A Newcastle doctor and professor has been recognised for his contribution to breast cancer research.

Professor John Forbes AM has been named in the Thomson Reuters “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2015” list, which honours the work of researchers from around the world, who have published the greatest number of highly cited papers from 2003 to 2013.

Professor Forbes says he is honoured to be recognised with such an esteemed group of researchers from around the world.

“Breast cancer clinical trials research has led to improved survival rates and new treatments for women at risk or diagnosed with this disease, particularly over the last 20 years. The success of this research has been in the collaboration between researchers, women who participate in clinical trials and our supporters in the community. The research has led to a greater than 30% fall in breast cancer mortality over this time. I sincerely thank them for their support and contribution to the lives of women and their families,” he said.

Professor Forbes is the Director of Research at the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Newcastle and Director of Surgical Oncology at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital.