Robert J. Smith, MD

Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Dr. Robert J. Smith received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1973. His 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. He has served on multiple editorial boards and has published numerous research articles, reviews and chapters, and has trained more than 70 research students and postdoctoral research fellows.