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Thomas Scientific Names "Hottest" Researchers Of 2004-2005

2/27/2006 12:14:02 PM

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Authoring or co-authoring 11 "Hot Papers" on immune-system function, Osaka University's Shizuo Akira surpasses fellow scientists to earn the title of the 2004-2005 "Hottest Researcher." This, according to the March/April issue of Science Watch - the bimonthly newsletter published by Thomson Scientific, a business unit of The Thomson Corporation.

Marc A. Pfeffer of Harvard University led U.S.-based researchers (tied for second overall) with eight Hot Papers in the field of Clinical Medicine. Another Japanese researcher, Norio Tamura of Niigata University, tied Pfeffer for second.

"Our annual roundup of the hottest research celebrates those scientists making a significant impact," said Christopher King, editor of Science Watch. "Having authored multiple Hot Papers is an achievement of the highest level, as it truly demonstrates their impact on modern scientific thought."

The Thomson Scientific Hot Papers database identifies a published work as a Hot Paper if it has achieved a rate of citations in scientific journals that is markedly higher than papers of comparable type and age. The researchers named in Science Watch published the most Hot Papers in the latest two-year period indexed by Thomson Scientific.

"Hottest" Researchers, ranked by number of Hot Papers: (Ordered by average citations per paper) Number of Hot Name Institution Field Papers Shizuo Akira Osaka University Immunology 11 Marc A. Pfeffer Harvard University Clinical Medicine 8 Norio Tamura Niigata University Physics 8 Peer Bork Eu. Molecular Bio. Bioinformatics 7 Lab, Heidelberg Thomas Nash Fermilab Physics 7 Kenneth S. Ganezer California State Physics 7 University Yasushi Watanabe Tokyo Institute of Physics 7 Technology Young-II Choi Sungkyunkwan Physics 7 University, Korea Raymond Frey University of Oregon Physics 7 David Strom University of Oregon Physics 7 James E. Brau University of Oregon Physics 7 Simon Eidelman Budker Institute, Physics 6 Russia Vincent A. Miller Memrl. Clinical Medicine 6 Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr. Eugene Braunwald Harvard University Clinical Medicine 6 Max Tegmark MIT Space Science 6 Valery Frolov Caltech Physics 6 Matthew Berriman Wellcome Trust Genomics 6 Sanger Institute Masashi Hazumi KEK, Japan Physics 6 Toru Iijima Nagoya University Physics 6 Nobuhiko Katayama KEK, Japan Physics 6 Takeshi Okabe Nagoya University Physics 6

With 10 researchers named to the list, the United States boasts the most "Hot" researchers of any nation. Japan comes in second in the 2004-2005 period with seven researchers.

Countries with "Hot" researchers: (Ordered by number of "Hot" researchers) Number of "Hot" Country researchers United States 10 Japan 7 Germany 1 Korea 1 Russia 1 United Kingdom 1

Dominating the 2004-2005 period was the field of physics with 14 of 21 total researchers listed. Three clinical medicine researchers were named this year, placing that field at second in terms of producing "Hot" researchers for the two-year period.

"Hottest" Fields: (Ranked by number of "Hot" researchers) Number of "Hot" Field researchers Physics 14 Clinical Medicine 3 Immunology 1 Bioinformatics 1 Space Science 1 Genomics 1

For more information about the Hottest Researchers of 2004-2005, contact Rodney Yancey at 215-823-5397 or by email at

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