Alzheimer's Research

About us

The study staff at the University of Iowa has been involved with Alzheimer’s Disease research trials since 1999. We aim to make the research experience here at the Univeristy of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics an enriching one, filled with conversation, information, and a genuine appreciation for all of those willing to give of their time and effort. We make the research visits easy and enjoyable by meeting our participants at the front door and remaining by their side throughout the study. We love what we do and are proud to contribute in such meaningful research.

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Meet our Team

Del Miller, MD

Primary Investigator

Dr. Del Miller is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky, his Medical Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, and his psychiatric training at the University of Iowa. His combined training in Clinical Pharmacy and Psychiatry have provided the tools to pursue an academic career focusing on advancing the understanding and treatment of various brain disorders. He has been involved in clinical research for over 25 years, most recently concentrated on Alzheimer’s Disease.



Karen Ekstam Smith, RN/BSN, Research Coordinator

Karen Ekstam Smith, RN/BSN is a research manager at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She received her nursing degree from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She began working for the University of Iowa in 1985. She then left the U of I in 1998 to manage a home for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. For the past 19 years, Karen has worked as a research nurse/research coordinator in the area of Alzheimer’s Disease. Karen is dedicated to her work and feels privileged to work with the participants and their caregivers.