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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


7th October, 2015


Research, led by Professor Allan Herbison of the Department of Physiology, has shown which neurons flip a key ''fertility master switch'' in the brain.

1st October, 2015

Physiology lecturer awarded Heart Foundation funding

Dr Schwenke’s project is entitled "A PILOT study – identifying the physiological relevance of acyl vs non-acyl ghrelin for modulating cardiac sympathetic nerve activity following acute myocardial infarction”.

15th September, 2015

Physiology staff and students take part in Dunedin Marathon

Congratulations to the 15 staff and students from the Department of Physiology who donned Physiology t-shirts and took part in the Dunedin Marathon on Sunday 13th September.

4th September, 2015

PhD student wins PSNZ Poster Prize

Congratulations to Adam Ware, PhD student in the Department of Physiology (supervisor Assoc Prof Fiona McDonald), who was awarded the Physiological Society of NZ Poster Prize at Queenstown Research Week last week.

26th August, 2015

Lecturer awarded OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Campbell, Department of Physiology, who has been awarded the Health Sciences Division Supervisor of the Year Award.

Next Event

12th October, 2015

Dr Jeff Erickson (Department of Physiology)

PhD Programme.
Course Advice About Physiology

Department of Physiology

Since its establishment in 1905 the Department of Physiology has grown to become one of the largest Departments in the University, being home to approximately 100 staff. It makes major contributions to the undergraduate and postgraduate education of students in science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, medical lab sciences, nutrition, and physical education.

The Department's 20 internationally-recognised research groups are supported in three broad research foci: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology, and Membrane Physiology & Ion Transport. Our research endeavours are enabled by state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including recently developed electrophysiology suites, a modern imaging unit, and cell, bacterial and tissue culture facilities.

More detail on the Department's history, its place within the University structure, staffing and administrative structure, research and teaching activities, and physical infrastructure is available here.

I believe the best way to grow as a scientist is to be thrown in the deep end early on. My summer projects gave me this opportunity in a safe and fun environment, so when I started my thesis research I was already familiar with the scientific method. Having finished my PhD, I also really appreciate the boost they give my academic CV!

Kajsa Igelstrom - Summer Research Student 2006/2007 & 2007/2008