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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.

Our People

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).

Thanks to the student-oriented PhD programme, the active research community, the inspiring academics and the friendly staff, I'm progressing well in my research and I aspire to pursue a career in academia in the near future.

Shel Hwa Yeo - PhD student