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The research paper titled “Haplotypes of Heparin-binding EGF- like Growth Factor (HBEGF) gene are associated with preeclampsia” published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research [2012 Jan;38(1):239-46. DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01700.x] was awarded the Yuji Murata Endowment Award – 2013 by the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOFOG). The paper was based on the PhD work of Gayani Harendra under the supervision of Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayaka and Prof. Rohan W Jayasekara which reported the above mentioned association for the first time in the world. The Yuji Murata Endowment Award is awarded to the best paper in the field of fetal and maternal medicine published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. The awardee is selected by a Committee comprising the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research and Chairman of the Journal Committee of AOFOG, AOFOG maternal and fetal Committee Chairman and representative from Yuji Murata Foundation, Japan. The award was presented to Dr. Gayani Harendra at the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Congress of AOFOG held in Bangkok, Thailand from 20-23 October 2013. This award signifies international recognition for the groundbreaking research work carried out in the Human Genetics Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. The work was funded by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka.