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.
Brian Morris awarded Irvine Page - Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Brian Morris who has been selected by the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research as the 2014 recipient of the Irvine Page - Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award. This award will be presented at the Council's Conference in San Francisco in September. The letter of congratulations from the Council notes that this is an important honor that is bestowed only on outstanding cardiovascular investigators and leaders.
Call for Circumcision Gets a Boost
In an important new study published in advance in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on April 2, Professor Emeritus Brian Morris and his colleagues showed that the benefits of infant male circumcision to health exceed the risks by over 100 to 1. The study showed that over their lifetime half of uncircumcised males contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin. Further analyses showed an alarming six percentage points fall in circumcision prevalence in the United States from a high of 83% in the 1960s. Whereas prevalence is currently 91% in whites, it is 76% in blacks and only 44% in Hispanics. The overall fall was mostly due to the rise in the Hispanic population and the lack of Medicaid coverage for circumcision in public hospitals in 18 states. The findings add considerable weight to the latest American Academy of Pediatrics policy that supports education and access for infant male circumcision as a desirable public health policy. The Editor reported that the article attracted unprecedented news media coverage internationally, including the New York Times and American TV broadcasters NBC and CBS. For an overview see the accompanying youtube
European Society for Photobiology's Young Investigator Award 2013
Dr Katie Dixon has won the European Society for Photobiology's Young Investigator Award, 2013, for her work on photoprotection. The award came with an invited plenary lecture "Vitamin D and photoprotection: progress to date" which Katie delivered at the European Society for Photobiology's Congress in Liege, Belgium, in September 2013. This only the second time that this prize has been awarded to an Australian.
Katie is now an academic with Anatomy/Histology, but undertook much of the work recognized by the prize in Physiology.