Prof Davison is the President of the ECSS 2024 Glasgow Congress and a Professor of Exercise Physiology. He is an internationally-recognised exercise physiologist with 30 years experience. Specifically he has international reputation in investigating the factors that influence cycling performance and the physiological responses to cycle ergometry. Other areas of research interest include the use of exercise and physical activity to improve health and quality of life in the general population and clinical groups.
He is currently an editor of the Journal of Sport Medicine and the Journal of Science and Cycling, former editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences and have published in excess of 50 scientific papers and book chapters and am currently an expert reviewer for the Journal of Sports Sciences, the International Journal of Sports Medicine, European Journal of Sport Sciences, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise the Welcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. He is a Fellow and former Chair and Honorary Treasurer of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is the Director of the Chromosome 18 Europe Research Centre and Chair of the Research Advisory Group for the Observatory for Sport in Scotland.
When he was younger, he was also a successful competitive cyclists winning 11 medals (6 gold, 2 sliver, 3 bronze) at Scottish Championships. He also applies his research findings as a Level 3 Coach and Coach Educator for British Cycling (20 years) and has coached riders to win British Championships and compete at Commonwealth and Olympic Games level.