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2013 News Archive
University of Otago, Christchurch

How does being very small at birth affect you later in life?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 3:25pm

People born weighing less than 1500gm (very low birth weight or VLBW) tend to be shorter, have fewer friends and achieve fewer educational qualifications than their peers by the time they reach their 20s, a new Christchurch study shows.

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Christchurch scientist gets Marsden funding to look at Jekyll and Hyde chemical

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 4:56pm

Professor Tony Kettle and his colleagues from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), have won a Marsden Fund grant to better understand a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ chemical with a role in heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

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Otago health research partnership projects to tackle cot-death, obesity

Thursday, 3 October 2013 11:54am

Two new University of Otago projects aimed respectively at reducing sudden unexpected death in infants and aiding obesity recovery have been funded by the Health Research Council.

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Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships for Otago researchers

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 1:51pm

Two leading early to mid-career researchers at the University of Otago have just gained highly sought-after fellowships to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand.

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Prof Martin Kennedy talks about direct-to-consumer genetic testing on TV news

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 3:00pm

http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/test-future-health-video-5590348

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TV news item on alcohol misuse among 20-somethings

Wednesday, 4 September 2013 3:28pm

http://tvnz.co.nz/lifestyle-news/older-group-kiwis-impacted-alcohol-abuse-study-5564570

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Study quantifies direct effect of alcohol misuse on 20-somethings

Tuesday, 3 September 2013 2:23pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers have for the first time quantified exactly what damage alcohol abuse is inflicting on 20-somethings, and in turn society.

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Kiwifruit daily can improve mood and energy

Friday, 23 August 2013 12:36pm

Eating two kiwifruit a day can improve a person’s mood and give them extra energy, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) shows.

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Innovative new approach uncovers higher rates of disease

Friday, 16 August 2013 11:39am

Christchurch scientists have developed an innovative testing process to uncover patients with legionnaires’ disease who would otherwise go undiagnosed.

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“Billion dollar market’’ heart test inventor wins grant

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 9:56am

University of Otago Christchurch researcher Associate Professor Chris Pemberton has won this year’s prestigious Otago Innovation Proof of Concept grant to further develop his world-first test for predicting those at imminent risk of a heart attack.

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Dr Tim Woodfield talks 3D bioprinting on Breakfast TV

Thursday, 18 July 2013 2:32pm

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/print-body-part-technology-explored-video-5513414

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Tailoring drugs to our genetics? The possibilities: RadioNZ.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 3:27pm

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2556950/our-changing-world-pharmacology-and-genetics,

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Vitamin C does not alleviate gout as previously thought

Friday, 17 May 2013 8:45am

Latest research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has shown vitamin C does not significantly lower uric acid levels in gout patients, despite previous studies touting its benefit.

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Christchurch researchers help save the lives of very premature babies

Monday, 13 May 2013 11:28am

Researchers from Christchurch have played a crucial role in an international study aimed at saving the lives of very premature babies.

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Christchurch staff excel in research performance review

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:56am

The University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) has more than twice the number of elite or ‘A’ class researchers on staff than it did when last reviewed for the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation, despite researchers facing myriad hurdles due to earthquakes.

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Otago discovery could speed up heart failure and pneumonia diagnosis

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 11:32am

University of Otago researchers have discovered a potential new tool to help doctors in emergency departments quickly and accurately diagnose patients with heart failure and pneumonia. Associate Professor Chris Pemberton and colleagues at the University’s Christchurch Heart Institute have found that the molecule ghrelin signal peptide (GHRsp) could be used to signal if patients have concomitant heart failure and pneumonia.

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New research into optimising our levels of vitamin C

Monday, 4 March 2013 11:52am

A daily vitamin C intake equivalent to eating two kiwifruit a day is required to ensure our muscles maintain optimal levels, researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch have found. Professor Margreet Vissers and her team from the Centre for Free Radical Research are involved in a large on-going study to better understand the critical role of vitamin C in the human body. They are also investigating the best way to obtain the vitamin from the diet.

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Christchurch students return to their repaired building for the first time in almost two years.

Monday, 28 January 2013 3:06pm

University of Otago, Christchurch, medical students will begin their academic year on Monday, January 28 by returning to a repaired campus building.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, Summer Studentship projects provide practical medical results.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:15am

Summer students at the University of Otago, Christchurch, helped cut waiting times at a 24-hour clinic, demonstrated that Christchurch Hospital’s bone marrow transplant procedures are world-class, and provided insight into Cantabrians thriving despite suffering serious loss or hardship due to earthquakes.