Dr. Steven R. Smith, Chief Scientific Officer & Senior Vice President at AdventHealth

This episode features Dr. Steven R. Smith, Chief Scientific Officer & Senior Vice President at AdventHealth. Here, he discusses his work with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative, a research study aiming to aid early detection & treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Dr. Steven Smith Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Detection and Treatment on the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative

Dr. Steven R. Smith, the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President at AdventHealth, recently joined a discussion to provide insights into his work with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative. This research study is focused on detecting and treating Alzheimer’s Disease early on.

The Mission of the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative

The Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative is a research study dedicated to finding methods to detect and treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Specifically, Dr. Steven Smith’s research focuses on detecting mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s Disease. The team is using a blood test called PER AD, which detects plaques that are released from the brain and circulate in the blood. Additionally, they are implementing physical activity programs and dietary approaches to help reverse declines in brain function. Lastly, the researchers are testing new medications to try and break down plaques in the brain and restore healthy brain function.

Clinical Trial Led by Dr. Steven Smith

Advent Health’s Dr. Steven Smith is leading a clinical trial to study the effects of early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease on patients. The study is open to individuals who are 65 years and older and have not been diagnosed with dementia or serious memory problems. Participants will take a digital cognitive test online that assesses their cognitive function. If the results of the test indicate a problem, they will be asked to visit a clinic for more advanced cognitive assessments and a blood test. The study aims to improve access to early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease in regions that do not have neurologists on staff. It could also help individuals make better life decisions by enabling them to learn about the condition earlier on.

The Work of Dr. Steven Smith

Dr. Steven Smith is a clinical endocrinologist who works on large-scale population studies to enhance healthcare in the United States. His work with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative and his clinical trial aims to detect and treat Alzheimer’s Disease early on in the disease’s progression. This would enable medical professionals to help those suffering from the condition manage their symptoms better and potentially slow the disease’s progression.


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This episode aired on 09/13/2022 and can be listened here.


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