Four Australian researchers in the fields of cardiovascular disease have been named as the most influential in the world in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list.
Produced by analytics company, Clarivate, the list identifies scientists who have published papers ranking in the top 1% by citations by peers in their field over the past ten years.
Among the 6,400 Highly Cited Researchers across 21 fields of the sciences there are 482 named in the clinical sciences section.
The Australian cardiovascular researchers are:
Professor Bruce Neal, Executive Director, The George Institute, NSW and Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney. Prof Neal has research interests in high blood pressure and diabetes and the potential for both clinical interventions and changes in the food supply to deliver health gains. He has published more than 450 scientific papers and has particular expertise in the conduct of large-scale clinical trials addressing cardiovascular disease.
Professor Gerald Watts, School of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Western Australia, and Director and Head of the Metabolic Research Centre and Lipid Disorders Clinic at Royal Perth Hospital. His research interests include inherited cardiometabolic disorders, particularly Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), diabetes and cardiovascular risk prevention. He has authored over 450 published works and is an editor of Atherosclerosis, Metabolism and Clinical Science.
Professor Vlado Perkovic, Dean of Medicine and Scientia Professor at UNSW, a Professorial Fellow at The George Institute, Australia. His main research focus is in nephrology but he also has published many significant papers on cardiovascular risk assessment and blood pressure management, and in particular the effects of SGLT2 inhibitor on cardiovascular outcomes in people with diabetes and kidney disease.
Professor Carl Lavie, Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland School of Medicine. He is the author of over 800 medical publications and his research interests include cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, lipids, hypertension, obesity, and exercise, as well as noninvasive testing, encompassing echocardiography, exercise testing, and nuclear cardiology.
In a statement, Clarivate said it applauded the new Highly Cited Researchers, who ranked as the 1 in 1,000 global scientists and social scientists whose papers have demonstrated significant citation impact during the last decade.
“Identifying these key players at the leading edge of their chosen fields provides a distinct advantage for those who fund, monitor, support and advance the conduct of research, often in the face of finite resources and complex, pressing challenges,” it said.
The rankings also show that Australia is punching above its weight in terms of research influence, with 305 highly cited researchers placing it in fifth place globally in in terms of highly cited papers, behind the US, China the UK and Germany.