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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


4th May, 2015

Physiology student wins Poster Prize at OSMS Postgraduate Colloquium

Congratulations to Safina Gadeock, PhD student in Physiology, who was awarded the prize at the Colloquium which was held from 28-29 April.

19th March, 2015

Physiology welcomes its 400-level students for 2015!

12th March, 2015

Team Physiology take part in Relay for Life

The Department of Physiology took part in the Cancer Society's Relay for Life on 7-8 March with a team of 13 staff and students.

12th March, 2015

PhD students publish in prestigious journal

Two PhD students from the Department of Physiology have published papers in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

12th March, 2015

Otago goes to Samoa

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8th June, 2015

Emmet Power (Department of Physiology, Final PhD presentation)

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 am passionately devoted to the study of life, and particularly to the higher forms of life. For me the one great question that has dominated my life is: "What am I?" What is the meaning of this marvelous gift of life? The more we know, the more the mystery grows.

Sir John Eccles - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1963