Publications and Citations

In 2021, SFI-funded Researchers continued to publish world-leading scientific research, with 5,384 publications reported. SFI-funded publications are 2.5 times more likely to be star publications than the global average, based on publications in the top 1% of most cited publications, globally. The Irish national average is 1.9.
5,384 publications reported in 2021
An image of Professor William Gallagher, standing in front of a large tree, holding the SFI Reseacher of the Year trophy

SFI Researcher of the Year 2021

William Gallagher, Professor of Cancer Biology at UCD, was recognised as the 2021 SFI Researcher of the Year. His highly esteemed, international reputation in oncology research and innovation, is particularly in the area of molecular diagnostics. Amongst his key achievements is the identification and validation of multiple biomarkers for predicting outcomes in patients with breast and other cancers, as well as conceiving and accelerating the development of several novel anti-cancer agents. Critically, his discoveries have transitioned towards clinical use, demonstrating the clear impact of this new scientific knowledge on our society in both healthcare and economic terms. In addition, he is Deputy Director of Precision Oncology Ireland, a nationwide SFI Strategic Research Partnership focused on developing better treatment strategies and diagnostics for cancer patients.

Pictured left: Prof William Gallagher, University College Dublin.

An image of Prof John Boland, Dr Jing Jing Wang, Prof Liwen Xiao, Dr Dunzhu Li, Dr Yunhong Shi, and Dr Luming Yang standing and sitting in a group outdoors

Research finds tap water can shield against microplastics

A study published in Chemical Engineering Journal revealed that tap water contains trace elements and minerals which prevent plastics from degrading in the water and releasing microplastics. Co-led by Prof John Boland and Dr Jing Jing Wang from the AMBER SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research at TCD and UCD, the study found that many items such as plastic kettles, which are repeatedly used with tap water, can develop a protective skin over time, which can prevent the release of microplastics entirely. Microplastics can carry a range of contaminants such as trace metals and some potentially harmful organic chemicals.

Pictured right: Microplastics Group led by Dr Jing Jing Wang and Prof John Boland at the AMBER SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research and CRANN, with internal collaboration from TrinityHaus and TCD’s School of Engineering and School of Chemistry. Pictured l-r: Prof John Boland, Dr Jing Jing Wang, Prof Liwen Xiao, Dr Dunzhu Li, Dr Yunhong Shi, and Dr Luming Yang.

An image of Dr Thomaz Bastiaanssen, Prof John Cryan, Dr Marcus Boehme and Katherine Guzzetta standing in front of a brightly coloured wall outdoors

Microbe research finds potential to reverse aging in the brain

Research from APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre at UCC, has introduced a novel approach to reversing aspects of age-related deterioration in the brain via microorganisms, known as microbes, in the gut. Published in the leading international scientific journal Nature Aging, the study was carried out by researchers in the Brain-Gut-Microbiota lab, led by Principal Investigator and Vice President for Research and Innovation at UCC, Prof John F. Cryan.

Pictured left: Dr Thomaz Bastiaanssen, Prof John Cryan, Dr Marcus Boehme and Katherine Guzzetta from the from APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre at UCC. Image: Clare Keogh.

Home to Highly Cited Researchers 2021 Clarivate: In 2021, 24 researchers who have been supported by SFI were included on the Clarivate Analytics most highly-cited list. Researchers are selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by the production of multiple highlycited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field. Thirteen researchers from the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre, based in UCC and Teagasc, were included in the list.

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