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Otago academics made full professor

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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.

Dental School set to access top online learning

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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.

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.

SJWRI-led 'Silverbone' innovation supported by MBIE Endeavour Fund

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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.

Dental Technology Day showcases student research

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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.

Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards presented at Research Symposium 2016

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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.

Report from the 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium, 1-2 September

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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.

The School of Dentistry aims high

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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.

Register now for the 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium: highlighting the best dental and oral health research in New Zealand

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September, 2016
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Visit otago.ac.nz/sjwri-rs for more information

We 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.

Report from the IADR General Session, Seoul 2016

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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.

Rich fellowship useful to all

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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.

Overcoming antifungal drug resistance: 2016 HRC success for A/Prof Brian Monk

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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.

Dental School project progresses at pace

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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.

SJWRI makes a good impression with Unlocking Curious Minds outreach project

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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.

Dentistry summer students excel at OMSRS Scientific Meeting

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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.

Further evidence found against ancient “killer walrus” theory

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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.

“Back doorstep” project unearthed for Archaeology staff

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Artefacts painting a picture of some of Dunedin’s early residents have been unearthed by staff of Otago’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology as the University’s Dental School redevelopment gets underway.

Dental School upgrade milestone shift

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Dental School now operates over two sites, with nearly 100 staff and postgraduate students temporarily shifting from its West Wing to the hospital’s former Children’s Pavilion last week.