- Faculty: Medicine & Dentistry-Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Position: Professor
- Research Areas: fetal programming of chronic disease, maternal aging, preeclampsia, vascular
- Research Theme: Children's Health & Well-being, Lifelong Women's Health, Pregnancy & Developmental Trajectories
Summary:The Davidge laboratory studies cardiovascular physiology with a specific interest in improving pregnancy outcomes. We study how the cardiovascular system adapts to pregnancy under normal circumstances, and investigate how these normal actions are impaired in pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy specific condition (characterized by high blood pressure and vascular dysfunction) that affects 5-8% of pregnancies and impacts both the health of the mother and the child during pregnancy and later in life. The Davidge lab studies preeclampsia, but also other complications of pregnancy, such as reduced oxygen to the fetus and pregnancies at advanced maternal age (maternal age >35 years). Together with her trainees and collaborators, Dr. Davidge is striving to develop early intervention and prevention strategies to improve pregnancy outcomes that will also improve the long-term cardiovascular health for both the mother and her child.
Stories this researcher is featured in:
Four leading researchers named to Royal Society of Canada
WCHRI Executive Director Sandra Davidge was named to the Royal Society of Canada today, the country's oldest and most prestigious scholarly institute. Member Carla Prado was also named to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Women’s health panel on Real Talk podcast show
VIDEO: A trio of women's health researchers were recently guests on the Ryan Jesperson "Real Talk" podcast.
Later life pregnancy increases future heart problems in children
Sandy Davidge and her team have shown that offspring born to older mothers have an increased likelihood of chronic heart problems. She's hoping an increased understanding will lead to improved interventions and potential new treatments.