The Department of Human Physiology was established in 1974 as the first department in the School of Medicine at Flinders University. There are currently over 50 members, including 6 full-time academic staff, 6 research fellows, 6 postdoctoral researchers and 11 PhD students. Staff are organised into 8 research laboratories occupying around 740 square metres of laboratory and office space in the Flinders Medical Centre, adjacent to the main Flinders University campus. Staff of the Department of Human Physiology play a major role in the Doctor of Medicine at Flinders and contribute substantial teaching to undergraduate science students, particularly in the Bachelor of Medical Science Course.

The department has a research focus in neuroscience in three major areas; sensory and autonomic neurobiology, roles of neurotrophic factors and neurodegenerative diseases. The Department has consistently attracted a level of research funding which, on a per capita basis, puts the Department at the forefront of the discipline of physiology in Australia. Members of the Department publish between 20 and 30 papers per year in refereed international journals and in 2006 were awarded over $2.3 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Staff have developed extensive collaborative research links locally, nationally and internationally with both basic scientists and clinicians. There are excellent common service facilities; fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy are available, together with significant proteomics capabilities, molecular biology resources, biomedical workshops and animal house.

Members of the department have close ties with the highly successful Centre for Neuroscience at Flinders University; a collegial association of researchers in all parts of the university who share an interest in the nervous system and behaviour. The success of neuroscience research at Flinders has been recently recognised by the award of status as an Area of Strategic Research Investment (ASRI) by the University in 2004.
The Department and the Centre for Neuroscience offer scholarships for honours projects, for PhD research and, by negotiation, for summer vacation projects. Members welcome enquiries about research, honours and PhD studies from undergraduates, postgraduates and established researchers. These should be directed, in the first instance, to the Departmental Administrator:, (tel: +61 8 8204 4201, fax: +61 8 8204 5768)