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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

28th May, 2018

(i) Bradley Jamieson & (ii) Shalini Kumar, 1-yr PhD Presentation, Department of Physiology

 
PhD Programme.

News

17th July, 2017

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

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”.

Ataxia, or loss of controlled movement, occurs when the electrical signals in a part of your brain called the cerebellum go wrong. Ataxia affects young or old, has a variety of causes, usually gets worse, is rarely reversible and very poorly treated. In this collaborative project our hope is to uncover a novel therapeutic mechanism to correct the wayward electrical signals as a promising way to restore cerebellar function and effortless movement control in ataxic humans. The project uniquely harnesses human tissue studies through collaboration with Associate Professor Maurice Curtis and the resources of the NZ Neurological Foundation Douglas Human Brain Bank and other Brain Banks around the world, coupled with highly specific medicinal chemistry, electrophysiological assessment of chloride transporter function and behavioural studies of motor performance in an excellent mouse model of human ataxia.

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