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.
2nd July, 2018
Dr Justin Deniset (University of Calgary)
19th July, 2017
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 not only taught me lifelong skills which I can apply to daily situations, it has also given me many new and interesting ideas in writing novels.