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Professor Billie Giles-Corti
Professor Billie Giles-Corti

19 September 2016

Having good ideas that lead to innovative research is the key to achieving lasting influence in public health research, according to the Prevention Centre’s Professor Billie Giles-Corti, one of the world’s most highly cited researchers.

For the third year running, Professor Giles-Corti was named among the 3000 most highly cited researchers in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2016 report.

The report names scientists whose research ranked in the top one per cent of most referenced papers in their field from 2004 to 2014. The Prevention Centre’s Professor Adrian Bauman also made the list for the second year.

The accolade comes after Professor Giles-Corti was awarded a NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship Public Health Award in July, as the top ranked female fellow in public health, and a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor award from the University of Melbourne in September.

“When I started my research I never once thought about the impact factor of the journal or the number of citations I would get,” she said.

“The key to citations is good ideas. Developing good ideas comes from  thoroughly reading the literature and reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of other people’s work and future directions of research. Younger researchers need to focus less on getting citations – their primary motivation has to be to do something cutting edge.”

Professor Giles-Corti is Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne. She and her team have recently completed a Prevention Centre project to develop national liveability indicators for chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes.

“At the Prevention Centre, our research is about policy relevance. This is entirely consistent with being able to be highly cited, and increasingly important given greater focus on policy impact globally,” she said.

“These awards are really extraordinary given my work is not mainstream public health. It’s wonderful for our field to be acknowledged in this way, and reflects the many, many collaborations I have and the team with whom I work.”

Professor Bauman, Lead of the Prevention Centre’s Rapid Response Evaluation Capacity and a member of the Centre’s Leadership Executive, is Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney.