Sandra Davidge

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.

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February 7, 2024

CIHR announces $6.7 million of new research funding for nine WCHRI members

Awards will fund projects that have potential for breakthroughs in women's and children’s health

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May 11, 2023

Understanding the higher risk of cardiovascular disease after complicated pregnancies

Amanda de Oliveira seeks to understand the higher risk of cardiovascular disease after complicated pregnancies.

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April 28, 2023

One Child Every Child

A Canada-first research initiative, with a vision for all Canadian children to be the healthiest, most empowered and thriving in the world

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March 28, 2023

Sandra Davidge’s lab tour

Join us for a tour of WCHRI Executive Director Sandra Davidge's lab. 

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May 27, 2022

Male and female offspring born from complicated pregnancies show profoundly different response to heart drug

U of A study suggests both prenatal history and sex can be important factors in how we treat cardiovascular diseases in adulthood.

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September 7, 2021

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.

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March 8, 2021

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.

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August 29, 2018

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.

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