UCSD ranks top 10 worldwide in biomedical research

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Nature Index research database announced today that UC San Diego ranks in the top 10 worldwide among institutions researching biomedical science topics.

UCSD ranked sixth among the top-200 academic institutions and ninth among healthcare institutions worldwide in biomedical sciences. The university’s branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research also ranked 42nd among the top biomedical science non-governmental organizations in the country.

The rankings come from Nature Index, which tracks high-quality scientific research, studies and articles and the institutions with which they’re associated. For the biomedical science rankings, Nature Index reviewed 55 journals chosen by an unaffiliated group of scientists with articles that span from 2012 to 2018.

According to Nature Index Chief Editor Catherine Armitage, biomedical science can describe a variety of research topics such a genetics, microbiology and biochemistry.

“Biochemistry and cell biology, and genetics are the biggest fields by article count, but microbiology and biomedical engineering, reaping rewards from CRISPR and the microbiome, are the fastest rising among the top 10 fields of research,” Armitage said.

Harvard University topped both lists of healthcare institutions. Stanford University, UC San Francisco, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania rounded out the top five among university-affiliated biomedical science institutions.

Worldwide, the National Institute of Health, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Stanford and Germany’s Max Planck Society flanked Harvard.

“These new rankings reinforce other third-party endorsements of UC San Diego’s faculty and the quality of its research,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. “Our biomedical researchers continue to discover solutions to the world’s most pressing health issues.”

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