Physiology is the study of how the body works. This embraces the study of whole animals and their responses to extremes of environment, the working of individual organs such as the brain and the heart, and includes the processes that take place in single cells and the molecules that they contain.
King’s has one of the largest physiology teaching units in the country with over 30 senior academics involved with teaching that includes two undergraduate degree programmes and a suite of postgraduate masters’ level programmes.
The teaching carried out by the Department of Physiology is enhanced by the wide expertise of the academic staff and their research programmes, spanning cardiovascular research, pharmaceutical sciences, age-related diseases, women’s health and endocrinology.
Members of the Department have expertise in a range of specialties including aviation medicine, the study of ‘master athletes’, the regulation of endocrine function with relevance to diabetes, the mechanisms of pain and repair of the nervous system, spinal cord injury, and environmental influences on physiology and reproduction. Unique collaborations exist with the Royal Air Force Centre of Aviation Medicine, the European Space Agency and the Institute of Naval Medicine, enabling our teaching focus on physiology in extreme environments.