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University of Otago researcher wins HRC Liley Medal for research into oral health inequality

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 2:45pm

University of Otago researcher Dr Jonathan Broadbent was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Liley Medal at the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Honours in Auckland last night. The award recognised Dr Broadbent's research into oral health inequality.

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How well will a kid fare in life? Dunedin Study offers clues

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 2:35pm

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, Dunedin Study Director and National Centre for Lifecourse Research Co-Director, is currently in Singapore to deliver the CJ Koh Professorial lecture at the National Institute of Education.

"The early years are absolutely critical for how a person's life turns out, and if you really want to make a difference to people's lives, intervening early is key. That's where governments should put their money. That is where their focus should be" Poulton says. Professor Poulton explains that the Dunedin study singles out children's self-control as a clear target for prevention policy, apart from all other influential features of children's backgrounds, such as their family life, socio-economic status or the child's intelligence. He notes that interventions early on in life can make a difference.

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Pasifika mums suffer psychological distress from housing problems

Monday, 9 October 2017 2:08pm

More than half of the nearly 1000 mothers interviewed for the AUT study reported a significant major housing problem such as cold homes, inadequate size and cost.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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University of Otago flagship research centres launched

Thursday, 3 August 2017 3:21pm


The University formally launched its reconfigured line-up of 12 flagship research centres this week at an event during which each centre concisely showcased its often world-leading activities.

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Early childhood education linked with better outcomes at age 35 years

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 11:31am

Attendance at early childhood education is associated with benefits for later cognitive and academic outcomes over the life course.

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New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Island graduates

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 11:22am

Latest research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) suggests that graduating from university may not only change the individual lives of Māori and Pacific Island graduates, but also positively impact on their families, communities and society in general.

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Special lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, leader of the Dunedin Study

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 3:08pm

"Staying ahead of the curve: best practices in the Dunedin Study". A special free public lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 6pm at the Dunedin town hall.

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HRC funding success for NCLR partners

Friday, 16 June 2017 2:21pm

Health Research Council (HRC) funding success for NCLR partners - the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study and COMPASS

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Two Division of Sciences staff members recipients of 2017 Queen's Birthday honours

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:37pm

Professors Richie Poulton (Psychology) and Sally Brooker (Chemistry) have been named as recipients of the 2017 Queen's Birthday honours list.

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Queen's birthday honours for Professor Richie Poulton, CNZM

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 1:13pm

NCLR Co-Director Professor Richie Poulton has become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).

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Celebrating postgraduate success for Māori in Psychology

Monday, 15 May 2017 10:23am

This week, three Māori Master of Psychology students; Jacob Ashdown, Paris Pidduck and Penny Tipu graduated. All three students were supervised by NCLR investigator Dr Gareth Treharne, and supported by Dr Tia Neha.

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Chldren's exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 2:17pm

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults.

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New study describes what helps and hinders Māori university success

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:18pm

New research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research's - Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand - focuses on what Māori graduates describe as helping or hindering their success

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NCLR partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:12pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize.

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National Centre for Lifecourse Research named as one of Otago's flagship research centres

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:50pm

The National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) has been reconfirmed as a University of Otago flagship research centre.

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Educational Benefits: Māori lifecourse research

Thursday, 12 January 2017 4:12pm

University of Otago lifecourse research has already revealed a lot about the wider New Zealand population: now researchers are turning to it to understand more about Māori education, health and well-being.

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Dunedin Study home nearly ready

Thursday, 12 January 2017 3:57pm

Working is nearing completion on the $2.6 million home for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, partner of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research.

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Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 12:45pm

NCLR partner, the Dunedin Study's latest findings show that childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes.