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2012 News Archive
University of Otago, Christchurch

University of Otago, Christchurch, staff move back into their building

Friday, 23 November 2012 10:14am

The first group of staff from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) will move back into their building after 21 months in temporary premises.

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Study shows the reality for “vital” Christchurch quake responders

Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am

Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.

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Programme developed in Christchurch can halve rates of physical child abuse

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 3:25pm

University of Otago, Christchurch, study shows home visiting programme can dramatically reduce child abuse in the longer term.

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Study clears up speculation about vitamin D reducing colds

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 10:00am

Research into the benefits of vitamin D is a burgeoning area.

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New discovery to improve success rates of IVF

Saturday, 29 September 2012 10:26am

Researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch, are collaborating with clinicians at Fertility Associates in Christchurch to develop a test to significantly improve the success rate for in vitro fertilisations implantations.

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Anonymous donor gives $5 million to the University of Otago Christchurch Appeal

Thursday, 6 September 2012 9:58am

The University of Otago Christchurch Appeal got off to a flying start with a $5 million donation to its Christchurch Heart Institute fund.

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$9M in funding for resilient urban futures research

Friday, 24 August 2012 3:22pm

What development path should New Zealand’s cities take to ensure that maximum environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits can be gained?

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$4.2m grant funds new directions for research centre

Thursday, 7 June 2012 1:24pm

 New funding from the Health Research Council has continued support for the Centre for Free Radical Research at the University of Otago, Christchurch with a grant of $4.2 million over the next three years.

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Encouraging news for heart patients

Monday, 30 April 2012 10:25am

Inheriting gene variants that increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease does not necessarily mean an individual is going to have reduced life expectancy if he or she suffers a heart attack.

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How childhood family income affects adulthood

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:37am

A study from the University of Otago’s long-running Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) throws new light on a current issue; links between family income and other outcomes later in life such as health and educational achievement.

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Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department and the February 22 earthquake

Monday, 16 April 2012 4:13pm

A review by Professor Michael Ardagh and colleagues from the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Canterbury District Health Board, shows emergency health services coped well with the major earthquake in Christchurch on February 22 last year, despite being placed under enormous pressure.

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Research opens way to significant improvements for medication

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 11:06am

International research co-authored by the University of Otago, Christchurch has unraveled a century old scientific mystery, opening the way to significant improvements in the way drugs are delivered to the body.

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Long work hours linked to alcohol risk for nurses and midwives

Thursday, 15 March 2012 2:14pm

It is well known that nurses and midwives work schedules are often irregular and involve shifts, now new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch in association with the University of Queensland has also shown that long hours and harmful alcohol use are linked.

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Arthritis research boosted at University of Otago

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:22am

The University of Otago is establishing an Arthritis Research Theme to enhance support for the internationally leading work its researchers are undertaking in this area. These research efforts are seeking to improve the understanding and treatment of the rheumatic diseases that affect more than half a million New Zealanders.

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Prestigious Health Research Council awards to UOC researchers

Friday, 2 March 2012 2:56pm

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.

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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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Non-essential (NEEDNT) food list – a new tool against obesity

Friday, 24 February 2012 8:51am

Researchers at the University of Otago, Christchurch have developed a new list of 49 ‘NEEDNT’ foods as part of a treatment research programme for obesity.

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Breastfeeding protects against asthma up to six years of age

Friday, 10 February 2012 1:01pm

Research by the University of Otago in Christchurch and Wellington has shown that breastfeeding of infants has a clear protective effect against children developing asthma or wheezing up to six years of age.

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Calories, not protein or carbs, are key to weight loss for people with diabetes

Tuesday, 7 February 2012 1:26pm

Overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to reduce weight if they focus on cutting back on total calorie intake, rather than specific high protein/high carbohydrate diets according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Summer studentships health research

Thursday, 26 January 2012 3:13pm

Students from the University of Otago, Christchurch and other tertiary institutions in Canterbury will present the results of their summer research projects on Friday January 27 at the Christchurch Netball Centre (9am-1.30pm).

The 38 studentships are supported by sponsors with a grant of $5000 for each student. This is often the first chance for many medical and science students to experience health research under supervision of a clinician or scientist, which may then lead to a research career.

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Otago early-career researcher’s achievements rewarded

Friday, 20 January 2012 12:25pm

An early-career rheumatology researcher who has already made significant contributions to improving the treatment of arthritis and gout is the University of Otago’s latest Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal recipient.