Two Greek-Australian Scientists Among World’s Best

simaies_ellines-australiaTwo Melbourne Greek-Australian scientists are among the world’s top scientists for 2014, according to the Sunday edition of “Eleftheros Typos” newspaper.

Thomson Reuters made a list with 3,200 scientists from all over the world, whose work has benefited the planet. Two prominent Greek-Australian professors made the list.

University of Melbourne professor Christos Pantelis was included for his exceptional research work in the field of psychiatry. Monash University professor Arthur Christopoulos was also on the list for his research in pharmaceuticals in the field of psychiatry/psychology.

Dr. Christopoulos “is working to end the reign of ‘blunt hammer’ medicines. By targeting previously unappreciated drug recognition sites in the body, Dr. Christopoulos and his colleagues are developing medicines potent enough to offer better treatment of schizophrenia and diabetes, and selective enough to eliminate side-effects.”

Dr. Christopoulos is considered a top scientist in his field and has received two important awards for his work: the John J. Abel Award in pharmacology and the Michael Rand Medal.

Dr. Pantelis is head of a research team of 50 scientists who work in the field of psychiatry. He has written three books and published over 430 papers and scientific articles on schizophrenia, depression, autism and other subjects.

Dr. Pantelis was recently named in the Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” representing the top 1% of most highly cited scientists.

Last year he received the Robert Sommer award from the Justus Liebig University in Germany for his “outstanding achievements in the field of psychiatric research.”