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Dr. Ben Berkhout awarded Retrovirology Prize for contribution to HIV research

Dr Ben Berkhout, a retrovirologist from the Netherlands, has been awarded the 2008 M Jeang Retrovirology Prize. He was honoured for his multi-disciplinary approach to RNA research which has provided additional important building blocks for many aspects of our current knowledge on HIV-1 replication. Dr Berkhout's research has extended our insights into the mechanisms of transcription, reverse transcription, drug-resistance, and RNA interference.

In an interview published today in BioMed Central's open access journal Retrovirology, Dr Berkhout, who is Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Virology at the University of Amsterdam, and Associate Editor of Retrovirology, discusses his 20-year career.

"It really is a fantastic surprise. As editorial board member of Retrovirology, I know from previous years how fierce the competition is for the Retrovirology Prize. It is rather enjoyable being recognized at this level by my colleagues."

The Retrovirology Prize, awarded annually, recognises an outstanding mid-career retrovirologist aged 45 to 60. The prize, which consists of a $3,000 cheque and a crystal trophy, is partly sponsored by the Ming K. Jeang Foundation and alternates between HIV and non-HIV research. Last year's winner was Dr Karen Beemon, Professor and Chair of the Biology Department, Johns Hopkins University.

The M Jeang Retrovirology Prize winner is selected by Retrovirology's Editors from nominations submitted by the journal's Editorial Board.

Editor-in-Chief of Retrovirology, Kuan-Teh Jeang explained why they awarded Professor Berkhout with the Retrovirology prize. "Dr Berkhout has been a leader in our understanding of RNA-based gene regulation. His work with TAR RNA has been revolutionary."


Contact: Charlotte Webber
BioMed Central

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