Dr Hassan-Smith carried out undergraduate and junior medical training at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals. He set out on a path as an academic endocrinologist after completing an intercalated BMedSci project under the Supervision of Profs Marta Korbonits and Ashley Grossman on genotyping single nucleotide polymorphisms in the ghrelin and GHRH receptors. He was House Officer at the Department of Endocrinology at Bart’s. He completed his Senior House Officer rotation at Bart’s and the London, during which time he obtained his MRCP.
He completed higher speciality training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Endocrinology in the West Midlands, and has held National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Academic Clinical Fellow and European Research Council Clinical Research Fellow posts. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Paul Stewart on the role of pre-receptor glucocorticoid metabolism (via the 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases) in ageing, sarcopenia and metabolic diseases.
In addition he has led on outcome studies of Cushing’s disease and collaborated with international partners in this area. He was awarded the Young Endocrinologist Prize for Top Scoring Oral Communication by the Society for Endocrinology, the Mayo Clinic Research Fellowship and a number of small grants covering educational and media activities. He has a number publications in leading medical journals (including JCI, PNAS, JACC, Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, JCEM).
In his clinical lecturer post he has investigated the role of vitamin D metabolism in determining human muscle function working with Profs Martin Hewison (IMSR) group and Prof. Neil Gittoes (Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Birmingham Health Partners). In doing so he has performed detailed studies integrating data from muscle function (using jump plate mechanography and grip strength analysis), body composition, high-throughput multi-metabolite vitamin D and glucocorticoid detection, metabolomics, along with gene expression from biopsies.
He has a number of active multi-disciplinary collaborations (statistics, mathematics, sports & exercise, industry, clinical). He is passionate about science communication and public engagement and has taken part in a number of activities in this area including British Science Week, Sense about Science Media Workshops and Special Select Committees at the Houses of Parliament. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University. He leads on clinical research into metabolic and rare bone diseases. He is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where he is a senior academy tutor. He maintains clinical interests in endocrinology and metabolic bone disease.