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The Medical College of Georgia Department of Physiology’s focus is the framework of the body's cells, organs and systems, how they work and how abnormal function leads to disease.

The department is dedicated to outstanding research and excellence in education.

Our federally-funded scientists study some of the nation's top killers like cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and train independent, creative, productive scholars and PhD graduates, who publish in top tier journals and who are competitive for positions wherever they choose to go.

The department offers programs leading to the PhD degree. A combined MD/PhD or DMD/PhD degree program is available for students who obtain prior or concurrent admission to the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) or the Dental College of Georgia.

In all programs, extensive experience in the philosophy and performance of basic and biomedical research is stressed. By virtue of their interdisciplinary training, the department's graduates compete successfully for positions in medical schools, universities, government and industry.


Physiology News

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Common, usually harmless group of bacteria associated with higher death rates in kidney patients

The findings indicate that early diagnosis and treatment of an infection may improve survival rates.

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Psoriasis does not appear to increase heart attack risk in people with significant kidney disease

Studies have suggested that psoriasis is an independent risk factor for heart attack in the general population, but investigators found that in people who also have end-stage renal disease, which shares many risk factors with heart disease, it is not.

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Brands named MCG vice dean for academic affairs

The new vice dean joined MCG more than two decades ago.

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MCG’s Bollag named Regents’ professor

Regents’ professorships are awarded to system faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pacesetting.



Feb 02

Department of Physiology Seminar: The 2023 Lois Taylor Ellison, M.D. Lectureship
Dr. Jennifer Pluznick from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will present a special seminar in honor of Dr. Lois T. Ellison.

Feb 09

Department of Physiology Research Seminar Series presented by Dr. Jin O'Uchi
Jin O-Uchi, MD, PhD, FAHA, FCVS will present a seminar titled, "Novel Variants of Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter (MCU) and their Physiological and Pathological Roles."

Feb 16

Department of Physiology Research Seminar Series presented by Dr. Ravi Rungta
Dr. Ravi Rungta, Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal, will present a seminar titled, "Investigating Neurovascular Interactions Across Space and Time."

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