Mike Davison, BMSc
Medical Sciences: Physiology and Pharmacology
McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Michael Davison is an MSc candidate in the Medical Sciences program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. He received his Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) from Western University in 2012 with an Honours Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology. As a recipient of Western University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Davison was first exposed to medical research as a member of Dr. Alp Sener’s laboratory at Western University, where he investigated methods to mitigate renal tissue injury during transplantation using improved preservation techniques. Davison’s volunteer involvement with the elderly at St. Joseph’s combined with his passion for research with clinically-relevant outcomes led him to pursue his MSc at McMaster University, under the supervision of Drs. Rick Adachi, Karen Beattie, and Monica Maly.
Davison’s graduate research focuses on the relationship between thigh composition and muscle power in women with knee osteoarthritis. As reduced quadriceps and hamstrings strength and power have been associated with increased severity of knee osteoarthritis, it is necessary to determine the underlying causes for this muscle weakness. Novel imaging techniques with 3T MRI at St. Joseph’s Imaging Research Centre will be used to visualize muscle and fat in thighs of women with knee osteoarthritis. In particular, Davison is interested in the adverse effect of intramuscular fat, or fat infiltrate within the muscle, on muscle power. Davison is also interested in the relationship between intramuscular fat in the thigh and calf, with the goal of providing a more cost-effective method of assessing this fat subset using peripheral 1T MRI scanning of the calf. Under the supervision of Drs. George Ioannidis and Karen Beattie, he is also currently involved in an analysis of knee pain and physical performance in women with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis using data from the large Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) database. Davison’s research is supported by McMaster University’s Department of Medicine Graduate Studies Research Initiative, and he is a recipient of McMaster University’s Graduate Prestige Scholarship.