Ebola virusPeter Piot (Director the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-discoverer of the Ebola virus) has published an Editorial in F1000Research appealing for everyone working on the current epidemic to publish all their findings and experiences rapidly and openly.

Our open-access platform F1000Research yesterday opened the Ebola article collection in a bid to help share critical information faster and spread life-saving knowledge. F1000Research has set up a dedicated phone line (+442071931030) to enable those working in affected areas to dictate their reports directly to the office. F1000Research’s model of peer-reviewing after publication means that it can publish scientific and medical reports within days of submission, enabling experts to use and spread info as quickly as possible.

As part of the Ebola collection, we have also made F1000Prime recommended articles on ebola and Marburg viruses completely free to access, in order to enable researchers to speed up research. Read the full post on F1000Research’s blog here.

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Seeking the light and snails that smell

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Denise Montell wins 2014 NIH Pioneer award

Many congratulations to Cell Biology Section Head Denise Montell, who has been given a 2014 Pioneer award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Photo credit: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2014/014420/winning-nih-s-biggest-award

Photo credit: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2014/014420/winning-nih-s-biggest-award

The award recognizes a select group of scientists whose innovative pioneering approaches have the potential to make an unusually high impact on a broad area of biomedical research.

Montell, from the University of California Santa Barbara, joined F1000 as a Faculty Member in 2001, and progressed to Section Head in ‘Cell Adhesion & Migration’ in January this year. Montell will receive $500,000 per year for five years to develop her project – a new biological phenomenon termed ‘anastasis’ (the Greek for rising to life), which challenges the dogma that cell death is irreversible. Montell proposes that anastasis may represent a previously unknown cause of cancer. She’ll study the physiological consequences and molecular mechanisms of this cell survival mechanism in order to develop new therapeutic approaches to degenerative diseases and cancer.

Many congratulations, Denise!

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Faculty honoured amongst Institute of Medicine New Members 2014

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently elected 70 new members and 10 foreign fellows at their 44th annual meeting. I’m pleased to announce that a number of F1000 Faculty were honoured amongst them. Election to the IOM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service – one of the highest honours in medicine. Congratulations to the following F1000 Faculty:


IOM President Victor Dzau said, “These leaders’ tremendous achievements have contributed significantly to advancing health and medicine. The expertise and knowledge they bring to the IOM will encourage and enhance its success.”

Many congratulations from F1000 to everyone honoured!

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Allison Doupe

Photo: UCSF

Photo: UCSF

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing away of Allison Doupe, Section Head of the Behavioral Neuroscience Section, last week.

Allison was a much-respected and beloved scholar. Among her many achievements, her pioneering work in the field of sensorimotor learning and how birds learn their songs led to the establishment of the use of birdsong as a model system in the study of sensorimotor control. Allison was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and her efforts were recently honored with the Pradel Research Award.

If you would like to learn more about Allison and her work, please see the University of California San Francisco’s obituary. We extend our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.

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