Welcome to the Department of Physiology

The Department is centrally embedded in the Faculty of Medicine with strong links to hospital-based research institutes across Toronto. We also have close ties with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the allied Health Sciences.  Read more


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Graham Collingridge as the next Chair of Physiology effective May 1st, 2015.  Click here to read the formal announcement from Dean Catharine Whiteside.

Dr. Min ZhuoAnxiety and Pain: Two Sides of the Same Synapse?

Researchers have known for a decade what patients have suspected much longer: chronic pain produces anxiety, and anxiety makes the pain worse. But why? Scientists have found tantalizing clues, including intense activity in the same part of the brain during both sensations. But an answer has been elusive.

Dr. Min Zhuo and his lab recently published a paper in the journal Neuron that showed how neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to physically re-organize itself in response to experience — can spur the interplay between chronic pain and anxiety. Read full story.