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.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm
Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:02pm
Several University of Otago researchers have gained funding to pursue innovative projects in the Neurological Foundation’s latest grant round announced today.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:51am
Chemotherapy stimulates the release of tiny bubbles from the surface of cancer cells that cause potentially fatal blood clots, new University of Otago research has found.
Friday, 25 November 2016 10:17am
New University of Otago research is providing fresh insights into how a patient’s adult stem cells could best be used to regenerate their diseased hearts.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 9:39am
Bacteria can boost their own immune systems by “talking” to each other, surprising new research from the University of Otago shows.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 3:36pm
Four leading University of Otago academics are among 19 top researchers and scholars to be newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Friday, 14 October 2016 11:18am
Vitamins A and C can enhance success in the challenging process of converting adult cells into stem cells, an international study co-led by a University of Otago researcher has found.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:05am
A University of Otago bioanthropologist is among an international group of scientists who have undertaken the first population genomic study of Aboriginal Australians.
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.
Friday, 10 June 2016 4:36pm
Six up-and-coming University of Otago staff have been announced as this year’s recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016 3:19pm
Four outstanding lecturers have been honoured by their colleagues and students at the 2016 University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony, held yesterday in council chambers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 8:41am
University of Otago researchers are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may act in the brain to cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:39am
A new study by a team of researchers from the University of Otago and Japan suggests that the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin could be used clinically for the early treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), an advanced form of peripheral artery disease.
Thursday, 3 December 2015 8:42am
A University of Otago scientist has received $1M to lead research into extending energy release from food to allow a better night’s sleep for babies during weaning.
Friday, 9 October 2015 10:24am
A University of Otago scientist has led trans-Tasman research that has created the first three-dimensional image of a key protein involved in the development of blood and other cancers.
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.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 10:46am
New Zealand scientists have achieved another milestone in their world-leading efforts to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the brain’s master control of fertility.
Thursday, 1 October 2015 11:56am
Dr Roslyn Kemp from the University of Otago has been named this year’s winner of the prestigious Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Miriam Dell Award, for her work inspiring female immunologists across Australasia.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:43am
University of Otago researchers have been awarded grants to pursue six research projects in the latest annual National Heart Foundation funding round announced today.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:20pm
People who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their gout to flare up are likely to welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a biological basis for this belief.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:32am
A nutraceutical developed by University of Otago researchers that could help type II diabetes patients enjoy better regulation of their blood sugar levels has won the University’s 2015 Proof of Concept grant.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 1:55pm
The Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence has been won by an academic from the University of Otago for the fourth year running.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:17pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes, a breakthrough finding opening the way for new treatments to combat the disease in diabetic patients by targeting a key protein.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015 9:44am
New research by scientists at the University of Otago and GNS Science is helping to solve the puzzle of how bacteria are able to live in nutrient-starved environments. It is well-established that the majority of bacteria in soil ecosystems live in dormant states due to nutrient deprivation, but the metabolic strategies that enable their survival have not yet been shown.
Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm
University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Thursday, 9 July 2015 9:08am
A University of Otago researcher is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how legumes, which include important agricultural species such as white clover, are able to tell helpful and harmful invading bacteria apart.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:20am
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 3:10pm
The University of Otago will lead three new and innovative projects aimed at engaging New Zealanders, and young people in particular, to learn more about science and technology.
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.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 2:06pm
Research by University of Otago scientists suggests a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth.
Monday, 20 April 2015 11:21am
A University of Otago scientist is a member of an international research team that has made an important discovery about the workings of a bacterial immune system.
Friday, 20 March 2015 4:30pm
Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.
Friday, 6 March 2015 2:25pm
A University of Otago researcher is part of an international collaboration that has developed an exciting and expansive new set of tools to probe cell types in the brain.
Friday, 13 February 2015 4:31pm
A University of Otago researcher who helped discover a key genetic mutation that causes familial stomach cancer is part of an international team that has now provided the first accurate risk estimates for those who carry it.
Friday, 30 January 2015 9:06am
Using an antioxidant to reverse inflammation in the brain caused by a high-fat diet greatly improves symptoms related to obesity and type II diabetes, a new University of Otago-led study suggests.
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:18am
An international research team that includes University of Otago scientists has found that excessive salt intake “reprogrammes” the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body’s arterial blood pressure from rising.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 3:42pm
A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 12:56pm
University of Otago physiology researcher Dr Karl Iremonger has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize in recognition of his discovery of a new brain cell structure and communication system.
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.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:45am
The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2014 Research Honours Dinner.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:00am
Otago researchers have discovered that neural circuitry they previously showed was vital to triggering ovulation and maintaining fertility also plays a key role in moulding the male brain.
Thursday, 6 November 2014 4:31pm
Three University of Otago staff members and a two postgraduate students have gained prestigious scholarships in the 2014 Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 2:58pm
Four leading University of Otago academics are among the 12 top New Zealand researchers and scholars in basic and applied science and the humanities newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:55am
Third-year University of Otago neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards, held in Wellington on Friday.
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.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 9:50am
A University of Otago researcher, Andrew Highton, has won a prestigious Nuffield post-doctoral fellowship to Oxford University, where from next year, he will continue his PhD research in immunology.
Friday, 12 September 2014 12:04pm
University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu.
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.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014 4:08pm
A world-leading authority on how bacteria grow and survive in extreme conditions, Professor Greg Cook, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest distinction, the Distinguished Research Medal.
Monday, 4 August 2014 2:13pm
University of Otago research aimed at developing drugs that are selectively lethal to cancer cells is one of two newly funded innovative projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:08am
The mystery of why mycobacteria—a family that includes the microbe that causes TB—are extraordinarily hardy organisms is being unravelled by latest University of Otago research that offers new hope for developing a revolutionary class of antibiotics to tackle TB.
Friday, 4 July 2014 10:25am
University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award have been awarded this year to two early career researchers who have already made important international contributions to their disciplines.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 1:20pm
Two University of Otago scientists’ international research collaborations involving gout and ‘food for health’ are to receive significant support following separate funding announcements this week.
Monday, 23 June 2014 7:24am
Five up-and-coming University of Otago staff from across its Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses are the latest recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
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.
Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:25pm
Half of New Zealand’s overweight women are obese and nearly a third of boys and girls are overweight or obese, according to a first-of-its-kind global report of which a University of Otago scientist is a co-author.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 9:59am
University of Otago medical scientists will now be able to peer into the cells of the living brain for the first time to study the onset and progression of such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 3:25pm
New insights into a surprisingly flexible immune system present in bacteria for combating viruses and other foreign DNA invaders have been revealed by researchers from the University of Otago and the Netherlands.
Monday, 31 March 2014 3:08pm
A University of Otago study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.
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.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014 2:50pm
University of Otago researchers are helping to clear up an enduring mystery regarding the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.
Monday, 3 March 2014 4:35pm
Recent research from the University of Otago shows that bacteria may assist the body’s immune system response against cancer cells and help fight tumours like melanoma.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 3:25pm
The development of new therapies to enhance the body's immune response to cancer is much closer after University of Otago scientists identified a pathway that alters the immune response in the spleen and lymph system when faced with cancerous tumour cells.
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.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 8:43am
New research will help to breed new onions tailored to grow in specific conditions.
Monday, 11 November 2013 12:36pm
A University of Otago microbiologist has gained a prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship to support his innovative studies into bacterial communities in the gut and their role in health and disease.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 23 September 2013 9:41am
In a landmark discovery, the final piece in the puzzle of understanding how the brain circuitry vital to normal fertility in humans and other mammals operates has been put together by University of Otago researchers.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 3:42pm
University of Otago and Auckland scientists have for the first time discovered a human gene variant that can “turn bad” when affected by sugary drinks, raising the risk of developing the common and debilitating arthritic disease gout.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 3:53pm
Two innovative University of Otago research projects focused on enabling bio-manufacturing of key industrial chemicals and developing new bee-friendly insecticides have been funded in the government’s latest science investment round.
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.
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.
Monday, 1 July 2013 10:01am
Gloves used commonly in general hospital wards throughout New Zealand are frequently contaminated with bacteria before coming into contact with patients, with poor glove box design and inadequate hand washing by hospital staff the likely culprits, a new University of Otago study has found.
Monday, 27 May 2013 10:55am
A chemical compound designed and created at the University of Otago may hold great promise for reducing tissue damage following heart attack, stroke or major surgery, according to research published today in the prestigious international journal Nature Medicine.
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.
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:54am
University of Otago scientists have today published persuasive evidence that the PSA strains responsible for the outbreak in North Island kiwifruit orchards came directly from China, as did those responsible for the 2008 Italian and 2010 Chilean outbreaks of the devastating canker disease. This result will help clarify the pathway by which PSA entered New Zealand
Thursday, 6 December 2012 10:00am
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.
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.
Monday, 19 November 2012 3:57pm
Four top scientists at, or returning to, the University of Otago are among 10 researchers to be awarded highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand.
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.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012 9:56am
A top Otago medical student has gained a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship to support Cambridge University PhD study on blood flow regulation in brain-injured patients.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 5:30pm
Researchers in New Zealand are inching closer to the development of the first effective oral vaccine to protect against tuberculosis - a disease which still kills more people worldwide than any other bacterial disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:49pm
Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011 11:57am
The University of Otago announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges. Associate Professor Russell Poulter of the Department of Biochemistry will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled “Activation of latent HIV by cyclic analogues of Tat”.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011 2:32pm
A leading University of Otago microbiologist and its incoming Research Deputy Vice-Chancellor are among 13 new Fellows elected to the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Friday, 30 September 2011 8:45am
An internationally eminent researcher into how the brain controls fertility, Professor Allan Herbison, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest research honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.
Friday, 30 September 2011 11:50am
University of Otago microbiologist Professor Greg Cook has been awarded a prestigious James Cook Research Fellowship to pursue research involving bacteria that thrive in extreme environments.
Thursday, 8 September 2011 3:25pm
A University of Otago scientist is among ten top researchers who have been awarded highly sought-after fellowships to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011 11:10am
Six highly promising academic staff members have been recognised through the University of Otago’s latest Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Friday, 26 August 2011 11:40am
Ever wondered how neurons evolved, why people have always had an urge to travel to Antarctica or whether gastric bypass can help cure diabetes?
These are just three of the questions being asked by University of Otago doctoral students from among the nine thesis projects being presented in just three minutes at the University’s Three Minute Thesis competition on Wednesday 31 August.
Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:55am
A University of Otago Senior Teaching Fellow has won an award for sustained excellence in this year’s national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
Monday, 20 June 2011 10:17am
Excitement and experimentation are key factors in the teaching styles of the three recipients of this year’s University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards.
Otago receives US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant for ground-breaking research in global health and development
Friday, 29 April 2011 2:36pm
The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Associate Professor Russell Poulter of the Department of Biochemistry will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Targeting HIV provirus with novel restriction endonucleases”.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 3:02pm
University of Otago researchers are part of an international group that has just published the complete genome of the pea aphid, an achievement which may lead to new weapons in the fight against this major agricultural pest.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 8:47am
In a world first, University of Otago researchers have developed a simple urine test to detect kidney transplant rejection.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 9:22am
Five emerging University of Otago scientists have been awarded three-year postdoctoral fellowships by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to undertake cutting-edge research projects.
Monday, 23 November 2009 3:08pm
A University of Otago biochemistry honours student has received a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship to support her PhD study at Cambridge University.
Thursday, 19 November 2009 2:57pm
Otago physiologist Professor Allan Herbison has been awarded the Health Research Council's prestigious Liley medal in recognition of his groundbreaking research into how the brain controls fertility.
Thursday, 17 September 2009 3:40pm
Otago scientists have gained $730,160 to support two international health research collaborations involving new approaches towards drug discovery in HIV-1, genetic diseases and melanoma.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 2:56pm
Research and Enterprise Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne today announced this year's recipients of the University of Otago's Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 8:50am
Researchers attempting to unlock the secrets of a protein found in the prostate gland say their work could lead to the development of a more accurate screening tool for prostate disease.
Friday, 17 April 2009 3:38pm
Experts in infectious disease research will converge on the University of Otago next week for a two-day gathering to discuss the latest developments in the field.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009 12:36pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered a new mechanism which contributes to subtle differences between male and female brains and behaviours.
Monday, 6 April 2009 11:35am
Initial findings from a University of Otago-led analysis of the koiwi tangata (human remains) of some of the earliest Polynesians to settle New Zealand are shedding new light on their health - including the first evidence of gout among ancient Maori.
Monday, 30 March 2009 11:29am
A University of Otago scientist is part of an international collaborative team granted more than US$1m to study the hidden mechanisms behind ensuring that components of cells are properly organised.