Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics
Director of the General Clinical Research Center
Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic
BOSTON UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Dr. Holick has been an extremely productive researcher in the field of Endocrinology. He has published over 250 original publications, 200 reviews, and edited 8 books and wrote 2 books. Dr. Holick exudes enthusiasm for basic and clinical research in endocrinology. His boundless energy has touched the lives of many graduate students, medical students, clinical research fellows, and young staff members at Boston University Medical Center and other universities and institutions where he has served as a visiting professor. He has been an inspiration for young investigators and has acted as an excellent role model for those interested in a career in endocrine research and in academic medicine. He is very effective communicator and highly sought after as a speaker and served and continues to serve as a panel member or chair for various NIH and NASA Pier Review Committees. His research activities over the past 30 years has had an important impact on our understanding of vitamin D endocrinology and the multitude of functions that vitamin D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin have in the prevention of vitamin D deficiency bone disease the treatment of renal osteodystrophy, osteoporosis, calcium metablic disorders and psoriasis. His novel observations about the 1α-OHase in prostate and skin, and his manipulation of 1α-OHase activity with gene therapy offers new exciting approaches for cancer and psoriasis therapy. The innovative studies related to PTHrP for skin and hair growth offer promising new approaches for treating disorders of skin and hair growth disorder including hirsutism and male and female pattern baldness.
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