Mass General researcher working at the Gordon Center
Peter Rice, a Clinical Nuclear Pharmacist at the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging at Mass General, uses robotic arms to manipulate radiotracers used for patient imaging

Mass General Tops the Nature Index

Massachusetts General Hospital has been named the #1 healthcare organization for research by the Nature Index, which tracked the number of articles published in high-impact research journals from February 2015 to January 2016.

The hospital topped the list of more than 380 healthcare organizations publishing during that time frame. Researchers at Mass General published 456 articles in 47 of the 68 prestigious journals tracked by the index.

For years, Mass General has been the top hospital recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health.* Our research program spans more than 30 departments and centers across the hospital.

“The top ranking in Nature Index is particularly gratifying because it tallies articles appearing in the most influential (high impact) journals, all of which are peer-reviewed by leading scientists in their respective fields,” says Harry W. Orf, PhD, the senior vice president for research.

“This designation is yet another confirmation of the groundbreaking scientific research that takes place at this institution every day, and is a credit to our talented investigators, scientific support staff, research administrators and all others who support our research community,” adds Susan A. Slaugenhaupt, PhD, scientific director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute.

Impactful, Productive Research Community

The Mass General Research Institute was launched in 2014 to serve as a front door for the vast research enterprise at Mass General, a community of 8,000 people working in over 30 departments, centers and institutes to improve the delivery of healthcare through science.

Jay Rajagopal, MD, an investigator in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mass General, says that being part of a highly productive research community encourages him to submit to high-impact publications. “When people around you are writing Nature, Cell and Science papers, it boosts your confidence to do the same thing.”

Dr. Rajagopal’s paper outlining a new process for generating adult epithelial stem cells in the lab recently received advance online publication in Cell Stem Cell, which published six articles authored by Mass General researchers during the period tracked by the index.

*Source: NIH Funding Report as of October 15, 2015, US. Department of Health and Human Services

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