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Therapeutic claims in pharmaceutical ads come under scrutiny
Friday, 4 September 2015
New University of Otago research suggests a need for greater monitoring of pharmaceutical advertising in New Zealand to ensure that the therapeutic claims they make are justified.

Innovative Otago research supported in science investment round
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Five innovative University of Otago-led research programmes are being backed with $5.7M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today.

Re-dated New Guinea pottery reveals early Austronesian “fingerprint”
Thursday, 3 September 2015
A University of Otago-led research team has unexpectedly discovered the first evidence that the ancestors of Polynesians did not bypass New Guinea on their way from Southeast Asia to colonise remote areas of the Pacific, as was previously thought.

Scientists reveal New Zealand’s prehistoric wildlife sanctuaries
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
An international research team led by University of Otago scientists has documented prehistoric ‘sanctuary’ regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting.

Otago wins Supreme Award in Tertiary ICT Innovation
Friday, 28 August 2015
The University of Otago’s virtual student desktop initiative won the Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards last night.

New Zealand solutions to complex Public Health problems
Friday, 28 August 2015
A new book, Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand, provides an in-depth scan of the health promotion landscape in New Zealand. It explores ways in which Māori, and other perspectives, have been melded with Western ideas to produce distinctly New Zealand approaches. In doing so it addresses the need for locally written material for use in teaching and practice, and provides direction for those wanting to solve complex public health problems.

Exhibition profiles the life of Plunket pioneer
Thursday, 27 August 2015
An exhibition entitled “The Melrose Library: Reflecting the Life and Works of Sir F. Truby King” begins in the de Beer Gallery, first floor, University of Otago Central Library, tomorrow.

Study points to Kiwis having become more frugal in wake of GFC
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
A newly released University of Otago study of consumer lifestyles suggests many Kiwis have become thriftier and more closely aligned with traditional values in the wake of the global financial crisis (GFC). The study also indicates a growing concern for the environment and sustainable consumption.

HPV infection of placentas linked to pregnancy complications
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
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.

Trade agreements boost NZ dairy’s prosperity
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Trade agreements, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated, have a positive effect on New Zealand’s dairy industry, University of Otago PhD candidate Pramuk Perera has found.


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