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Otago selects leading historian as its next Head of Humanities
Friday, 31 July 2015
The University of Otago has selected Professor Tony Ballantyne as its next Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Professor Ballantyne is currently Head of Otago’s Department of History and Art History and Director of the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.

Health benefits of 20 years of tobacco tax increases modelled
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Continuing annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand until 2031 should lead to health gains, net health-system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori, according to a new study published by University of Otago, Wellington, researchers.

Otago study highlights major flaw in strategy to halt sea lion decline
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
A new University of Otago-led study of the endangered New Zealand sea lion indicates efforts by the Government that focus mainly on the survival of sea lion pups to reverse the population decline will probably fail.

New care model for Māori children with asthma recommended
Friday, 24 July 2015
A new University of Otago, Wellington, research report has found that the main barriers to optimal health literacy—and therefore optimal care for Māori children with asthma—are structural and endemic to New Zealand’s acute care model of health delivery.

Otago study finds young people lack knowledge to help lift organ donation
Friday, 24 July 2015
New University of Otago research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today shows that the young “organ donors of the future” lack the knowledge that could help lift New Zealand’s rates of organ donation.

University of Otago honours Chemistry research leader
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Professor Sally Brooker, an internationally leading inorganic chemistry researcher who designs and creates innovative molecules that could underpin future technologies, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

Report finds serious barriers to justice for those challenging ACC decisions
Thursday, 23 July 2015
A team of researchers working with the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre, and in partnership with the support group Acclaim Otago, has found serious barriers to access to justice for people challenging Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) decisions through the court system.

Otago researchers devise new way to monitor ‘health’ of ice shelves
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Studying an exotic form of sea ice known as platelet ice has enabled a University of Otago-led international research team to construct a century-long record of the condition of Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf.

Otago academics back calls for more fibre in our diets
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
University of Otago nutritionists say a major new British report that highlights the need for fibre in the human diet upholds their stance that the popular low-carbohydrate diets that are high in fat may not be ideal for our health.

New entrance scholarships increase opportunities at Otago
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
The University of Otago today announced the expansion of its scholarship offerings for 2016 with the creation of a new scholarship as well as increases to existing scholarships for commencing students.


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