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Four LSU researchers rank among the most-cited scholars in the world


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Dr. Steven Heymsfield, professor at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, is on the list, the release states. The success of his most cited paper, "Epidemiology of sarcopenia among the elderly in New Mexico," written together with Richard N. Baumgartner on how muscle mass decreases with age, wasn't immediately obvious at the time it was published in American Journal of Epidemiology in 1998.

"Little did we know so long ago that the problem of sarcopenia would become a major topic of current research," Heymsfield said. "There are two parallel epidemics that people think about now — obesity and sarcopenia — and our paper on sarcopenia was one of the first, defining it as BMI, body mass index. Since then, everyone has used that index.
Claude Bouchard, LSU Boyd Professor and John W. Barton Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition, also at Pennington Biomedical, has the highest current h-index at LSU. His research centers on the genetics and consequences of obesity and the health benefits of exercise. He co-wrote a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1995 titled, "Physical activity and public health: a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine," which has been cited almost 10,000 times.

Joining Heymsfield and Bouchard on the list of the most cited scholars in the world is Dr. D. Neil Granger, Boyd Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Cellular Physiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. His most cited paper, "Nitric oxide: an endogenous modulator of leukocyte adhesion," was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 1991.

Paul Frick, the Roy Crumpler Memorial Chair and professor of psychology at LSU, also earned an h-index over 100. His research investigates the many interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioral problems, such as aggressive and antisocial behavior.


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