QIMR Berghofer senior scientist recognised for globally influential research

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Senior Scientist, Professor Mark Smyth, has been recognised as among the world’s most influential researchers in the field of immunology and clinical medicine, named in the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.

Professor Smyth, who is the Coordinator of the Institute’s Immunology Department, was cited more than 54,000 times in 550 publications in 2019.

“Cancer immunology is a fast-moving and exciting field to be working in and I’m hugely appreciative to all the researchers who I have collaborated with over the years,” Professor Smyth said.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list includes 6,216 researchers worldwide from nearly 60 countries in the science and social science fields who have produced multiple papers that rank in the top one per cent by citations for their field and year of publication.

The number of Australian researchers recognised as Highly Cited has more than tripled in the last six years from 80 to 271 in 2019.

Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information, David Pendlebury, said recognition and support of these exceptional researchers was important if nations and or institutions wanted efficient and accelerated advancement of science.

“The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure,” Mr Pendlebury said.

QIMR Berghofer’s Director and CEO, Professor Frank Gannon, said Professor Smyth’s inclusion on the list was testament to the outstanding research he was leading.

“The contribution our researchers make every day – producing science that is internationally recognised – is exciting and rewarding,” Professor Gannon said.

“Mark Smyth’s work on harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer and infection is breaking new ground and providing hope to people around the world who live with this disease.”

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 database.

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