Burnet research leadership recognised

Image: Burnet Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Professor Caroline Homer AO

Burnet Institute has been acknowledged for its excellence in hepatitis research, and Professor Caroline Homer AO for her leadership in the field of pregnancy and childbirth by The Australian newspaper.

In a special report on the nation’s top 250 researchers, Professor Homer, Burnet’s Co-Program Director for Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, is named as one of nine researchers who are world leaders in their particular fields.

In Professor Homer’s case, she has the highest number of citations globally from papers published in the past five years in the top 20 journals in the field of pregnancy and childbirth.

Burnet Institute was recognised as the top institution in Australia for gastroenterology and hepatology with the most citations in the past five years across all major journals.

Professor Homer nominated international work in developing countries as a special interest, and a 2014 Lancet series on midwifery as being among her most influential papers.

“One of them showed that if you implement this whole package of interventions … you’ll reduce your maternal death rate, your stillbirth rate and your neonatal death rate considerably, somewhere between 50 and 80 percent,” she told The Australian.

“That work is now used in the World Health Organization and United Nations Populations Fund.”

The other Australian-based researchers who lead the world work in fields ranging from Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis; to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; and Asian Studies and History.

Read the feature in full in The Australian

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