Prof Sherene Loi, Prof Grant McArthur and Prof Ben Solomon have been included in the worldwide annual Web Of Science Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.

The highly anticipated list identifies scientists from across the world who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

The three Peter Mac researchers, with support from the University of Melbourne, were selected for their contributions to the field of clinical medicine, which out of the 231 fields assessed required the highest number of citations for inclusion in the list.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of Sherene, Grant and Ben, and delighted with the recognition of their outstanding research by inclusion in the Web of Science Highly Cited list,” says Peter Mac’s Executive Director of Research, Prof Ricky Johnstone.

“Of course, citations are just one readout of a researcher’s overall research impact. But this honour well and truly establishes these three exceptional researchers as world leaders in their fields.”

This is the second year in a row Prof Loi has made the Highly Cited list. She is a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of breast cancer, and a clinician scientist who leads the Translational Breast Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics Laboratory at Peter Mac. She is also the inaugural Endowed Chair of Australia’s National Breast Cancer Foundation. Her research team is internationally recognised for its use of genomic and immunological approaches to understand mechanisms of breast cancer growth and drug resistance. Prof Loi specialises in the management and treatment of breast cancer patients, in particular patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. She has an active interest in early drug development and leads international trials focusing on new targeted and immune agents, allowing first time access for women to these breakthrough therapies.

Prof McArthur is Head of the Molecular Oncology Laboratory and Cancer Therapeutics Program, and Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at Peter Mac, and Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Prof McArthur’s research centres on the discovery of new drug targets in cancer, with a focus on melanoma. He is particularly interested in studying pathways that control cell division, growth, metabolism and protein synthesis. Prof McArthur’s research seeks to drive improvements to personalised medicine, and he is a world leader in clinical development, testing and implementation of new targeted approaches to cancer therapy.

Prof Ben Solomon is a Consultant Medical Oncologist in Peter Mac’s Lung and Head & Neck services, and Group Leader of the Molecular Therapeutics and Biomarkers Research Laboratory. His research is focused on pre-clinical and translational studies to develop and evaluate new treatment strategies, and to identify predictive markers for patients with cancer, with a focus on non-small cell lung cancer and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Prof Solomon’s research aims to develop new treatment strategies that can be evaluated in clinical trials, and to discover new biomarkers to aid doctors in the selection of patients for optimal treatment with conventional or novel treatments.

The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group. 

Overall, Australian research institutes continued to impress on the world stage, hosting the fifth highest number of Highly Cited researchers in the world. The number of Australian researchers recognised as Highly Cited has more than tripled in six years, from 80 in 2014 to 271 in 2019, showing that scientific research in this country continues to go from strength to strength.

“These findings confirm that Australia, and in particular Peter Mac, is a great place to perform high quality and impactful research. Our researchers are among the best in the world and we are thrilled to have this officially recognised,” says Prof Johnstone.