Three QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute scientists have been recognised as among the world’s most influential researchers in their field, named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List.
Psychiatric Genetics Program Coordinator Professor Sarah Medland was cited for her substantial influence across several fields, while Immunology Department Coordinator Professor Mark Smyth was recognised for his impact on immunology. Professor Nick Martin was included on the list for his influence on both molecular biology and genetics research.
The Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List includes 4,058 researchers worldwide from 21 science and social science fields who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.
Only 170 Australian researchers appear on the list which is compiled by Clarivate Analytics and has been released today.
The CEO of the Scientific and Academic Research group at Clarivate Analytics, Annette Thomas, said it was a significant achievement to be included on the elite list, which identified influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe.
“[Their work] contributes so greatly to extending the frontier and gaining knowledge and innovations for society – contributions that make the world healthier, safer, richer, and more sustainable,” she said.
Professor Sarah Medland, a psychologist and geneticist, was recognized for her exceptional performance across a number of different fields of health research.
QIMR Berghofer’s Director and CEO, Professor Frank Gannon, said inclusion on the list was an outstanding achievement and a testament to the excellent work Sarah Medland, Mark Smyth and Nick Martin were doing at the Institute.
“This is a huge honour for our scientists and shows that they and this Institute are making invaluable contributions to scientific and medical advancements that will change people’s lives,” Professor Gannon said.
“All of our researchers are working hard every day to produce the best and most compelling science they can and it’s encouraging to see them recognised.”
Professor Smyth said cancer immunology was a great field in which to be working.
“I thank my teams and collaborators over the last decade for their great work,” he said.
Professor Martin said it was gratifying to be amongst the select group after spending four decades building large twin-family databases and building a collaborative network.
“It should be noted that many of the papers now being published have hundreds of authors so my individual role in these is small,” he said.
“On the other hand, the progress in human genetics is now mainly being driven by these huge collaborations depending on the combined efforts of many people, on a scale previously undreamt of and rivalled only by particle physics.”
The methodology that determines the who’s who of high-impact researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute of Scientific Information at Clarivate Analytics and uses Essential Science Indicators (ESI).
ESIs are based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data from the Web of Science.