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Division of Cellular, Nutritional and Physiological Sciences

The Division of Cellular, Nutritional and Physiological Sciences is focused on basic life sciences research, undergraduate teaching for medicine and biomedical sciences students, and the training of postgraduate students.

Research in the Division spans three disciplines:

  • Cell biology,
  • Human nutrition, and
  • Physiological sciences.

Research in cell biology encompasses diverse approaches to understanding normal cellular processes and how they are altered in disease. This includes the study of cancer, neuronal development and regeneration, synaptic signalling in the brain, vascular and ocular biology, stem cells and the identification of novel therapeutic approaches to treat a wide range of diseases from cancer to epilepsy.

In physiological sciences, research focuses on human physiology with emphasis on exercise and neurophysiology. The main research fields include cardiovascular physiology, the effects of stress, ageing and exercise on the brain, neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson's Disease) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), cellular architecture of the mammalian visual system, and neural development, regeneration and degeneration in lower and higher vertebrates.

Research in human nutrition aims to contribute to the specialised, unique body of knowledge in nutrition science and dietetics,