Welcome to the Department of Physiology, Trinity College, Dublin
Dr Áine Kelly,
Head of Department of Physiology
The Physiology Department is part of the School of Medicine. We provide high-quality teaching to students of Science and the Health Sciences, and are a research active Department, with a particular focus on neuroscience, cell physiology and exercise science.
What is Physiology?
Physiology is function – it is the science of how the body works. It describes how cells operate, how they combine their functions in specific organs, and how these organ systems work together to maintain a stable environment inside the body. Physiology is the functional basis of the health sciences, because most disease states are the result of disturbances of physiological processes. A basic knowledge of physiology is therefore essential for all students whose professional careers will involve aspects of health and patient care. Physiology is also one of the key subjects in biomedical science and continues to be at the forefront of biomedical research. Physiologists aim to use their research findings to increase our understanding of how the human body works and thereby assist in the development of better treatments for disease, or help to improve athletic performance. Its importance as a research discipline is exemplified by the annual award of a Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine.
The Old Physiology Building,
Trinity College Dublin
History of the Department of Physiology
The Department of Physiology is a member of the School of Medicine of Trinity College Dublin, established in 1711. The Department itself was established in 1922, when the King's Professorship of the Institutes of Medicine was replaced by the Chair of Physiology. Four incumbents have held the Chair over that period: Harold Pringle (appointed 1922), David Smyth Torrens (1936), Roland Edward Moore (1968) and Christopher Bell (1995).