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Introducing BioMed Central's Open Access Advocate of the Year

From Rebecca Fairbairn, Public Relations Manager, BioMed Central

London, UK Open access publisher BioMed Central presented the Open Access Advocate of the Year award at their recent 6th Annual Research Awards ceremony held at Emirates Stadium, UK on Thursday 17th May. Dr Helena Asamoah-Hassan, University Librarian of the Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana and a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association was only the second individual winner of this prestigious award.

This award recognizes institutions or individuals who have done the most to show leadership in taking steps to expand access to the published results of scholarly research.

Helena has been instrumental in creating the Open Access mandate at KNUST, ensuring they became BioMed Central's first Southern Foundation Member, and she has been tireless in her support for our Open Access Africa event, including acting as host for the OAA conference in 2011.

Helena said "I wish to thank BioMed Central for this honor, that day was one of the best days of my life that I will cherish, I appreciate all the effort BioMed Central put into organizing the ceremony and also finding me worthy to receive such a prestigious award because the desire for open access to scholarly information globally is very dear to my heart."

To view the full list of winners and photos from the evening or to receive advance information about next year's Awards, please visit

About BioMed Central

BioMed Central ( is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.