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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.

25th October, 2017

Charlotte Steel, BSc (Hons) NEUR student in the Department has gained a Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship

Our congratulations to Charlotte who is currently completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology with supervisor Assoc Prof Phil Sheard.

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.

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22nd January, 2018

Dr. rer. nat. Fenja Knopp (Excellence Cluster Cardio-Pulmonary System, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany)

 
PhD Programme.

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25th August, 2017

Congratulations to Lorna Daniels, PhD

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

Lorna's PhD focused on the role of calcium calmodulin dependent protein kinase (CaMKIIδ) in type 2 diabetic heart dysfunction. CaMKIIδ activation has been shown to be up-regulated in diabetes and cause a number of pathological consequences. In this project, Lorna identified CaMKIIδ activation as a novel mediator of cardiac contractility in the type 2 diabetic heart, and that inhibition of CaMKIIδ can improve cardiac function. Therefore the work in this thesis has provided the first novel evidence of the therapeutic potential of CaMKIIδ inhibition in the type 2 diabetic heart.

Lorna was supervised by Drs Jeff Erickson & Regis Lamberts, and Associate Professor Fiona McDonald.

We wish Lorna all the best in her new Postdoctoral Research Fellow position which she is starting soon at the University of Auckland!

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

Martin H. Fischer