Researchers who are frequently cited in scientific journals are regarded as influential, because a citation by peers testifies that their work is given importance. In view of this, “Web of Science Group”, a company specialized in data analysis, compiles an annual list of the most highly cited researchers worldwide: a kind of “who’s who of science”. The current list comprises more than 6,200 scientists who are categorized into 22 different fields. Five DZNE experts appear in this directory: They do research on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, the immune system, and they also study how health develops into old age.
The analysis draws upon approximately 150,000 scientific publications from the years 2008 to 2018. Only papers ranking in the top one percent of the most cited publications were considered. Based on this analysis, these DZNE experts are named "Highly Cited Researchers 2019“:
Prof. Monique M. B. Breteler, director of the DZNE’s Population Health Sciences and a neuroepidemiologist with a special interest in age-related neurodegenerative and cerebrovascular diseases. Breteler heads the DZNE’s “Rhineland Study”, a prospective cohort study that investigates how protective and risk factors influence the health of adults up to old age. The “Rhineland Study” aims to involve up to 30,000 individuals from the Bonn area and study their health development over decades. Furthermore, she is a professor at the University of Bonn.
Prof. Thomas Gasser, a neurologist and specialist for Parkinson’s disease. Gasser heads clinical research at the DZNE’s Tübingen site. Furthermore, he is director of the Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the Tübingen University Hospital and Chairman of the board of directors of the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research. His main areas of research are the genetic and molecular basis of Parkinson’s.
Prof. Christian Haass, an expert for the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease. Haass is the speaker of the DZNE’s Munich site, a professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and head of the Department of Metabolic Biochemistry. In 2018, he received the “Brain Prize”, which is the world’s most prestigious award for brain research.
Prof. Michael T. Heneka, his research centers on inflammatory mechanisms involved in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Heneka heads a research group at the DZNE’ Bonn site and is director of the Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gerontopsychiatry at the University Hospital Bonn.
Prof. Eicke Latz, a specialist in immunology. Latz is a senior researcher at the DZNE’s Bonn site and Director of the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University of Bonn. A focus of his research is the “NLRP3 inflammasome,” a multiprotein complex involved in diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.