About Professor Glen Davis

Glen's passion is to improve the quality of life and restore daily functional activities through exercise and assistive technologies for neurological patients.

Glen Davis is a Professor of Clinical Exercise Sciences at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is an internationally recognised research leader, on the benefits of exercise for individuals with neurological conditions, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Glen Davis is Professor and Director of the internationally-recognised Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Centre has had major international impact in two areas (i) the clinical efficacy and physiological benefits of functional electrical stimulation exercise and walking in spinal cord injured-persons, and (ii) the usefulness of various forms of voluntary exercise after cerebrovascular accident (“stroke”). Professor Davis has recently held and currently holds several externally-funded research grants from the Australian NH&MRC, ARC, European Union and various industry-partners. He is currently Co-Chief Investigator of NSW Ministry of Science and Medical Research 4-year program Grant (2005-2008) for $1M entitled “Enhancing Functional recovery and Independence after Spinal Cord Injury”. Some of his research projects have developed key enabling technologies that have subsequently been developed for commercial licensing after patent such as “Davis GM, Fornusek C, and Sinclair P (2002). Improvements relating to muscle stimulation systems. PCT/AU02/01430 (Australia 2002/336784)” and “Davis GM, Fornusek C, and Sinclair P (2005). Muscle stimulation systems. International Patent Pending (USA 20050015118)”. Since Professor Davis’s research team spans the disciplines of clinical exercise physiology, rehabilitation engineering, clinical biomechanics and clinical practice, he supervises students from backgrounds of exercise science, engineering, nursing and physical therapy. Professor Davis is currently SubDean (Research Students) at the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Selected publications

  • Fornusek C., P.J. Sinclair, and G.M. Davis (2007). The force–velocity relationship of paralyzed quadriceps muscles during functional electrical stimulation cycling. J Neuromodulation, 10, 68–75.
  • Muraki S, Fornusek C, Raymond  J, and Davis GM (2007). Muscle oxygenation during prolonged electrical stimulation-evoked cycling in paraplegics. J Appl Physiol Nutr Metabol, 32, 1-10.
  • Sinclair PJ, Davis GM, and Smith RM (2006). Musculo-skeletal modelling of NMES-evoked knee extension in spinal cord injury. J Biomechanics, 39, 483-492.
  • Kilbreath SL and Davis GM (2005). In Refsauge K, Ada L and Ellis E (Eds.). Cardiorespiratory fitness following stroke. Science-based Rehabilitation: Theory into Practice. Sydney: Butterworth-Heinemann Press, pp 131-158.
  • Fornusek C, Davis GM, Sinclair P and Milthorpe B (2004). A new Functional Electrical Stimulation cycle ergometer. J Neuromodulation, 7, 56-64.
  • Kelly J, Kilbreath SL, Davis GM, Zeman B and Raymond J (2003). Cardiorespiratory fitness and walking ability in subacute stroke patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 84, 1780-1785.
  • Theisen D, Fornusek C, Raymond J and Davis GM. (2002). External power output changes during prolonged cycling with electrical stimulation. J Rehabil Med, 34, 171-175.
  • Raymond J, Schoneveld K, Van Kenenade CH and Davis GM. (2002). Onset of electrical stimulation leg cycling in individuals with paraplegia. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 34, 1557-62.
  • Raymond J, Davis GM, van der Plas MN, Groeller H & Simcox S. (2000). Carotid baroreflex control of heart rate and blood pressure during ES leg cycling in paraplegics.  J  Appl. Physiol, 88, 957-965.
  • Davis, GM (1993).  Exercise capacity of individuals with paraplegia.  Med Sci Sports Exerc, 25, 423-432.