Peter Smith, Ph.D., named senior associate dean for research

November 17, 2014

Peter Smith, Ph.D.

The University of Kansas School of Medicine today announced Peter G. Smith, Ph.D., has been named senior associate dean for research. Smith will succeed Paul Terranova, Ph.D, who is retiring effective January 2, 2015.

"Peter Smith is a demonstrated leader and a committed researcher," said Robert Simari, M.D., executive dean of the School of Medicine. "He has been a critical part of our research team and will now support all research activities and efforts within the School of Medicine."  

In his new role, Smith will serve as a key advisor to the executive dean and will assist in matters relating to research, including operations, infrastructure, recruitments and evaluations.  

Smith currently serves as professor and interim chair of the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, co-director of the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, founding director of the Institute for Neurological Discoveries, and director of Pilots and Collaborative Research Awards for Frontiers: Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (Kansas CTSA). Smith is currently developing a transition plan for relinquishing activities as he assumes his new role.  

"I'm honored to have been selected for this position," said Smith.  "Medical schools face many challenges today, but the University of Kansas School of Medicine is well positioned to advance its standings in research and medical education. I'm excited to be a member of a new leadership team that will be moving this institution forward."

An accomplished National Institutes of Health-funded researcher, Smith's research interests include autonomic neurobiology, pain mechanisms, neuronal plasticity, nerve regeneration and repair, and the neurobiology of developmental disabilities.  

He is a member of the KU School of Medicine Research Committee, chair of the cDNA Microarray Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland. He also serves on the editorial board of Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical, and is the North American representative to the Executive Committee to the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience.   Smith earned a bachelor of arts in zoology and chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a physiology and pharmacology from Duke University, where he also conducted postdoctoral activities.    

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