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Physiology

Welcome to the Department of Physiology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Our primary objectives are to provide the resources and opportunities that foster excellence in research among faculty, fellows, and students, to provide a superior teaching resource to medical and graduate students, and provide exemplary service to the medical school and university.

Our faculty continue to strive for innovative and novel approaches to research. Some of the areas of research in our department include renal, cardiovascular, endocrine, cellular, molecular and neurophysiology. A major focus area is on the pathophysiology of hypertension and the role of renin-angiotensin system. In this endeavor we work closely with the Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence. We are fortunate to have faculty who are recognized researchers and scholars in their fields, talented and stimulating teachers, and committed to effective intro-and interdepartmental collaboration.

What is Physiology?

Physiology is the study of how the activities of genes, cells, tissues and organs are integrated to accomplish the complex functions performed by living organisms. Because of the structural and functional complexity of even simple organisms, physiologists draw upon knowledge available from many different scientific disciplines such as molecular and cellular biology, physics, mathematics, and biochemistry. From a medical perspective, understanding normal function is a prerequisite to understanding disease.

Physiology is the study of the mechanisms responsible for homeostasis in living organisms. As such, the discipline of physiology is concerned with normal functions of the body, and it provides the foundation upon which we expand our knowledge and understanding of how life processes are deranged by diseases and environmental stresses. Scientific investigations range in scope from molecular and intracellular mechanisms to the functional integration of various organ systems. As an essential component of medical education and biomedical research, physiology contributes to our understanding of normal function that is a prerequisite to understanding pathophysiologic processes, disease conditions and their treatment.

Mission

Accordingly, the department is fully committed to the principles of medical education which are the transmission of knowledge through teaching, the acquisition of knowledge through research, and the dissemination and preservation of knowledge through publication. The mission of the Department of Physiology is to (I) provide a superior teaching resource in the Physiological Sciences to medical and graduate students, (II) achieve and maintain the highest measures of competitive research, and (III) provide service to the Medical School and University in an exemplary manner.

Vision

"Integrating Life Sciences from Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms to the Organism"