Aga Khan University’s Dr Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta and Dr Jai Das, named among the World’s Top 0.1% Highly Cited Researchers in 2023

Karachi (Muhammad Yasir)

Aga Khan University proudly celebrates the remarkable recognition of Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Founding Director of Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD), and Dr Jai K. Das, Assistant Director of IGHD and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, in the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list by Clarivate. Drs Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Jai Das were recognized in the fields of Clinical Medicine and Cross Field Scholarship respectively. This distinguished acknowledgment stands as a testament to their longstanding partnership, contributions and influence in the global scientific community.

The Highly Cited Researchers list, an annual tribute by Clarivate, highlights the extraordinary impact of trailblazing scientists globally. Among the 6,849 individuals honoured this year, Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Dr Jai Das have secured their place in the top 0.1% of researchers worldwide. The selection process involved a meticulous evaluation of 188,500 Highly Cited Papers, published from 2012 to 2022 in esteemed journals indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, ensuring recognition of the most influential and impactful researchers.

Dr Jai Das, with exceptional leadership and academic prowess, receives acknowledgment in the ‘Cross-Field,’ signifying his multifaceted impact across various domains of research. His extensive involvement in diverse research domains, and spanning community trials, population-based surveys, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and evidence-based systematic reviews, has resulted in over 200 international peer-reviewed papers with an impressive H-Index of over 70.

Both have focused on utilizing evidence in policy and programs, estimating disease burden, assessing intervention effectiveness, and strengthening research capacity in public health. They have been actively involved in guideline committees and working groups for WHO and influenced multiple policies both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Sulaiman Shahabuddin, President of Aga Khan University, commented, “The inclusion of Drs. Zulfiqar Bhutta and Jai Das in the Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list reflects their extraordinary contributions, placing them in the upper echelons of global researchers. This recognition also underscores IGHD’s unwavering commitment to driving impactful research in the field of global health.”

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