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.
28th May, 2018
(i) Bradley Jamieson & (ii) Shalini Kumar, 1-yr PhD Presentation, Department of Physiology
17th July, 2017
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.