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This Department'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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Free radicals from immune cells are direct cause of salt-sensitive hypertension

In salt-sensitive hypertension, immune cells gather in the kidneys and shoot out free radicals, heightening blood pressure and damaging this pair of vital organs, scientists report.

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Sticky situation inside blood vessels can worsen stroke damage

A stroke appears to create a sticky situation inside the blood vessels of the brain that can worsen damage days, even months later, scientists report.

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MCG’s Department of Physiology to host ninth annual Lois T. Ellison Lectureship

The Medical College of Georgia’s Department of Physiology is hosting its annual lectureship in honor of the late Dr. Lois T. Ellison.

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Six faculty members honored at Augusta University Research Institute Awards

Six members of Augusta University’s faculty were recognized at the 2019 Augusta University Research Institute Awards on Friday, Oct. 18.  



Feb 27

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Benedek Erdos (The University of Vermont)
Department of Physiology Seminar Series presents guest speaker Dr. Benedek Erdos from The University of Vermont.

Mar 05

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Virendra Mahesh Lectureship - Dr. David H. Ellison
The Virendra B. Mahesh Lectureship was established in 2001 in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology at Augusta University as a lasting tribute to its namesake. The 2020 lecturer is Dr. David Ellison (Oregon Health & Science Univ.).

Mar 12

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. Jessica Faulkner
Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. Jessica Faulkner

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