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Early Start researcher amongst the world's most influential

Early Start researcher amongst the world's most influential

UOW Early Start Senior Professor Tony Okely has been named among the world’s most influential researchers, featuring in the 2019 ISI Highly Cited Researchers list, published by Clarivate Analytics.

The list recognises global research leaders in the sciences and social sciences and is determined by those researchers who rank in the top 1 per cent by citations, for their publication year and field, in the Web of Science database over a 10 year period.

Professor Okely, Director of Research at UOW Early Start, was among seven UOW researchers featured on the 2019 list. His research focuses on movement behaviours (physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep) in children.

“We are delighted for Tony. We’re so privileged to have his level of expertise within Early Start and the amount of impact he is having on families is extraordinary,” CEO UOW Early Start, Anita Kumar said.

Professor Okely led the research team that developed and recently updated the Australian 24-hr Movement Guidelines for Children 0-5 years, and the Australian 24-hr Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People. He was also part of the Guideline Development Group for the WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours in children under 5 years of age, South African 24-hr Movement Guidelines for Birth to 5 Years, and UK Physical Activity Guidelines for Children under 5.

“It is a great honour to have been included on this list,” Professor Okely said. "I would like to acknowledge all those with whom it has been a privilege to work with, especially my colleagues and Higher Degree Research students in Early Start and the tremendous support from UOW for my research.

“Most importantly, it is my hope that this research has had an impact on the children and families whose lives it has sought to improve.”

The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.