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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.

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HPV test developed by Brian Morris and Brian Nightingale to replace regular pap smears

In the 1980s, Brian Morris, in the Department of Physiology, University of Sydney, and Brian Nightingale developed and Patented the first use of the Nobel Prize-winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology for viral detection – specifically for cancer-causing types of the human papillomavirus. Now, 30 years later, the HPV technology has been rolled out to replace the pap smear in Australia, one of the first countries to do so.

From the 1st Dec 2017 women will be sampled for a HPV test rather than have a pap smear when they go to their doctor. With time, self-sampling will become available, so increasing coverage to women currently under-screened.

The HPV test is more accurate, can detect the virus responsible for virtually all cervical cancers earlier, and, being a DNA test, lends itself to self-sampling by women in the privacy of their home, with the sample then being sent to a testing laboratory. Brian continues to assist industry to bring this about.

Prof Emrt Morris was interviewed on 30 Nov by Kate Creedon for the 6 pm Channel 9 evening news in Sydney (at 6.19 pm), Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin), and Southern Cross and NBN regional channels.

Footage of the news item can be viewed

Prof Phil Poronnik has been award a Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction

Dr Phil Poronnik
Phil Poronnik has been award an inaugural Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction, which recognises outstanding leaders in research and education. It acknowledges our true leaders in research and education – those whose work is not only recognised nationally and internationally, but who at the same time are helping to develop the careers of others, contributing to educational reform and innovation, and playing a major role in community engagement and public debate.

This distinction has been named for Ruby Payne-Scott, just the third woman to graduate in physics from the University and who made a fundamental contribution to the development of radio astronomy nationally and internationally.

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