Welcome to the Physiology in Action Blog spot! For our first blog post I will introduce the Brain Function Research Group (or BFRG) and give a brief overview of who we are and what we do.
The BFRG is based at the School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand, and is made up of a diverse group of researchers studying sleep, pain, fever, and wildlife physiology. The research entity started 40 years ago, when Duncan Mitchell, Helen Laburn and several others started investigating the neurophysiology of sleep, pain, fever, and temperature regulation in humans and, later on, in wildlife. Thanks to the brilliant minds and excellent team work of these early members, the research entity grew and expanded until it achieved research group status 27 years ago. Today the BFRG, under the directorship of Andrea Fuller, consists of about 60 members, including academic staff, research staff, postdocs, postgraduate students and honorary research fellows.
Although our research interest is diverse, spanning HIV-associated pain, temperature regulation in wildlife, consequences of sleep deprivation, and sickness behaviour in rats, the cohesion within our group between different disciplines is the backbone to our success. Apart from the fun we have, working together as a group has many other advantages. We support each other, learn from one another, share equipment and lab space, and (have I mentioned?) we have lots of fun! Team spirit and the strive for excellence are the essence of our group. It is impossible to summarise, in one post, all the great people in our group and all the exciting research they do. Therefore I invite you to get to know us better. Follow this blog for stories about our research, data collection, travelling and other adventures!