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.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:50am
Professor Brian Cox receives funding to investigate Southland's high rates of bowel cancer
Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:30am
The Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates Rachael Taylor, the Department of Medicine's Deputy Head of Department, on her promotion to full professor
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm
Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.
Monday, 12 December 2016 2:27pm
Dr Jane Millichamp from the Dunedin School of Medicine discusses the dangers of repeated injuries to the brain
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm
A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:56am
The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand’s history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday 10 December.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm
There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm
Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 12:15pm
Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in Marsden Fund grants.
Monday, 7 November 2016 8:24pm
An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.
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.
Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am
There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am
The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.
Friday, 9 September 2016 12:02pm
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.
Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am
Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am
Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.
Friday, 26 August 2016 3:04pm
Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients' cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 8:35am
The University of Otago is conducting ground-breaking research in to the forces exerted on heads of the Otago rugby players as they compete during the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday, 25 August. The University researchers are testing whether neck strength is a crucial factor in preventing concussion in the sport.
Friday, 5 August 2016 4:34pm
A large proportion of pregnant New Zealand women are at higher risk of poor health outcomes because they don’t know how much weight they should be putting on during pregnancy, new University of Otago research suggests.
Friday, 29 July 2016 9:25am
From August 2016, paediatricians are being asked to report all cases of infants and children less than six months of age with microcephaly or other brain abnormalities, whose mother, or her partner, has been in a country with active Zika virus transmission during (or just before) her pregnancy.
Monday, 11 July 2016 1:58pm
A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).
Thursday, 9 June 2016 10:07am
A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.
Monday, 6 June 2016 4:01pm
Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Monday, 6 June 2016 4:30pm
Dr Garry Nixon has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am
224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.
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.
Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am
A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:42am
Thirty people improved their health and well-being this past year by participating in Otago, a simple, individually tailored, home-based exercise program to improve strength and balance that was offered by Cuyuna Regional Medical Centre (CRMC) in Crosby [Michigan].
Friday, 11 March 2016 11:13am
The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.
Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm
A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.
Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:11am
A new University of Otago study of 8–12-year-old New Zealand children’s bicycle safety has found that many children aged under 11 are unable to safely complete a practical cycling skills assessment.
Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm
An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm
The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.
Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm
New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:18pm
Twenty of the 36 budding Pacific health researchers funded in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Pacific Career Development Awards programme are based at the University of Otago.
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.
Friday, 4 December 2015 11:31am
Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:23am
Infertility is common amongst women aged 25–50 years in the south of New Zealand and significant health resources go towards helping them become mothers, new University of Otago research suggests.
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.
Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm
Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.
Friday, 25 September 2015 12:34pm
A twelve-month University of Otago evaluation study of people being treated for alcohol and drug dependency at The Salvation Army Bridge Treatment Programme reports that client recovery outcomes match leading treatment programmes internationally.
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.
Monday, 7 September 2015 4:04pm
A comprehensive University of Otago-led study of data from 12 countries has found that children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), including snoring, are clearly associated with poorer academic performance.
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.
Thursday, 13 August 2015 1:37pm
Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.
Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm
Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015 3:39pm
Young New Zealand drivers who gain a time discount on their restricted licences for taking a defensive driving course (DDC) are more likely to be caught committing traffic offences once they are fully licensed, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm
New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 2:38pm
Senior lecturers in bioethics, and obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Otago have called for a free, universal LARC (long-acting reversible contraceptive) programme to be made available to teens before they become sexually active.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 9:14am
Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:27pm
People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research.
Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm
Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked
Thursday, 7 May 2015 1:49pm
Otago’s Professor Rob Walker hopes his new position on the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Council will give him the opportunity to support programmes in the Pacific Islands where up to half of the population of some countries have kidney disease.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 10:54am
New Zealand parents who turn down vitamin K for their newborns are more than 14 times more likely to not get their children immunised, a new University of Otago study has found.
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.
Friday, 27 March 2015 4:15pm
Dr Katharina Blattner, Senior Lecturer in the Dean's Department, Dunedin School of Medicine has been awarded the 2015 Peter Snow Memorial Award.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am
Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.
Monday, 9 March 2015 12:08pm
Rural patients in southern New Zealand are much less likely to receive computed tomography (CT) scans than their city-dwelling counterparts, according to University of Otago research that is the first to compare such scanning rates.
Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm
The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, 23 February 2015 9:16am
More than a quarter of women and a fifth of men experience fertility difficulties by their late thirties – figures which are considerably higher than traditionally reported, newly published information from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study shows.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am
The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 4 December 2014 2:24pm
Dr Anel Reyneke awarded the 2015 Dunedin School of Medicine Clinical Research Scholarship
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 8:28am
Although the just released second annual Child Poverty Monitor has revealed a small decrease in the number of New Zealand children living in income poverty, researchers involved in its preparation say there is still much to address in terms of health impacts.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:00am
A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to latest research out of the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:58pm
Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 2:18pm
A group of University of Otago researchers is warning that the promotion of low carb/high fat diets risks harming public health.
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57pm
University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users.
Thursday, 4 September 2014 11:15am
A new rotavirus vaccine that has the potential to save over half a million lives worldwide each year has reached a pivotal milestone after clinical trials results found the vaccine provided a strong immune response in over 90 per cent of babies that received a course of the vaccine.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm
Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:36am
A randomised controlled trial conducted by staff at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine failed to show any effect of hand sanitiser use on school sick days.
Friday, 15 August 2014 9:38am
Promising mid-career professionals are invited to apply for an opportunity to spend up to 12 months in the United States as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:17pm
An online video-based system that allows students and tutors to separately critique a patient interview won the second annual CALT awards held recently.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:19pm
Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:00am
A leading UK academic general practitioner, Professor Tim Stokes, has this month taken up the Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice at the University of Otago’s Dunedin School of Medicine.
Friday, 4 July 2014 10:25am
University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award have been awarded this year to two early career researchers who have already made important international contributions to their disciplines.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am
University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:28am
Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor.
Friday, 20 June 2014 3:52pm
A University of Otago researcher, along with only three other New Zealand scientists, has been included in a new list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in science around the globe.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:46am
New research from the University of Otago shows that reducing the minimum alcohol purchasing age to 18 in December 1999, was associated with an increase in assaults of 15-19 year-old males in New Zealand.
Monday, 9 June 2014 2:15pm
Researchers from the University of Otago have been awarded $1.19 million by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand to study the effects of the country’s new alcohol legislation.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00pm
A group of University of Otago health policy researchers, based in Dunedin and Christchurch, has called on the leading medical journal BMJ to be much more even handed in scrutinising the transparency of what it publishes.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:38pm
A new study co-authored by a University of Otago researcher has found that combining several physiotherapy treatments does not produce greater improvements in pain or function than inactive ‘sham’ treatments among adults with hip osteoarthritis.
International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread
Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm
A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.
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.
Monday, 19 May 2014 2:10pm
New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.
Serious muscle damage risk from widely used cholesterol lowering drug very low in general population: Otago research
Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, have a greater risk of rhabdomyolysis than people taking a lower dose according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:16am
Four University of Otago researchers have gained a total of around $550,000 to support their innovative studies in the latest funding announcement by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).
Friday, 11 April 2014 1:38pm
A study by the University of Otago shows there are inaccuracies being made in the documented height and weight of pregnant women at the time of their 12-week scan, which could change clinical risk assessments for women.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm
Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 3:25pm
New research from the University of Otago shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback programme for students who drink hazardously produced only a modest reduction in alcohol consumption.
Widely used heartburn and peptic ulcer medicines increase risk of rare kidney disease: Otago research
Monday, 24 March 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of medicine used to treat gastric acid reflux disorders and peptic ulcer disease, are at an increased risk of a rare kidney disease, according to new findings by University of Otago researchers.
Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm
An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.
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.
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.
Sunday, 9 March 2014 9:38am
New Zealand faces a "tsunami of knee replacements" in the coming years, placing even more pressure on health services, a Dunedin School of Medicine academic says.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:46am
In an article published today in the Otago Daily Times, Professor Jennie Connor explains that education and persuasian strategies are popular but ineffective ways to address alcohol problems.
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.
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:46am
Smokers wanting to kick the habit needn’t be too worried about gaining a lot of weight after quitting, according to newly published University of Otago research.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 2:48pm
Introducing a highly effective one-off bowel cancer screening test could reduce rates of the deadly disease and alleviate the current over-supply of nursing graduates in New Zealand, according to a University of Otago researcher.
Friday, 13 December 2013 3:35pm
Medical researchers involved in three different study areas joined forces at a University of Otago research meeting yesterday to explore new ways of tackling several important challenges, including treating gout and kidney disease.
Monday, 9 December 2013 8:25am
Today’s release of the first annual monitor of child poverty puts a spotlight on the thousands of Kiwi children who are not getting the start to life they deserve.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 11:28am
The University of Otago will this weekend confer an honorary doctor of science degree on one of its most distinguished graduates, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.
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.
Friday, 22 November 2013 12:21pm
The Department of Medicine is offering multiple scholarships to science and medical graduates at master's, PhD, and registrar level.
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.
Monday, 18 November 2013 9:41am
Dr Coppell, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues from the University’s Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research have found that by following a better diet, people with pre-diabetes are much less likely to go on to develop the disease, and people who already have diabetes will have better control of their disease, preventing the onset and progression of complications.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:23pm
Thirty years may not seem much when put in the context of the nearly 150-year history of the University of Otago, but for the University’s General Practice and Rural Health department, the milestone was well worth commemorating.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 1:22pm
University of Otago researchers say that helping people with pre-diabetes and diabetes to follow a healthier diet will significantly improve their blood sugar levels, and they are calling on smaller portion sizes to be offered at cafés and eateries to support this cause.
Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:21pm
Professor Kim Mulholland says Western governments and other organisations that are supporting vaccination programmes in developing countries should also ensure some key related research is undertaken.
Friday, 8 November 2013 3:08pm
Sophia Cameron-Christie, of the Department of Women's and Children's Health, has won an inaugural writing competition run by the Otago Medical School Research Society.
Thursday, 31 October 2013 1:24pm
The international media response to a BMJ opinion piece claiming to debunk the “myth” of saturated fat as a cause of coronary heart disease could undermine public confidence in lifestyle changes that have resulted in appreciable health benefits, say a group of experts in public health and nutrition representing a number of New Zealand health-related organisations.
Monday, 21 October 2013 9:33am
Top medical teachers were recognised last week at the annual Dunedin School of Medicine Teaching Awards.
Monday, 14 October 2013 3:25pm
In what they’re calling a ‘biological surprise’, a team of expert international geneticists led by a University of Otago researcher have discovered a key piece of information about how the human brain is put together and how such a complex piece of wiring assembles itself in utero.
Thursday, 3 October 2013 11:15am
A new Dunedin School of Medicine project aimed at reducing sudden unexpected death in infants has been funded by the Health Research Council.
Monday, 23 September 2013 12:06pm
What is the future of New Zealand health’s system, and how can it meet the needs of the public in the 21st century?
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 4:30pm
The internet could become a useful tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of some New Zealand veterans after military service abroad, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine researcher Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja believes.
Monday, 2 September 2013 4:26pm
Vietnam veterans who served from 1962-1971 have double the rate of chronic lymphatic leukaemia compared to the general population according to a new study by the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.
Thursday, 8 August 2013 3:25pm
Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem tells the story of the four pioneering surgeons involved in ground-breaking work in facial reconstruction during the two world wars.
Friday, 2 August 2013 3:25pm
Researchers at the University of Otago have found that many Māori are experiencing adverse outcomes three months after being injured.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 2:08pm
A leading University of Otago injury prevention researcher’s policy brief is casting doubt on increased penalties as the answer to reducing careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users** (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 3:25pm
Manual physiotherapy or regular exercise programmes make a significant difference for people with painful osteoarthritis in the knee and hip joints, and are cost-effective, new research from the University of Otago shows.
Monday, 22 July 2013 1:29pm
University of Otago research into how best to engage parents of overweight and obese children has found motivational interviewing (MI) offers no real advantages over usual care — that of simply giving feedback in a straightforward and non-judgemental way.
Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am
People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.
Monday, 15 July 2013 4:39pm
The Dunedin School of Medicine's Neurosurgery research unit is looking at differences in how the brain ''rewards'' eating, in the hope it leads to new weight-loss treatments for obese people.
Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02am
Alcohol is responsible for more than one-in-twenty deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80, new University of Otago research suggests.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013 3:47pm
Dunedin School of Medicine child health researcher Professor Barry Taylor said yesterday he was organising a multidisciplinary team for a descriptive study using data from the B4 School Check, which checks the health and development of Kiwi 4-year-olds.
Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:13pm
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson, an ophthalmologist from Otago’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
Monday, 1 July 2013 4:58pm
University of Otago lecturers Hamish Wilson and Wayne Cunningham present a fresh approach to medical practice in their new book released this week.
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:36am
Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 3:46pm
Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson, of the Department of Medicine, is one of three University of Otago staff who have received Teaching Excellence Awards this year.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 4:07pm
New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, Centre for Health Systems researchers suggest.
Monday, 24 June 2013 3:25pm
A distinguished researcher who has dedicated his career to improving the health and wellbeing of children in New Zealand and around the world has been appointed to the position of Dean at the Dunedin School of Medicine.
Friday, 21 June 2013 1:09am
The University of Otago’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, has won a national award for its commercialisation of the National Poison Centre’s database, TOXINZ.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 3:56pm
The University of Otago is the grateful recipient of $3m from the high-profile community campaign to allow the University to keep neurosurgery in Dunedin.
Friday, 24 May 2013 3:25pm
The University of Otago will this weekend confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Professor Helen Heslop, an Otago graduate who has forged an outstanding medical and research career overseas.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 2:20pm
The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Stephen Sowerby will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Portable soil-transmitted helminth monitoring to combat gastrointestinal parasites".
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 1:00pm
Dr John Adams, Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine, and Carole Heatly, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern District Health Board—together with the Health Research South Board—congratulate the winners of the recent Health Research Excellence Awards.
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.
Friday, 3 May 2013 4:09pm
Jeanette Waters is “absolutely delighted” to have solved a mystery that has haunted her for 60 years, ever since she found a gold medal in an Auckland street as a 5-year-old, in her first week at school.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 8:50am
New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:52am
Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have gained $335,600 in new funding from the Lottery Grants Board to pursue research aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.
Friday, 12 April 2013 11:54am
Researchers from the Dunedin School of Medicine and the University of Otago, Christchurch are collaborating to develop a new test to assist the World Anti-Doping Agency uncover drug cheats in sport.
Sunday, 24 March 2013 11:11am
University of Otago professor Jim Mann, an internationally respected researcher in human nutrition, has criticised ''so-called health foods'' that were actually ''not healthy'' and urged big reforms in supermarket food labelling.
Monday, 18 March 2013 9:13am
New Zealanders who fall ill experience significantly worse financial and work outcomes than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. Dr Sue McAllister of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine led the research for her PhD, conducting a comparative study of 109 people under the age of 65 years who had a stroke and compared their outcomes with 429 people who had a similarly debilitating injury.
Friday, 15 March 2013 9:04am
Before the Christchurch earthquakes, emergency preparedness at district health board-level in New Zealand faced challenges that they needed to overcome, suggests a University of Otago study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. However, the study – the first to address the issue of strategic healthcare emergency preparedness in New Zealand - found that disaster preparedness was adequate to deal with a major emergency– as occurred in Christchurch.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:19pm
The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04am
Motor vehicle crashes involving mothers-to-be account for more than half of all New Zealand’s foetal deaths due to maternal injury, new University of Otago research reveals. In the first-ever study to describe foetal mortality due to vehicle crashes in this country, an Otago injury prevention researcher shows that of the 41 foetal and newborn deaths due to maternal injury between 1997 and 2008, 21 involved motor vehicle collisions, according to narrative data on the foetal death certificate.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 9:52am
Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.
Friday, 15 February 2013 3:25pm
The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.
Thursday, 7 February 2013 9:48am
A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.
Monday, 3 December 2012 2:48pm
University of Otago expertise is set to play a key role in European Commission (EC) funded research into links between infectious and non-communicable diseases – in this case tuberculosis (TB) and type 2 diabetes.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:56am
Starting babies on solids by letting them feed themselves pieces of food is a growing trend – yet there is scarce scientific research about the practice, putting healthcare professionals in a difficult position when giving advice, new University of Otago research suggests.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 3:25pm
A new in-depth analysis of sexual health clinic attendance and diagnoses during last year’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) reveals increased risk and harm for attendees who had sex related to this sporting event.
Friday, 12 October 2012 8:34am
University of Otago researchers have found that serious assaults in New Zealand have been steadily rising and are now at disturbingly high levels, especially among young males, Maori and Pacific people, and those from deprived neighbourhoods.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012 9:56am
A top Otago medical student has gained a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship to support Cambridge University PhD study on blood flow regulation in brain-injured patients.
Friday, 5 October 2012 1:43pm
Around one-quarter of injury deaths in New Zealand could be prevented if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors causing these injuries, a University of Otago researcher told the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington this week.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:46am
There is now strong evidence that some interventions can prevent falls in people over the age of 65 who are living in their own homes, according to a comprehensive University of Otago-led review of research in the area.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 2:04pm
Mixing micronutrient powder into infants’ complementary food reduces rates of anaemia beyond what nutrition education alone can achieve, according to University of Otago-led research involving more than 3000 Cambodian under two year olds.
Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:01am
A leading Belgian neurosurgeon and brain researcher has been appointed as the inaugural Neurological Foundation Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Otago. An ongoing campaign led by the Foundation is seeking to ensure that this professorial position can be funded in perpetuity.
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 4:32pm
A variety of medical disorders which all appear to originate in the gut will be the focus of the first annual symposium of the recently formed Gut Health Network which take places at the University of Otago this Friday.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 3:25pm
A major study by researchers from the Universities of Otago and Oxford has found that overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.
Monday, 26 March 2012 11:26am
The University of Otago is playing a major role in the international development of a new low-cost oral vaccine to protect newborn babies against rotavirus.
Friday, 10 February 2012 9:18am
While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 4:30pm
Upgrading playgrounds does not appear to be sufficient to help children become more active.
Friday, 2 December 2011 1:35pm
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of adult New Zealanders are consuming more sodium than current nutrition guidelines recommend, according to analysis of urine samples taken from 3000 people who took part in the latest New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey.
Monday, 14 November 2011 9:29am
A University of Otago study has offered a working definition of spirituality to help healthcare professionals better understand its importance for those faced with illness and death in an age when fatal illnesses are often prolonged.
Friday, 4 November 2011 2:08pm
Mr Reuben Johnson has been appointed as a senior lecturer in neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine and consultant neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital, the University of Otago announced today.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:43am
Vaccinating young children in Africa against pneumococcus may help protect their entire communities from deadly infections this bacterium can cause, a new study coauthored by a University of Otago researcher suggests.
Friday, 30 September 2011 8:45am
An internationally eminent researcher into how the brain controls fertility, Professor Allan Herbison, is this year’s recipient of the University of Otago’s highest research honour, the Distinguished Research Medal.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:11pm
University of Otago researchers have received a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health partnership research grant to conduct an epidemiological study of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua.
Friday, 16 September 2011 10:21am
A pilot University of Otago study investigating factors that contribute to birth satisfaction for first time New Zealand mothers has led to a bigger nationwide study examining how birth preparation impacts on birth satisfaction.
Thursday, 18 August 2011 3:46pm
A video putting the spotlight on the looming health crisis threatened by our growing obesity epidemic, and how to avert it, is being launched by University of Otago researchers.
Monday, 8 August 2011 2:41pm
New Zealanders aged 60 and over appear to wrongly believe they are at low risk of the fatal form of skin cancer melanoma, according to a new University of Otago study conducted for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:32pm
An outstanding specialist on infectious diseases has been appointed to a second endowed professorial chair in the Centre for International Health at the University of Otago. He is Associate Professor John Crump, who currently heads a research centre in Tanzania for the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Global Health Institute.
Monday, 11 July 2011 1:31pm
A promising University of Otago student who developed an innovative screening procedure to identify New Zealand army personnel most at risk of lower leg and back injuries has been recognised with a scholarship to develop her concept further.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 10:18am
Little is known about the number of women in New Zealand who experience infertility; their use of health services and their knowledge and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. Now, a University of Otago PhD student is seeking to shed some light on the situation through a survey of 2000 randomly selected women in Otago and Southland.
Monday, 23 May 2011 9:26am
Researchers at the University of Otago say standard medication used for acute heart disease should be reconsidered for some Maori and Pacific Island patients because of drug resistance caused by high rates of Group A streptococcal infection, the same infection which leads to rheumatic fever.
Higher density of alcohol outlets related to increased risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm
Monday, 1 November 2010 2:57pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered an association between the number of liquor outlets within easy walking distance of home (1km) and the level of binge drinking and alcohol related harm reported in the community.
Monday, 12 July 2010 2:57pm
University of Otago researchers have played a major role in a multi-national collaboration identifying a new genetic marker for increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and other common diseases of the arteries and veins.
Monday, 19 April 2010 2:57pm
The University of Otago has established a further professorial position to advance research aimed at improving health in under-resourced countries, thanks to a generous gift by a Dunedin couple.
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.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 2:11pm
A leading surgeon and researcher, Professor John McCall, has become the first McKenzie Professor of Clinical Science at the University of Otago.
Monday, 7 December 2009 11:10am
University of Otago bioethicist Professor Donald Evans has been chosen to head one of the world’s most prestigious bioethics organisations.
Thursday, 8 October 2009 2:56pm
Barriers to improved safety include economic constraints, new study reveals.
Monday, 31 August 2009 9:05am
New Zealand's current way of counting injury severity in people hospitalised from traffic crashes has serious flaws and could be replaced by a method yielding more accurate information, according to University of Otago research being presented today.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 3:37pm
Private surgery system works against the poor, study shows.