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General Staff Award

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:51am

Two people have won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.

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Pacific interests land plum positions in Germany

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 4:21pm

Two Otago Anatomy PhD bioarchaeologists have been accepted for coveted postdoctorate positions at the new Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany.

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University of Otago honours research leader

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:07am

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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Bringing Anatomy to Life

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:43am

Anatomy staff bring science to life at the International Science festival.

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Pride of Workmanship Awards

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 9:31am

The winners of this year’s Pride of Workmanship Award at the University are Marine Science Scientific Officer and sediment core specialist Bob Dagg, and Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Anatomy Aven Drayson.

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Health Research Council Funding Success

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 11:39am

Four researchers from the Department of Anatomy have been successful in securing funding worth around $7.3M

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Surgical Approaches Workshop a hit with young surgeons.

Friday, 10 June 2016 11:53am

Over the long Anzac weekend, while most of us were enjoying a relaxing time with family, eight young orthopaedic surgeons were toiling away in the Anatomy Department

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Unique forensic study of early Otago farmers proposed

Monday, 30 May 2016 2:31pm

University of Otago researchers are hoping to shed new light on the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through a proposed study that would involve excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in Tokoiti, Milton.

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Ancient DNA study finds Phoenician from Carthage had European ancestry

Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:20am

A research team co-led by a University of Otago scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the “Young Man of Byrsa” or “Ariche”, whose tomb was discovered within a hill in Carthage, Tunisia in 1994.

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Research Image Selected for Cover of Prestigious Journal

Thursday, 7 April 2016 12:00pm

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Otago research holds promise for Alzheimer’s diagnostic blood test

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 11:50am

University of Otago researchers have discovered a promising new marker that could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease — and all that might be required is a simple blood test.

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Exceptional PhD Thesis

Friday, 1 April 2016 3:18pm

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Research Project Strengthens Link with Max Planck Institute

Friday, 1 April 2016 3:26pm

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First evidence found that “cryptic female choice” is adaptive

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 1:12pm

University of Otago researchers studying chinook salmon have provided the first evidence that “cryptic female choice” (CFC) enhances fertilisation success and embryo survival.

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Anatomy Department Teaching Fellow Wins Inclusive Teaching Award

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 5:46pm

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Congratulations! Anatomy Department staff collect seven of the twelve 2015 OSMS awards on offer.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 5:39pm

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Avatar App To Aid Anatomy Learning

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 9:47am

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Anatomy Otago: Oh the places you'll go!

Friday, 5 February 2016 9:57am

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Charlotte King and PhD students Gail Elliott and Anne Sohler-Snoddy have recently returned from a research trip to Chile.

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Anatomy staff dress up for Frocktober

Friday, 9 October 2015 3:28pm

The late Dr Elspeth Gold would be tremendously proud of her colleagues in the Department of Anatomy this month – as men and women alike don dresses to support “Frocktober”.

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Otago researchers sequence kuri dog genomes

Thursday, 8 October 2015 9:56am

The genetic heritage of New Zealand’s first dog, the now extinct kurī, is being unravelled by University of Otago scientists using state-of-the-art ancient DNA analysis.

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Obituary: Dr Elspeth Joan Gold

Monday, 7 September 2015 1:30pm

Dr Elspeth Gold, a highly respected and valued colleague, mentor and friend to many in the University of Otago and beyond, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the 21 August 2015.

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Anatomy Administrator wins 2015 General Staff Award

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 7:45pm

Department of Anatomy Administrator Sally-Ann Howard has won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award – the second award she has received this year recognising the competence, hard work and warmth she brings to her role.

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Two Administrators win Pride of Workmanship Awards

Thursday, 21 May 2015 9:50pm

Two “wonderful” departmental administrators from opposite ends of the campus were celebrated this week at the Dunedin North Rotary Club’s Pride of Workmanship Awards held at the University Staff Club.

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NZ ancestry study to sample DNA of ex-pats in London

Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:29am

A University of Otago biological anthropologist will head to London in June to collect 200 DNA samples from ex-pats to complete sampling for study of the genetic origins of New Zealanders.

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Otago anatomist contributes to “landmark” text

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 1:57pm

An Otago expert on clinical anatomy has contributed to the world’s first text book on the subject, entitled Teaching Anatomy: A Practical Guide.

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Anatomy lessons get a fashionable twist

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 4:18pm

Department of Anatomy Laboratory Manager and award winning fashion designer Fieke Neuman is using her skills to create hands-on teaching aids made of fabric and textiles.

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Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 3:44pm

A University of Otago PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact.

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Neurological Foundation awards grants to Otago scientists

Thursday, 11 December 2014 3:47pm

Three University of Otago scientists and a PhD graduate have been awarded a total of $471,944 to support their brain research in the Neurological Foundation’s December funding round announced today.

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New Otago study confirms that sperm quality decreases with age

Monday, 1 December 2014 11:59am

Conflicting evidence about the extent to which men’s semen quality declines with age—likely lowering their fertility—is being cleared up by new University of Otago research that has collated and reviewed data from 90 previous studies from around the world.

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Prestigious scholarships for emerging Otago researchers

Thursday, 6 November 2014 1:11pm

Three University of Otago staff members and a two postgraduate students have gained prestigious scholarships in the 2014 Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.

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Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships won by Otago researchers

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:49am

Two talented early to mid-career scientists will return to the University of Otago after gaining highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, which are valued at up to $800,000 each over five years.

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Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit allows lab-quality analysis in the field

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 8:31am

A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection.

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Otago researcher helps sequence sheep genome

Friday, 6 June 2014 9:00am

A University of Otago researcher is among an international team that has sequenced the sheep genome, pinpointing genes that are unique to sheep, including those that help support secretion of the grease needed to maintain wool.

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Researching disaster victim identification after shark attack

Friday, 7 March 2014 4:36pm

Jenny McDowell's PhD from the University of Otago will help identify juvenile victims of marine disasters.

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Otago researchers gain new insights into ancient Pacific settlers’ diet

Thursday, 6 March 2014 3:25pm

Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands are casting new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people, the likely ancestors of Polynesians.

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Otago neuroscientists’ studies supported

Monday, 16 December 2013 12:41pm

Two University of Otago brain researchers have gained support for their studies into Parkinson’s Disease and stroke recovery in the latest Neurological Foundation funding round.

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Radical new "Trojan Female” pest control approach shows great promise

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 3:51pm

An innovative, non-lethal approach to pest management has the potential to become a “game-changer” in providing lasting and effective control in a wide range of insect and animal pests, according to New Zealand scientists developing the technique.

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Study of salmon sperm success shows need for speed

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 3:25pm

When salmon spawn, males competing to fertilise eggs will win or lose based primarily on their sperm swimming speed, according to a collaborative study by researchers from the University of Otago and the University of Western Australia.

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New Otago research shows early Māori probably suffered from gout

Monday, 21 October 2013 10:21am

Discoveries of early Māori skeletal remains showing tell-tale signs of gout have been corroborated by new evidence that dispels the myth that the disease was largely an upper class European affliction that did not affect any indigenous populations.

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Otago researcher selected to contribute to Australian brain research think tank

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 9:54am

Deputy Director of Otago University’s Brain Health Research Centre, Associate Professor John Reynolds, will travel to Australia next week to attend the 2013 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank.

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Otago scientists gain Neurological Foundation funding

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:44am

University of Otago neuroscientists have gained nearly $390,000 in Neurological Foundation funding for three projects involving stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease, and improving cognitive performance.

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Light cast on lifestyle and diet of first New Zealanders

Thursday, 16 May 2013 3:25pm

A University of Otago-led multidisciplinary team of scientists have shed new light on the diet, lifestyles and movements of the first New Zealanders by analysing isotopes from their bones and teeth.

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New Zealanders’ genetic diversity to be mapped

Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:13pm

A leading University of Otago biological anthropologist has won a prestigious two-year James Cook Research Fellowship to undertake the first-ever survey of the genetic diversity of New Zealand’s population.

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Otago scientists win neurological research funding

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 2:16pm

Three University of Otago scientists have received nearly $300,000 of funding to support their world-class brain-related research in the latest Neurological Foundation grant round.

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Otago researchers map genetic code of NZ’s first settlers

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 9:52am

In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have achieved the feat of sequencing complete mitochondrial genomes for members of what was likely to be one of the first groups of Polynesians to settle New Zealand and have revealed a surprising degree of genetic variation among these pioneering voyagers.

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Otago researchers reveal new mechanism behind more male autism

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 4:14pm

New University of Otago research into two sex hormones released by the testes of male fetuses and boys may help solve the enduring mystery of why autism is much more common in boys than girls.

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Otago researchers delve into enigmatic burial rituals

Wednesday, 9 May 2012 9:53am

University of Otago researchers working in remote Cambodian mountains are shedding new light on the lost history of an unidentified people by studying their enigmatic burial rituals.

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Charitable blue collar workers most frequent body donors: Otago study

Friday, 20 April 2012 10:09am

People who donate their bodies to science are more likely to be blue collar workers who also regularly give blood, are registered organ donors, and give frequently to charity, according to an international study led by the University of Otago.

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Preventable nerve injuries from treatments need attention: Otago research

Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:32pm

New University of Otago research suggests that a stronger focus is needed on preventing accidental nerve injury during medical treatments in New Zealand.

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Otago academics made full professors

Thursday, 22 December 2011 9:24am

Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.

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Otago research uncovers potential for stroke victims to dramatically regain mobility

Thursday, 4 November 2010 12:45pm

In a discovery with the potential to drastically improve the lives of stroke and head injury victims, University of Otago and UCLA researchers have come up with a drug therapy which could unlock paralysed arms and legs, restoring mobility by up to half.

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Otago Prostate Cancer Research Receives Men’s Health Trust Funding

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 9:09am

Research at Otago University to develop a better screening test for the early detection of prostate cancer has been advanced due to a $30,000 grant from the Men’s Health Trust New Zealand.

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Brain cell communication findings pave way for new therapies

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 2:47pm

A previously hidden mechanism regulating how brain cells communicate has been discovered by a University of Otago scientist in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen.