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Department of Physiology

Paul Welling Talks About Why We Evolved To Crave Salt, And Why That’s Now Unhealthy.

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Physiologists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine integrate molecular, cellular and systems biology to discover how life works. Our department has especially strong traditions in cardiovascular-renal biology, neuroscience and reproductive biology.

Our graduate students, post- doctoral fellows and faculty are working to unravel mysteries in the following areas:

  • signaling in heart and vascular smooth muscle
  • brain development
  • muscle contraction
  • cellular communication
  • hormone action
  • learning and memory
  • salt and water balance
  • synaptic transmission

We are helping to uncover the causes and mechanisms of human disease, including Alzheimer's, cancer, epilepsy, heart failure, hypertension, infertility, muscular dystrophy and stroke.

We invite you to join us and make exploration and discovery your life's work.

New understanding of the causes and treatment of depression 

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Department of Physiology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
655 West Baltimore Street, Room 5-007 
Baltimore, M.D. 21201
Phone: 410-706-3652
Fax: 410-706-8341

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Department Chair

Scott Thomspon, PhD


Dr. Scott Thompson was interviewed on The Prism, a radio show devoted to current science topics, discussing work from his laboratory concerning the biological basis of depression.