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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


17th May, 2016

Department of Physiology researchers take part in Lab in a Box

Last week, students at East Otago High School got to experience the exciting phenomenon of “Lab in a Box”.

9th May, 2016

Physiology PhD students win the top prizes at School Symposium

The Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) Postgraduate Symposium was held on 4-5 May at the Otago Museum, and our Department of Physiology students had great success at the event.

2nd May, 2016

Physiology Summer Research Students awarded OMRF Renshaw Prize

Congratulations to Nigaah Khan (supervisor Dr Jeff Erickson) and Isabelle van Hout (supervisors Assoc Profs Grant Butt and Michael Schultz).

19th April, 2016

Lottery Health Research funding awarded to Physiology staff

Congratulations to Department of Physiology staff members who were awarded funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies focusing on improving New Zealanders' health.

26th February, 2016

South Island Cycle Challenge a great success

The Department of Physiology and the Heart Foundation organised a fantastic event at Wall Street Mall on Thursday 25th February as part of the Heart Foundation’s Annual Appeal.

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30th May, 2016

Associate Professor Grant Butt (Department of Physiology)

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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