- Todi Week 2019
- Systems Thinking in Medicine and New Drug Discovery
- Current Position
- Adjunct assistant professor, Park University and Science Advisor, U.S. FDA
- Robert (Bob) Smith received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1979. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the ETH-Zürich, Switzerland, in the lab of Pier Luigi Luisi. He has worked for the Midwest Research Institute and Honeywell, Inc. in Kansas City, where he was trained in Total Quality Management (TQM). He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Park University and a science advisor for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This year, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) published his book, ‘Systems Thinking in Medicine and New Drug Development’, as a two-volume set. They describe the importance of systems thinking and TQM in modern medicine and pharmacology. Many misconceptions that came from previous reductionist thinking are corrected by using systems thinking. For example, the only true superfood is mother's breast milk. The books also compare and contrast the ways that prescription drugs are developed and marketed. His main research interests are analyzing foods and dietary supplements for neurotoxins, pesticides, herbicides, mycotoxins, industrial chemicals, pollutants and toxic metals. He has written over 130 journal articles and book chapters.
Ion Chromatography Applications (CRC Press, 1988); Medicinal Chemistry – Fusion of Traditional and Western Medicine, First, Second and Third Editions (Bentham Science, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Pomegranate: Botany, Postharvest Treatment, Chemical Composition and Health Effects (Nova Science Publishers, 2014)