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June 2009

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 Clarivate Analytics citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

Featured interviews for June 2009 are listed below. To view featured interviews from past months/years, visit the Featured Interviews Main Menu.

Featured Interviews for June 2009:

Bo Ahrén Discusses Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibition Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes - Special Topic of  Diabetes

Bo Ahrén

Excerpt from the interview: "The paper published in 2002 was the first clinical study in which an inhibitor of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) was examined in subjects with type 2 diabetes. The study was the proof-of-concept of the strategy to inhibit DPP-4 as a therapy in type 2 diabetes. The study was performed at five different research centers in Sweden..."
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Peter Andersen -  Special Topic of Tuberculosis

Peter Andersen

Excerpt from the interview: " this paper we reviewed a recent development in the field of TB diagnosis, and that was the use of the interferon gamma tests for the detection of TB infection. The reason why this was very timely was due to our identification of the ESAT-6 and CFP-10 antigens that are both highly specific for M. tuberculosis and lacking in all..."
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Country Rankings in Molecular Biology & Genetics, 1999-2009 - Country Profile

Extracted from the Essential Science Indicators database of Clarivate Analytics, presents a listing of the top 20 countries in Molecular Biology & Genetics. Rankings are listed by citations per paper—among nations that collected 10,000 or more citations during the period (January 1999 through February 28, 2009)—to reveal weighted impact.
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Author Name Jan Åke Jönsson - Featured Scientist

Jan Åke Jönsson

Excerpt from the interview: "I am a Ph.D. (1978) and professor (2000) at Lund University, Sweden, where I have spent practically all my scientific life, now coming close to retirement. I have been teaching analytical chemistry and environmental science for decades and my research has been centered in separation science, in the earlier years..."
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Talking with the Editors of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation - Featured Journal

Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation

Excerpt from the interview: "JCTC was launched in 2005 as a bimonthly publication with Prof. William Jorgensen (Yale University) as the editor. One-hundred and thirty-three articles were published in the inaugural volume. In 2008, the journal expanded to 12 issues per year, published 219 articles, and added Prof. Ursula Rothlisberger (Swiss Federal..."
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JoAnn E. Manson on the Prevention and Risk Prediction of Diabetes - Special Topic of Diabetes

JoAnn Manson

Excerpt from the interview: "I’ve had a long-term clinical interest in the care of patients with diabetes, but it wasn’t until my Endocrinology fellowship in the early 1980s that I became interested in doing research on the prevention and risk prediction of diabetes. Even at that time, type 2 diabetes seemed like a largely preventable disease through lifestyle..."
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Peter Mészáros Discusses Gamma-ray Bursts - Special Topic of Gamma-ray Bursts

Peter Mészáros

Excerpt from the interview: "I became fascinated with high-energy astrophysics and cosmology during postdoctoral stints at Princeton and Cambridge (UK). I worked on early versions of cold dark matter cosmology and black hole accretion problems, and until 1990 I concentrated mainly on black holes and magnetized neutron stars..."
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Joel R. Primack & Brandon Allgood in the "Double Dark" - Emerging Research Front


Excerpt from the interview: "Dark matter halos, as far as we can tell, surround all observable galaxies. Based on the 'double dark' cosmological model (dark matter and dark energy), these halos and the galaxies within them have formed via halo-halo merging. In order to do this research, it was necessary to perform supercomputer simulations..."
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David Sheehan and the MINI Project - Podcast


David Sheehan discusses his Current Classics ( Feb. 2009) paper: “The Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI): The development and validation of a structured diagnostic psychiatric interview for DSM-IV and ICD-10,” J CLIN PSYCHIAT: 59:22-33, Suppl. 20, 1998. Read an interview with David Sheehan.
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Sakari Uppala; talks about ERA-40 - Podcast


Sakari Uppala discusses his Current Classics Geosciences paper ( Apr. 2009): Uppala, SM, et al., "The ERA-40 re-analysis," Quart J Roy Meteorol Soc: 131: 612, 2961-3012, Part B, OCT 2005. Read a Emerging Research Fronts commentary from Sakari Uppala.
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Vladislav Vyshemirsky from the Inference Research Group at Glasgow - Fast Breaking Paper

Excerpt from the interview: "Our paper is the first ever to describe a formal methodology to assess how well a number of mathematical models describe a specific biological mechanism. This ability to rank plausible models based on experimental evidence is of enormous importance to life scientists as it provides a formal, objective, and rational..."
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Shinya Yamanaka on Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells - Featured Paper

Shinya Yamanaka

Excerpt from the interview: "The 2007 Cell paper describes how we generated human iPS cells. We added one procedure—lentiviral transduction of ecotropic receptor of retrovirus before transduction of the same set of the four genes into adult skin cells by retrovirus. The procedure improved the efficiency of retroviral transduction and secured the safety of..."
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Zoological Society of San Diego, (Part 2); Institution - Featured Institution

Zoological Society of San Diego

The Zoological Society of San Diego's current record in plant & animal science includes 228 papers cited a total of 1,545 times between January 1, 1999 and February 28, 2009. In this second of a three-part series,'s Jennifer Minnick takes a virtual tour of the Zoo and its various research projects and conservation efforts.
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(Additional interviews/commentaries may be added during June 2009.)


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