Dr. Michelle Mottola

Associate Professor
(joint appointments with the Faculty of Health Sciences)

Ph.D. University of Alberta
M.Sc. University of Alberta
B.Sc. University of Western Onatrio

Office: 2214 TH
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85480
Visit: Dr. Mottola's Lab

Research Interest:

Dr. Mottola is the Director of R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation - Exercise and Pregnancy Laboratory at Western - which is the only lab in North America that specializes in the area of exercising pregnant and post-partum women. She is an anatomist and exercise physiologist, who, for the past 20 years, has conducted research on the effects of maternal exercise on both the mother and the developing fetus. Dr. Mottola's research has 5 main focuses:

1. The effects of maternal exercise on carbohydrate metabolism and fetal outcome.
2. The effects of nutritional intake and maternal exercise on gestational diabetes.
3. The effects of occupation and recreational physical activity on birth weight.
4. Pregnancy & post-partum physical fitness training in fit women.
5. The effects of a bed-rest-exercise intervention on hospitalized high risk pregnant women.

Awards & Honours:

• Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards (2006 - 2007)
• USC Honour Roll Award for Teaching (2003 - 2004)
• Fellowship for the American College of Sports Medicine (June 2004)
• YMCA-YWCA London Women of Distinction Awards Nominee (2003)
• Cormex Research ranked, top 30 Western faculty members quoted in the Canadian media (Summer 2002)

Selected Publications:

MOTTOLA, M.F., Giroux, I, Gratton, R., Hammond, J, Hanley, A, Harris, S, McManus, R Davenport, M, Sopper, MM.  2010. Nutrition and exercise prevents excess weight gain in pregnant overweight women. Med Sci Sports Exerc .42(2):265-72.

• Giroux, I., Lander, S., Charlesworth, S., MOTTOLA, M.F. 2009. Weight history of overweight and obese pregnant women. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 70(3):127-134.

MOTTOLA, M.F. 2009. Exercise prescription for overweight and obese women: Pregnant and postpartum. Obstet Gynecol Clinics NA 36:301-316.

•Davenport, MH, Steinback, CD, MOTTOLA, MF. 2009. Impact of pregnancy and obesity on cardiorespiratory responses during weight-bearing exercise. Respir Physiol Neurobiol 167:341

• Davenport, M, Sopper, MM, Charlesworth, S, Vanderspank, D, MOTTOLA, M.F. 2008. Development and validation of exercise target heart rate zones for overweight and obese pregnant women. Appl Physiol Nutrit Metabol. 33(5):984-9.

• MOTTOLA, MF. 2008. The role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus. Current Diabetes Report 4:299-304.

• Davenport, M.H, McManus, R, Gratton, R, MOTTOLA, M.F. 2008. A walking intervention improves capillary glucose control in women with gestational diabetes mellitus: A pilot study. Appl Physiol  Nutrit Metabol 33(3):511-7.

• Tompkins, C.C., MOTTOLA, M.F., Giroux, I. 2007. Dietary intake, capillary blood glucose and activity level of activity-restricted hospitalized pregnant women in third trimester: a pilot study. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 32:1105-1114.

MOTTOLA, M.F. 2007. The role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 6:381-386.

MOTTOLA, M.F., Vandersank, D., Schachter, C.L., VanHeest, J., Tanguay, R. 2007. Cellular accumulation of heat shock protein (hsp) 72i in fetuses of trained rats. Cell Stress and Chaperones. 12(2):101-105

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