Top 20 research institutes in the world

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Although most research institutes do not have the recognition they deserve, they are prolific centers of innovation; they have no teaching obligations, which means they can focus on research.

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Times Higher Education (THE) published its 2018 ranking of the best research institutes. Unlike the university rankings, institutions from Mexico, Spain, Norway, Finland and Canada reached the top 20.

Although most research institutes do not have the recognition they deserve, they are prolific centers of innovation. Generally, these institutes have no teaching obligations, which means they can focus on research.

Research institutes are diverse, and their activities vary according to their mission. Some centers conduct ambitious long-term research with uncertain returns, while others focus on short-term market-oriented research, development work, problem-solving tasks, or technical assistance.

Top 20 research institutes acording to THE

  1. American Cancer Society - United States

  2. Broad Institute - United States

  3. Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research - United States

  4. International Agency for Research on Cancer - France

  5. National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz - Mexico

  6. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - United Kingdom

  7. Cancer Registry of Norway Institute of Population-Based Cancer Research - Norway

  8. Finnish Institute of Occupational Health - Finland

  9. CREAL - Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology - Spain

  10. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - United States

  11. Howard Hughes Medical Institute - United States

  12. European Molecular Biology Laboratory - Germany

  13. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research - Canada

  14. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - United States

  15. CRP-Santé - Luxembourg

  16. International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh - Bangladesh

  17. Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology - Netherlands

  18. Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics - Switzerland

  19. FOM - Institute of Subatomic Physics - NIKHEF - Netherlands

  20. Institut Gustave Roussy - France

In Latin America, the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (INPRFM) stands out in fifth place. Its research focuses on Biological Sciences and Mental Illness, Neuropharmacology and Neurogenesis, Genetics, Pharmacogenetics, Neurochemistry, Molecular Neurobiology and Neurochemistry of Addictions, among others.

This classification is based on the influence of the institutes' citations between 2013 and 2017. THE researchers point out that although there are many medical centers in the ranking, this is a reflection of their abundance and quality.