Robert Smith's current projects are investigating mechanisms of the cellular actions of the hormone insulin and the closely-related insulin-like growth factors (IGFs). These include studies on recently identified proteins in the insulin and IGF pathways that may have roles in causing diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and disturbed metabolism in critical illness. Clinical research projects focus on the effectiveness and importance of glucose control in diabetes and on causes of human growth disorders.
Robert J. Smith joined the faculty in 2000 as director of the division of endocrinology and the new Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. His education included a BA in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, a BMS degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed internal medicine residency training at Duke University and subspecialty training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) and the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA). He was a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1978-2000 with appointments at the Joslin Diabetes Center, the Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
ROBERT SMITH, MD
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