Leading Leicester heart professor recognised as top global researcher

Posted by ap507 at Dec 01, 2016 09:50 AM |
Professor Sir Nilesh Samani named on Highly Cited Researchers from the Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters list

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 1 December

The “valuable and significant” work of a University of Leicester heart professor has won him recognition as one of the world’s most influential scientists.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, who is Director of the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) at Glenfield Hospital, has been named on an annual list which recognises global leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences.

This year the Highly Cited Researchers from the Intellectual Property (IP) and Science business of Thomson Reuters focused on contemporary research achievement.

Vin Caraher, who was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Thomson Reuters Healthcare and Science when the list was compiled, said Professor Samani had been selected because his work had been “identified as being among the most valuable and significant in the field”.

The list recognises approximately 3,000 researchers whose peer-reviewed papers have been frequently cited in academic literature.

Among his many research achievements, Professor Samani has greatly advanced the understanding of how DNA affects the risk of coronary heart disease, which is now guiding researchers towards finding more effective ways of its prevention and treatments.

Professor Samani, who is also Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester, and a Consultant Cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital said: “It is a tremendous honour to have been recognised among some of the world’s greatest researchers.

“It is an enormous privilege to have the opportunity to work in cardiovascular research. Although there has been great progress, cardiovascular diseases still remain the number one killer and a growing problem in many parts of the world.

“Whatever we can do to improve our understanding of the causes of heart disease is important and I plan to continue my work in helping to reduce the devastating burden of heart disease on families and individuals.”

Mr Caraher added: “Very few researchers earn this distinction – writing the greatest number of reports, officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers.

“In addition, these reports rank among the top 1 per cent most cited works for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.”

In September Professor Samani was also appointed as the Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), where he will oversee the £100 million that the BHF spends on research.

Last year Professor Samani was knighted for services to medicine and medical research.

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  • www.le.ac.uk/bru
  • The Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital aims to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The unit provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to assist researchers in their complex projects. LCBRU is one of 20 BRUs in England funded by the NIHR. LCBRU is a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The Unit's director is Professor Sir Nilesh Samani and the manager is Dr Martin Batty.
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk). centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit http://www.nihr.ac.uk.
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