A report titled “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” was published by Thomson Reuters this past summer. This annual ScienceWatch list is a selection of authors publishing high-impact papers on groundbreaking and influential research. This year’s list included five OHSU researchers from three different disciplines:
Biology & Biochemistry:
–Eric Gouaux, Ph.D. Senior Scientist, the Vollum Institute
–Christopher Corless, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Knight Diagnostic Laboratories
–Brian Druker, M.D., Director, Knight Cancer Institute
–Michael Heinrich, M.D., Knight Cancer Institute
–Joan Ash, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine
To compile the list, Thomson Reuters used Essential Science Indicators, a comprehensive compilation of science performance statistics intended to mitigate the confounding factors associated with using citation rates alone to assess impact. An article in University World News provides more information on how the Thomson Reuters’ list was compiled as well as some interesting statistics pulled from the report. Notably, universities in the United States are the primary institutional affiliations for 55 percent of the total scientists on the list.