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.
Faculty of Medicine Awards
At the recent Faculty of Medicine dinner, Dr Daniel Johnstone was officially congratulated for receiving a Young Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and for his nomination as President-Elect of the Australian Society for Medical Research. Under International Awards, it was noted that Professor John Hearn had been awarded a prestigious degree - an Honorary Doctorate of Science by University College Dublin. Senior Technical Officer Adel Mitry received a richly deserved award for "Exceptional performance by professional staff".
We join the Faculty in congratulating Dr Daniel Johnstone, Professor John Hearn and Mr Adel Mitry
Educational Innovation Grants for Physiology
Prof Philip Poronnik awarded a Large Educational Innovation Grant
Philip Poronnik together with grant partners Margot Day and Tina Hinton were awarded $25,000 for the project: "Creative coding tools for immersive engagement and learning of statistical analysis"
Statistical analysis and thinking forms the basis of all scientific endeavour, yet in the biosciences we continue to battle with students whose grasp of statistics is less than optimal for dealing with the kinds of data that we are generating in our practical classes and research activites.
This project aims to use a creative coding framework to develop a suite of statistical tools to allow a new level of creativity and hence student engagement in the learning of statistics and the analysis and representation of data.
This project is in collaboration with Dr Oliver Bown, a world expert in coding and multimedia in Design UNSW.
Dr Dario Protti awarded Small Educational Innovation Grant
Dario Protti together with grant partners Rebecca Mason, Bill Phillips and Tina Hinton who were awarded a $9,975 for the project “Deeper learning engagement through hands-on experience with equipment assembly and collection of electrophysiological data.”
The project aims to develop a new set of practical classes for Advanced Neuroscience students (NEUR3906) designed to enhance their hands-on experience and assembly of do-it-yourself equipment for electrophysiological recordings.
Students will learn about alternative ways of collecting data from electrophysiological experiments using off-the-shelf electronics. The new practical classes will allow students to gain an understanding of the process and constraints involved in electrophysiological experiments and data acquisition.
Sydney Medical School Awards
Congratulations to the intermediate Physiology team: Dane King, Sharon Herkes, Isabel Arnaiz, Clare Gordon-Thomson and Nick Randall (now at MEU), on receiving a Sydney Medical School Award for Support of the Student Experience for "Introducing a blended learning program for practical classes".
The award includes $5000 to be spent on consumables or equipment. The award will be announced by the Dean at the Sydney Medical School Faculty meeting on
An enormous amount of effort, teamwork and ideas has been put in by the awardees to build up experience with the LabTutor and associated programs for prac classes. The outcomes have been very positive and able to be translated to other student learning experiences.
A richly deserved award!
Congratulations to Dr Dan Johnstone
Dr Dan Johnstone received a prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award at a ceremony held at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science in Sydney on the 22nd October. The Young Tall Poppy program, run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), aims to promote awareness and recognition of Australia’s outstanding intellectual achievers and to encourage younger generations to follow in their footsteps through undertaking further study and careers in the sciences. Applicants are assessed on both “excellence in research achievement in the sciences” and “excellence and passion in communication and community engagement to promote understanding and engagement in science”. Dan, as many may know, has served on the ASMR Council for some time. Dan was nominated for the award by A/Prof Kay Double from the Discipline of Biomedical Sciences.