Faculty

Nicholas L. Smith

Professor, Epidemiology

206-221-1279

Education

PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1997
MPH Epidemiology/Biostatistics, University of California (Berkeley), 1993
BA Social Sciences, University of California (Irvine), 1987

Contact

206-221-1279

Box 351619
Department of Epidemiology
Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, 886
Seattle, WA 98195
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Bio

Dr. Smith is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the VA Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Research Interests

My research interests within cardiovascular epidemiologic research are wide and include investigations of inherited and acquired risk factors for arterial and venous thrombosis, diabetes, and heart failure. A major focus of my research in the past 15 years has been on genetic association studies, first conducted in the local setting and now being orchestrated internationally. Early work was conducted at Group Health Research Institute and involved a series of case-controls studies conducted with colleagues at the University of Washington. These studies addressed primarily pharmaco and pharmaco-genetic epidemiologic questions related to myocardial infarctions, stroke, and venous thrombosis. More recently, I have been involved in 2 large international genetics consortia, the Cohorts of Heart and Aging Genetic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium and the International Network of Venous Thrombosis (INVENT) Consortium. In CHARGE, I co-convene 2 working groups, the CHARGE Hemostasis Working Group and the CHARGE Heart Failure Working Group. I am also a co-convener of the International Network on Venous Thrombosis (INVENT) consortium. For these consortia, I provide leadership in the conduct of intermediate and clinical phenotype association studies using genome-wide and exome-wide markers and exome sequencing. I am also the director of the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP). The VA CSP is intimately involved in the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), which is collecting DNA, lifestyle questionnaires from over a 1,000,000 Veterans who use the Veterans Health Administration for their care.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Multi-ancestry polygenic risk scores for venous thromboembolism.
(2024 Jun 16)
Hum Mol Genet
Jee YH, Thibord F, Dominguez A, Sept C, Boulier K, Venkateswaran V, Ding Y, Cherlin T, Verma SS, Faro VL, Bartz TM, Boland A, Brody JA, Deleuze JF, Emmerich J, Germain M, Johnson AD, Kooperberg C, Morange PE, Pankratz N, Psaty BM, Reiner AP, Smadja DM, Sitlani CM, Suchon P, Tang W, Trégouët DA, Zöllner S, Pasaniuc B, Damrauer SM, Sanna S, Snieder H, Lifelines Cohort Study, Kabrhel C, Smith NL, Kraft P, INVENT Consortium

Epigenetic and proteomic signatures associate with clonal hematopoiesis expansion rate.
(2024 Jun 4)
Nat Aging
Mack TM, Raddatz MA, Pershad Y, Nachun DC, Taylor KD, Guo X, Shuldiner AR, O'Connell JR, Kenny EE, Loos RJF, Redline S, Cade BE, Psaty BM, Bis JC, Brody JA, Silverman EK, Yun JH, Cho MH, DeMeo DL, Levy D, Johnson AD, Mathias RA, Yanek LR, Heckbert SR, Smith NL, Wiggins KL, Raffield LM, Carson AP, Rotter JI, Rich SS, Manichaikul AW, Gu CC, Chen YI, Lee WJ, Shoemaker MB, Roden DM, Kooperberg C, Auer PL, Desai P, Blackwell TW, Smith AV, Reiner AP, Jaiswal S, Weinstock JS, Bick AG

Validation of human telomere length multi-ancestry meta-analysis association signals identifies POP5 and KBTBD6 as human telomere length regulation genes.
(2024 May 24)
Nat Commun 15(1): 4417
Keener R, Chhetri SB, Connelly CJ, Taub MA, Conomos MP, Weinstock J, Ni B, Strober B, Aslibekyan S, Auer PL, Barwick L, Becker LC, Blangero J, Bleecker ER, Brody JA, Cade BE, Celedon JC, Chang YC, Cupples LA, Custer B, Freedman BI, Gladwin MT, Heckbert SR, Hou L, Irvin MR, Isasi CR, Johnsen JM, Kenny EE, Kooperberg C, Minster RL, Naseri T, Viali S, Nekhai S, Pankratz N, Peyser PA, Taylor KD, Telen MJ, Wu B, Yanek LR, Yang IV, Albert C, Arnett DK, Ashley-Koch AE, Barnes KC, Bis JC, Blackwell TW, Boerwinkle E, Burchard EG, Carson AP, Chen Z, Chen YI, Darbar D, de Andrade M, Ellinor PT, Fornage M, Gelb BD, Gilliland FD, He J, Islam T, Kaab S, Kardia SLR, Kelly S, Konkle BA, Kumar R, Loos RJF, Martinez FD, McGarvey ST, Meyers DA, Mitchell BD, Montgomery CG, North KE, Palmer ND, Peralta JM, Raby BA, Redline S, Rich SS, Roden D, Rotter JI, Ruczinski I, Schwartz D, Sciurba F, Shoemaker MB, Silverman EK, Sinner MF, Smith NL, Smith AV, Tiwari HK, Vasan RS, Weiss ST, Williams LK, Zhang Y, Ziv E, Raffield LM, Reiner AP, NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium, TOPMed Hematology and Hemostasis Working Group, TOPMed Structural Variation Working Group, Arvanitis M, Greider CW, Mathias RA, Battle A

Genome-wide investigation of exogenous female hormones, genetic variation, and venous thromboembolism risk.
(2024 May 21)
J Thromb Haemost
Hasser EK, Brody JA, Bartz TM, Thibord F, Li-Gao R, Kauko A, Wiggins KL, Teder-Laving M, Kim J, Munsch G, Haile HG, Deleuze JF, van Hylckama Vlieg A, Wolberg AS, Boland A, Morange PE, FinnGen, Estonia Biobank research team, Kraft P, Lowenstein CJ, Emmerich J, Sitlani CM, Suchon P, Rosendaal FR, Niiranen T, Kabrhel C, Trégouët DA, Smith NL

Quantifying Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms During Traumatic Memories Using Interpretable Markers of Respiratory Variability.
(2024 May 7)
IEEE J Biomed Health Inform PP():
Gazi AH, Sanchez-Perez JA, Saks GL, Alday EAP, Haffar A, Ahmed H, Herraka D, Tarlapally N, Smith NL, Bremner JD, Shah AJ, Inan OT, Vaccarino V

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