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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


20th December, 2016

Physiology staff recognised in School of Biomedical Sciences Awards 2016

Three staff from the Department of Physiology received awards at the ceremony on 14th December.

5th December, 2016

Breast cancer test wins 2016 Translational Research Grant

Congratulations to Professor Alison Heather who has been awarded the $50,000 grant from the Division of Health Sciences to assist her with the development of a new bioassay to detect estrogenic compounds in blood samples.

3rd November, 2016

Major Marsden funding success for Physiology researchers

The latest Royal Society of NZ Marsden Fund round has awarded 3-year project grants to three Department of Physiology researchers.

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!).

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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.

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