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14th August, 2017

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.

19th July, 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Barth, PhD

Our congratulations go to Daniel Barth on making the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.

17th July, 2017

Associate Professor Ruth Empson awarded 2-year Neurological Foundation of NZ Project Grant

Congratulations to Associate Professor Ruth Empson who has been awarded a 2-year project grant ($193,844) for her project "Chloride Co-Transport - a Driving Force for Treating Human Cerebellar Ataxias”.

29th June, 2017

Winner of OMSRS Research Staff Speaker Awards from the Department of Physiology

Dr Carol Bussey was announced as the winner of 2017 Research Staff speaker award at the 239th Scientific Meeting of the Otago School of Medicine Research Society on 28th June.

23rd June, 2017

Two HRC Project Grants awarded to Physiology Professor

Congratulations to Professor Allan Herbison who is the recipient of two Health Research Council of NZ (HRC) Project Grants totalling almost $2.6 million.

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25th August, 2017

Professor Bjorn Knollman (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville)

 
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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).

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