The researchers, who work in areas including diabetes, agricultural medicine and cardiology, have been given the honour in the Clarivate Analytics annual list of the world’s most influential scientific minds. The annual list recognises leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world.
The five named academics were Professor John McMurray and Professor Naveed Sattar from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, Professor Ian Ford from the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, Professor Alan Crozier from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and Dr Bill Mullen, also from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences.
The 2017 list focuses on contemporary research achievement: only Highly Cited Papers in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection during the 11-year period 2005-2015 were surveyed. Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science.
Professor McMurray, Professor of Cardiology, who was also named as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2015 and 2016, has been at the forefront of cardiovascular research for many years, with an expertise in successfully treating heart failure patients with effective drugs, which scientists at the University of Glasgow have played a key role in testing.
Professor McMurray, who is also a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, said: “I am delighted to be included in the 2017 list. Glasgow has become an internationally recognised centre for cardiovascular research, and this is further recognition of the status we’ve gained over the last few decades.”
This year Professor McMurray was also awarded The Mackenzie Medal, which is awarded by the British Cardiovascular Society, and the Louis and Artur Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases, which is awarded by McGill University, Montreal.
Professor Sattar’s work includes epidemiological, biomarker and trial papers on diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In 2011 Professor Sattar was awarded the prestigious Minkowski Prize by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and he will deliver the Rank Nutrition Prize Lecture at Diabetes UK in March 2018.
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, head of the College of MVLS and Vice Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted to see that five of our researchers have once again been named as Highly Cited.
“The College of MVLS has a long and important history in fields such as cardiology, where our academics continue to break new ground and drive forward world leading research.”
Professor Ford is a leader in his field of biostatistics. He and his team are an integral part of many influential medical studies, helping to design, implement and interpret data from clinical trials – effectively assessing which data matters and what kind and amount of data is required. He is currently working on the Scottish psoriatic arthritis observational study.
Professor Crozier and Dr Mullen have worked together on many highly cited papers. Professor Crozier is an expert in the absorption, metabolism, disposition and excretion of dietary flavonoids. The focus of his research is dietary flavonoids and phenolic compounds and their potential to protect against non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr Mullen works on new methods of identifying the early warning signs of serious illnesses such as coronary artery disease. He is currently working on the African Prospective study on the early detection and identification of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.