There are approximately nine million researchers in the world today who produce upwards of two million reports and papers each year (Thomson Reuters, 2016). This enormous volume of knowledge and research makes it difficult to identify the scientists whose work is most influential in their industries and fields.
Thomson Reuters has developed a way to track this knowledge economy by compiling a list of the researchers whose work is cited most frequently by their peers. These people are then considered to be elite authors, designated as Highly Cited Researchers.
Of the 21 main industries and topics the Highly Cited Researchers report on, clinical medicine is by far the most frequent and popular. This is a statistic that is not surprising to Vancouver, given 2015 was our “year of medical meetings”. Our city was host to some of the largest medical associations in the world, such as the International AIDS Society and the International League of Dermatological Societies.
Tourism Vancouver’s Be a Host Program works with experts in their fields who are interested in welcoming their colleagues to Vancouver by hosting their association’s meetings in the city. Dr. Lakshmi Yatham is one of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers for his work in Psychiatry. Dr. Yatham previously hosted 3,000 of his colleagues in Vancouver for the 2014 World Congress of Neuropsychopharmacology and is now working on a bid for a future conference in the coming years.
Tourism Vancouver congratulates Dr. Yatham and all the Vancouver-based researches cited in the report for the important contributions they’ve made to their field of study.
Ian RA Mackenzie
Lawrence Douglas Frank
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