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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.

Dunedin is by far one of the greatest places I have ever lived ...

Dunedin is by far one of the greatest places I have ever lived ...

Rosalind Cook
Assistant Research Fellow

When I moved around the world to New Zealand in 2012 to start my PhD I was really excited to begin a new adventure in such a beautiful place. I have always enjoyed a challenge and moving to a new country and starting a PhD didn’t disappoint. The vibrant city and close-knit community made for an easy transition. Dunedin is by far one of the greatest places I have ever lived. While I am kept busy in the lab during the week pushing the forefront of physiology, the peaceful beaches of the world famous Otago peninsula and rainforested slopes of fiordland are a welcome break at the weekends. It’s amazing to feel like a local during the week and like a tourist immersed in an exciting new adventure in my free time.

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The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.

Ernest Starling