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Study highlights flaw in tobacco industry’s “informed adult choice” stance
Monday, 15 September 2014
Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study.

Otago discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus
Friday, 12 September 2014
University of Otago virologist Dr Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu.

Otago researchers gain major science funding for innovative projects
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Six innovative University of Otago-led research proposals will receive $10.15 M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today.

Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows.

University of Otago Arts Fellowships for 2015 announced
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
The names of six talented individuals who will take up prestigious arts fellowships and residencies with the University in 2015 were announced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne today.

Medical and vet schools join forces to address infectious disease spread
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Infectious diseases such as influenza and those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria increasingly threaten society’s health.

Science Challenge 11 funding a breakthrough for predominantly-urban New Zealand
Monday, 8 September 2014
The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Summer School 2015 enrolments to open on Monday
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Enrolment commences for the University of Otago Summer School 2015 on Monday 8 September.

TransTasman collaboration leads to new rotavirus vaccine
Thursday, 4 September 2014
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.

Tobacco taxes important, but new approaches also needed – study
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved.


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