University of Otago.Department of Physiology.Department of Physiology.

Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


8th September, 2017

PhD student wins two awards at Queenstown Research Week

Congratulations to Mauro Silva, PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Mauro is supervised by Dr Rebecca Campbell.

8th September, 2017

Triennial Medal awarded to Professor Colin Brown

Congratulations to Colin who as been chosen by the Physiological Society of NZ (PSNZ) to be the recipient of the NZ Triennial Medal.

28th August, 2017

Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant

Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project “Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”.

25th August, 2017

Congratulations to Lorna Daniels, PhD

Lorna Daniels’ PhD thesis has made the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.

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.

Next Event

30th October, 2017

Dr Alexander Tups (Department of Physiology)

PhD Programme.


19th July, 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Barth, PhD

Congratulations to Daniel Barth, PhD

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

Daniel's research (supervisor Dr Martin Fronius) focused on the characterisation of mechanosensitive ion channels that play important roles in blood pressure regulation and pain sensation. The activity of these mechanosensitive ion channels can be regulated by mechanical forces such as shear force (e.g., caused by blood flow). We found that the epithelial sodium channel requires a connection to the extracellular matrix to sense shear force. In addition, for the first time we provide evidence that the acid-sensing ion channel is a mechanosensitive channel that can be directly regulated by shear force.

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

Martin H. Fischer