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The Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology’s focus is the framework of the body's cells, organs and systems, how they work and how abnormal function leads to disease.

The department is dedicated to outstanding research and excellence in education.

Our federally-funded scientists study some of the nation's top killers like cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and train independent, creative, productive scholars and PhD graduates, who publish in top tier journals and who are competitive for positions wherever they choose to go.

The department offers programs leading to the PhD degree. A combined MD/PhD or DMD/PhD degree program is available for students who obtain prior or concurrent admission to the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) or the Dental College of Georgia.

In all programs, extensive experience in the philosophy and performance of basic and biomedical research is stressed. By virtue of their interdisciplinary training, the department's graduates compete successfully for positions in medical schools, universities, government and industry.


Physiology News

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Increase in leptin levels in preeclampsia prompts cardiovascular cascade that puts mother and baby at risk

Increase in leptin results in endothelial dysfunction in which blood vessels constrict, their ability to relax is impaired and baby’s growth is restricted.

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Stepp is new director of MD/PhD program

The federally funded vascular biologist has mentored more than a dozen aspiring scientists.

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New graduate program offers training in medical physiology

Interested students could include those who either decided late to apply for medical or dental school or those who perhaps did not quite have the academic credentials when they applied.

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New clues about how a high-salt diet contributes to cardiometabolic diseases found deep in the brain

A chronic high-salt diet can turn a normally helpful system against us, increasing risk for cardiometabolic diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease.



Jun 23

Department of Physiology Summer Research Seminar Series
Karl Diaz-Sanders, Elisabeth Mellott, and Sati Alexander will present short seminar presentations.

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Department of Physiology

Health Sciences Campus

Interdisciplinary Research Center


1120 15th Street, CA 3126, Augusta, GA 30912