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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.

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19th March, 2018

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

PhD Programme.


Academic and research staff in the 20 laboratories of the Department are engaged in high quality, internationally-recognised physiological research focussed on the three themes of Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology, Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, and Membrane & Ion Transport. State-of-the-art technologies, including the use of transgenic mouse models, are used to undertake integrative, cellular and molecular investigations aimed at understanding animal and human physiology.

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology

Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology

The six laboratories within the focus conduct research into the regulation of cardiovascular and respiratory function in both health and disease.

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Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

The nine laboratories within the Department of Physiology use cutting edge research techniques to understand the structure and function of the nervous system.

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Membrane & Ion Transport

Membrane & Ion Transport

Within the focus six groups are involved in investigations of the mechanisms and regulation of solute and water movement across cell membranes and resultant pathologies.

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Setting out every morning to hunt for the unknown - and finding it! What could be more fascinating?

Michel Herde - PhD Student