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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.

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19th March, 2018

Matt Hall, 1-yr PhD Presentation, Department of Physiology

PhD Programme.


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.

Associate Professor Pat Cragg’s Service to the School Award recognises her distinguished service over an extended period and her many contributions to the School. Pat has been a member of the Department of Physiology and the School for 40 years, including being Head of Department for 12 years, and more recently, Acting Dean and Deputy Dean of the School.

Congratulations also to Andrew Barlow who received the Distinguished Professional Practice Fellow/Teaching Fellow Award, and to Dr Daryl Schwenke, who received the Pasifika Research Award.

For a full list of recipients, see the Otago Bulletin:

Physiology is the stepchild of medicine. That is why Cinderella often turns out the queen.

Martin H. Fischer