Paul W. Davenport, PhD

Paul W. Davenport, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Physiological Sciences

Paul W. Davenport received his BA degree in Chemistry from the Greenville College, Greenville, IL, in 1973. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, in 1980. He was a Research Associate at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX in 1981. In 1981, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida in the Department of Physiological Sciences where he is currently a Distinguished Professor. He has taught respiratory physiology to medical, veterinary and graduate students for over 33 years. His research interests are the relationship between respiratory mechanics and the neural mechanisms of respiratory sensation. He has studied the afferent and efferent mechanisms involved in the cerebral cortical control of breathing, respiratory sensations and defensive reflexes such as cough. He has studied the transduction properties of pulmonary and respiratory muscle afferents and their role in the reflex control of breathing pattern and airway defensive reflexes. He has investigated the mechanisms mediating the behavioral control of breathing, breathlessness, breathing related anxiety and the Urge-to-Cough in normal human adults and children and patients with respiratory and neuromuscular diseases. He has researched the respiratory muscle mechanisms producing the pumping forces for ventilation, respiratory muscle strength training and the neural and muscular mechanisms mediating respiratory muscle strength especially related to patients with breathing, swallow and cough difficulties. He has developed a new device to assist with airway clearance and non-invasive detection of respiratory diseases in exhaled air. He has ongoing research studies on exercise performance assessment in athletes and individuals required to exercise with heavy loads.