Winners Announcements: Algerian Paper of the Year Awards 2014

The Winners fo the 2014 Algerian Paper of the Year Awards have been announced in live streamed event that took place in London on the 26ths of April 2014. The winners were chosen from a total of 253 nominations that we received from 32 Algerian universities – compared to 160 nominations from last year’s edition. Nominations went through a rigourous selection process, involving a shortlisting phase which was conducted with the help of 15 researchers and a thorough review process that was conducted with the help of another 21 internationally renowned scientists.

As well as recognising and celebrating the achievements of Algerian scientsits and researchers, is keen on ensuring the awards fully engages the wider community of Algerian academics inside and outside of Algeria who come together to nominate, shortlist and review the best papers in the categories below. The initiative is also fully funded by the community through crowd-sourcing. Here’s the winners for this year’s edition:

Biological Sciences

Mohamed Lamine Toumi, Sameha Merzoug, Bruno Baudin, Abdelkrim Tahraoui, for their paper: Quercetin alleviates predator stress-induced anxiety-like and brain oxidative signs in pregnant rats and immune count disturbance in their offspring“.

The honourable mentions for this category, in no particular order, are:

  • “First Molecular Analysis of F8 Gene in Algeria: Identification of a Novel Mutation” By: Meriem Abdi, Faouzia Zemani-Fodil, Mostefa Fodil, Meriem Samia Aberkane, Hadj Touhami, Nadhira Saidi-Mehtar, Catherine Costa, and Abdallah Boudjema
  • “Identification of four common α-thalassemia gene deletions among a group with hemoglobinopathies in Sétif population, Algeria” By: Bakhouche Houcher, Ayşenur Öztürk, Samia Begag, Zahira Houcher and Nejat Akar
  • “Gel-free proteomics reveal potential biomarkers of priming-induced salt tolerance in durum wheat” By: Azzedine Ferchab, Anna Laura Capriottia, Giuseppe Carusoa, Chiara Cavalierea, Hocine Gherrouchac, Roberto Samperia, Serena Stampachiacchierea, Aldo Laganaa
  • “Immunolocalization of estrogen and androgen receptors in the caput epididymidis of the fat sand rat (Psammomys obesus): Effects of seasonal variations, castration and efferent duct ligation” By: Rafik Menada, Souaâd Smaïa, Elara Moudilouc, Farida Khammarb, Jean-Marie Exbrayatc, Thérèse Gernigon-Spychalowicza

Chemical Sciences

Seifeddine Rekkab, Mesbah Lahouel, Taibi Ben Hadda, Caroline Fe ́ lix, Zahia Kabouche for their paperDesign, synthesis and anticoagulant activity of new flexible calix[8]arene sulfonic acids”.

The honourable mentions for this category, in no particular order, are:

  • “Synthesis, crystal structure and antibacterial activity of new highly functionalized ionic compounds based on the imidazole nucleus” By: Mebarek Bahnous , Abdelmalek Bouraiou, Meryem Chelghoum, Sofiane Bouacida, Thierry Roisnel, Farida Smati, Chafia Bentchouala, Philippe C. Gros, Ali Belfaitah
  • “Reaction of carbon disulfide with 2-bromoimidazolium salts. Novel bicyclic mesoionic thiazolo[3,2-a]imidazoles” By: Sana Zama, Abdelmalek Bouraiou, Sofiane Bouacida, Thierry Roisnel, Ali Belfaitah
  • “Synthesis of New 3-heteroaryl-2-phenylquinolines and their Pharmaco-logical Activity as Antimicrobial Agents” By Saida Benzerka,Abdelmalek Bouraiou, Sofiane Bouacida, Thierry Roisnel, Chafia Bentchouala, Farida Smati, Bertrand Carboni and Ali Belfaitah
  • “Antimicrobial activity and phytochemical screening of Arbutus unedo” By: L. Mohamed El Amine Dib , Hocine Allali, Amel Bendiabdellah, Nawel Meliani, Boufeldja Tabti 

Computer Science & Engineering

Meriem Boumehed, Belal Alshaqaqi, Abdelaziz Ouamri, Mokhtar Kech, for their paper: Design Moving Objects Localization by Local Regions Based Level Set: Application on Urban Traffic

The honourable mentions for this category, in no particular order, are :

  • “Performance and efficiency control enhancement of wind power generation system based on DFIG using three-level sparse matrix converter” By: Nabil Taib, Brahim Metidji, Toufik Rekioua
  • “Phase Current Reconstruction Using a Single Current Sensor of Three-Phase AC Motors Fed by SVM-Controlled Direct Matrix Converters” By: Brahim Metidji, Member, Nabil Taib, Lotfi Baghli, Senior Member, Toufik Rekioua, and Seddik Bacha,
  • “No-reference blur image quality measure based on multiplicative multiresolution decomposition” By: A. Serir , A. Beghdadi, F. Kerouh
  • “Reliabilty of The DTC-SVM in losses minimisation of Wind Conversion Chain output inverter” By: L. Bouras, F. Bourourou, A. Djellad
  • “Road traffic density estimation using microscopic and macroscopic parameters” By: Ouessai Asmaa, Keche Mokhtar, Ouamri Abdelaziz

Medicine, Pharmacy & Veterinary Sciences

Djamel Tahtat, Mohamed Mahlous, Samah Benamer, Assia Nacer Khodja, Habiba Oussedik-Oumehdi, Fatima Laraba-Djebari, for their paper: Oral delivery of insulin from alginate/chitosan crosslinked by glutaraldehyde“.

The honourable mentions in this category, in no particular order, are:

  • “Ex vivo immunomodulatory effect of all-trans-retinoic acid during Behc ̧et’s disease: a study in Algerian patients” By: Zineb Djeraba, Karim Boumedine, Amina Arroul-Lammali, Fifi Otmani, Houda Belguendouz, and Chafia Touil-Boukoffa 
  • “A simple and accessible screening method for congenital thrombopathies using an impedance haematology counter” By: Mohamed Brahimi, Mohamed Nazim Bennaoum , Hassiba Lazreg, Affaf Adda, Hadjer Beliali, Amel Mihoubi, Abdessamad Arabi, Mohamed Amine Bekadja 
  • “Evaluation of healing activity of PVA/chitosan hydrogels on deep second degree burn: Pharmacological and toxicological tests” By: Assia Nacer Khodja, Mohamed Mahlous, Djamel Tahtat, Samah Benamer, Souad Larbi Youcef, Henni Chader, Latifa Mouhoub, Manel Sedgelmaci, Nassima Ammi, Mohamed Benslimane Mansouri, Saadia Mameri 
  • “Association analysis of IL10,TNF-α, and IL23R-IL12RB2 SNPs with Behçet’s disease risk in Western Algeria” By: Ouahiba Khaib Dit Naib , Mourad Aribi, Aicha Idder, Amel Chiali , Hakim Sairi, Isabelle Touitou, GérardLefranc8 andMounaBarat-Houari

Physical Science & Mathematics

Y. Bouznit, Y. Beggah, A. Boukerika, A. Lahreche, F. Ynineb, for their paper: New co-spray way to synthesize high quality ZnS films”.

The honourable mentions in this category, in no particular order, are:

  • “Experimental investigation of new biocomposite with low cost for thermal insulation” By: Mourad Chikhi, Boudjemaa Agoudjil, Abderrahim Boudenne, Abdelkader Gherabli
  • “Parabolic trough solar thermal power plant: Potential, and projects development in Algeria” By:Taqiy eddine Boukelia, Mohamed-Salah Mecibah
  • “Design and realization of a novel sun tracking system with absorber displacement for parabolic trough collectors” By: A. Gama, C. Larbes, A. Malek, F. Yettou,and B. Adouane
  • “A review of studies on central receiver solar thermal power plants” By: Omar Behar, Abdallah Khellaf, Kamal Mohammedi
  • “Polypyrrole-covered MnO2 as electrode material for supercapacitor” By: A. Bahloul, B. Nessark, E. Briot, H. Groult, A. Mauger, K. Zaghib, C.M. Julien

Many many Congratulations to all the winners, as well as to all the honourable mentions in the five categories of awards.

In addition to the acknowledgement of the wider community of Algerian academics, scientists and researchers across the globe, the winners of the 2014 Algerian Paper of the Year Awards will receive commemoration plaques and awards certificates, which will be shipped to them in next few days. They will also be invited for exclusive interview with Inspire Magazine where we will discover more about the research behind their winning papers. A full detailed report of the 2014 edition of the awards will also be published soon on Inspire Magzine.

Acknowledgement team and awards committee would like to thank everyone who nominated their papers for this year edition of the awards, thank you to the shortlisting panels and to the experts across the globe who helped review the papers, and to everyone who joined us in celebrating the winners of the 2014 Algerian Paper of the Year Awards, both at the event in London and those who joined us on the live stream. Lat but not least, thanks to our colleagues here in the UK who delivered very interesting talks as well as to everyone who donated so generously, for helping make this event a success. You can see photos of the winners’ announcements event on facebook.

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