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University of Otago Physiology & Sports Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Sensory perception in control of mammalian life-history
  Dr M Garratt
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Life history theory is built on the assumption that there are trade-offs between life-history traits, such as between early and late-life reproduction, and between reproduction and lifespan.
  Sex hormone actions in frailty and health during ageing
  Dr M Garratt
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It is well established that testosterone and estrogens can influence ageing, with hormone administration improving physical function, muscle and bone strength in some cohorts of the elderly.
  Stress responses in the diabetic heart: Effects of exercise training and glycaemic control
  Dr C Baldi
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The diabetic heart, even before developing disease, has impaired relaxation and contractility. These changes limit the work capacity of the heart (maximal cardiac output) and limit the functional capacity of people with diabetes.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  The role of the Exocyst complex in trafficking ion channels in polarised epithelia
  Dr K Hamilton, Prof F McDonald
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Associate Professor Kirk L. Hamilton and Associate Professor Fiona J. McDonald. Proper trafficking of ion channels in epithelia is key to epithelial cell function.
  Therapeutic approaches for the treatment of cerebellar ataxias and tremors
  Dr R Empson
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Cerebellar ataxias and tremor are devastating movement disorders that often begin early in life and for which there is no cure.
  Understanding the role of lymphatic endothelial cell dysfunction in mediating diabetic heart disease
  Dr R Katare
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Diabetes, affects endothelial cells function leading to a condition called diabetic microangiopathy. Majority of the focus is on understanding diabetes-induced changes in arterial or venous endothelial cells.
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