The Editors of Aging Cell wish to congratulate the authors of our Annual ‘Best Paper’ Competition. This is the fourth year in which we have asked the members of our Editorial Board to nominate papers published in the previous year (Volume 10) that they consider have contributed to the advance of our understanding of a fundamental process in biology of aging, or that have resolved controversial aspects of aging research. The Editors-in-Chief then cast their ballots to select the winner and two runners-up out of the 10 papers nominated by the members of the Editorial Board.
The winning paper of our fourth Annual Best Paper Competition is: ‘The arcuate nucleus and neuropeptide Y contribute to the antitumorigenic effect of calorie restriction’ from Rafael de Cabo and his team composed of Robin K Minor, Miguel Lo′pez, Caitlin M Younts, Bruce Jones, Kevin J Pearson, Robert Michael Anson and Carlos Die′guez. This work appeared as Aging Cell 10: 483–492 in 2011. You can read this for free online from Wiley-Blackwell at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-9726.2011.00693.x/full. Dr. Minor and the co authors will receive one year’s electronic subscription to Aging Cell. The authors will also receive a Prize Certificate from our sponsors, the Anatomical Society. In addition to this they will receive ONE SUM of £1000 to ONE of the authors (the authors will decide how to distribute the sum amongst themselves) plus up to £1000 travel expenses for the first author or one of the co-authors to present the paper at the Anatomical Society’s Winter Meeting.
Two other papers nominated by our Editorial Board came very close to winning the Best Paper Competition. These were the work of Alexey Tomilov and colleagues in the groups of Tomas Prolla, Pier Pelicci and Gino Cortopassi ‘The Shc locus regulates insulin signaling and adiposity in mammals’, which appeared in Aging Cell 10: 55–65 (you can read this for free online from Wiley-Blackwell at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-9726.2010.00641.x/full), and the work of Nuno Gomes and colleagues in Woodring Wright’s and Jerry Shay’s groups, entitled ‘Comparative biology of mammalian telomeres: hypotheses on ancestral states and the roles of telomeres in longevity determination’, which appeared in Aging Cell 10: 761–768 (you can read this for free online from Wiley-Blackwell at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-9726.2011.00718.x/full). Both will receive one year’s electronic subscription to Aging Cell for all the authors. The authors will also receive a Prize Certificate from our sponsors, the Anatomical Society.
Congratulations to the members of these three teams for such superb contributions and thank you to all the groups interested in aging research for continuing to send some of their best work to Aging Cell for review. Next year’s winning paper could be yours!