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Otago academics made full professor

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.

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Otago scientists gain Neurological Foundation funding

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.

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Otago research uncovers role of “cancer bubbles” in deadly clotting

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.

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Adult stem cell types’ heart repair potential probed

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.

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Bacteria communicate to ramp up collective immune response to viral threats

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.

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Four Otago academics elected Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

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.

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Vitamins A and C help erase “memory” in stem cells

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.

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Genetic history of Aboriginal Australians revealed

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.

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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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Early Career Awards bestowed upon outstanding researchers

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.

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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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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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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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University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards recipients named

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.

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Hormone’s effect on neurons linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome

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.

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“Hunger hormone” may treat severe peripheral artery disease

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.

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Improving baby's sleep during weaning through novel dietary fibres

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.

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Researchers unlock secrets of troublesome Tribble protein

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.

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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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Otago research shows which neurons flip fertility master switch

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.

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Otago immunologist honoured for work to support other women in science

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.

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Heart Foundation funds University of Otago research projects

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.

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Otago research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger

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.

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Otago researchers set to develop new diabetes treatment

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.

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Otago academic wins supreme NZ teaching excellence award

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.

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Molecular discovery paves way for new diabetic heart disease treatments

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.

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Volcanic bacteria take minimalist approach to survival

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.

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Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

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.

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Researchers discover how bacteria sweet-talk their way into plants

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.

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Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients

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.

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Otago science outreach projects to help ‘unlock curious minds’

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.

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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 researchers prompt rethink of enzyme evolution

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.

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Key element in bacterial immune system discovered

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.

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Bright new hope for beating deadly hereditary stomach and breast cancers

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.

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Otago scientist helps develop new tools to probe mysteries of the brain

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.

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Study provides individual risk estimates for deadly hereditary stomach cancer

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.

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Obesity and diabetes symptoms in mice improved by reversing brain inflammation

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.

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Scientists discover why too much salt raises blood pressure

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.

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Grant awarded for novel approach to preventing biofilm-based infections

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.

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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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Otago researcher wins Emerging Scientist Prize for brain cell findings

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.

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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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Three leading Otago researchers awarded prestigious national medals

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.

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Otago neuroscientists reveal mechanism crucial to moulding male brains

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.

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Prestigious scholarships for emerging Otago researchers

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.

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Otago academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

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.

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Otago student wins Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Trophy

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.

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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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Otago researcher wins prestigious fellowship to Oxford

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.

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Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus

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.

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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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University of Otago honours Microbiology research leader

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.

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Funding awarded for research into new wave of breast cancer drugs

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.

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Mycobacteria metabolism discovery may pave way for new TB drugs

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.

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Prestigious award for rising Otago researchers

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.

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Otago international research collaborations gain funding

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.

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Otago announces Early Career Awards for outstanding researchers

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.

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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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Global report finds NZ has highest rates of adult and child obesity in the region

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.

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Otago gains state-of-the-art health research microscope

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.

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Otago research sheds new light on key bacterial immune system

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.

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Innovative Otago breast cancer research gains support

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.

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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 researchers discover how soils control atmospheric hydrogen

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.

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Bacteria may enhance the body’s ability to fight melanoma

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.

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Otago discovery brings cancer immune therapies a step closer

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.

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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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Researchers reveal how onions recognise when to bulb

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 8:43am

New research will help to breed new onions tailored to grow in specific conditions.

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Leading Otago scientist gains James Cook Research Fellowship

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.

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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 researchers make break-through in brain fertility control

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.

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Otago scientists find genetic link between sugary drinks and gout

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.

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‘Smart’ Otago science supported in national research investment
round

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.

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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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Study suggests inadequate hand hygiene practice

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.

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Otago compound could protect from post-heart attack tissue damage

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.

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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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Otago research confirms Chinese origin of NZ's PSA outbreak

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

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New Zealanders’ genetic diversity to be mapped

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.

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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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Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships won by four Otago researchers

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.

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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 student gains Woolf Fisher Scholarship to Cambridge University

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.

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New Otago collaboration brings oral TB vaccine for humans closer

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.

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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 12:49pm

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

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University of Otago receives Grand Challenges Explorations funding

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”.

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Otago scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

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.

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Leading Otago neuroscientist awarded Distinguished Research Medal

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.

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Otago scientist wins prestigious research fellowship

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.

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Otago researcher gains Rutherford Fellowship

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.

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Otago rewards up-and-coming researchers

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.

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Three Minute Thesis competition combines enlightenment with entertainment

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.

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National award for Otago Senior Teaching Fellow

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.

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University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards Announced

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.

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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”.

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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.

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Otago researchers help map aphid genome

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.

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Otago develops new non-invasive test to gauge success of kidney transplants

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.

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Otago postdoctoral researchers gain prestigious fellowships

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.

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Budding biochemist gains PhD scholarship to Cambridge

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.

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Physiologist honoured for brain fertility research

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.

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International health research partnerships funded

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.

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Excellence in early-career research recognised

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.

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Research promises better understanding for prostate disease

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.

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Spotlight on infectious diseases research efforts

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.

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New light shed on male and female brain differences

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.

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New insights into the health and lives of New Zealand's first people

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.

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Molecular "zip-code" research receives major funding

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.