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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.

News

12th May, 2017

Julia Gouws (MSc student) receives another accolade for her research

After being awarded 1st= for the School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Prize for best 2016/17 Summer Scholarship Report recently, Julia has received another prestigious award this week.

5th May, 2017

Physiology PhD students take home prizes at the School Symposium

he School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Postgraduate Symposium was held on 3-4 May at the Otago Museum, and once again, our students had great success at the event.

30th March, 2017

Physiology student wins School’s Prize for Best Summer Scholarship report

Congratulations to Julia Gouws (supervisor Dr Karl Iremonger) who was awarded 1st= for the School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Prize for best Summer Scholarship Report for 2016/17.

30th March, 2017

Department of Physiology staff continue to be involved in fantastic Lab in a Box initiative

Lab in a Box is a mobile science laboratory, built in a 20 foot shipping container. It comes fully equipped with both science “gear” and people. Researchers and students from around New Zealand (or indeed around the World) are involved in this fantast

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.

Next Event

12th June, 2017

Daniel Barth (PhD Final presentation, Department of Physiology)

 
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.

I am passionately devoted to the study of life, and particularly to the higher forms of life. For me the one great question that has dominated my life is: "What am I?" What is the meaning of this marvelous gift of life? The more we know, the more the mystery grows.

Sir John Eccles - The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1963