Toronto: Indo-Canadian cardiologist Dr Salim Yusuf is amongst ‘The Scientists who matter most,” based on the list of scientists that Thomson Reuters released recently.
Of a total of 3,200 such scientists, 1,616 are from the United States, and 89 are from Canada, including Dr Yusuf, Director of McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Thomson Reuters list calls Dr Yusuf as “Canada’s most influential scientist, based on citations. They have chosen these scientists based on how widely their research papers and published works have been cited by other researchers. The more their works have been cited, the more influential they are deemed to be, according to Thomson Reuters.
“In recent years nine of his (Dr Yusuf’s) studies, which involve large-scale clinical trials across countries and population groups, have been among the research world’s top 0.1 percent,” Globe and Mail writes about Dr. Yusuf which’s based on what Thomson Reuters has written about him.
“Dr. Yusuf is well known as a pioneer in his field and his efforts this year earned him a ($100,000) Gairdner Award, generally regarded as Canada’s most prestigious prize in biomedical science.”
It has been noted that those who receive the Gairdner award go on to win the Nobel Prize.
In one of his ground breaking studies, Dr Yusuf calls India “the world’s diabetic capital, where people are less active in their leisure time than any other ethnic group in the world.” And contrary to their vegetarian pride, he said in an earlier interview with this writer, “Indians’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is low compared to most countries.”
In one study of 20,000 heart attack patients in 89 hospitals across India, Dr Yusuf found that “poor patients had a higher death rate compared to the richer people. This was entirely because poor patients did not receive many of the life saving therapies as they couldn’t afford it.”
Dr Yusuf says he became a doctor because his father wanted him to be one and then he became a Rhode Scholar and landed at Oxford. He has been at McMaster University since 1992.
Thomson Reuters has 30 Scientists from Saudi Arabia who matter the most but there’s no one from India.
The list has names of 157 German Scientists; 141 Chinese scientists, 94 from Japan; 52 from Italy. Sweden is at the tail end with 28 scientists.
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