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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

Physiology and Anatomy world rankings are high for the second year in a row

The recently released QS rankings again ranked the field "Anatomy and Physiology" at the University of Sydney,10th in the world, as was the case last year. These rankings are external and have their quirks, but the methodology published on the QS website indicates that the QS group obtain information from students and employers, as well as from academics and also include research citations in their assessment. So the ranking seems to relate to both teaching and research.

This is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to all staff and students.

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

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