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Dunedin children’s exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 9:15am

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults.

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Chldren's exposure to lead linked to lower IQ

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 2:17pm

Extremely high levels of lead in New Zealand cities in the 1970s and 1980s appear responsible for a loss of intelligence and occupational standing among today’s adults.

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New study describes what helps and hinders Māori university success

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 1:25pm

Māori university graduates describe whānau (family) support as the top factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, while family responsibilities and commitments made completion of their studies more difficult, according to research from the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR).

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New study describes what helps and hinders Māori university success

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:18pm

New research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research's - Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand - focuses on what Māori graduates describe as helping or hindering their success

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Dunedin Study wins top science prize as new assessment phase begins

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:16am

Picking up New Zealand’s most valuable science prize is a “watershed moment” for the researchers of a 45-year-old University of Otago-led study which has changed and saved lives around the world.

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NCLR partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:12pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) partner, the Dunedin Study, wins New Zealand's top science prize.

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National Centre for Lifecourse Research named as one of Otago's flagship research centres

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:50pm

The National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) has been reconfirmed as a University of Otago flagship research centre.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Well-being can improve quickly by eating more fruit and vegetables, study finds

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:21pm

Lifting your intake of fruit and vegetables can make a difference to the way you feel in just a couple of weeks, a University of Otago study has found.

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Brand new premises for world-famous Dunedin longitudinal study

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 7:36am

A purpose-built home for the University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which has closely followed the progress of more than 1000 people born in Dunedin in 1972 and 1973, will be officially opened today by Tertiary Education Minister Paul Goldsmith.

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Dunedin Study home nearly ready

Thursday, 12 January 2017 3:57pm

Working is nearing completion on the $2.6 million home for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, partner of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research.

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Educational Benefits: Māori lifecourse research

Thursday, 12 January 2017 4:12pm

University of Otago lifecourse research has already revealed a lot about the wider New Zealand population: now researchers are turning to it to understand more about Māori education, health and well-being.

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Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:22am

A small segment of the population accounts for a disproportionate share of costly service use across a society’s health care, criminal justice, and social welfare systems – and paediatric tests of brain health can identify these adults as young as age three, new findings out of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggest.

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Childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 12:45pm

NCLR partner, the Dunedin Study's latest findings show that childhood disadvantage strongly predicts costly adult life-course outcomes.

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Marsden Success for Dr Kristin Hillman

Friday, 25 November 2016 1:35pm

Dr Kristin Hillman from the Department of Psychology has received a $705,000 Marsden grant to research how the brain formulates quitting behaviour. Blake Porter, PhD candidate in the Bilkey Brain and Behaviour Lab, will be heavily involved in this research project also.

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Researching with Māori: Opportunities for researchers and communities.

Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:02am

Researching with Māori: Opportunities for researchers and communities. Open Lecture. Thursday 24 November. Department of Psychology. Drs Will Edwards and Mihi Ratima.

This presentation is about maximising opportunities for researchers and communities to work together towards research excellence in Aotearoa/New Zealand in the 21st Century, taking advantage of this country’s reputation as indigenous research leaders.

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Creative activities promote day-to-day wellbeing: Otago research

Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:16am

Everyday creative activity may lead to an “upward spiral” of increased wellbeing and creativity in young adults, new University of Otago research suggests.

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HRC funding success for National Centre for Lifecourse Research partner Te Pou Tiringa

Friday, 18 November 2016 12:23pm

HRC funding success for National Centre for Lifecourse Research partner - Te Pou Tiringa

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Ageing Well funding success for Pacific Islands Families Study

Thursday, 17 November 2016 12:26pm

Funding success for NCLR Partner, the Pacific Islands Families Study, who received National Science Challenge Ageing Well funding.

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NCLR Investigator Dr Jesse Kokaua awarded the prestigious HRC Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday, 14 November 2016 2:06pm

NCLR Investigator Dr Jesse Kokaua has been awarded the prestigious Health Research Council Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research will focus on health implications from education for Pasifika people and their families. Dr Kokaua will be co-hosted by the National Centre for Lifecourse research to work on the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand.  

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New Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 12:02pm

National Centre for Lifecourse Research Investigator, Dr Mele Taumoepeau has been appointed as inaugural Associate Dean (Pacific) in the Division of Sciences, University of Otago