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New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

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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.

Specific immune cells predict bowel cancer outcomes

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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.

Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

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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.

The BRCA code

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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.

Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

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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.

Milestone Māori Medical graduation inspires staff

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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.

New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

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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.

Historic medical artefacts collection online

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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.

Otago scientist wins new national award for cancer research

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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).

Major Marsden funding for Otago researchers

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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.

A prostate cancer survival story

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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.

Otago scientists win national medals

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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.

Smokefree 2025 researchers welcome plain packaging

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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.

New review concludes evidence for alcohol causing cancer is strong

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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.

Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid

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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.

New partnership formed to improve health of New Zealanders

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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.

2016 Proof of Concept grant winners announced

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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.

Gene mutation patterns in melanoma vary from North to South in NZ

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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.

Gene Genie broadcast on RNZ

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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.

Will eating cake give me cancer?

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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?'

The Mackenzie Marvels raise money for cancer research

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.

New tool to accelerate health research

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Friday, 26 February 2016

A new protein crystallography tool available to Otago researchers will help accelerate research into drug and vaccine design.

Gene Genie: Genetics and disease

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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'.

Summer studentship brings rewards

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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.

Assistant Research Fellow begins PhD study

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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. 

Cancer Society award for Professor Brett Delahunt

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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.

Cancer researchers humbled by world cycling record attempt

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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.

HRC Career Development Awards announced

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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.

New Healthier Lives Challenge takes aim at NZ’s major killers

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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.

Otago immunologist honoured for work to support other women in science

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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.

Unlocking ‘Big Data’ medical information

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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.

University supported by world record attempt

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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.

Health benefits of 20 years of tobacco tax increases modelled

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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.

Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients

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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.

Breast cancer survivors supported

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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.

New avenues for leukaemia research

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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.