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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.

News

14th August, 2017

Professor Colin Brown recognised by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)

Prof Brown has been awarded the 2017 Mortyn Jones Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually by the BSN.

19th July, 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Barth, PhD

Our congratulations go to Daniel Barth on making the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.

17th July, 2017

Associate Professor Ruth Empson awarded 2-year Neurological Foundation of NZ Project Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ruth Empson who has been awarded a 2-year project grant ($193,844) for her project "Chloride Co-Transport - a Driving Force for Treating Human Cerebellar Ataxias”.

29th June, 2017

Winner of OMSRS Research Staff Speaker Awards from the Department of Physiology

Dr Carol Bussey was announced as the winner of 2017 Research Staff speaker award at the 239th Scientific Meeting of the Otago School of Medicine Research Society on 28th June.

23rd June, 2017

Two HRC Project Grants awarded to Physiology Professor

Congratulations to Professor Allan Herbison who is the recipient of two Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) Project Grants totalling almost $2.6 million.

Next Event

25th August, 2017

Professor Bjorn Knollman (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville)

 
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.

A summer research project is an excellent way to get a taste for what scientific research is like. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in carrying on with science beyond undergraduate level.

Xander Seymour - Summer Research Student 2010/2011