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Discipline of Physiology

The Discipline of Physiology is part of the School of Medical Sciences and is the focus of teaching and research in the physiological sciences at The University of Sydney.

Its research staff and students are located primarily at the Camperdown Campus of the University, in the Anderson Stuart Building and in the Medical Foundation Building. Academics in the discipline teach undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Science, and the Graduate Medical Program.

The research interests of the faculty span a broad range of topics in the physiological sciences, with particular research focus on neuroscience, cardiovascular physiology, reproductive physiology, and endocrine function. Techniques used in our laboratories include imaging, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and human and animal behaviour.

Latest news & events

University to launch Brain and Mind Centre

The BMRI has received the wonderful accolade of being chosen by the University Executive to be a Strategic Priority Area for Collaboration (SPARC) in the future strategic planning of the University. The BMRI is about to transition to become the hub of a Brain and Mind Centre of the University.

The Brain and Mind Centre will bring together all of the University’s various disciplines in health and medical research, science, psychology, engineering, and information technology, and also its expertise in ethics, law, philosophy, economics, education, workplace structure and social organisation.

Now, as the Brain and Mind Centre, it will significantly expand the breadth and depth of our multidisciplinary research to set new standards in brain and mind sciences both in Australia and internationally.





For more information and the Brain & Mind Research Institute history can be found here.

Professor John Hearn conferred a Doctor of Science (Honoris causa)

In July, 2015, Professor John Hearn was conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) by University College, Dublin, on 16 June 2015. The citation noted his research and teaching in fertility, stem cell science, international policy in regenerative medicine, and in higher education reform. Also cited was his leadership in international universities, agencies and networks.
The occasion was also a personal celebration of the 50th anniversary of the meeting of John and his now wife, Margaret, when undergraduates sharing a lab at UCD.

Hearn in Dublin

Photo shows UCD Vice Chancellor Andrew Deeks, Professor John Hearn, Professor Thomas Bolger – head of the school of biological and environmental sciences, UCD.

Congratulations to Prof Jim Lagopoulos on the award of an ARC Linkage Grant

"Understanding biological pathways underlying social behaviour in humans" with grantees
Guastella A, Hickie I, Young L, Banati R, Djupesland P, Lagopoulos J, Gregoire M-C.

The award is for just over $1 million over 4 years.

Grant summary:
Oxytocin is a natural neuropeptide and hormone that has a critical role in the regulation of social behaviour across mammalian species. In animals, direct evidence demonstrates how endogenous and exogenous oxytocin interacts with social and reward neural pathways to alter social behaviour, including social recognition, relationship formation, and long-term bonds. In humans, this project will allow us to show for the first time how oxytocin interacts with neural social and reward pathways to guide social behaviour. We use radio-labeling techniques in combination with positron emission tomography to track oxytocin and show what regions of the brain oxytocin impacts to then influence social cognition and behaviour in humans.

Movember Revolutionary Team Chief Investigators L to R: Dr Andrew Hoy, Prof Gary Wittert, A/Prof Lisa Butler, Prof Andrew Scott, Prof Wayne Tilley, Prof Johannes Swinnen

  • Associate Professor Lisa Butler (Team Leader) from the Uni of Adelaide’s Prostate Cancer Research Group, SAHMRI – Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
  • Professor Wayne Tilley from the Uni of Adelaide’s Adelaide Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
  • Professor Gary Wittert, University of Adelaide, Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health
  • Professor Andrew Scott, The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne
  • Dr Andrew Hoy, the University of Sydney
  • Professor Johannes Swinnen, the University of Leuven, Belgium

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