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Paul W. Davenport

Distinguished Professor

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100144
Gainesville, FL  32610-0144
pdavenpo@ufl.edu
Office: 352-294-4025
Fax: 352-392-5145

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, 1980
  • B.A. Greenville College, 1973

Honors and Awards

  • University of Kentucky, Department of Physiology, Thomas Skinner Lecturer, 2005
  • University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, 2003
  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2001
  • MSD AGVET Award for Creativity in Teaching, College Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1993
  • MSD AGVET Award for Creativity in Teaching, National Award, 1993
  • Paykel Visiting Professor Fellowship, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 1991
  • Teacher of the Year, Class of 1990, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1987
  • C.E. Cornelius Research Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 1986

Research Interests

My research team investigates the afferent and efferent mechanisms involved in the behavioral control of breathing pattern, respiratory defensive reflexes, respiratory response to exercise and the neural mechanisms of respiratory perception. Our research focus is on the physiological mechanisms of central neural behavioral control of respiratory pattern. We investigate the role of pulmonary and respiratory muscle afferents in activating cognitive centers of the brain, behavioral control of breathing pattern and respiratory muscle strengthening rehabilitation of disorders in swallow (dysphagia) and cough (dystussia). Our patient studies have focused on the control of breathing pattern in individuals with neuromuscular disease, spinal injury, stroke and asthma. My research laboratory has also studied the sense of respiratory breathing effort for load compensation in humans and experimental animals. I am also studying high frequency oscillation of the airways of humans and experimental animals which increases the concentration of exhaled molecules and decreases the sense of respiratory breathing effort. My lab is also investigating the effect of respiratory muscle strength training on exercise performance in healthy sedentary individuals and athletes.

Patented Invention

Airway Oscillation Device for Preventing Mucus Obstructions in Cystic Fibrosis Patients’ Respiratory Tracts

This is a screen-grab of a brochure that describes Dr. Davenport's patented invention, an Airway Oscillation Device to prevent mucus obstructions in cystic fibrosis patients's respiratory tracts

Please follow the link above for additional information about this technology.