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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


2nd September, 2014

A successful week for Department of Physiology at Queenstown Research Week

Queenstown Research Week was held from 23-29 August and showcased an exciting line-up of meetings, including the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR), Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci), and Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) meetings.

6th August, 2014

The University's Centre for Neuroendocrinology (CNE) is hosting a 6-day workshop for 30 early-career neuroendocrinologists,

The workshop is made up of staff and students from the Departments of Physiology & Anatomy, and a number of early-career neuroendocrinologists from around the world will be attending. "Techniques in Neuroendocrine Research" runs from 9-14 August.

21st July, 2014

Physiology staff awarded National Heart Foundation of NZ Project Grants

Congratulations to Dr Pete Jones and Dr Rajesh Katare, both of the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Focus Group in the Department of Physiology, who have been awarded two-year project grants.

16th July, 2014

Physiology staff member wins Research Staff Speaker Award

Congratulations to Su Young Han, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiology, who was awarded 1st prize at the Otago Medical School Research Society (OMSRS) Research Staff Speaker Awards on 9th July.

14th July, 2014

Maddie the jellybean super-taster!

News from the Dunedin Science Festival held from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 13 July.

Next Event

15th September, 2014

Michael Milne (MSc final Presentation)

PhD Programme.

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