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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


6th November, 2015

Physiology researchers awarded Marsden funding

Two researchers from the Department of Physiology, Dr Martin Fronius and Dr Pete Jones, have been awarded grants from the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund.

5th November, 2015

Department of Physiology Prestigious John Eccles Lecturer 2015

A world expert in the field of brain “connectomics” from Harvard University recently visited the Department of Physiology as the 2015 Prestigious Eccles Speaker.

19th October, 2015

Radio New Zealand interview features Physiology research

Professor Allan Herbison discussed his laboratory's research on brain and fertility on a Radio New Zealand interview on Saturday 17th October.

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”.

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30th November, 2015

Professor David Handelsman (Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology & Andrology, University of Sydney)

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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.

The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.

Ernest Starling