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An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.

News

9th March, 2017

Anatomy and Physiology at Otago now in the World University Rankings!

Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Otago have ranked 24th in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings.

8th March, 2017

Key finding promises early detection of cardiovascular disease in diabetics

While in India to deliver the keynote address at JIPMER’s Karaikal's campus last week, Assoc Prof Rajesh Katare was interviewed by one of India’s leading newspapers, The Hindu.

3rd March, 2017

Physiology researcher awarded Lottery Health Research Project Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rajesh Katare who was awarded a research project grant of $88,246 over two years.

23rd February, 2017

Cycling event raises funds for heart research

The Department of Physiology has once again raised significant funds for a charity to its heart.

20th December, 2016

Physiology staff recognised in School of Biomedical Sciences Awards 2016

Three staff from the Department of Physiology received awards at the ceremony on 14th December.

Next Event

27th March, 2017

Luke Worthington (Department of Physiology, Final MSc presentation)

 
PhD Programme.

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Honorary Fellows

Dr Chris Bolter

Dr Bolter joined the Department from Canada in February 1988 after also working in the Kinesiology section of the School of Physical Education at Otago as a Senior Lecturer from 1982-1985. During his time in the Physiology Department, Chris has given 23 years of dedicated teaching, service and research. He has contributed markedly to our teaching curriculum by coordinating the Department's second year papers for the Health Science Programmes from 1988-2008, and has been heavily involved in teaching as well supervising 14 postgraduate thesis students. Research has also played an important part of Chris' time in the Department, which has focused on baroreceptor function in health and disease, autonomic control of the heart, and intrinsic cardiac control mechanisms. Chris retired in May 2011, and has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer until May 2016.

Selected Publications

Bolter, C., Raniga, N., Waddell, J. and Kieser, J. Conservation of intraoral pressure changes during swallowing. Journal of Dental Sciences. 7:324–329 (2012).

Han, S.Y. and Bolter, C.P. The muscarinic-activated potassium channel always participates in vagal slowing of the guinea-pig sinoatrial pacemaker. Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical. 164:96-100 (2011).

Bolter, C.P., Turner, M.J. and Barrett, C.J. The relationship between aortic baroreceptor activity and arterial pressure is not monotonic. Journal of Physiological Sciences 61:151-160 (2011).

Han, S.Y., Wilson, S.J. and Bolter, C.P. Tertiapin-Q removes a mechanosensitive component of muscarinic control of the sinoatrial pacemaker in the rat. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology 37, 900-904 (2010).

Barrett, C.J. and Bolter, C.P. The influence of heart rate on baroreceptor fibre activity in the carotid sinus and aortic depressor nerves of the rabbit. Experimental Physiology 91: 845-52 (2006).

Wilson, S.J. and Bolter, C.P. Do cardiac neurons play a role in the intrinsic control of heart rate in the rat? Experimental Physiology 87:675-682 (2002).

Bolter, C.P. and Wilson, S.J. Influence of right atrial pressure on the cardiac pacemaker response to vagal stimulation. American Journal of Physiology 276: R1112-R1117 (1999).

Sullivan, C.J. and Bolter, C.P. Influence of angiotensin II on transmission in the superior cervical ganglion. Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry 105: 1-6 (1997).

Dowall, J.R., Bolter, C.P., Flett, R.A. and Kammann, R. Psychological well-being and its relationship to fitness and activity levels. Journal of Human Movement Studies 14: 39-45 (1988).

Savage, M.V., Mackie, G.F. and Bolter, C.P. Effects of exercise on the development of salt-induced hypertension in Dahl-S rats. Journal of Hypertension 4: 289-293 (1986).

Kan, W.O., Ledsome, J.R. and Bolter, C.P. Pulmonary artery distension and activity in phrenic nerve of anaesthetized dogs. Journal of Applied Physiology 46: 625-631(1979).

Bolter, C.P. and Ledsome, J.R. Effect of cervical sympathetic stimulation on carotid sinus reflex. American Journal of Physiology 230: 1026-1030 (1976).

Bolter, C.P. and Critz, J.B. Plasma enzyme activities after simulation of cardiovascular responses to exercise. American Journal of Physiology 220: 1444-1447 (1971).

My interest in Physiology was aroused while doing PHSL345 as part of my 300-level papers. I was intrigued by how little is known about how the human body works under normal and pathological conditions.

Aye Thaung - BBiomedSc (Functional Human Biology) student