The AIDS Epidemiology Group (AEG) has been responsible for national surveillance of AIDS and HIV infection in New Zealand since 1989.
The Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit was established in 1990 with core funding from the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the support of the University of Otago. Presently it has research programmes operating in our five priority areas of tobacco control, ultraviolet radiation exposure, physical activity and nutrition, psycho-social-spiritual factors, and Hauora Māori.
The Centre for Health Systems facilitates and promotes research into health system improvement at the University of Otago, and across the local and national health systems, as well as internationally.
The Centre for International Health facilitates and promotes research to contribute to the understanding and improvement of health in under-resourced countries, and focuses on postgraduate training and strategic mentorship of leaders.
The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (DMHDRU) conducts the long-running Dunedin Study, one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken. A multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972–1973, the Study members have been followed up since birth, at age three, then every two years to age 15, then at ages 18, 21, 26, 32 and, most recently, at age 38 (2010–2012).
For each follow-up phase, the Study members are brought to the Dunedin Unit where they undergo numerous assessments and measures of their health and development. Recent assessments have included a broad range of studies in the psychosocial, behavioural medicine and biomedical research areas. To date over 1100 publications and reports have been generated from this ongoing study.
The Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit conducts research into the causes of cancer and the evaluation of screening for cancer is undertaken. It has undertaken nationwide investigations into the causes of cancer of the colon, rectum, and prostate and, with colleagues, cancer of the breast, lung, head and neck and melanoma in New Zealand.
In addition, using the latest techniques, the Unit is developing methods to predict an individual's risk for various cancers.
The Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU) undertakes research that contributes to reducing the incidence, severity and consequences of injury in New Zealand.
The New Zealand National Poisons Centre answers inquiries both from health professionals and from the general public concerning acute poisoning and the toxic effects of chemicals which may be encountered in emergencies of any sort.
In case of poisoning, call 0800 POISON (0800 764 766). This is a free 24/7 poisons information service available to all New Zealanders.
The New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre (previously known as CARM) was established in 1965 for the purpose of monitoring adverse reactions occurring in patients to medicines marketed in New Zealand.
The Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit is a partnership between Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Dunedin School of Medicine of the University of Otago.
The Unit collects, collates, interprets and publishes information, data and statistics on Māori health issues
The Department's occupational health research supports our teaching and clinical practice, and covers areas such as acute care disaster preparedness, sola ultraviolet radiation exposure, occupational health of front line workers, and occupational health in agriculture.
- Cancer epidemiology and control
- Environmental health
- Health promotion
- Human development
- Infectious diseases
- Prevention of alcohol-related harm
Complete list of academic staff research areas (PDF 110 KB)