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Scientist Profiles - Roy Smith

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Roy G. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Metabolism and Aging 

Professor Roy G. Smith is an internationally recognized scientist focused on the quality of life of the elderly through research.  His groundbreaking work revealed a compound that restores levels of growth hormone in the elderly to levels observed in young adults, inhibiting the decline in immune function during aging.
At Scripps Florida, where he chairs the new Department of Metabolism and Aging, he is currently examining how changes in the central nervous system affect key areas of the brain involved in memory and cognition as we age. He is also working on a strategy for treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis.  His objective is to intervene in the aging process by identifying the fundamental biological changes that lead to physical and mental problems, thereby maintaining the quality of life as we age.
Prior to coming to Scripps Research, Professor Smith was the Director of Baylor’s Huffington Center on Aging (Houston) where his research concentrated on the prevention of frailty in the elderly and on inhibiting age-related changes in cognitive functions.  He was also a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Professor Smith received his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from Queen Mary College, London University, in the U.K.  He also has more than a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, ultimately serving as Vice President for Basic Research at Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Rahway, NJ.