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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.
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Our faculty continue to strive for innovative and novel approaches to research. Some of the areas of research in our department include kidney, 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 intra- and interdepartmental collaboration.

Our priority for medical students is to enhance our teaching efforts with an emphasis on developing stimulating medically relevant interactive sessions. Our Medical Physiology Course, directed by Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, and our faculty have received many teaching awards including the “Overall Outstanding Department” award and the "Outstanding T1 Course" from the Owl Club.  We also offer a variety of graduate student courses including techniques of molecular physiology, principles of molecular transport, renal physiology and microcirculatory physiology. Many of our graduates have a high level of success holding academic appointments at prestigious medical schools, other institutions and industry.

We are very pleased to have so many outstanding individuals contributing to the success of the Department of Physiology. We strive to continue to provide innovative research and outstanding teaching that will assist in future therapies and generate great leaders in their field. Thank you for visiting our website and I invite you to explore our department further to learn more about our research activities and our education programs. In addition, you can also review our most recent annual report.

L. Gabriel Navar, PhD, FAPS, FAHA, FASN, FAAAS
Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology
Co-Director, Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence
Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Renal and Hypertension Biology

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