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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


23rd September, 2016

High calibre of teachers in Physiology reflected in OUSA Teaching Awards 2016

The Otago University Student’s Association Teaching Awards 2016 were held on 21st September.

1st September, 2016

Success for Physiology PhD students at Queenstown Research Week

We have had a number of students win prizes at Queenstown Research Week which has been held this week in Nelson (not Queenstown this year!).

30th August, 2016

Physiology researchers lead the way in gaining Heart Foundation funding

The Department of Physiology have been awarded one of only two project grants, and two out of three small project grants in the latest Heart Foundation research funding round.

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.

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26th September, 2016

Assoc Prof Fiona McDonald (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.

Doing a summer research project in Physiology gave me a good idea as to what it's like to actually work within a lab. This allowed me to break down that lecturer-student barrier and get to know people in the Department outside of studies.

Liam Farley - Summer Research Student 2009/2010