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Rejecting Vitamin K at birth predicts child vaccination refusal
Thursday, 16 April 2015
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.

Overlooked law requires rentals to be free of dampness
Thursday, 16 April 2015
A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington.

Otago research details 40 million-year-old family tree of baleen whales
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
New University of Otago research is providing the most comprehensive picture of the evolutionary history of baleen whales, which are not only the largest animals ever to live on earth, but also among the most unusual.

The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research.

Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research
Monday, 13 April 2015
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.

Greatest mass extinction driven by acidic oceans, study finds
Friday, 10 April 2015
Changes to the Earth’s oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time, according to new findings by an international research team that includes a University of Otago scientist.

Otago researchers discover landmark hatching of tuatara eggs in the South Island
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
University of Otago researchers have found evidence of tuatara eggs hatching in a nest at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, the first indication of this happening anywhere in the wild in the South Island for several hundred years.

Innovative new project looks at Dunedin’s past, present and future
Thursday, 2 April 2015
A new ‘Global Dunedin’ initiative, run out of the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, aims to provide Dunedinites with a fresh perspective on their city’s past, present, and its future.

University announces new dental school and science buildings
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
The University of Otago Council has agreed to spend in excess of $200 million on a number of capital projects, including a new Dental School building and a major refurbishment of a Science building on its Dunedin campus.

Fight against weeds goes hi-tech: WWF-New Zealand partners with University of Otago to develop iPhone app
Monday, 30 March 2015
With weeds in New Zealand costing billions to control and often causing irreversible damage to ecosystems, the University of Otago is bringing the war on weeds into the hi-tech space with help from a Conservation Innovation $5,000 grant from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).


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