University of Newcastle researcher, Professor John Forbes, has been named as one of the top 10 'hottest' researchers in the world, with his inclusion on the Thomson Scientific 'Hottest Researcher' list for 2005 - 2006.
John Forbes is Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Mater Hospital, Group Coordinator of the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZ BCTG), and a member of the Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Research Program.
Professor Forbes is the only Australian-based researcher on the prestigious international citation list, which recognises people reaching the highest level of success in scientific research each year.
The 'Hottest Researcher' list is published each year in the Thomson Scientific Science Watch newsletter and this year includes 17 researchers from eight countries.
A published work is identified as a 'Hot Paper' if it has been cited in scientific journals more times than papers of similar type and age. Five papers co-authored by Professor Forbes have been named 'Hot Papers'.
Professor Forbes said he was pleased to be included on the list as it was evidence of the immense importance of breast cancer research and clinical trials globally.
"The field of Oncology dominated the 2005 - 2006 list, highlighting the enormous value of global collaboration," said Professor Forbes.
"Of the 17 researchers cited, 10 are from the field of Oncology, and nine of those are breast cancer trial researchers.
"This reflects the significant global interest in clinical trials taking place in this highly important field."
Professor Barney Glover, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) congratulated Professor Forbes on the achievement.
"The University of Newcastle is among the world's top universities for health and medical research," he said.*
"Professor Forbes's achievement is a clear signal that the University of Newcastle delivers innovative health and medical research that produces real results for the global community."
Professor John Forbes is available for phone interview today (Tuesday 6 March 2007) until 8.30pm by contacting Katie Porritt in Media and Public Relations.
*The University of Newcastle is ranked 63 in the world's top biomedicine universities by the Times Higher Education Supplement 2005