Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery announces 2015 Resident Best Paper Award winner

JFMS Best PaperThe Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) Resident Best Paper Award seeks to identify quality and excellence in research for an early-career researcher in veterinary science, and we are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s award.

Since its launch in 2013 by SAGE and JFMS, the JFMS Resident Best Paper Award has recognised innovation in research from hyperthyroidism to urethral rupture and this year’s winner is no exception.

Mirja C Nolff and Andrea Meyer-Lindenberg focused their research on skin grafting and negative pressure wound therapy in cats. Their resulting paper was entitled: “Negative pressure wound therapy augmented full-thickness free skin grafting in the cat: outcome in 10 grafts transferred to six cats“, and can be read in full here.

On receiving the award Mirja commented:

“I am delighted to have received this award for our work JFMS- Mirjaexamining the use of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) in cats. The process of open wound management is complex, associated with frequent bandage changes, high costs, and stress for both owner and feline patient. We were able to demonstrate that the use of NPWT enables fast and reliable granulation of the wound bed, and provides effective infection control. This procedure considerably reduces the delay, and concomitant stress, that might otherwise be experienced by our feline patients before wound reconstruction is possible, and thus and is of great clinical benefit.”

SAGE is thrilled to be able to champion the high-quality work of early career researchers through awards such as these, helping to establish and promote their work within their respective fields. As both the education and research landscapes rapidly evolve, it is increasingly important to support young researchers, providing them with access to forums, research and debates where they can help shape the direction of their research fields – in this case, bringing clinical and health benefits to the field of veterinary science.

Mirja will be awarded complimentary registration to her choice of either the ISFM Annual Congress or the AAFP Annual Conference, alongside recognition in the journal and further support for the research.


Mirja Nolff qualified from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 2006. She then completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery in the Small Animal Clinic of the University of Hannover, and worked there as part of the surgical staff for 5 years. She qualified as a national specialist for small animal medicine in 2012. Mirja subsequently started a residency in small animal surgery at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 2014, which will be completed in 2017. Her main interest is soft tissue medicine, with a focus on wound management and reconstructive surgery.

The JFMS Resident Best Paper Award was launched in 2013, and will continue annually. Authors who are a resident in a recognized residency program are encouraged to submit their papers. Eligible papers for the award (lead authors holding Resident status at time of submission) are evaluated for benefit to cats, direct usefulness to practitioners, and quality of science, originality and standard of writing. For further information on the award please visit –

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