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Department of Physiology, NRI Medical College became functional from the inception of NRI Academy of Sciences from July 2003. Since then the department is actively engaged in teaching Under Graduate students and carrying out Research activities. Later Post Graduate course was also introduced. The 1st Post Graduate student in MD Physiology was admitted in 2011 and successfully completed the course in 2014. MCI has accorded recognition of the PG course in Physiology(MD) in May 2014.


  1. A/C Lecture Hall Complete with audiovisual aids - 200 capacity
  2. Demo Rooms - 3 (75 capacity) with audiovisual aids
  3. Separate Laboratories along with preparation room for each laboratory for:
    • Haematology (100 capacity)
    • Clinical Physiology (75 capacity)
    • Amphibian/Experimental physiology (100 capacity)
    • Mammalian physiology (75 capacity)
    • Research room
  4. Library Cum Seminar Room
  5. Teaching Staff - Individual Rooms for - Professors, Associate professor, Assistant Professor, Common Room for Tutors, PGs & one room for non teaching staff
  6. Department Office Room with Computer, printer.

Major Equipments in the Department :

Computerized Tread Mill Complete System Benedict Roth's
Polyright 4 Channels Physiographs: 1 channel & 2 Channel
Bicycle Ergometer Colorimeter
Double distillation apparatus Digital balance
Blood glass analyzer Refrigerator (Dedicated)
Cold centrifuge Magnetic stirrer with hot plate
Vortex Dissection Microscope
Binocular Microscope with photomicrographic attachments Respiratory Pump
Phase-contrast microscope Polarizing microscope
Spectrophotometer Deep Fridge (-200C)
Laminar airflow stand CO2 incubator
Tissue processor Rota-Rod
Photoactometer Continuance Avoidance Learning
Active Leaning apparatus All routine hematological & Experimental physiology equipment are also available

Department Section Library possesses :

281 Books (Text books, monograms, reference books etc.)

Academic Activities of the Department of Physiology

A. Teaching Programmes :

Iyr MBBS Students :

  1. Theory Classes - 200 classes
  2. Practicals - 100 Classes
  3. Tutorials - 30 hours
  4. Demonstrations - 10
  5. Seminars - 5
  6. Group Discussions - 4
  7. Medical Quiz - 1
  8. Slip Tests - 18
  9. Internal Assessment Examinations both Theory & Practicals (theory - 3 and Practicals - 2 /year)
  10. Assignments covering important topic areas
  11. Maintenance Practical Records

PG Students :

A separate seminar room size 32sq.mt. with a capacity to accommodate 20 students is present for conducting classes for PG students and also conducting micro teaching sessions for assessing communication skills and also viva - voce exclusively. This is also meant for conducting seminars, group discussions, symposia, CME programmes and journal clubs for PG students exclusively.

Separate registers are maintained to record all teaching activities in the department like Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Nursing and Paramedical students on the following lines.

Postings to other allied clinical departments during the second year of the course for integrating physiology with allied clinical subjects and for applied physiology. Coordination with the departments of Cardiology, Neurology, Medical Gastroenterology, Blood bank, General Medicine, Endocrinology, OB & Gynic and Ophthalmology for a period of about 6 month in the second year of the course as per MCI guidelines.

Laboratory facilities for carrying out additional practicals at PG level :

Mammalian Physiology Laboratory : Exclusively for PG experiments. Size: 102.36sq.mt. + Separate preparation room 16.5sq.mt.

Academic activities

Publications :

  1. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2014) Oxidant handling by hippocampus and Hebb-William maze performance in aluminum-exposed albino Wistar rats. International J Clin Exp Physiol (IJCEP) 1(2): 106-112
  2. B. Lakshmi Gowri, Vasantha Kumar J, Kalyani M and Nayak P (2014) Oxidative Stress in Undialyzed Chronic Renal Failure Patients. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 58(5) : 77
  3. Nayak P and Chatterjee S - Role of simulated microgravity on vascularization. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 58(5) : 63
  4. Ashok Vardhan N and Nayak P - Influence of Oryza Tocotrienol on neurobehavioral performances of rats. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 58(5) : 133
  5. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2014) Thalamic superoxide and peroxide handling capacity (SPHC): an experimental study with aluminum, ethanol and tocopherol in rats. Indian J Exp Biol (IJEB)
  6. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2014) Influence of prooxidant exposure on aluminum-induced alterations in open-field behavioral study in rats. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol (IJPP)
  7. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2014) Influence of ethanol on aluminum-induced alterations in oxidative stress of rat thalamic area. J Dr NTRUHS
  8. Balasai Chaitanaya TV and Nayak P (2014) Influences of exogenous pro- and anti-oxidants on aluminum-induced behavioral alterations in elevated plus maze and passive avoidance activity of rats. Indian J Pharmacol (IJP)
  9. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2013) Aluminum and ethanol induce alterations in superoxide and peroxide handling capacity (SPHC) in frontal and temporal cortex. Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics Vol.5. pp 402-410.
  10. Srinivas CH, Madhavi Latha M, Surya Kumari N, Surendranath Y. Comparative study of dynamic lung function tests in obese and non-obese individuals. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2013; Vol2, Issue 35, September 2; Page: 6736-6742
  11. Balasai Chaitanya T V, Kalyani Mallipeddi, Bondili J S and Nayak P (2012) Effect of aluminum exposure on superoxide and peroxide handling by liver, kidney, testis and temporal cortex of rat. Ind J Biochem Biophys 49 (Accepted for publication).
  12. Nayak P (2012) Conjecturable role of aluminum in pathophysiology of stroke. In Metal Ion in Stroke (Li YV and Zhang JH, eds), Springer Series in Translational Stroke Research. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-9663-3_31. pp 649-680.
  13. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2012) Pro-oxidant status based alterations in cerebellar antioxidant response to aluminum insult. Neurochem J. 6(1): 44-52.
  14. Suneetha Ch, Vasanth Kumar J and Nayak P (2012) Myopia among medical students a cross sectional study in a South Indian Medical College. Al Ameen J Med Sci 5(3): 233-242.
  15. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2011) Impact of coexposure to aluminum and ethanol on phosphoesterases and transaminases of rat cerebrum. J. Med, Biochem 30: 1-5
  16. Nayak P, Sharma SB and Chowdary NVS (2010) Augmentation of aluminum-induced oxidative stress in rat cerebrum by presence of pro-oxidant (graded doses of ethanol) exposure. Neurochem. Res.35:1681-1690
  17. Pandey AK, Das A, Srinivas Ch (2010) Maternal Myocardial Performance in Various Stages of Pregnancy and Post- Partum. Res J Cardiol.(Accepted)
  18. Pandey AK, Das A, Sreehari Babu M,SrinivasCh et al (2010) Application of Signal Averaged Electrocardiography and Ejection Fraction for Prediction of Cardiovascular Arrhythmic Events Res J Cardiol (Accepted)
  19. Nayak P (2009) Aluminum-induced intensification of oxidative stress in ethanol-exposed brain: a dose-dependent study on rat brain. J. Environ. Physiol. 2(1,2): 61-72.
  20. Nayak P and chatterjee AK (2008) Impact of aluminum on protein malnourished rat brain. Inter.J. Toxicol. 5(1)
  21. P. Pallavi (2008) Auditory acuity inl type 2 diabetes mellitus Int J Diab Dev Ctries Volume 28 : 114 to 120