University of Otago.Department of Physiology.Department of Physiology.

Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


16th April, 2014

New scope to observe critical living tissues

A revolutionary new $1 million microscope will allow University of Otago medical scientists to peer into living brain cells for the first time, and to study the development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's.

10th April, 2014

Muscle Research Could Help Older People

Understanding more clearly what causes loss of muscle mass in old age could help some older people live happier, more productive lives. That is the view of University of Otago MSc physiology student John Brady.

10th April, 2014

Team Physiology takes part in the first University of Otago Relay for Life

Congratulations to the 18 staff and postgraduate students in the Department of Physiology who took part in the Cancer Society NZ Relay for Life last weekend.

1st April, 2014

Congratulations to Dr Andrea Kwakowsky, Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC) Young Investigator 2014

The annual Young Investigator seminar will be presented this year by Dr Andrea Kwakowsky from the Department of Physiology.

27th February, 2014

Influx of postgraduate students to the Department

The Department of Physiology would like to welcome our new Honours and Postgraduate Diploma in Science students who have joined us recently.

Next Event

28th April, 2014

Dr Pawel Oiszewski (Department of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato)

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.

The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.

Ernest Starling