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Health Research Awards' success for Department of Pathology

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Congratulations to our winners at the Health Research Excellence Awards 2016

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Two highly promising scientists receive prestigious Rutherford Discovery fellowships at Otago University

Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:31pm

University of Otago-based up-and-coming scientists Drs Aniruddha Chatterjee (Pathology, Dunedin) and Alex Gavryushkin (Computer Science) are among the latest recipients of the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

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Science-inspired exhibition impresses

Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:01pm

Seeing their research interpreted by artists has given researchers in the University’s Genetics Otago Research Centre a new way to view their own work.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a nasty cold

Friday, 17 February 2017 9:19am

Taking vitamin D supplements can lower your risk of acute respiratory infections such as influenza or the common cold, latest research shows.

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Summer Student awarded Best Laboratory Project Prize

Friday, 27 January 2017 3:43pm

Mackenzie Cancer Research Group Summer Student Linda Buss has been awarded the UOC Best Laboratory Project Prize for 2016-17.

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Epigenetic changes promoting cancer metastasis identified: Otago research

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:25pm

Latest University of Otago research is shedding new light on why and how cancer cells spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body. This phenomenon – known as metastasis – causes about 90 per cent of all cancer deaths.

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PhD student wins PSOC's Best Exit Seminar award

Friday, 16 December 2016 11:08am

The Postgraduate Student Otago (Christchurch) association's annual award for the Best Exit Seminar was presented to PhD student Vanessa Lattimore.

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New Marsden funding to probe the science of how genes awaken

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:27am

University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers are collaborating to gain new insights into the very beginnings of life, following the recent awarding of a major Marsden Fund grant.

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EDOR member elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ

Thursday, 3 November 2016 3:24pm

EDOR member Professor Tony Merriman is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Otago researchers probe HPV’s manipulation of immune system

Friday, 7 October 2016 9:55am

University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems.

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Cancer research showcased at UOC Health Research Open Day

Monday, 19 September 2016 12:02pm

We showcased our research and laboratories to the people of Christchurch at the UOC Health Research Open Day on Sunday.

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Otago scientists win national medals

Friday, 9 September 2016 9:37am

Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards Night, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.

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Otago scientists win national medals

Friday, 9 September 2016 9:23am

Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at last night’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards function, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.

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Dad’s cancer journey inspires student’s PhD research

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:22am

Bailey Kennedy shared with The Press and stuff.co.nz about how her father’s battle with colorectal cancer inspired her to undertake her PhD on the disease.

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CMRF funding success for a Mackenzie Principal Investigator

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 8:09am

Congratulations to Principal Investigator Dr Margaret Currie who was one of the seven recipients of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation grants in the latest funding round.

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Research showcased at Cancer Society Information Evening

Friday, 22 July 2016 11:33am

The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group showcased some of their research at an information evening hosted the Cancer Society at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel on the 20 July 2017.

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Early Career Awards bestowed upon outstanding researchers

Friday, 10 June 2016 4:36pm

Six up-and-coming University of Otago staff have been announced as this year’s recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Gene mutation patterns in melanoma vary from North to South in NZ

Monday, 16 May 2016 12:42pm

South Islanders’ melanomas are significantly more likely than those of North Islanders to carry a gene mutation that has implications for mutation-targeted drug therapies and for patient outcomes, new University of Otago-led research suggests.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm

Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

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Will eating cake give me cancer?

Thursday, 14 April 2016 8:10am

Dr Logan Walker gave a public lecture discussing a number of cancer myths, answering questions such as 'will eating cake give me cancer?'

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The Mackenzie Marvels raise money for cancer research

Monday, 7 March 2016 2:20pm

The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group participated in the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for the fourth year in a row to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight cancer back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society and cancer research.

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Assistant Research Fellow begins PhD study

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 8:07am

Assistant Research Fellow George Wiggins is starting his PhD on gene expression variability in breast tumour development with the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group. 

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Cancer genetics Principal Investigator on One News

Monday, 18 January 2016 2:08pm

Dr Logan Walker featured in an item about access to genetic testing on TVNZ's One News on Sunday 17 January 2016.

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HRC Career Development Awards announced

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:22pm

A University of Otago brain cancer researcher has gained a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus fellowship in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Career Development Awards.

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PhD candidate Melanie Grant AMP Scholarship recipient

Monday, 16 November 2015 1:25pm

The Department of Pathology warmly congratulates Melanie grant on her AMP Scholarship success

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Marsden success for Dr Louise Bicknell

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:20am

Dr Louise Bicknell has been awarded Marsden funding to "Identify novel replication components through harnessing the resource of Mendelian disease".

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Zebrafish study sheds new light on human heart defects

Friday, 16 October 2015 9:38am

University of Otago researchers working with zebrafish have published a study providing new insights into the causes of the congenital heart defects associated with a rare developmental disorder.

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Funding for study on the effects of vitamin C on breast cancer

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:54am

A Christchurch scientist working to determine whether high dose vitamin C is a viable cancer therapy has won funding to explore its effect on breast tumours.

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Otago health researchers awarded prestigious fellowships

Thursday, 17 September 2015 9:43am

Two University of Otago health sciences researchers have gained prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand fellowships, it was announced today.

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Triple success for the Department of Pathology

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 10:17am

Triple success for the Department of Pathology

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Innovative Otago research supported in science investment round

Thursday, 3 September 2015 9:13am

Five innovative University of Otago-led research programmes are being backed with $5.7M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today.

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HPV infection of placentas linked to pregnancy complications

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:24am

In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have found that human papilloma virus (HPV) can infect the placenta and is linked to several pregnancy complications, including the potentially fatal disorder pre-eclampsia.

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Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:20am

The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Health research celebrated at awards

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 7:57pm

Twenty years ago the University of Otago took a gamble on a young medical researcher. This week that researcher was given the Dunedin School of Medicine Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence at a ceremony at the Museum’s Hutton Theatre.

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Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research

Monday, 13 April 2015 7:57am

A University of Otago pathology researcher has gained a Health Research Council Explorer Grant to identify new drug targets to combat gout, a severely painful and debilitating condition caused by high blood levels of uric acid.

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Christchurch campus joins global study into anorexia nervosa genetics

Monday, 23 March 2015 10:49am

University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), researchers will today launch the New Zealand arm of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).

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Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships won by Otago researchers

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:49am

Two talented early to mid-career scientists will return to the University of Otago after gaining highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, which are valued at up to $800,000 each over five years.

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Colin Geary Professorial Lecture Series begins

Tuesday, 3 June 2014 8:07am

Two leading Australian pathology researchers are in Dunedin to deliver public lectures as part of the inaugural Colin Geary Professorial Lecture Series.

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Health Research Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 2:16pm

Professor Barry Taylor of the Dunedin School of Medicine and Carole Heatly of the Southern District Health Board together with the Health Research South Board would like to congratulate recipients of the 2014 Health Research Excellence Awards.

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Pathology staff shave for a cure

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 9:19am

Janine Neill and Justine Farquar today participated in the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure fundraiser.

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Health researchers supported by lottery grants

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 4:47pm

Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have gained over NZ$500,000 in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Department of Pathology academic wins Fulbright award

Monday, 27 January 2014 4:46pm

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award winner Dr Sarah Young is keen to make use of the travelling opportunity the award brings.

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Otago research reveals tobacco’s toll on women’s placentas

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 10:06am

Smoking while pregnant causes severe DNA damage to cells in the placenta and significantly impairs its function, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Department of Pathology researcher elected as Royal Society Fellow

Thursday, 21 November 2013 3:43pm

Professor Antony Braithwaite is among the 13 leading New Zealand researchers and scholars who are newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Otago cancer researcher gains HRC Explorer Grant

Monday, 13 May 2013 10:26am

A leading University of Otago researcher has gained Health Research Council (HRC) funding to investigate a new way to measure the aggressiveness of cancer cells using circular polarised light.

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Otago scientists win neurological research funding

Wednesday, 5 December 2012 2:16pm

Three University of Otago scientists have received nearly $300,000 of funding to support their world-class brain-related research in the latest Neurological Foundation grant round.

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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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Better to eat kiwifruit than to take vitamin C supplements

Friday, 27 May 2011 9:55am

University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers have found that a natural fruit source of vitamin C – kiwifruit – is vastly superior to a purified supplement form.

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Otago researchers reveal PAX gene’s role in cancer

Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:18am

University of Otago researchers have uncovered further evidence that PAX genes − members of a small family of genes that play important roles in embryonic development – also allow cancer cells to grow and divide in adult tissue.

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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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Major prostate cancer trial boosted by new funding

Monday, 31 May 2010 2:05pm

The largest ever clinical trial into new treatments for prostate cancer, which kills about 600 men annually in this country, has received another significant funding grant from the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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New Microscope for University of Otago Zebrafish Facility

Friday, 16 April 2010 2:57pm

The KD Kirkby Trust, which is a long time benefactor of Cure Kids, has made a $45,000 grant to provide vital equipment for a world class zebrafish facility at the University of Otago, taking its support for medical research to almost $150,000.

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International health research partnerships funded

Thursday, 17 September 2009 3:40pm

Otago scientists have gained $730,160 to support two international health research collaborations involving new approaches towards drug discovery in HIV-1, genetic diseases and melanoma.