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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.

News

17th May, 2018

BMS Postgraduate Colloquium

Congratulations to all the students who presented at the BMS Postgraduate Colloquium this week.

11th April, 2018

PCOS research featured in the news

The latest exciting findings from Assoc Prof Rebecca Campbell's lab into the role of brain signalling in polycystic ovary syndrome was featured on RadioNZ on 10th April.

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.

Next Event

2nd July, 2018

Dr Justin Deniset (University of Calgary)

 
PhD Programme.

Membrane & Ion Transport

Research Focus

Membrane & Ion Transport

The research in this theme, undertaken by eight groups, centres around investigations into the mechanisms and regulation of solute and water movement across cell membranes and resultant pathologies.

Current areas of interest include the regulation of epithelial ion channels and transporters by binding proteins, solutes and pharmacological agents; epithelial fluid and electrolyte transport in the intestine and the interaction of bacteria with the intestine; the role of calcium transport proteins in intracellular calcium signalling; and the control of sodium, potassium, urate and water handling by the kidney, intestine and pancreas. Disease processes that result from alterations in these pathways include gout, hypertension, and inflammatory bowel disease.

My Summer Research Scholarship in the Department of Physiology was the highlight of my time at the University of Otago as I learnt many new skills, including how to carry out scientific research in a controlled manner, collecting and analyzing scientific data in an orderly fashion, and most importantly, learning to read and think critically.

Aye Thaung - Summer Research Student 2010/2011