McMaster University

Child Health & Exercise
Medicine Program

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David Allison, PhD

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics

Main Project: The CHAMPION Study.

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 73517


David completed his PhD at Brock University, researching neuro-immune interactions following spinal cord injury. As part of his thesis, he studied the relationship between immune dysfunction (in the form of chronic inflammation) and depression, and the use of anti-inflammatory strategies as a treatment modality. The positive findings from this study sparked his interest in child health. As the inflammatory contribution to depression has been suggested to result in potentially irreversible complications over time, it may be critical to examine this relationship in children and implement preventative strategies early in life. It is David's hope that this research helps establish more effective, long-term treatment strategies to combat depression.

Funding: David is currently funded by the Michael G. Degroote Fellowship Award

Fun Fact: In his free time, David loves being active (hockey, soccer, volleyball, snowboarding) and playing guitar.