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