Kurt Smith, (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 346-7754
Office Location: 
SB 1015
Office Hours: 
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Date joined Lakehead: 
Aug 1, 2018
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Cardiovascular Research Group - University of Western Australia - School of Human Sciences (Sport and Exercise Science), Faculty of Science, Perth, WA, Australia - NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow

Center for Heart Lung and Vascular Health - University of British Columbia Okanagan, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, Kelowna, B.C, Canada - PhD Student & Research Coordinator


Research Interests: 

Research Areas

Dr. Smiths research interests are divided into three main themes. First, mechanistic research quantifying the fundamental mechanisms responsible for the regulation of brain blood flow during exercise in normal and extreme environments. Second, clinical investigations focused on the early detection and intervention of peripheral and cerebrovascular dysfunction in unique populations. Third, development of novel techniques and approaches aimed at improving the spatial and temporal resolution of integrative physiological cerebrovascular imaging.

Current Projects:

1)      Structure and function of the cerebral vasculature: Exercise and environmental manipulation of blood flow and shear stress patterns in the human brain.

2)      Cerebral physiology and exercise performance: A series of studies aimed at quantifying the relationship between cerebrovascular and cognitive function with systemic  factors of exercise performance (i.e., neuromuscular fatigue) in normal and extreme conditions. 

Selected Publications (for more see - Publication List)

  • Smith K.J., Ainslie, P.N., (2017) Regulation of cerebral blood flow and metabolism during exercise. Exp. Physiol. 102(11):1356-1371. https://doi.org/10.1113/EP086249
  • Tymko, MM, Ainslie, PN, Smith KJ (2018) Evaluating the methods used for measuring cerebral blood flow at rest and during exercise in humans EJAP https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-018-3887-y.
  • Smith K.J., Hoiland, R.L., Grove, RB, McKirdy, H., Naylor, L., Ainslie, P.N., Green, D.J.,(2017) Matched increases in cerebral artery shear stress, irrespective of stimulus, induce  similar changes in extra-cranial arterial diameter in extra-cranial arterial diameter in humans.      JCBFM. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271678X17739220.