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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

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak

Renowned cardiovascular scientist selected for Lois T. Ellison MD Lectureship in Physiology

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak will be the special guest speaker for the Lois T. Ellison MD Lectureship in Physiology on May 24.

Drs. David Step (on left) and Jennifer Sullivan stand in hallway in white lab coats

NIH training grant enhances opportunities for biomedical graduate students

Augusta University has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help support the graduate education of future scientists whose focus is cardiometabolic diseases  — like hypertension and diabetes — which disproportionally affect minorities.

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New lounge, study space created for graduate students in biomedical sciences

“Students need a place to connect with others. Now we have this fantastic lounge and study space where they can do that," said Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, interim dean of The Graduate School.

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New model helping identify pregnant women whose previous kidney injury puts them, babies at risk

Young pregnant women, who appear to have fully recovered from an acute injury that reduced their kidney function, have higher rates of significant problems like preeclampsia and low birthweight babies. MCG scientists are working to better understand, identify and ideally avoid this recently identified association.



May 20

Department of Physiology Research Seminar Series presented by Dr. Anusha Mishra (Oregon Health & Science University)
Dr. Mishra will present a seminar titled "Neurovascular Coupling Impairments After Stroke".

May 24

The 2021 Lois T. Ellison MD Lectureship in Physiology presented by Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak
Professor Dame Anna Dominczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, lectureship is titled "Precision Medicine and the Lessons from the Pandemic".

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