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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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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.  

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Glucose wears down circadian clocks in obesity, may drive cardiovascular risk

High glucose in obesity appears to gum up the works of the circadian clocks inside our cells that help regulate the timing of many body functions across the 24-hour day and drive the risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists say.

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New target found for disease of the heart’s smallest blood vessels

Researchers at MCG have some of the first evidence that diastolic heart failure results when there is a “critical deficit” in the ability to appropriately dilate blood vessels, due to the inhibition of a chemical that helps our blood vessels dilate.

photo from article Scientists explore blood flow bump that happens when our neurons are significantly activated

Scientists explore blood flow bump that happens when our neurons are significantly activated

Scientists at MCG are looking at how neural activity drives blood flow increases and how important the increases are for the health and proper functioning of neurons. Benefits of better understanding could include better interpreting results of decades-old imaging technology called functional MRI used to explore problems like brain tumors and epilepsy.

 

Calendar

Dec 12

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Lois Ellison Lectureship - Dr. Karen Griffin
Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Lois Ellison Lectureship guest speaker Dr. Karen Griffin from Loyola University Medical Center presents "Hypertensive Kidney Injury and the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease."

Jan 09

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. John Henry Dasinger
Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. John Henry Dasinger

Jan 16

Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. Michael Brands
Department of Physiology Seminar Series - Dr. Michael Brands

Additional Seminars

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Department of Physiology

Health Sciences Campus

Interdisciplinary Research Center

 706-721-7741

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

 706-721-7299