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



Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Box 358085
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1360
Seattle, WA 98101
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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)

Association between depression and epigenetic age acceleration: A co-twin control study.
(2022 Jun 27)
Depress Anxiety
Liu C, Wang Z, Hui Q, Goldberg J, Smith NL, Shah AJ, Murrah N, Shallenberger L, Diggers E, Bremner JD, Sun YV, Vaccarino V

Whole exome sequencing of 14 389 individuals from the ESP and CHARGE consortia identifies novel rare variation associated with hemostatic factors.
(2022 May 12)
Hum Mol Genet
Pankratz N, Wei P, Brody JA, Chen MH, Vries PS, Huffman JE, Stimson MR, Auer PL, Boerwinkle E, Cushman M, Maat MPM, Folsom AR, Franco OH, Gibbs RA, Haagenson KK, Hofman A, Johnsen JM, Kovar CL, Kraaij R, McKnight B, Metcalf GA, Muzny D, Psaty BM, Tang W, Uitterlinden AG, Rooij JGJ, Dehghan A, O'Donnell CJ, Reiner AP, Morrison AC, Smith NL

Genetic determinants of telomere length from 109,122 ancestrally diverse whole-genome sequences in TOPMed.
(2022 Jan 12)
Cell Genom 2(1):
Taub MA, Conomos MP, Keener R, Iyer KR, Weinstock JS, Yanek LR, Lane J, Miller-Fleming TW, Brody JA, Raffield LM, McHugh CP, Jain D, Gogarten SM, Laurie CA, Keramati A, Arvanitis M, Smith AV, Heavner B, Barwick L, Becker LC, Bis JC, Blangero J, Bleecker ER, Burchard EG, Celedón JC, Chang YPC, Custer B, Darbar D, de Las Fuentes L, DeMeo DL, Freedman BI, Garrett ME, Gladwin MT, Heckbert SR, Hidalgo BA, Irvin MR, Islam T, Johnson WC, Kaab S, Launer L, Lee J, Liu S, Moscati A, North KE, Peyser PA, Rafaels N, Seidman C, Weeks DE, Wen F, Wheeler MM, Williams LK, Yang IV, Zhao W, Aslibekyan S, Auer PL, Bowden DW, Cade BE, Chen Z, Cho MH, Cupples LA, Curran JE, Daya M, Deka R, Eng C, Fingerlin TE, Guo X, Hou L, Hwang SJ, Johnsen JM, Kenny EE, Levin AM, Liu C, Minster RL, Naseri T, Nouraie M, Reupena MS, Sabino EC, Smith JA, Smith NL, Su JL, Taylor JG, Telen MJ, Tiwari HK, Tracy RP, White MJ, Zhang Y, Wiggins KL, Weiss ST, Vasan RS, Taylor KD, Sinner MF, Silverman EK, Shoemaker MB, Sheu WH, Sciurba F, Schwartz DA, Rotter JI, Roden D, Redline S, Raby BA, Psaty BM, Peralta JM, Palmer ND, Nekhai S, Montgomery CG, Mitchell BD, Meyers DA, McGarvey ST, NHLBI CARE Network., Mak AC, Loos RJ, Kumar R, Kooperberg C, Konkle BA, Kelly S, Kardia SL, Kaplan R, He J, Gui H, Gilliland FD, Gelb BD, Fornage M, Ellinor PT, de Andrade M, Correa A, Chen YI, Boerwinkle E, Barnes KC, Ashley-Koch AE, Arnett DK, NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium., TOPMed Hematology and Hemostasis Working Group., TOPMed Structural Variation Working Group., Laurie CC, Abecasis G, Nickerson DA, Wilson JG, Rich SS, Levy D, Ruczinski I, Aviv A, Blackwell TW, Thornton T, O'Connell J, Cox NJ, Perry JA, Armanios M, Battle A, Pankratz N, Reiner AP, Mathias RA

Risk factors for suicide in the Vietnam-era twin registry.
(2022 May 2)
Suicide Life Threat Behav
Forsberg CW, Estrada SA, Baraff A, Magruder KM, Vaccarino V, Litz BT, Friedman MJ, Goldberg J, Smith NL

Publisher Correction: Elucidating mechanisms of genetic cross-disease associations at the PROCR vascular disease locus.
(2022 Apr 6)
Nat Commun 13(1): 1962
Stacey D, Chen L, Stanczyk PJ, Howson JMM, Mason AM, Burgess S, MacDonald S, Langdown J, McKinney H, Downes K, Farahi N, Peters JE, Basu S, Pankow JS, Tang W, Pankratz N, Sabater-Lleal M, de Vries PS, Smith NL, CHARGE Hemostasis Working Group., Gelinas AD, Schneider DJ, Janjic N, Samani NJ, Ye S, Summers C, Chilvers ER, Danesh J, Paul DS

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