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Edited By: Angelo Azzi

Impact Factor: 4.504

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 26/131 (Endocrinology & Metabolism); 63/289 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Online ISSN: 1872-8081

Associated Title(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, IUBMB Life

BioFactors Young Investigators Award

  • If the manuscript is a Research Communication and the first author is a Ph.D. candidate or a Post-Doc no more than 3 years after the Ph.D., he or she is eligible to compete for the Wiley-Blackwell IUBMB Life Young Investigator Award.
  • This $1000 prize will be awarded annually. Research Communications submitted on or before June 1, 2017 will be eligible for the 2017 Award.

2016 Winner
Richa Rathod
Beneficial Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Vitamin B12 Supplementation on Brain Docosahexaenoic Acid, Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Cognitive Performance in the Second Generation Wistar Rats
Richa Rathod is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Nutritional Medicine, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune, India. She has received fellowship from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India to pursue Ph.D under the guidance of Dr. Sadhana Joshi, Prof. and Head of the Department of Nutritional Medicine. Richa is keenly interested in studying the effect of maternal nutrition on mental health and cognitive function in the offspring. As part of her thesis work, she has been studying the multigenerational effects of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on brain development in a rat model. In this study, she has assessed the cognitive performance of animals, analyzed molecular and biochemical markers from the brain tissue. Richa has published several research papers (6 as first author; 4 as co-author) in international journals. She has also presented her work in a number of International and National conferences and has been awarded the "Best Presentation Award" at one of the international conference held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is a member of Nutrition Society of India and Indian Academy of Neurosciences.

Past Recipients
2015: Shilpa Thakur for Regulation at multiple levels controls the expression of folate transporters in liver cells in conditions of ethanol exposure and folate deficiency