University of Otago academic Prof Richie Poulton has been
named in the top 1% most-cited researchers in science in the
Prof Poulton, director of the university's Dunedin
Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, is one of
only four New Zealand researchers named in the top 1% section
of the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List.
Prof Poulton and the Dunedin study's associate director, Prof
Terrie Moffitt, of Duke University, in the United States, are
among the 100 researchers named in the new list's
Those named had achieved ''exceptional impact'', and had
earned their distinction by publishing the most research
articles that ranked among those most often cited by fellow
researchers, US-based list organisers said.
The Dunedin study was one of the most detailed studies of
human health and development ever undertaken, and had been
based on regular assessments of 1037 people born in Dunedin
in 1972-1973, an Otago University spokesman said.
Prof Poulton said the listing was ''tremendous''. The top
listing also reflected well on the Dunedin study and its
participants, who had made an ''enormously important
contribution'' to advancing understanding of human health and
The listing also reflected positively on the many other team
members who were also involved in the research, he said.
The research outputs of the Dunedin study have made a
substantial contribution to new knowledge with more than 1100
publications to date.
Otago research deputy vice-chancellor Prof Richard Blaikie
has congratulated Prof Poulton on appearing in the top list.
Since Prof Poulton had taken over the leadership of the
Dunedin Study in 2000, this ''world-leading research
programme'' had gone ''from strength to strength''.
And the research into the ''complex interplay of genes and
environment'' had been generating ''important new insights''
that could help improve life outcomes, Prof Blaikie said.
The other three New Zealand academics were named as: Alexei
Drummond, biology and biochemistry, Auckland University;
Harvey White, clinical medicine, Auckland City Hospital,
Philip Hulme, environment/ecology, Lincoln University.