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The Oxford Debate: Is Physiology Dead?

This house believes that physiology as a separate discipline is no longer relevant to modern science and welcomes the disappearance of physiology departments in the UK.

Monday 11 July 2011
LT1 (University Museum of Natural History)

Proposing the motion: Maynard Case, Manchester, UK
Seconded by: Ian McGrath, Glasgow, UK
Opposing the motion: Giovanni Mann, London, UK
Seconded by: Richard Naftalin, London, UK
Moderated by: David Eisner, Manchester, UK
  Godfrey Smith, Glasgow, UK
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Physiology is taught as a specific degree in fewer departments today than ever before. At the research level, few groups specialise solely (or even mainly!) in physiological measurements, frequently relying on "omic" methods instead. The purpose of this debate is to inform and stimulate Members’ thoughts about the future of physiology and The Society. 

Following initial speeches, the motion will be opened to general discussion.

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16.30 Moderators’ welcome and introduction
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Maynard Case, proposing the motion

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Giovanni Mann, opposing the motion

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Ian McGrath, proposing the motion

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Richard Naftalin, opposing the motion

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Questions and points from the floor

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Audience votes and moderators declaration of winners

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