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April 2008

In these interviews, scientists talk to and offer behind-the-scenes insights into their research: reflections on what led them to their chosen field, the motivation driving their work in a given direction, and the challenges encountered along on the way. These authors also offer their views on why their work has wielded particular influence in the scientific community, as indicated by Thomson Scientific citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

Featured interviews for April 2008 are listed below. To view featured interviews from past months/years, visit the Featured Interviews Main Menu.

Featured Interviews for April 2008:

Carlo M. Croce- Featured Science Watch® Newsletter Interview


An interview with Ohio State’s Carlo M. Croce, "A Macro View of MicroRNA." Croce notes that alterations or defects in miRNA processing could ultimately be implicated in a range of other diseases, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s, and that therapeutic applications based on miRNA will have a substantial effect on medicine within the next few years."
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Jerome Etienne - an Interview from the Special Topic of MRSA


Professor Jerome Etienne ranks at #9 in our Special Topic on MRSA research over the past decade. Professor Etienne at the University of Lyon as well as a practitioner at the hospital and deputy director of the National Reference Centre for Staphylococci. He talks about his highly cited MRSA research.
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Michel Ferrari - an Interview from the Special Topic of Migraine & Other Vascular Headaches


In Special Topics analysis of migraine research over the past decade, the work of Prof. Dr. Michel Ferrari ranks at #3 by total citations, #4 by total papers, and #3 by cites/paper. In addition, he has 6 papers on the list of the top 20 papers from the past 10 years and 3 papers on the 2-year list. Prof. Dr. Ferrari is Professor of Neurology at the Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands.
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JH He - Featured Scientist Interview


Professor Ji-Huan He has been named a Rising Star in the field of Computer Science. His citation record in this field includes 21 papers cited a total of 306 times between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2007. Professor He is affiliated with Donghua University in Shanghai, China. He discusses his highly cited research in analytical methods, in particular the homotopy perturbation method.
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Eric Herbst - an Interview from the Special Topic of Astrochemistry


According to our April 2008 Special Topic on Astrochemistry, the scientist whose work ranks at #9 by total citations is Dr. Eric Herbst, with 23 papers cited a total of 273 times. Dr. Herbst's citation record includes 129 papers, mostly classified in the field of Space Science. He is also a Highly Cited Researcher in Space Sciences.
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JAIDS—Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - Featured Journal Interview

Founded in 1988, JAIDS is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a division of Wolters Kluwer Health. In this interview, Clinical Science Editor Paul Volberding talks about the journal's history and citation record.
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Marek Kubicki - Featured Fast Breaking Paper Commentary


From the feature: "Our paper is likely highly cited because it provides a comprehensive review of findings in the literature based on the application of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to schizophrenia. This is a very exciting area of research, as DTI is quite a new and powerful technology for evaluating white matter pathology..."
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Garry Nolan - Featured Scientist Interview


According to a recent analysis, Dr. Nolan has Highly Cited Papers in the fields of Clinical Medicine and Biology & Biochemistry. Nolan is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine. In this interview, he talks about his highly cited work.
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Jes Olesen - an Interview from the Archived Special Topic of Migraine & Other Vascular Headaches


Dr. Olesen is a professor at the University of Copenhagen, and the chief of the Danish Headache Center, in the Department of Neurology at Glostrup University Hospital in Copenhagen. He is also a member of the International Headache Society, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In this interview, he discusses his migraine research.
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Paula Reimer - Featured Podcast


This is a Podcast Interview Dr. Paula J. Reimer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP) and Director of the 14CHRONO Centre for Climate, the Environment, and Chronology at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Reimer is a Current Classics scientist in Geo., Apr. 2008. Listen to podcast: MP3¦WMA.
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Fred Tenover - Special Topic of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)


In our March 2008 Special Topic on MRSA, Dr. Fred Tenover's work ranks at #2, with 38 papers cited a total of 2,218 times. His citation record includes 107 papers cited a total of 4,968 times in the field of Clinical Medicine, and 26 papers cited a total of 986 times in the field of Microbiology. Dr. Tenover is the Director of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance, part of the Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Top 20 Institutions from the field of Plant & Animal Science

Plant & Animal Sciences

This month, presents a listing of the top 20 institutions which attracted the highest total citations to their papers published in Thomson Scientific-indexed Plant & Animal Science journals. These institutions are the top 20 out of a pool of 768 institutions comprising the top 1% ranked by total citation count in this field.
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Ewine van Dishoeck - Special Topic of Astrochemistry

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Prof. Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck ranks at #1 by both total citations and total papers in our Special Topic on astrochemistry, with 43 papers cited a total of 687 times. Prof. Dr. van Dishoeck is on the Faculty of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, where she holds the title of Professor of Molecular Astrophysics.
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Younan Xia - Featured Podcast


This is a Podcast Interview The Xia group at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis is pursuing cutting-edge research in three major frontiers: nanotechnology, materials chemistry, and photonic devices. Younan Xia is a Current Classics scientist in Mat. Sci., Dec. 2007.
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