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University of Otago, Department of Physiology PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Central modulation of cardiac Sympathetic Nerve Activity following acute MI
  Dr D Schwenke
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The majority of people that suffer a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction; MI) die within the first few hours following the MI.
  Changes in cerebral blood flow trigger an increase in sympathetic nerve activity – implications following acute myocardial infarction
  Dr D Schwenke
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Heart function is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Following a heart attack (myocardial infarction. MI), cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (cSNA) becomes dangerously elevated, triggering irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) that often prove fatal.
  Circadian rhythm of heart rate regulation in diabetes
  Dr R Lamberts, Dr CT Bussey
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Resting heart rate is the strongest predictor of mortality in patients with cardiac disease. Incompetence in heart rate regulation is an undervalued feature of the diabetic heart with major cardiovascular consequences.
  Disturbance of the ‘Cellular uric acid homeostasis’ as the driver for diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cancer
  Dr A Bahn
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My group is interested in how uric acid controls major intracellular metabolic signalling pathways (mTOR, AMPK) in order to understand the onset of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cancer.
  Imaging the rhythms of stress hormone secretion
  Dr K Iremonger
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Corticosteroid stress hormones are released throughout the day in hourly pulses with a peak in secretion prior to the onset of the active period (early morning for humans, early evening for rodents).
  Modulation of the pulmonary vasculature in health and disease
  Dr D Schwenke
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The pulmonary microcirculation is tightly modulated by the autonomic nervous system, the pulmonary vessel endothelium and the vascular smooth muscle.
  Novel approaches for treating cardiovascular disease
  Dr J Erickson
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Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death throughout most of the world, and existing therapeutic options are unsuitable for a large percentage of patients.
  Optogenenetic voltage reporting to understand cerebellar learning
  Dr R Empson
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Cerebellar Purkinje neurons, the main output neuron of the cerebellar cortex, undergo a variety of forms of synaptic plasticity that are thought to underlie aspects of motor learning.
  Optogenetic voltage reporting to probe cerebellar to motor cortex connections
  Dr R Empson
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The cerebellum and the motor cortex are known to communicate during motor behaviour for the refinement of movement.
  Shear stress sensing in arteries
  Dr M Fronius
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The Fronius lab is investigating how ion channels are sensing shear stress and how this affects the function of blood vessels and blood pressure regulation.
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