Thursday, 13 April 2017
Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience. The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) is turning this around through an interprofessional education (IPE) programme introduced in recent years for students across the disciplines – dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.
Friday, 10 March 2017
Department of Pathology staff and research groups won a number of awards at the UOC 2017 Academic Welcome.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
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.
Monday, 6 March 2017
A pilot study by University of Otago researchers suggests that people with colorectal cancer that have a certain type of immune cell in their tumour may have increased survival rates.
Friday, 3 March 2017
A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening approach.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
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.
Monday, 13 February 2017
A new book Doctors in Denial: The forgotten women in the ‘unfortunate experiment’ by Ronald W. Jones is being launched today.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Otago research which examines the smoking habits of James Bond and his associates has gained widespread media attention, and is the subject of a British Medical Journal (BMJ) podcast.
Friday, 27 January 2017
Summer student Linda Buss has won the 2016-17 Best Laboratory Prize for her project, Can we slow down breast cancer using vitamin C?
Friday, 20 January 2017
Understanding the role of genetic changes, or mutations, to breast and ovarian cancer risk is the focus of Dr Logan Walker, from the University of Otago, Christchurch. His ultimate aim is to develop genetic screening tools that identify those most vulnerable to getting cancer so they can make informed decisions about treatment options.
Friday, 13 January 2017
Watching televised sport means watching advertisements for alcohol, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine.
Friday, 16 December 2016
The Postgraduate Student Otago (Christchurch) association's annual award for the Best Exit Seminar was presented to PhD student Vanessa Lattimore.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
The weekend’s milestone graduation of 45 Māori medical students was a momentous occasion for those who have worked to support these students during their years of study at Otago.
Friday, 2 December 2016
There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.
Friday, 2 December 2016
Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
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.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Bacteria can boost their own immune systems by “talking” to each other, surprising new research from the University of Otago shows.
Friday, 18 November 2016
Otago Medical School Alumnus Association launched an online catalogue of 256 items from its collection of several thousand medical instruments, records, artefacts and memorabilia. Now more than 1,180 artefacts are available to view.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
University of Otago scientist Dr Roslyn Kemp has won the inaugural Roche Translational Research Fellowship for her work investigating the immune response within cancer cells to improve treatment outcomes for patients with bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer).
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers are collaborating to gain new insights into the very beginnings of life, following the recent awarding of a major Marsden Fund grant.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $13.7M in the latest annual Marsden Fund round to undertake 23 world-class research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields.
Friday, 14 October 2016
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.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Congratulations to Associate Professor Gabi Dachs who has been awarded funding in the latest University of Otago Research Funding round.
Friday, 7 October 2016
University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Last month was Blue September, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s national awareness campaign. This is a time when men of all ages are encouraged to think about their health needs and to get check-ups.
Monday, 19 September 2016
We showcased our research and laboratories to the people of Christchurch at the UOC Health Research Open Day on Sunday.
Friday, 9 September 2016
Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards Night, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.
Friday, 9 September 2016
ASPIRE2025 co-directors, Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, welcome the introduction of standardised packaging and congratulate Dame Tariana Turia for her foresight in introducing this legislation, and Minister Sam Lotu-liga for overseeing its final movement through Parliament.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Bailey Kennedy shared with The Press and stuff.co.nz about how her father’s battle with colorectal cancer inspired her to undertake her PhD on the disease.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Congratulations to Principal Investigator Dr Margaret Currie who was one of the seven recipients of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation grants in the latest funding round.
Friday, 22 July 2016
University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.
Friday, 22 July 2016
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group showcased some of their research at an information evening hosted the Cancer Society at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel on the 20 July 2017.
Monday, 11 July 2016
Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.
Monday, 27 June 2016
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, and was responsible for 236 cancer deaths under 80 years of age in New Zealand in 2012, according to a new study at the University of Otago.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
A new partnership comprising the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has been formed to invest in research that will improve understanding, treatment and prevention of long term conditions.
Monday, 20 June 2016
An engineered enzyme with the potential to create a simple method of testing for DNA mutations in the field — rather than in a lab — has won the 2016 Otago Innovation Limited Proof of Concept Grant competition.
Monday, 16 May 2016
South Islanders’ melanomas are significantly more likely than those of North Islanders to carry a gene mutation that has implications for mutation-targeted drug therapies and for patient outcomes, new University of Otago-led research suggests.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
The BBC Gene Genie series hosted by science presenter and geneticist Adam Rutherford will be broadcast. Professor Parry Guilford features in the 'genetics and disease' episode.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
The University of Otago leads all research institutions in New Zealand in the publication of high-quality scientific research papers, according to newly published rankings by the Nature Publishing Group.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Dr Logan Walker gave a public lecture discussing a number of cancer myths, answering questions such as 'will eating cake give me cancer?'
Thursday, 31 March 2016
A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
CTCR's advanced breast cancer research has attracted funding from the Karen Louisa Foundation.
Monday, 7 March 2016
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group participated in the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for the fourth year in a row to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight cancer back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society and cancer research.
Friday, 26 February 2016
A new protein crystallography tool available to Otago researchers will help accelerate research into drug and vaccine design.
Thursday, 25 February 2016
The Royal Society of New Zealand with BBC science presenter and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford will facilitate a series of panel discussions on genetics. Professor Parry Guilford, Professor Vicky Cameron and Professor Nigel French will be panelists at the Christchurch event featuring 'Genetics and disease'.
Monday, 22 February 2016
PhD candidate Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge is delighted to see her summer studentship research has made a contribution to understanding more about brain cancer.
Friday, 19 February 2016
An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Assistant Research Fellow George Wiggins is starting his PhD on gene expression variability in breast tumour development with the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group.
Monday, 18 January 2016
Dr Logan Walker featured in an item about access to genetic testing on TVNZ's One News on Sunday 17 January 2016.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Professor Brett Delahunt’s exceptional, long-standing voluntary service and leadership to cancer research has been acknowledged by the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Researchers from the University of Otago’s Te Aho Matatu: Centre for Translational Cancer Research joined others from around Dunedin encouraging cyclist Andrew Nicholson on the last leg of his epic world bike ride this morning.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
A University of Otago brain cancer researcher has gained a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus fellowship in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Career Development Awards.
Friday, 4 December 2015
Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.
Tuesday, 3 November 2015
The Otago Spotlight Series offered a day of accessible cancer research presentations which can now be viewed online.
Friday, 9 October 2015
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, 1 October 2015
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.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
A Christchurch scientist working to determine whether high dose vitamin C is a viable cancer therapy has won funding to explore its effect on breast tumours.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Two University of Otago health sciences researchers have gained prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand fellowships, it was announced today.
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
New Zealand researchers have developed a new way of extracting and classifying important information from the ‘Big Data’ stored in hundreds of thousands of electronic health records.
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Congratulations to Centre for Translational Cancer Research colleague Dr Chris Jackson on his appointment to Medical Director for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Ever since her high school days Dr Andrea Vernall has had a love of chemistry and biology, now her passion is helping contribute to the understanding of human disease.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Five innovative University of Otago-led research programmes are being backed with $5.7M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Dunedin’s Andrew Nicholson will set out tomorrow to attempt to set a new record for circumnavigating the world by bicycle, an initiative in support of the University’s Te Aho Matatu: Centre for Translational Cancer Research.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Continuing annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand until 2031 should lead to health gains, net health-system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori, according to a new study published by University of Otago, Wellington, researchers.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Friday, 8 May 2015
A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Centre for Translational Cancer Research's Dr Lynnette Jones, creator of the EXPINKT™ programme for breast cancer survivors, is supporting women who are experiencing significant waiting times for reconstructive surgery.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
The Centre for Translational Cancer Research welcomes researchers investigating new avenues in leukaemia research. Associate Professor Julia Horsfield and her team are studying DNA organisation in the cell nucleus.
Friday, 13 February 2015
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, 2 March 2012
Dr Logan Walker has been awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship and Dr Paul Chin has been awarded an HRC Clinical Training Fellowship.