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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


14th March, 2018

Is a man's grey matter the same as a woman's? The documentary features Professor Allan Herbison and Dr Jenny Clarkson and was made with the support of NZ on Air.

9th February, 2018

Dahlia based diabetes drug developed by Physiology researcher ready for human trials

In partnership with Plant and Food Research, researchers will soon begin human trials of a drug made from dahlias.

9th January, 2018

Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease

The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.

13th November, 2017

Otago study could mean hope for infertile couples

Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

13th November, 2017

Phenomenal success for Physiology researchers in latest Marsden funding round

Four 3-year project grants were awarded to Department of Physiology researchers in this year’s Marsden Fund - totalling over $3.8M.

Next Event

19th March, 2018

Matt Hall, 1-yr PhD Presentation, Department of Physiology

PhD Programme.


The department enjoys a diverse population. Our staff and students have a broad range of interests, hobbies and character.

Outdoor possibilities without limit

Outdoor possibilities without limit

Dr Sam Lucas
Research Fellow

I moved to Dunedin in 1997 to start an undergraduate degree (BPhEd) at the University of Otago as it offered the best and most established course. Since completing this degree I've gone on to complete a PhD (School of Physical Education) and began a post-doc fellowship within the Department of Physiology in 2008. Dunedin offers a unique environment to live, study and work in. While there is opportunity to enjoy the student lifestyle, there are many other things that this 'University City' offers, with many beaches and unique wildlife habitats close by, great wilderness terrain to run, walk or mountainbike over (all accessible from the centre of the city!), as well as being a gateway to Central Otago and Fiorldland (e.g., Queenstown and Milford Sound only 3-4 hours drive)... perfect for that weekend escape (if you're not testing!).

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Juliet Kane - BSc (Physiology) student