By Tyler Francischine
Four UF Health researchers are among the most influential authors in their fields worldwide based on how often their work has been cited by their peers.
They have been designated 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics, which analyzes the total number of times an author’s research is cited over an 11-year period. The top 1 percent of researchers who have their papers cited the most appear on the Highly Cited researchers list. The researchers have published papers that rank in the top 1 percent most-cited works between 2006 and 2016.
data-gallery Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean and distinguished professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, made the list this year in a new cross-field category. This is the fourth consecutive year she has appeared on the Highly Cited Researchers list. Johnson is recognized internationally as one of the leading researchers in the field of pharmacogenomics and precision medicine.
“Being highly cited brings great satisfaction that the work we are doing is important and is impacting the field,” said Johnson. “I am most passionate about the fact that my work may improve the lives of patients, as it relates to their drug therapy outcomes.”
Dominick Angiolillo, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of medicine at the UF College of Medicine — Jacksonville who practices at UF Health Jacksonville, has appeared on the Highly Cited Researchers list for the past five years. Angiolillo’s work measuring patients’ responses to antiplatelet drugs set the stage for strategies for personalized treatment for patients treated with coronary stents.
“The breakthroughs we discover through research are passed along to our patients, and as caregivers, that’s our motivation,’’ he said.
“Bettering their lives is always the goal of me and my colleagues.”
John Wingard, M.D., deputy director of the UF Health Cancer Center and director of the UF Bone Marrow Transplant Program, conducts clinical trials in blood and marrow transplant and studies novel strategies to control infectious complications in patients with hematologic malignancies and blood and marrow transplantation.
“I have been very fortunate over the years to work with outstanding collaborators, to have great mentors through my career and to assist young investigators to encourage their creativity,” said Wingard.
Steven DeKosky, M.D., is the Aerts-Cosper professor of Alzheimer’s research at the UF College of Medicine and the deputy director of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida. His research focuses on changes in the aging human brain and diagnosis and treatment of dementia, as well as the effects of traumatic brain injury.
“I was a little surprised because I know the people on this list are extraordinarily accomplished, but I’m very honored to be included,” said DeKosky.