What is physiology?

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells and organs interact to form a whole being. The work of Physiological Society Members, advancing our knowledge of biological systems, is essential to the development of new treatments for disease. Since The Society's foundation in 1876, our membership has included more than 20 Nobel Prize winners from Ivan Pavlov to Andrew Huxley. The scientists who make up The Society have made many key discoveries, ranging from how our nervous system works, how our cells divide and the way in which our reflexes alter our behaviour. These have advanced our knowledge of biological systems and helped in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. 

As well as supporting those active in physiology research, we also work to inspire the next generations of physiologists; working with teachers, lecturers and students to help highlight physiology as a relevant, engaging career choice. The Society's presence at public events such as science fairs and media promotion of the research it publishes in its journals, also aim to raise the profile of physiology and highlight its relevance to everyday life.