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Māori obesity linked to various factors in study
Friday, 26 May 2017
Spiritual beliefs, cultural practices and the impacts of colonisation may make it harder for Māori to stick to the typical diet and exercise advice for reducing weight, a University of Otago PhD candidate has found.

Cannabidiol shown to be effective for a severe form of Epilepsy
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The first ever Class 1 clinical trial of the drug cannabidiol has shown it is effective at reducing convulsive seizures in a severe type of epilepsy in children.

New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic disease, an international collaboration led by University of Otago researchers has found.

Do Community Treatment Orders violate human rights?
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Researchers from New Zealand and Australia have claimed that a standard practice used in psychiatry may be ineffective and violate international human rights conventions.

Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding
Monday, 22 May 2017
Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today.

Otago strengthens links with top Japanese university
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Students and staff at the University of Otago and Hokkaido University will benefit from agreements signed in Japan this morning and exchanged in front of Prime Minister Bill English.

Canadian university honours former Otago Vice-Chancellor
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Canada’s Queen’s University will next month confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on former University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Skegg.

Scientists discover extreme geothermal activity in South Island
Thursday, 18 May 2017
A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.

New Zealand's mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction unless urgent action taken
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
In a newly published study in the international journal PeerJ, scientists have modelled factors driving mainland Yellow-eyed penguin population decline and are calling for action to reduce regional threats.

New appointment for the University of Otago in Tairāwhiti
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Dr Diana Kopua (nee Rangihuna) has been appointed to the new part-time role of Associate Dean, Tairāwhiti, by the University of Otago, Wellington. She will be providing support for all Otago students in the Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) region, including Wairoa. 


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