The Science Unbound Foundation, a newly formed not-for-profit foundation, has announced its 2005 award winners for best scientific papers by young investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, and Columbia University in New York, for works published in 2004 in the areas obesity, nutrition and statistical science. Award winners received a plaque and a $1,000 prize.

Wei Shen, M.D., was awarded Science Unbound Foundation’s 2005 Best Paper on obesity-related research by an investigator affiliated with the New York Obesity Research Center. Her winning paper is titled: “Visceral Adipose Tissue: Relationships Between Single Slice Areas and Total Volume”.

Chenxi Wang, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded Science Unbound Foundation’s 2005 Best Paper by a UAB based investigator in the area of general statistics. His winning paper is titled: “Statistical methods for testing effects on ‘maximum lifespan”.

David Redden, Ph.D., was awarded Science Unbound Foundation’s 2005 Best Paper by a UAB based investigator in the area of general statistics. His winning paper is titled: "A simple significance test for quantile regression".

Jose R Fernandez, Ph.D., was awarded Science Unbound Foundation’s 2005 Best Paper by a UAB based investigator in the area of obesity or nutrition. His winning paper is titled: “Waist circumference percentiles in nationally representative samples of African-American, European-American, and Mexican-American children and adolescents".

Tapan Mehta, M.S., was awarded Science Unbound Foundation’s 2005 Best Paper by a UAB based investigator in the area of statistical genetics. His winning paper is titled: "Towards sound epistemological foundations of statistical methods for high dimensional biology".

The institutions named in the awards were selected on the basis of their demonstrated strength to promote careers of young investigators in the areas of obesity, nutrition and statistical science.

The Science Unbound Foundation’s 2006 awards were supported in part by donations from Cadbury Schweppes, Cargill, Inc., M&M Mars, and Procter & Gamble Co.