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UT Southwestern Boasts 10 of the World’s Top Researchers

This week, Thomson Reuters published an update to its list of the most cited researchers in the world. Ten work in North Texas, and all of those are employed by UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Head over to D Healthcare Daily for details on the work that each of the researchers do, but this is a nice recognition for the medical school: In essence, it’s listing these researchers as some of the foremost experts in their entire fields.

The list was first compiled in 2001 and again in 2004. For this update, Thomson Reuters scoured references in the top 1 percent of all peer reviewed articles or white papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection between 2002 and 2012. The 10 researchers at UTSW authored, participated, or were cited in some of the most highly regarded pieces of research in the last decade.

For an example of some of their work and how the county stands to benefit, take UTSW Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Madhukar Trivedi. He’s lending his expertise to a public-private partnership that’s aimed at reducing the number of chronically homeless in Dallas.

He’s the foundation of the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, which will give 50 of the city’s most chronically homeless a place to live free of cost. They will be provided with on-site mental health and preventive care services, aimed to keep them out of jail and away from Parkland. If the program works, the county could potentially go from spending $40,000 on each person annually to $15,000.

Trivedi will lead a team that tracks how effective the project is. How many hospital days are they using? How many times did they check into the emergency room? Has the housing affected the amount of time they’ve spent in jail? He’ll also track costs: Is providing comprehensive care at the Cottages leading to fewer unnecessary hospital days?

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