Top 10 young universities in life sciences 2019

Revealing some impressive all-rounders.

26 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Timothee Brutsch

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US institutions may be the world’s biggest contributors to high-quality life sciences research, but Asia’s young universities have emerged as major players.

European universities aged 50 and under took out four places in the top 10, although their collective fractional count (FC) fell behind their American and Asian counterparts. An institution’s FC is its affiliated authors’ share of authorship on each article tracked by the Nature index.

At the top of the list is the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), with an FC of 53.40. This represents 96.2% of its overall FC across all subjects, which is no surprise for this life sciences-focussed institution.

The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), is in second place with an FC of 51.03, which represents a much lower 16% of its overall output. UCAS was the number one young university across all subjects in the Nature Index’s 2019 ranking, released in October.

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is also making impressive gains, ranking sixth among the leading young universities in the field, with life sciences papers accounting for just 9.3% of its total FC in the Nature Index.

Below are the top 10 young universities in life sciences research in the Nature Index.

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