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Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling  rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Mouth breathing while sleeping may increase tooth decay risk
Friday, 5 February 2016
Mouth breathing during sleep is linked to a more acidic oral environment that may promote tooth enamel erosion and caries, new University of Otago research suggests.

NZ’s southern little penguins are recent Aussie invaders: Otago research
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
The little penguin species (popularly known as little blue penguins) found in southern New Zealand is a surprisingly recent invader from Australia, according to a new study led by University of Otago researchers

Professor Hayne to continue as Vice-Chancellor for a further term
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Professor Harlene Hayne will continue in the role of Vice-Chancellor until 2021, after her contract was extended for a further term of five years, University Chancellor John Ward announced today.

English towns with a Jewish heritage more tolerant of modern-day immigration
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Modern-day tolerance towards immigrants is significantly higher in English towns that welcomed medieval Jews, according to new research into persistent regional variations in attitudes to immigration.

Working to improve public health in New Zealand
Monday, 1 February 2016
Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

Summer students trial wearable fitness technology in surgical ward and assess satisfaction with mental health crisis service
Friday, 29 January 2016
Trialling whether data from a wearable sports monitor could predict a patient's decline and assessing a new crisis mental health service were two of the research projects tackled by this year’s University of Otago, Christchurch’s Summer Students.

New Chief Operating Officer for the University of Otago
Thursday, 28 January 2016
The University of Otago has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer, taking effect from 11 April, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne announced yesterday.

Uncertainties in tree-ring-based climate reconstructions probed
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Current approaches to reconstructing past climate by using tree-ring data need to be improved on so that they can better take uncertainty into account, new University of Otago-led suggests.

Otago University and Te Papa sign MOU to strengthen collaborative efforts
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Te Papa and the University of Otago have signed up to a collaborative relationship to strengthen joint efforts in research, scholarships, teaching and public lectures involving the national facility.


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