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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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Program points medical students toward aging research, clinical care

Summer research program aims to encourage more medical students to consider a career in aging research and clinical care — especially important with the world's rapidly aging population.

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Psoriasis treatment reduces infections, death in patients on dialysis with the skin condition

Psoriasis treatment, which likely helps restore the natural frontline barrier protection of the skin, reduces infection rates and improves survival for people on dialysis, indicating its potentially important role in better managing kidney failure


Plant-based diet protects from hypertension, preeclampsia

A plant-based diet appears to afford significant protection to rats bred to become hypertensive on a high-salt diet, scientists report. When the rats become pregnant, the whole grain diet also protects the mothers and their offspring from deadly preeclampsia.

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.



Sep 16

Department of Physiology Research Seminar Series with Dr. Pablo Nakagawa
Dr. Pablo Nakagawa from the Department of Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, will present a seminar.

Additional Seminars

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Department of Physiology

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Interdisciplinary Research Center


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