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Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


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.

13th November, 2017

Otago study could mean hope for infertile couples

Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

13th November, 2017

Phenomenal success for Physiology researchers in latest Marsden funding round

Four 3-year project grants were awarded to Department of Physiology researchers in this year’s Marsden Fund - totalling over $3.8M.

Next Event

19th March, 2018

Matt Hall, 1-yr PhD Presentation, Department of Physiology

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.

Doing a summer research project in Physiology gave me a good idea as to what it's like to actually work within a lab. This allowed me to break down that lecturer-student barrier and get to know people in the Department outside of studies.

Liam Farley - Summer Research Student 2009/2010