Nicholas Smith

Professor, Epidemiology



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



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

Whole Genome Analysis of Venous Thromboembolism: the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program.
(2023 Mar 24)
Circ Genom Precis Med
Seyerle AA, Laurie CA, Coombes BJ, Jain D, Conomos MP, Brody J, Chen MH, Gogarten SM, Beutel KM, Gupta N, Heckbert SR, Jackson RD, Johnson AD, Ko D, Manson JE, McKnight B, Metcalf GA, Morrison AC, Reiner AP, Sofer T, Tang W, Wiggins KL, Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program, Boerwinkle E, Andrade M, Gabriel SB, Gibbs RA, Laurie CC, Psaty BM, Vasan RS, Rice K, Kooperberg C, Pankow JS, Smith NL, Pankratz N

Investigating gene-diet interactions impacting the association between macronutrient intake and glycemic traits.
(2023 Feb 15)
Westerman KE, Walker ME, Gaynor SM, Wesse J, DiCorpo D, Ma J, Alonso A, Aslibekyan S, Baldridge AS, Bertoni AG, Biggs ML, Brody JA, Chen YI, Dupuis J, Goodarzi MO, Guo X, Hasbani NR, Heath A, Hidalgo B, Irvin MR, Johnson WC, Kalyani RR, Lange L, Lemaitre RN, Liu CT, Liu S, Moon JY, Nassir R, Pankow JS, Pettinger M, Raffield L, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Selvin E, Senn MK, Shadyab AH, Smith AV, Smith NL, Steffen L, Talegakwar S, Taylor KD, Vries PS, Wilson JG, Wood AC, Yanek LR, Yao J, Zheng Y, Boerwinkle E, Morrison AC, Fornage M, Russell TP, Psaty BM, Levy D, Heard-Costa NL, Ramachandran VS, Mathias RA, Arnett DK, Kaplan R, North KE, Correa A, Carson A, Rotter JI, Rich SS, Manson JE, Reiner AP, Kooperberg C, Florez JC, Meigs JB, Merino J, Tobias DK, Chen H, Manning AK

DNA methylation analysis is used to identify novel genetic loci associated with circulating fibrinogen levels in blood.
(2023 Jan 28)
J Thromb Haemost
Hahn J, Bressler J, Domingo-Relloso A, Chen MH, McCartney DL, Teumer A, van Dongen J, Kleber ME, Aïssi D, Swenson BR, Yao J, Zhao W, Huang J, Xia Y, Brown MR, Costeira R, de Geus EJC, Delgado GE, Dobson DA, Elliott P, Grabe HJ, Guo X, Harris SE, Huffman JE, Kardia SLR, Liu Y, Lorkowski S, Marioni RE, Nauck M, Ratliff SM, Sabater-Lleal M, Spector TD, Suchon P, Taylor KD, Thibord F, Trégouët DA, Wiggins KL, Willemsen G, Bell JT, Boomsma DI, Cole SA, Cox SR, Dehghan A, Greinacher A, Haack K, März W, Morange PE, Rotter JI, Sotoodehnia N, Tellez-Plaza M, Navas-Acien A, Smith JA, Johnson AD, Fornage M, Smith NL, Wolberg AS, Morrison AC, de Vries PS

The relative risk of bleeding after medical hospitalization: the medical inpatient thrombosis and hemorrhage study.
(2023 Mar)
J Thromb Haemost 21(3): 513-521
Gergi M, Wilkinson K, Koh I, Munger J, Al-Samkari H, Smith NL, Roetker NS, Plante TB, Cushman M, Repp AB, Holmes CE, Zakai NA

Novel genetic regulators of fibrinogen synthesis identified by an in vitro experimental platform.
(2023 Mar)
J Thromb Haemost 21(3): 522-533
Dobson DA, Holle LA, Lin FC, Huffman JE, Luyendyk JP, Flick MJ, Smith NL, de Vries PS, Morrison AC, Wolberg AS

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