The Editors of Obstetrics & Gynecology are pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Pitkin Award and the 2009 Kaminetzky Prize Paper.
The Roy M. Pitkin Award was established in 1998 to honor departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research. The award consists of a $5,000 unrestricted grant presented to each department whose faculty, fellows, or residents published one of the most outstanding articles in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year. We recognize both the authors and the departments for the quality of the research and publication of the results. The editors selected articles from all those published in 2009 as finalists in this year's competition. This is a difficult task and one we take very seriously. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviewed and ranked the articles based on scientific merit, importance to the specialty, study design, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, and writing style. This year, we have chosen four winners, and they are:
Partridge E, Kreimer AR, Greenlee RT, Williams C, Xu J-L, Church TR, Kessel B, Johnson CC, Weissfeld JL, Isaacs C, Andriole GL, Ogden S, Ragard LR, Buys SS, for the PLCO Project Team. Results from four rounds of ovarian cancer screening in a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2009;113:775–82. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (William W. Andrews, PhD, MD, Chair).
Schwarz EB, Ray RM, Stuebe AM, Allison MA, Ness RB, Freiberg MS, Cauley JA. Duration of lactation and risk factors for maternal cardiovascular disease. Obstet Gynecol 2009;113:974–82. From the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (W. Allen Hogge, MD, Chair).
Sullivan S, Williamson B, Wilson LK, Korte JE, Soper D. Blunt needles for the reduction of needlestick injuries during cesarean delivery: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2009;114:211–6. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina (J. Peter VanDorsten, MD, Chair).
Kang EM, Lundsberg LS, Illuzzi JL, Bracken MB. Prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and asthma in children. Obstet Gynecol 2009;114:1295–306. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine (Charles J. Lockwood, MD, Chair).
The Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper was established in 2008 to recognize the best article from a non-U.S. researcher each year. Dr. Harold A. Kaminetzky, former President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, has had a long career as editor of major medical journals. His last editorship was as Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Kaminetzky also has had a long interest in international activities. Articles published in 2009 were selected by the editors, and a panel of former Editorial Board members chose the winner. The recipient of the award will receive $2,000. This year's winner is:
Lyytinen H, Pukkala E, Ylikorkala O. Breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women using estradiol (E2)–progestogen therapy. Obstet Gynecol 2009;113:65–73. From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland (Olavi Ylikorkala, MD, Chair from 1989 through April 2010; the Chair as of May 1, 2010, is Professor Jorma Paavonen).
On behalf of the selection committee, the Editors, and the Editorial Board, we congratulate each recipient of the 2009 Roy M. Pitkin Award and the 2009 Kaminetzky Prize Paper. We are proud to play a role in encouraging quality research and scientific writing that ultimately will improve the health care of women. We are also grateful to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who generously funded these grants.