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

Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


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

2nd July, 2018

Dr Justin Deniset (University of Calgary)

PhD Programme.


14th August, 2017

Professor Colin Brown recognised by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)

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.

Prof Brown was presented with the medal at the 12th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones conference in Rio de Janeiro recently. He gave the Plenary Lecture on 28th July entitled "Reproductive regulation of magnocellular neuron activity”.

Magnocellular neurons secrete the hormone, oxytocin, which is critical for normal birth and the prevention of early activation of oxytocin neurons is important to reduce the risk of pre-term delivery. Some of Prof Brown’s most recent work shows that a new excitatory projection from kisspeptin neurons to the oxytocin system emerges only in late pregnancy. Hence, antagonism of kisspeptin actions might provide a novel therapeutic target for the management of pregnancies at risk of pre-term delivery.

The physiology of today is the medicine of tomorrow.

Ernest Starling