Inaugural Outstanding Junior Investigator Award

The American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology solicited nominations for the “The Outstanding Paper by Junior Investigator” published (either ahead of print or in final form) in AJP-Lung in 2011 or 2012.

We are delighted to announce that we received nineteen nominations for papers on all aspects of lung biology. The Editor In Chief and Associate Editors ranked the papers according to their originality and potential contributions to the field. Based on our combined scores, the following three papers were selected for first, second and third place respectively:

1. Cristina M. Alvira, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine. (Nominated by: David N. Cornfield, Stanford University School of Medicine)

Iosef C, Alastalo TP, Hou Y, Chen C, Adams ES, Lyu SC, Cornfield DN, Alvira CM. Inhibiting NF-κB in the developing lung disrupts angiogenesis and alveolarization. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 302: L1023-L1036, 2012.

2. Lyubov Brueggemann, PhD. Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics Loyola University Chicago. (Nominated by Dr. Kenneth L. Byron, Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine).

Brueggemann LI, Kakad PP, Love RB, Solway J, Dowell ML, Cribbs LL, Byron KL. Kv7 potassium channels in airway smooth muscle cells: signal transduction intermediates and pharmacological targets for bronchodilator therapyAm J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 302: L120-L132, 2012.

3. Adrian R West, Fellow, School of Biomedical Engineering Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (Nominated by: Liz Cowley, PhD (Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada).

West AR, Zaman N, Cole DJ, Walker MJ, Legant WR, Boudou T, Chen CS, Favreau JT, Gaudette GR, Cowley EA, Maksym GN. Development and characterization of a 3D multicell microtissue culture model of airway smooth muscle. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 304: L4-L16, 2012.

Each awardee will receive a check for $500 and a commemorative plaque. We are hoping that that they will submit at least one original paper or state of the art review on this topic to the American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

Sadis Matalon, PhD, Dr.Sc.(Hon)
Editor In Chief