Dr. Smith runs the Queen's University Perinatal Research Unit which has a basic science laboratory and a clinical research/clinical trials group. The current focus of both his basic and clinical research is on adverse obstetrical events, specifically related to the etiology, outcomes and potential therapies for pre-eclampsia.
Current research themes include:
- Examining adverse pregnancy outcomes as a marker of future maternal health. Dr. Smith has developed The MotHERS Program (Mothers Health Education, Research and Screening) and its website (www.themothersprogram.ca) to improve maternal health and outcomes.
- Exploring the molecular, haemodynamic and morphological effects of carbon monoxide gas inhalation on the utero-placental environment. Dr. Smith has active research projects aimed at elucidating the role of carbon monoxide exposure and maternal risk for, and symptomatic presentation of pre-eclampsia.