The School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) leads research and academic advancement in biomedical and biological sciences and educates health professionals to enhance health and wellbeing locally, nationally and internationally. It has built an international reputation as a centre for award-winning research throughout the fields of biomedical science with the efforts of Professor Vernon Ward, Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences and staff who are experts in their respective fields.
The School provides a world-class teaching environment where students gain both theoretical and practical skills that allow them to succeed in their chosen discipline. These skills give students the ability to think critically and analytically in many different areas. With a substantial number of international students and staff, BMS is truly part of the international research and teaching community.
It has five departments: a) Anatomy, b) Biochemistry, c) Microbiology and Immunology d) Pharmacology and Toxicology, and e) Physiology. It has research centres in different areas such as: National Science Challenges deals with Ageing Well, Brain Research New Zealand, Healthier Lives. Brain Health Research Centre, Centre for Neuroendocrinology, Centre for Translational Cancer Research, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, Genetics Otago, Webster Centre for Infectious Disease
As a leading centre of research excellence, many research support services are available in the School of Biomedical Sciences: Hercus Taieri Resource Unit, Histology Unit, Flow Cytometry Facility, Otago Centre for Electron Microscopy, Otago Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility. University of Otago's quality research outputs can be obtained from the archive page of the university.