Margie Davenport, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
Email
margie.davenport@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0642
Address
1-052 Li Ka Shing Centre For Research
11203 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Email
margie.davenport@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada National New Investigator in Women's Cardiovascular Health (2017-2021)

Degrees
Postdoctoral Fellowship (Physiology and Pharmacology), University of Calgary, 2012
PhD (Integrative Physiology), University of Western Ontario, 2010
BSc (Kinesiology), University of Western Ontario, 2005
BSc (Biology), Trent University, 2001

Background
My graduate work was focused on the use of prenatal exercise to promote cardiometabolic health in women diagnosed with, or at risk for gestational diabetes. This work led to the development of target heart rate zones for pregnant women which are included in current national and international guidelines for exercise. My postdoctoral fellowship investigated the impact of exercise on cerebrovascular function in older adults with a focus on post-menopausal women.


Research

My principal research interest is the investigation of maternal-fetal health outcomes, and an exploration of the preventative role of exercise and/or lifestyle interventions in the development of chronic disease.

My research program examines the role of physical activity (exercise and sedentary behaviour) during pregnancy and the postpartum period on maternal-fetal health. I am currently pursuing three areas of research:

  • Discovery biomedical research examining the underlying physiology of cardiometabolic health during pregnancy. This includes investigation of the impact of prenatal exercise/sedentary behaviour on cardiovascular, metabolic and autonomic nervous system adaptations to healthy pregnancy. 
  • Exercise interventions to prevent pregnancy complications and reduce maternal/fetal chronic disease risk.  
  • The translation of these findings to end users including the re-development of the SOGC/CSEP Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy.

Our Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and CFI-funded lab is equipped with state of the art tools for assessing maternal hemodynamics (e.g. peripheral and cerebral ultrasounds), neurovacular control (i.e. microneurography systems), and respiratory function. Our lab also includes a dedicated gym facilty for conducting exercise interventions and a biochemistry suite for biological sample collection and processing.


Teaching

KIN 334

Announcements

Dr. Davenport is currently accepting applications for graduate (PhD and MSc) and post-graduate students.

Courses

KIN 334 - Physical Activity, Nutrition and Energy Balance

Emphasis on the components of energy expenditure and energy intake. Other topics include the regulation of body composition, nutritional requirements for athletes, eating disorders, and obesity. Prerequisite: KIN 200. Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KIN 334 or PEDS 334.

Winter Term 2021
KIN 399A - Research Project

Directed research done under the supervision of an academic member in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation or approved research affiliate. Normally for students in their third year of study. Prerequisite: KIN 209 or 409 and consent of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs). Students must arrange a project with an academic staff member or approved research affiliate. Enrolment is limited and preference will be given to students with GPA of 3.0 and above on their most recent *30.

Fall Term 2020
KIN 399B - Research Project

Directed research done under the supervision of an academic member in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation or approved research affiliate. Normally for students in their third year of study. Prerequisite: KIN 209 or 409 and consent of the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs). Students must arrange a project with an academic staff member or approved research affiliate. Enrolment is limited and preference will be given to students with GPA of 3.0 and above on their most recent *30.

Winter Term 2021
KSR 590 - Research and Directed Studies I

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of KSR 590, KRLS 590 or PERLS 590.

Fall Term 2020

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