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image: Two Sanford Burnham Prebys researchers were included on Clarivate’s list of Most Cited Researchers for 2021: Jerold Chun, MD, Ph.D. (L) and Randall Kaufman, Ph.D. (R)
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LA JOLLA, CALIF. – November 16, 2021 – Two Sanford Burnham Prebys researchers have been included on the Clarivate 2021 Highly Cited Scholar List, a ranking of influential scholars around the world based on the number of times their work has been cited in peer-reviewed publications over the course of the last decade.

“It is increasingly important for nations and institutions to recognize and support outstanding researchers who drive the expansion of global knowledge,” says David Pendlebury, senior citations analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. “This list identifies and celebrates outstanding individual researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys who have a significant impact on the research community, as evidenced by the rate at which their work is cited by their peers. The research to which they have contributed fuels innovation, sustainability, health and safety that are essential to the future of our society.

In addition to publishing the highest quality research, the researchers on the list also produce work that is useful to their peers, thereby accelerating the advancement of scientific discovery. This year’s list includes 6,602 researchers from over 70 countries and regions.

Jerold Chun, MD, Ph.D. – Unraveling the Mysteries of the Brain

Jerold Chun’s findings have shaped our understanding of the brain. His group was the first in the world to identify genetic mosaicism and somatic gene recombination in the human brain, helping to shed light on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and how it can be treated with drugs. existing ones that can block the creation of genetic variants. His ongoing work on the brains of people with Down syndrome is also helping to reveal why these people invariably get Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Chun’s other neuroscience discoveries have contributed to our understanding of a range of other diseases, including multiple sclerosis, hydrocephalus, schizophrenia, neuropathic pain, infertility, and fibrosis.

Randal J. Kaufman, Ph.D. – Discovering how proteins fold

Randal J Kaufman has a legacy of scientific contribution that spans both academia and industry. His landmark studies in the 1980s contributed to the discovery of the unfolded protein response, a ubiquitous cellular stress response that occurs when misfolded proteins build up in cells. This response has been associated with a wide range of human diseases, including cancer, neurological, metabolic, genetic and inflammatory disorders, as well as symptoms associated with aging. Today, his work continues to focus on explaining how and why misfolded proteins contribute to cell dysfunction and death, and his findings continue to shape the research of others through his highly cited publications.


About the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Sanford Burnham Prebys is a preeminent and independent biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding human biology and disease and advancing scientific discovery for profound impact on human health. For over 40 years, our research has produced breakthroughs in cancer, neuroscience, immunology and childhood illnesses, and is anchored in our NCI Designated Cancer Center and advanced drug discovery capabilities. . For more information, visit us on or on Facebook and on Twitter@SBPdiscovery.

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