U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Philip Smith

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-8816
Email: smithp@mail.nih.gov

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Current Responsibilities and Activities

As deputy director, I oversee program directors and am responsible for career development for the Division’s scientific staff.  I help lead the development of the Division’s research priorities and maintain active involvement in the basic science consortia it supports.  I also develop the operating budget for the Division, which includes tracking all expenditures related to staff travel, scientific workshops, office supplies, staff training, and equipment.

I also serve as co-director of the Office of Obesity Research.  As such, I am afforded the opportunity to develop and co-manage a coordinated agenda in obesity research funded by the Institute.  This portfolio includes a set of initiatives designed to treat and prevent obesity and its co-morbidities.  My interests include defining the obesity research portfolio’s long-range goals and developing a set of research priorities in this area.  I organize workshops, advisory committee meetings, and conferences with professional societies and patient organizations.

In addition, I participate in support activities of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, which addresses key roadblocks in biomedical research that impede basic scientific discovery and its translation into improved human health.​

Current Committee Memberships

  • NIH Roadmap: Interdisciplinary Consortia Project Team, Implementation GroupMember
  • Interdisciplinary Research, Roadmap Responsiveness CommitteeMember
  • NIH Obesity Research Task ForceMember
  • Subcommittee on the Intrauterine and Neonatal Environment and Development of ObesityChair
  • Inter-Institute Coordinating Committee, Mammalian Genome CollectionMember
  • NIH Transcriptome Project Steering CommitteeMember