Paul W. Davenport, PhD

Paul W. Davenport, PhD
Distinguished ProfessorCenter for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
Department of Physiological Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

Research InterestsCenter for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation
Dr. Davenport’s 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. His research focus is on the physiological mechanisms of central neural behavioral control of respiratory pattern. Dr. Davenport investigates 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). Patient studies have focused on the control of breathing pattern in individuals with neuromuscular disease, spinal injury, stroke and asthma. Dr. Davenport 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

Degrees and Training

  • BA, Greenville College, Illinois
  • PhD, University of Kentucky, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
  • Postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas