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A ScienceWatch Report Recognizes the University of Pittsburgh, CCM and Safar Center Faculty, as Leaders in TBI Research

Fri, 10/31/2014

A recent study by ScienceWatch has recognized the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in traumatic brain injury (TBI) research. The “Special Topic” article provides an overview of a Web of Science report that surveyed all TBI research published in scholarly journals since the year 2001. The article was published in October on sciencewatch.com. (Both Web of Science and ScienceWatch are part of the Thompson-Reuters Corporation.) The report lists the University of Pittsburgh as a leader in the categories of “most-prolific and most-cited institutions.” Authors affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh have been named in 970 papers on the topic, which garnered in excess of 16,000 citations. These numbers are more than 20 percent greater than the second-highest institution mentioned in the article.

Singled out for individual attention in the report is Dr. Patrick Kochanek, “the most prolific of the authors in the TBI dataset,” who has contributed to 300 reports, which have cumulatively been cited 3,800 times. Safar Center Associate Director Dr. Robert Clark was identified in the report as a coauthor with Dr. Kochanek on more than a third of the papers. To view the full report, click here.

Dr. Kochanek commented, “This accomplishment represents a true team effort of the superb investigators studying TBI at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. This is an effort that spanned the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, and in particular the Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Division at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.”

Dr. Kochanek and Dr. Clark are, respectively, the Director and Associate Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research which was named in honor of the founder of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Peter Safar. The inter-departmental collaborative ethos fostered by the Safar Center is an integral part of the exemplary scholarship produced by the faculty and trainees that conduct research there, especially on its flagship area of research: TBI.

Patrick Kochanek, MD, MCCM, is the Ake N. Grenvik Chair in Critical Care Medicine, Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Bioengineering, and Clinical and Translational Science.

Robert S. B. Clark, MD, is Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Division, and Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics. He is also Associate Director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.