Thomson Salutes Japan's Contribution to Global Research



    TOKYO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ -- Japan's continuing influence on international
Research & Development (R&D) was recognized today as 17 of its most prominent
scientists working in the ten R&D fields in Japan were presented with the
Thomson Research Front Award at the Thomson Japan Research Day and Research
Front Awards 2007, held at Marunouchi Building Hall in Tokyo.
    Thomson Scientific, a leading provider of information solutions,
announced the winners following a bibliometric study of citation and research
using its Essential Science Indicators (ESI) product..
    The seventeen leading scientists were presented with the accolade after
their research was analyzed using Thomson Scientific's Research Front
methodology to assess their level of influence on specific scientific fields
per se and other researchers in the sector.
    The Research Front methodology was employed by the National Institute of
Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) to advise on the formulation of the 3rd
Science and Technology Basic Plan that went into effect in April 2006.  NISTEP
continues to monitor emerging scientific areas and technology fields using
this method, with their most recent report Science Map 2004 (NISTEP Report No.
100) printed in March 2007.
    Research Front methodology looks at patterns of intense communication
between scientists and using citation analysis of a list of highly cited
papers, defined as the top 1% of papers in each of 22 disciplines, is
compiled. Discovering how these cited works are related is achieved by
Thomson's ESI and is called Research Front analysis, a tool which can assist
in identifying areas where important work is being conducted and where the
scientific community is focusing.
    These Japanese winners were selected by examining author address
affiliation of highly cited papers in each Research Front to establish their
contribution to the R&D within this sector.  16% of the 5,348 Research Fronts
in the 2001-2007 period had one or more author affiliate with Japan, and this
was analysed on two levels - one to identify the most cited author in each
front and the most cited paper.
    Based on the findings the top ten Research Front areas where Japanese
scientists have had greatest emphasis and influence are:

    
    -- Research Front #170
    -- Dr. Yoshio Okamoto, Guest Professor, Funded Research Division of Chiral
       Polymer Technologies (Daicel), EcoTopia Science Institute, Nagoya
       University
    -- Dr Eiji Yashima, Professor, Graduate of Engineering, Nagoya University,
       Project Leader of "Super-structured Helix Project", Japan Science and
       Technology Agency (JST), Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology
       (ERATO)
    -- For their contribution to the discovery, design and synthesis of
       functional helical polymers
    

    
    -- Research Front #700
    -- Dr. Shizuo Akira, Professor, Department of Host Defense, Research
       Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
       For his contribution to research into elucidation of the pathways from
       viral recognition by innate immunity to interferon production
    

    
    -- Research Front #730
    -- Dr. Katsunari Oikawa, Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgy,
       Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
       For his contribution to the development of the new magnetic shape
       memory alloys
    

    
    --Research Front #933
    -- Dr. Hideomi Koinuma, Advisor: National Institute for Materials Science;
       Senior Fellow, Centre for Research and Development  Strategy, Japan
       Science and Technology Agency; Guest Professor, The University of
       Tokyo; Guest Professor, The University of Tohuku; Professor Emeritus:
       Tokyo Institute of Technology
    -- Dr. Tomoteru Fukumura, Senior Assistant Professor, Institute for
       Materials Research, Tohoku University
       For their contribution to combinatorial discovery of room temperature
       ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic oxide semiconductors
    

    
    -- Research Front #1461
    -- Dr. Naotoshi Nakashima, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry,
       Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
       For his contribution to research into Strategic Approaches for Carbon
       Nanotube Solubilization and Functionalization
    

    
    -- Research Front #1509
    -- Dr. Ken-ichi Okamoto, Professor, Graduate School of Science and
       Engineering, Yamaguchi University
    -- Dr. Hidetoshi Kita, Professor/Director, Department of Environmental
       Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering,
       Yamaguchi University
    -- Dr. Kazuhiro Tanaka, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and
       Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi
       University
    -- For their contribution to the development of sulfonated polyimide
       electrolyte membranes for fuel cells
    

    
    -- Research Front #1781
    -- Dr. Hiroki Shirato, Professor, Department of Radiology, Hokkaido
       University Graduate School of Medicine
       For his contribution to research into four-dimensional radiation
       medicine improving the accuracy related to organ motion
    

    
    -- Research Front #3032
    -- Dr. Kei Hirose, Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences,
       Tokyo Institute of Technology
    -- Dr. Motohiko Murakami, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of
       the Earth's Interior, Okayama University
       For their contribution to the discovery of post-perovskite phase
       transition and the study of Earth's lowermost mantle
    

    
    -- Research Front #4491
       Dr. Masaki Azuma, Associate Professor, Division of Synthetic Chemistry
       - Advanced Inorganic Synthesis; Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto
       University
    -- Dr. Yuichi Shimakawa, Professor, Division of Synthetic Chemistry -
       Advanced Inorganic Synthesis, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto
       University
    -- Dr. Mikio Takano, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Chemical Research,
       Kyoto University
       For their contribution to the search for magnetic ferroelectrics in Bi-
       based perovskites
    

    
    -- Research Front #6117
    -- Dr. Yoshiji Takemoto, Professor, Department of Organic Chemistry,
       Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
       For his contribution to For the Discovery and Application of symmetric
       reactions Catalyzed by Multi-functional Thiourea Organocatalysts
    
    "Facing an increasingly competitive world of scientific research,
Thomson's Research Front methodology allows Japan's policy makers and
researchers to clearly identify in which fields they are still hugely
influential and taking the lead," explains Mark Garlinghouse, Vice President
of Thomson Scientific Asia Pacific.  "Our congratulations are extended to each
of these winners for making a difference to today's world of research."
    Thomson Scientific's information solutions assist professionals at every
stage of research and development from discovery and analysis to product
development and distribution.
    Thomson Scientific is also known for its annual announcement of Nobel
Prize candidates determined by high citation impact of their work. This year,
on 10 September Thomson revealed Thomson Scientific Citation Laureates
researchers, those likely to be in contention for Nobel honors in anticipation
of this year's Nobel Prize winners to be announced in October.
    Each year, data from ISI Web of Knowledge(SM), a Thomson Scientific
research solution, is used to quantitatively determine the most influential
researchers in the Nobel categories of chemistry, economics, physiology or
medicine, and physics. Because of the total citations to their works, these
high-impact researchers are named Thomson Scientific Laureates and predicted
to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the near future. Of the 54
Thomson Scientific Laureates named since 2002, four have gone on to win Nobel
honors.
    Two Japanese researchers are cited for this year's prize: Yoji Totsuka,
Former Director-General High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Special
University Professor, Emeritus University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan  For
leadership roles in discovering that neutrinos change types and have mass.
    Sumio Iijima, Professor, Meijo University , Nagoya, Japan, Research
Fellow, NEC Corporation, Ibaraki, Japan  For his pioneering work on carbon
nanotubes, which has ignited a revolution in both physics and chemistry.
    Visit the Thomson Scientific Laureates website at
scientific.thomson.com/nobel for more information.
    
    Notes to Editors:
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