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2010 News Archive
University of Otago, Christchurch

New Simulation Centre gives medical students practical experience

Saturday, 11 December 2010 2:45pm

The University of Otago, Christchurch, has opened a new education Simulation Centre for training medical students and other health professionals.

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Otago health researchers gain Sir Charles Hercus Fellowships

Wednesday, 8 December 2010 3:17pm

Four up-and-coming University of Otago researchers have been awarded Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowships by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

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Study shows nicotine spray helping smokers quit

Friday, 3 December 2010 3:12pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers study shows nicotine spray helping smokers quit. Check out the TV3 news item.

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Study aims to better predict outcomes for critically-ill kidney patients

Thursday, 2 December 2010 9:36am

Doctors should in future be able to better predict the outcomes of patients with rapidly deteriorating kidneys thanks to newly funded University of Otago, Christchurch, research.

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Study explores genetic influence in depression and addiction

Monday, 1 November 2010 9:05am

Christchurch researchers are examining the role of genes in two of New Zealand’s most common mental illnesses – depression and alcohol addiction.

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Christchurch Study leader awarded Distinguished Research Medal

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 3:22pm

The Director of the acclaimed Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS), Professor David Fergusson, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest research honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.

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Young drinkers ignoring safe sex messages

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 8:39am

New research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, shows young drinkers are ignoring safe sex messages and significantly raising their risks of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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New role combines cancer research, teaching and treatment

Wednesday, 1 September 2010 2:57pm

Medical oncologist Bridget Robinson has been appointed to the newly established position of Mackenzie Chair in Cancer Medicine in the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Severely depressed people interpret facial expressions differently

Monday, 2 August 2010 2:24pm

New research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, shows people with severe depression find it harder to interpret facial expressions than healthy people – particularly expressions of disgust.

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Mental illness in youth linked to poorer future

Sunday, 1 August 2010 8:58am

New Zealanders who experience mental illness in early adulthood face a range of negative economic outcomes at the age of 30, latest University of Otago, Christchurch, research shows.

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Study explores multiple aspects of sexual orientation

Thursday, 22 July 2010 8:43am

Homosexuals, bisexuals and those who identify as heterosexual but who have had same-sex encounters are more likely to have experienced negative events in childhood, a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study shows.

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Vitamin C plays vital role in battle against cancer

Monday, 19 July 2010 8:43am

New research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, shows that vitamin C can help curb the growth of cancer cells.

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World-first glucose monitoring system for premature babies

Friday, 18 June 2010 3:16pm

Researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch have designed a cutting-edge way of predicting the glucose levels of premature babies in intensive care, enabling them to get life-saving treatment sooner.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, staff get cutting-edge research funded

Thursday, 10 June 2010 3:23pm

Five researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch, were successful in getting grants worth a total of more than $2.8 million in this year’s Health Research Council (HRC) funding round.

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Smoking increases risk of depression

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 9:26am

New University of Otago, Christchurch, research published today in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry suggests smoking could increase the risk of depression.

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Kiwis need to swallow bitter pill about what health service can deliver

Monday, 31 May 2010 2:57pm

Demanding patients are getting priority over those who suffer in silence in our ‘unfair’ national health system, Gareth Morgan told an audience at the University of Otago, Christchurch, today.

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Early cannabis use may affect academic achievement

Friday, 21 May 2010 2:57pm

A new collaborative study of more than 6000 New Zealanders and Australians found those who used cannabis before the age of 18 ended up with fewer academic qualifications.

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Decriminalisation of sex industry positive move

Thursday, 13 May 2010 9:25am

Decriminalisation of New Zealand’s sex industry has resulted in safer, healthier sex workers, a new book by University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher Gillian Abel shows.

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Crohn’s disease costly to health system and sufferers

Tuesday, 27 April 2010 2:57pm

Crohn’s disease costs New Zealand more than $58 million annually, according to new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Kidney study may save critically ill patients’ lives

Monday, 19 April 2010 2:22pm

Researchers from the Christchurch Kidney Research Group of the University of Otago, Christchurch, have recently finished the world’s largest study into how to earlier detect the often fatal condition of acute kidney disease in critically ill patients.

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Free health checks by medical students for Christchurch Maori community

Monday, 15 March 2010 3:53pm

Medical students and their supervisors from the University of Otago, Christchurch are for the first time offering free health checks to the Christchurch Maori community on Tuesday March 16, at Rehua Marae, St Albans.

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Gold medal awards for excellence in health research

Friday, 12 February 2010 2:40pm

Two gold medals for outstanding achievement in medical science and health research will be awarded at the academic inauguration ceremony at the University of Otago, Christchurch today.

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Major alcohol and depression study nearing completion

Tuesday, 9 February 2010 2:42pm

The National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, Christchurch is conducting a unique international study to try to improve treatment for people with both alcohol-related problems and depression, at the same time as the Law Commission is preparing recommendations on reducing alcohol harm.

 

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Summer studentships’ health research results

Thursday, 28 January 2010 3:13pm

Students from the University of Otago, Christchurch, and other tertiary institutions, will present the results of their medical research over the summer (10 weeks) on Friday January 29 in the Rolleston Lecture Theatre (9am-3pm).

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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.