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An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


12th August, 2016

Professor Alison Heather - Winner of the Women's division Samoa Warrior Half-Ironman

The Samoa Observer says professors do not often compete in multi-sport events in Samoa and Otago’s Alison Heather even ended up winning the women’s section of the Warrior Race.

14th July, 2016

Winner of OMSRS Research Staff Award from Department of Physiology

Congratulations to Emmet Power, Postdoctoral Fellow in Assoc Prof Ruth Empson’s laboratory, who won the Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Research Staff Award on 6th July.

14th July, 2016

Physiology academic part of newly formed Otago Pacific Academic Staff Caucus

Dr Daryl Schwenke, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, is part of this Caucus which was formally launched on 11th July.

30th June, 2016

Centre for Neuroendocrinology (CNE) PhD Prize awarded to Physiology student

Congratulations to Mauro Batista da Silva (supervisor Dr Rebecca Campbell) who was awarded the CNE PhD Prize on 28th June.

22nd June, 2016

Research milestone for Professor

With his most recent publication (1 June 2016) Prof. Allan Herbison, Department of Physiology, has reached the very significant landmark of 200 peer-reviewed journal article publications.

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5th September, 2016

Professor Javier Stern (Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta)

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.

Thanks to the student-oriented PhD programme, the active research community, the inspiring academics and the friendly staff, I'm progressing well in my research and I aspire to pursue a career in academia in the near future.

Shel Hwa Yeo - PhD student