Thursday, 6 April 2017
Sugary foods and fizzy drinks have become common dietary choices for children. The consequences of this are increases in the prevalence of diabetes, obesity and dental caries in New Zealand people, particularly so for Māori. But are children and their whānau aware of how much sugar there is in snacks and fizzy drinks?
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.
Monday, 13 February 2017
Otago research which examined social and personal characteristics, dental habits and oral health over 38 years was 2016’s “most read” article in the top international publication, the Journal of Dental Research.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.
Friday, 25 November 2016
State-of-the-art online learning is on the way for University of Otago dental students with the faculty set to tap into e-Den, part of e-Learning for health care in the UK.
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.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
An innovative new approach to developing bone grafting material with anti-bacterial qualities has been supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in their 2016 Endeavour Round. The 'Silverbone' approach, led by SJWRI Clinical and Translational Research programme leader Professor Warwick Duncan, combines unique SJWRI 'nano-silver' technology with New Zealand-developed bone grafting materials to produce artificial bone grafting materials that are resistant to bacterial infection. Professor Duncan and colleagues were awarded $999,804 over three years, with the eventual aim of developing Silverbone products that will encourage bone growth and repair in patients undergoing orthopaedic or oral surgical treatment.
Friday, 9 September 2016
The Faculty of Dentistry's Discipline of Dental Technology held their fourth annual Dental Technology Day at the University of Otago College of Education Auditorium on 9 September, showcasing research and clinical case reports from Dental Technology staff and students.
Friday, 2 September 2016
Congratulations to the recipients of Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards for 2016, which were announced and awarded at the conclusion of the SJWRI Research Symposium on Friday 2 September. Our Institute Awards celebrate the research achievements of academic staff and postgraduate students, as well as commending the contribution of general staff to the research successes of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry.
Friday, 2 September 2016
The 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry, was held on 1-2 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The meeting opened with a keynote session on clinical and translational research, followed by concurrent sessions exploring research in the areas of epidemiology and public health, molecular microbiology, craniofacial biology and clinical oral physiology, dental education, oral molecular and immunopathology, and biomechanics and oral implantology. The programme featured presentations from academic researchers, invited keynote speakers and postgraduate students, a research poster competition, and the presentation of the 2016 SJWRI Awards.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
The first sod has been turned for the School of Dentistry’s new clinical building, with the aim of realising the Faculty’s ambition to be one of the top 10 schools in the world within nine years.
Friday, 19 August 2016
Staff and students from the SJWRI were awarded over $235,000 in funding for research projects from the New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation and Ministry of Health Oral Health Research Fund, the results of which were announced yesterday.
Thursday, 11 August 2016
The University of Otago has appointed construction firm Leighs Cockram JV to build its new Dental School.
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September, 2016We invite all those interested in cutting-edge dental and oral health research - dental professionals, practitioners, biomedical researchers, the dental industry, research funders and research users - to join us for the 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Visit otago.ac.nz/sjwri-rs for more information
Friday, 1 July 2016
The International Association for Dental Research held their annual General Session in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 21-25 June 2016. This was a joint meeting of the IADR General Session, IADR Asia Pacific Region and our local Australia-New Zealand Division. Some 3,600 delegates were part of the meeting, held in the COEX conference centre in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry were well represented with 16 staff, two postgraduate and three undergraduate students attending. The SJWRI hosted a booth at the Exhibition (right) to promote the activities and achievements of the Institute and the Faculty.
Thursday, 30 June 2016
The world-class standard of Oral Pathologist Professor Alison Rich's endeavours has been recognised by the London-based Royal College of Pathologists, which has added her to their roll of Fellows after assessing her published works.
Friday, 17 June 2016
Congratulations to Associate Professor Brian Monk of the SJWRI's Molecular Microbiology research programme on being awarded a three-year Project grant worth $1.198M in the 2016 Health Research Council of New Zealand Funding Round, for his project 'Structure-directed discovery of next-generation antifungals'. The aim of this research is to overcome drug resistance in fungal infections, by identifying and develop next-generation antifungal drugs to augment existing treatments that are prone to drug resistance. Other named investigators from the SJWRI involved in this project are Dr Mikhail Keniya and Dr Rajni Wilson, along with Associate Professor Joel Tyndall of the School of Pharmacy. A/Prof Monk's project was one of 17 Otago projects funded in the 2016 HRC round, in addition to five major, multi-million-dollar, five year programmes including renewal of the Dunedin Study for its age-45 assessments.
Thursday, 9 June 2016
Appointing a main contractor for the construction of Otago’s new School of Dentistry will include evaluating the company’s “innovation and consideration” for the school’s existing activities throughout the project.
Thursday, 19 May 2016
A new SJWRI-led outreach project, supported by the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds initiative, is using a hands-on activity - making impressions of animal teeth - to introduce children to the science of everyday life. The project, titled 'Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth' was one of 44 projects supported for funding in the 2016 Unlocking Curious Minds investment round, announced by the Minister of Science and Innovation last week.
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Congratulations to 4th year BDS student Danyon Graham on winning the summer student presentation prize at the 226th Scientific Meeting of the Otago Medical School Research Society, held yesterday evening (11 May). At last night's meeting, 2015–16 Division of Health Sciences summer students presented results from their summer studentship projects. Twenty five students submitted abstracts, of which ten were selected for the oral competition.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
An Otago-led team of scientists using techniques from the field of dentistry is shedding new light on the evolution of walruses, fur seals and sea lions. The researchers have cast further doubt on previous claims that an ancient “killer walrus” was a marine mammal eater.