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Otago brain health researchers delve into dopamine

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Friday, 25 August 2017

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

Secrets of ancient Irish funeral practices revealed

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Friday, 4 August 2017

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

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

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Monday, 31 July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

Otago cemetery research reveals insights into lives of early settlers

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Monday, 24 July 2017

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

Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

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.

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

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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.

New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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