The Science Unbound Foundation has announced its 2007 award winners for best scientific papers by young investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The awards, plaque and $1,000 prize are for works published in 2006 in the areas of obesity, nutrition and statistical science.

Inmaculada (ChiChi) B. Aban, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Biostatistics, was awarded best paper by a UAB-based investigator in the area of general statistics. Her paper, “Parameter Estimation for the Truncated Pareto Distribution” was published in the March 2006 of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, http://dx.doi.org/10.1198/016214505000000411.

Grier P. Page, Ph.D., UAB associate professor in the UAB Department of Biostatistics, was awarded best paper by a UAB-based investigator in the area of statistical genetics. His paper, “The PowerAtlas: a power and sample size atlas for microarray experimental design and research” was published online in February 2006 at BMC Bioinformatics, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/7/84.

Cristina Lara Castro, Ph.D., UAB postdoctoral fellow in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, was awarded best paper by a UAB-based investigator in the area of obesity or nutrition. Her paper, “Adiponectin Multimeric Complexes and the Metabolic Syndrome Trait Cluster” was published in the January 2006 issue of Diabetes, http://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/reprint/55/1/249.

Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., research associate at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, was awarded best paper on obesity-related research by an investigator affiliated with the New York Obesity Research Center. Her paper, “Potential of an analog scaling device for measuring fullness in children: Development and preliminary testing” was published online in July 2006 of Appetite, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2006.04.004.

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