Professor Irene Higginson, Professor of Palliative Care and Policy and Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, has been named as a Highly Cited Researcher for her contribution across scientific fields in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List from the Web of Science Group.
This highly anticipated list identifies scientists and social scientists across the world who have demonstrated significant broad influence, reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade. They are in the top 1% in their field in the world by citations.
This year the list includes 6,217 Highly Cited Researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations. Professor Higginson is one of the researchers in the UK who make up 8.3% of this year’s list.
Professor Higginson leads a multidisciplinary team at the Cicely Saunders Institute, the first purpose-built institute of palliative care, integrating research, education, clinical services and support and information. In the last decade she has published over 300 papers with over 10,000 citations. Her research interests include quality of life and outcome measurements, evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions, epidemiology, clinical audit, effectiveness, psychosocial care, symptom assessment, breathlessness, cachexia/anorexia, and elderly care.
I am honoured by this recognition, but more important is the recognition of palliative care. Palliative care puts the person before their disease. Our science strives to improve care and treatment for so many who need it, wherever they are cared for. Research is a team effort and so this accolade is also a tribute to the many talented colleagues at the Cicely Saunders Institute and our collaborators.– Professor Irene Higginson