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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.

News

9th March, 2017

Anatomy and Physiology at Otago now in the World University Rankings!

Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Otago have ranked 24th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings.

8th March, 2017

Key finding promises early detection of cardiovascular disease in diabetics

While in India to deliver the keynote address at JIPMER’s Karaikal's campus last week, Assoc Prof Rajesh Katare was interviewed by one of India’s leading newspapers, The Hindu.

3rd March, 2017

Physiology researcher awarded Lottery Health Research Project Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rajesh Katare who was awarded a research project grant of $88,246 over two years.

23rd February, 2017

Cycling event raises funds for heart research

The Department of Physiology has once again raised significant funds for a charity to its heart.

20th December, 2016

Physiology staff recognised in School of Biomedical Sciences Awards 2016

Three staff from the Department of Physiology received awards at the ceremony on 14th December.

Next Event

27th March, 2017

Luke Worthington (Department of Physiology, Final MSc presentation)

 
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.

It's fun getting your hands into the job, e.g. doing experiments on a beating heart. Suddenly all those theories you have been learning about, are made real!

Juliet Kane - BSc (Physiology) student