The Department of Physiology is primarily dedicated to teaching health professionals the basic mechanisms responsible for the origin and maintenance of life, strong prerequisite for understanding pathological conditions commonly encountered in the health care practice.
As a basic science unit, we are deeply involved in educating and training young investigators for a career in physiology and host one of the top graduating programs in physiology in Brazil.
There are several areas of study in the department, most of them dedicated to systems physiology, although groups also are interested in the physiological aspects at the cellular level. All groups use modern methods of analysis. Please visit the faculty homepages for more specific information on their activities.