Margie Davenport, PhD

Office:     1-059D, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Mail:       University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E1
Phone     780-492-0642

Current Position


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation


Research Areas


Maternal-fetal transmission of chronic disease


Current Research Activities

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

Specific areas of interest:

1) The use of lifestyle interventions (nutrition and physical activity) in the prevention of excessive gestational weight gain and pregnancy complications including gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

2) The short- and long-term implications of exercise during pregnancy on maternal/fetal health.

3) Investigating the maternal/fetal cardiovascular and metabolic adaptations to pregnancy and exercise during pregnancy.




PhD, University of Western Ontario


Selected Publications

Davenport, M.H., S-M. Ruchat, I. Giroux, M.M. Sopper and M.F. Mottola (2013).  Timing of excessive pregnancy-related weight gain and offspring adiposity at birth.  Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Tyndall, A.V., M.H. Davenport, B.J. Wilson, G.M. Burek, G. Arsenault-Lapierre, E. Haley, G.A. Eskes, C.M. Friedenreich, M.D. Hill, D.B. Hogan, R.S. Longman, T.J. Anderson, R. Leigh, E.E. Smith and M.J. Poulin (2013).  The Brain-in-Motion Study: Effect of a 6-month aerobic exercise intervention on cerebrovascular regulation and cognitive function in older adults.  BMC Geriatrics, accepted February 21, 2013.

Ruchat, S.-M., M.H. Davenport, I. Giroux, M. Hillier, A. Batada, M.M. Sopper, J.A. Hammond and M.F. Mottola (2012).  Effect of exercise intensity and duration on capillary glucose responses in pregnant women at high and low risk for gestational diabetes.  Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 28(8):669-78.

Davenport, M.H., A.E. Beaudin, A.D. Brown, R. Leigh and M.J. Poulin (2012).  Ventilatory responses to exercise and CO2 after menopause:  effect of age and fitness.  Resp Phys Neurobiol.  184(1):1-8.

Davenport, M.H., D.B. Hogan, G.A. Eskes, R.S. Longman and M.J. Poulin (2012).  Cerebrovascular reserve: the link between fitness and cognition?  Exercise and Sport Science Reviews 40(3):153-8.

Ruchat, S.-M., M.H. Davenport, I. Giroux, M. Hillier, A. Batada, M.M. Sopper, J.A. Hammond and M.F. Mottola (2012).  Nutrition and exercise reduce excessive weight gain in normal weight pregnant women.  Med Sci Sport Exerc. 44(8):1419-26.

Ruchat, S.-M., M.H. Davenport, I. Giroux, M. Hillier, A. Batada, M.M. Sopper, J.A. Hammond and M.F. Mottola (2012).  Cardiorespiratory responses to a maternal weight-bearing exercise program of low or moderate intensity.  Int J Sports Med. 33(8):1419-26.

Davenport, M.H., R. Goswami, J.K. Shoemaker and M.F. Mottola (2012).  The influence of hyperglycemia during and after pregnancy on postpartum vascular function.  AJP Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 302(6):R768-775.


Davenport, M.H., I. Giroux, M.M. Sopper and M.F. Mottola (2011).  Postpartum exercise regardless of intensity improves chronic disease risk factors.    Med Sci Sport Exerc.  43(6):951-958.


Davenport, M.H., Campbell, M.K. and M.F. Mottola (2010).  Increased incidence of glucose disorders during pregnancy is not explained by pre-pregnancy obesity in London, Canada.  BMC Pregnancy Childbirth  10(1):85.


Mottola, M.F., Giroux, I., Gratton, R., Hammond, J., Hanley, A.,  Harris, S., McManus, R., Davenport, M.H. and Sopper, M.M. (2010). A Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) that prevents excessive pregnancy weight gain and minimizes weight retention in overweight and obese women.  Med Sci Sport Exerc. 42(2):265-272. 


Davenport M.H., C.D. Steinback, and M.F. Mottola (2009). Impact of pregnancy and obesity on cardiorespiratory responses during weight-bearing exercise.  Resp Phys Neurobiol. 167(3):341-347. 


Davenport, M.H., S. Charlesworth, D. Vanderspank, M.M. Sopper and M.F. Mottola (2008).  Exercise prescription and validation of target heart rate zones for overweight and obese pregnant women.  APNM 33(5):984-989. 


Davenport, M.H., M.F. Mottola, R. McManus and R. Gratton (2008). Walking intervention improves capillary glucose control in women with gestational diabetes mellitus:  a pilot study.  APNM 33(3): 511-7. 


Mottola, M.F., M.H. Davenport, C. Brun, S. Inglis, S. Charlesworth, M. M. Sopper (2006).  Prediction of VO2peak and target heart rate zone exercise prescription for pregnant women based on fitness level.   Med Sci Sport Exerc. 38(8):1389-1395.