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News and events for the Otago Department of Biochemistry

PM visits Otago to celebrate graduands and genomics

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:43am

The Prime Minister, Bill English, visited the University on the weekend – meeting and greeting proud graduands at the brunch in the Link area, and also visiting the Department of Biochemistry to chat with staff and students active in the new Genomics Aotearoa platform.

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Prime Minister visits Department of Biochemistry

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:43am

Bill English visited the Otago Department of Biochemistry on Saturday morning as part of the launch of the new Genomics Aotearoa advanced genomics research initiative.

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Otago to lead $35m new advanced genomics platform

Friday, 18 August 2017 2:58pm

The University of Otago is to lead a $35 million project known as Genomics Aotearoa, a new science platform supporting advanced genomics research.

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Department of Biochemistry alumnus wins Massry Prize

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:10pm

An alumnus of the Otago Department of Biochemistry, Professor Rob Knight, has been jointly awarded the 2017 Massry Prize for his research into microbiomes - the microorganisms that live on and inside us.

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Dr Bryony Telford: Class Act in ODT

Monday, 7 August 2017 12:14pm

Dr Bryony Telford was given an Otago Daily Times Class Act award while at South Otago High School, she studied Biochemistry at Otago, doing her PhD in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory with Professor Parry Guilford. The Otago Daily Times ran a profile of Bryony on Saturday 5th August.

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Clean sweep of NZSBMB poster prizes for Biochemistry

Friday, 7 July 2017 3:07pm

PhD student Priya Philem took out the first prize in the NZSBMB student poster competition at the GSA/NZSBMB conference held in Dunedin this week. 

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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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Three HRC grants for Biochemistry

Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:26am

Biochemistry staff have been awarded three Health Research Council grants totaling over seven million dollars in the most recent funding round.

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Dr Wayne Patrick gives award lecture.

Monday, 5 June 2017 10:20am

Dr. Wayne Patrick is the winner of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2017 Custom Science Award For Research Excellence. He is giving his award lecture today at the Society's annual conference.

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Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

Thursday, 1 June 2017 11:59am

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body.

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New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:31am

Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic disease, an international collaboration led by University of Otago researchers has found.

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Freemasons Scholarship for Sean Boult

Friday, 12 May 2017 10:35am

Second year Biochemistry Master's student Sean Boult has been awarded a $10,000 Freemasons postgraduate scholarship.

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New funding for Otago immunotherapy breast cancer research

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:24am

A University of Otago biochemistry researcher has been awarded nearly $200,000 to study the potential of immunotherapy to treat breast cancer.

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Michael McManus Award for Best Student Paper for 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 10:48am

Congratulations are in order for Ben Peters, a PhD student in Lynette Brownfield's laboratory. Ben has won the NZSPB (New Zealand Society for Plant Biology) Michael McManus Award for Best Student Paper for 2017.

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Antibiotic Emergency

Friday, 28 April 2017 1:16pm

Professor Kurt Krause features in the Listener magazine article "Antibiotic Emergency" by Sally Blundell and the NZ Medical Journal recommends establishing a national response plan to address a "clear and present danger" to antimicrobial resistance.

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Professor Kurt Krause appears in University of Otago Magazine

Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:36am

Professor Kurt Krause appears in Issue 44 of the University of Otago Magazine regarding 'Infectious Research'.

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Otago’s Agricultural expertise on display at Field Days

Friday, 31 March 2017 2:34pm

Otago is this week showcasing its agricultural expertise at the South Island Agriculture Field Days at Kirwee near Christchurch with Lab-in-a-Box.

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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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Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017 2:18pm

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says.

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Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:04am

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists.

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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.