The index ranks institutions and countries according to the number of research articles published by their researchers in Nature-owned journals.
The institute climbed to eighth place in the Australian rankings, and 33rd place in the Asia-Pacific region in the 2013 rankings, with a 250 per cent increase in papers published in the Nature journals.
The index highlighted Australia’s strength in immunology, with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute ranked second overall in publications in the journal Nature Immunology. Four of the five top organisations contributing to Nature Immunology were from Australia.
The report cited a research project by Ms Lucie Rankin, Dr Joanna Groom and Associate Professor Gabrielle Belz as receiving international interest. The paper discovered a mechanism by which an immune cell population essential for intestinal health could be controlled by leafy greens in people’s diets.
Other significant research that was published by institute researchers in Nature journals in 2013 included:
Institute director Professor Doug Hilton said he was pleased to see the institute improving its international standing in high-quality basic research. “The institute has a long and distinguished reputation in immunology research, which began in the 1950s and continues today,” Professor Hilton said.
“The institute is committed to improving lives, and these fundamental research discoveries are the kind of breakthroughs that, in the long-term, could lead to treatments or strategies that will make a real difference in the lives of people in the community.”
Australia retained third place, behind Japan and China, in the Asia-Pacific region in the latest rankings, improving its contribution to Nature journals by more than 50 per cent in 2013.
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