Woolcock Named World’s Best in Field

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The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney has been ranked the top specialist sleep and respiratory health research centre in the world by the influential data firm Times Higher Education.

New global rankings released this week place the Woolcock 52nd in the world for research excellence. The ranking table is based on citations for publications within each field of research.

The listing put the Woolcock 5th among Australia’s best research organisations, and confirms it as the highest-ranked medical research centre associated with Sydney University.

But, most significantly, it is the highest-ranked specialist sleep and respiratory research centre globally.

Executive director Professor Carol Armour says the exciting result is a reflection of the passion and dedication of the Woolcock’s 200 medical researchers. “It’s a proud moment to see our world-class research recognised on the global stage,” Professor Armour says. “As the ranking suggests, our team is constantly striving to improve the respiratory and sleep health of all Australians.”

The Woolcock is the nation’s leading sleep and breathing research institute. Researchers are working to discover the cause of debilitating respiratory diseases like asthma, emphysema, COPD and lung cancer, as well as sleep conditions, including insomnia, sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

“Our team is charged with finding better treatments and translating our discoveries into new clinical practice that improves everyday life for people, young and old,” Professor Armour says. “Improving wellbeing is at the very heart of what we do.”

Times Higher Education (THE) is a data provider underpinning university and research centre excellence in every continent across the world. The latest research centre ranking positions the American Cancer Society in first place. The Woolcock shares the top five Australian slots with The George Institute for Global Health, Box Hill Hospital, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Ludwig Institute of Medical Research.