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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 9:14pm

Nearly $18m in new funding was recently gained by Otago researchers under the Government’s Endeavour Fund, which looks for transformative research initiatives and have strong potential to improve a range of outcomes for New Zealand.

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Dawn of agriculture linked with poor start to life in ancient Atacama, Chile

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:29am

Learning to cultivate crops and other agricultural food – rather than relying on hunter-gathering – is often thought of as a key milestone in the history of humanity.

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Otago researchers investigate new stroke treatment

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:56pm

New Zealand stroke survivors are being sought by University of Otago researchers for an innovative study that holds promise for restoring their arm and hand function.

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Science-inspired exhibition impresses

Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:01pm

Seeing their research interpreted by artists has given researchers in the University’s Genetics Otago Research Centre a new way to view their own work.

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Otago brain health researchers delve into dopamine

Friday, 25 August 2017 4:03pm

University of Otago researchers studying learning processes affected in brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have made new discoveries about how nerve impulses form memories, findings which have implications for developing new therapies for these conditions.

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Otago teachers thrilled with national awards

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:44am

Three Otago teachers who received national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards at an event at Parliament this week say they are humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way.

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National excellence of Otago University teachers recognised

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 4:05pm

The sustained contributions of three leading University of Otago staff were recognised in the annual national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards held last night.

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Secrets of ancient Irish funeral practices revealed

Friday, 4 August 2017 12:17pm

New insights into the lifeways – and death rites – of the ancient people of Ireland are being provided through funerary studies led by a researcher at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy.

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Fussy fish use genetic compatibility to pick partners from afar

Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:17am

When salmon spawn, the sperm of competing males are in an all-or-nothing race to be the first to reach and fertilise the eggs.

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Otago cemetery research reveals insights into lives of early settlers

Monday, 24 July 2017 4:58pm

In the first research of its kind in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers are gaining fresh insights into the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in St. John’s Burial Ground, in Tokoiti, Milton.

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HRC funding to aid deep brain stimulation technology

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 9:47am

Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie has received $1.1M funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand for a 3 year project grant which aims to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s disease patients by developing the next generation of deep brain stimulation technology which has greater target specificity and reduced stimulation side effects.

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The fine line between playing God and saving species

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:57pm

New Zealand conservation workers are keen on gene-editing to eradicate pests but would rather avoid “playing God” with native species, a University of Otago study suggests.

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 9:57am

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

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May graduation a day to remember

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:17pm

The Department shared in the celebrations of its graduates at the recent University of Otago May graduation ceremony.  It was a small but excited group of Anatomy graduands who gathered in the Department to mark the occasion.

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The amazing muscle-man a hit at open day

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:25pm

PhD student Josh Houlton, aka 'the amazing painted muscle-man' was a hit at the recent University of Otago Tertiary Information Day. 

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Teaching anatomy in Samoa

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:30am

Associate Professor George Dias recently spent two weeks at the National University of Samoa (NUS) teaching anatomy.  His visit was part of the ongoing development of the undergraduate medical programme at the University.

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Virtual reality a reality for anatomy dental students

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 4:08pm

Second year Dental students taking the first semester Anatomy paper have been using 3D virtual reality (VR) technology to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of the neuronal pathways of the head and neck.

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‘Trojan’ females may hold key to pest control

Friday, 16 June 2017 1:54pm

Pests like mice and wasps may one day be eradicated using a new technique which scientists have just proven in the laboratory on fruit flies.

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Teachers using own DNA for human evolution studies

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:38pm

School students who may have wondered where their teachers came from may not have to wonder much longer.

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Graduation day wedding proposal “memorable”

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:48am

Despite being filled with nerves, Zin Khant Aung dropped to one knee in the University’s Quad and proposed his girlfriend Rosemary Duffy on her graduation day this month – making the important day twice as special for the Bachelor of Applied Science graduate.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 9:27am

Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development.

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Award ceremony celebrates teaching excellence

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58pm

The four recipients of University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017 were formally congratulated at a ceremony at the Clocktower building yesterday afternoon.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Teaching awards honour four Otago staff

Monday, 20 February 2017 9:00pm

Dedication and passion has paid off for four University of Otago staff, who have each received Teaching Excellence Awards from the University.

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Otago gains funding to engage young minds with science

Friday, 17 February 2017 2:58pm

Four University of Otago initiatives are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of $2m in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round. The fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

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John Reynolds to Direct First Year Health Sciences

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 9:08pm

Professor John Reynolds of Anatomy has been appointed to a newly created role at the University of Otago aimed at overseeing the hugely popular Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) programme.

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Severe inbreeding threatens Long Island’s little spotted kiwi

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 2:02pm

A population of rare little spotted kiwi (LSK) that was thought to be thriving in a Marlborough island sanctuary is actually seriously threatened by the silent effects of inbreeding, new research led by a University of Otago scientist suggests.