Summary of the Winners
Dr. Christoph Spiekermann (Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery) et al.:
Increased Levels of S100A8/A9 in Patients with Peritonsillar Abscess: A New Promising Diagnostic Marker to Differentiate between Peritonsillar Abscess and Peritonsillitis
Dr. Marcel Trautmann (Gerhard-Domagk-Institute of Pathology) et al.:
FUS-DDIT3 Fusion Protein-Driven IGF-IR Signaling is a Therapeutic Target in Myxoid Liposarcoma
Linus Angenendt (Department of Medicine A) et al.:
An atlas of bloodstream-accessible bone marrow proteins for site-directed therapy of acute myeloid leukemia
Liliya Doronina (Institute of Experimental Pathology) et al.:
Speciation network in Laurasiatheria: retrophylogenomic signals.
Michael Krahn (Department of Medicine D) et al.:
Membrane-binding and activation of LKB1 by phospatidic acid is essential for development and tumor supprssion.
Benjamin Brokinkel (Department of Neurosurgery) et al.:
Brain invasion in Meningiomas - Clinical considerations and impact of neuropathological evaluation: A systematic Review.
Nils Opel, Udo Dannlowski (Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy) et al.:
Prefrontal gray matter volume mediates genetic risks for obesity.
Marc Ehrlich (Institute of Neuropathology) et al.:
Rapid and efficient generation of oligodendrocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells using transcription factors.
Caterina Breitenstein (Division of General Neurology) et al.:
Intensive speech and language therapy in patients with chronic aphasia after stroke: a randomised, open-label, blinded-endpoint, controlled trial in a health-care setting
The philosophy behind the competition
Research generates new scientific findings –and thus progress. In medicine, this progress has a concrete goal: it should benefit patients. Novel findings should ultimately lead to improved diagnostics, new therapies or new drugs.
In order for this to function, a "transmission belt" is required: the publication of newly acquired knowledge in scientific journals ("papers"). This leads to the dissemination of such knowledge into the scientific community and implements the requirement of any research to be transparent and verifiable. In this sense, publications represent a scientific "currency" for the performance of each university and research institution.
The Medical Faculty of the University of Münster is proud that its scientists make an annual contribution of around 800 publications to the advancement of medical knowledge, ranging from concise essays to extensively specialized text books. Scientific publications from Münster appear in world-renowned journals such as "Nature", "New England Journal of Medicine" or "Lancet" on a regular basis. Yet, especially in this age of ever more economized science and the trend to "rank" everything, it should not be forgotten that the advancement of knowledge cannot be measured solely by "impact factor" (IF) and citation. As journals with the highest IF often have a limited range of publication topics, entire subjects are neglected. Conversely, although a scientific breakthrough for a rare disease may affect only a few hundred people around the world, it’s discovery is worth more than any impact factor.
With the "Paper of the Month", the Faculty of Medicine is taking a different approach. The award is designed to showcase and appreciate the outstanding research continually generated by its approximately 2,000 scientists and researchers, which is documented through publication. The award is intended to select a publication, which has for various reasons come to the attention of the Dean's Office and present it to the faculty as well as the general public. Selection criteria beyond the IF are also explicitly the originality of the work, relevance of the findings and the significance these findings have for our community.
"Paper of the Month" can be awarded to a scientific paper published in the respective month from one or more members of the Faculty of Medicine.
We wish you success with your application.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Mathias Herrmann