University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio professors Russel J. Reiter and Charles L. Bowden were named by Thomson Reuters to the list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.” The news follows a recent announcement of ten UT Southwestern Researchers being named to this year’s list as well.
The Thomson Reuters list seeks to highlight the best and brightest scientific minds of our time through a citation analysis report. The list ranks researchers around the globe who have earned their distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among those most frequently cited by fellow researchers.
The report is divided into two parts: the annual Hottest Researchers section, which spotlights the scientific community’s emerging trends and the innovators behind them, and the most Highly Cited Researchers, a longer-range study that updates the world’s most influential researchers ranking.
A professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology and recognized in the Biology & Biochemistry category of the list, Dr. Reiter is a world leading expert on the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin, the pineal gland, and circadian rhythms. He studies the effects of free radicals (unstable molecules that damage cells) on disease processes and aging. Reiter is particularly interested in defining the role of oxygen derivatives in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and in studying the function of the derivatives in the degeneration of neurons.
Bowden, a clinical professor in the departments of psychiatry and pharmacology who occupies the Nancy U. Karren Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, is an internationally respected authority on bipolar disorder and mood-stabilizing medications. His research has defined the symptoms and biology of bipolar disorders, and he has contributed major new understandings about the effectiveness and biochemical and physiological effects of mood-stabilizing drugs.
In addition to Reiter and Bowden, this year’s list includes 58 additional researchers from Texas institutions.