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First study published connecting challenges of food allergies with personality traits

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:26am

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground in the area of food allergies, with a study showing that personality traits impact people living with a food allergy published in the international medical journal Frontiers in Psychology.

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TSB Community Trust award major research funding to NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:41am

NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa, has been awarded $870,000 from the TSB Community Trust. This is the trust's first step in strategic philanthropy. The hope for the project, a collaboration between Te Pou Tiringa and the NCLR, is that it will lead to better outcomes for Māori children and whānau.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:35am

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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NCLR forum brings together lifecourse experts

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:30am

Lifecourse research leaders from around the country met at St Margaret’s College at the University of Otago on Tuesday to discuss the future of lifecourse research in New Zealand.

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Otago study finds infection and schizophrenia symptom link

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 8:48am

If a mother’s immune system is activated by infection during pregnancy, it could result in critical cognitive deficits linked to schizophrenia in her offspring, a University of Otago study has revealed.

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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Colouring-in may improve adult mental health

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 1:49pm

Children may not be alone in enjoying the therapeutic benefits of colouring-in, according to new University of Otago research.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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University of Otago researcher wins HRC Liley Medal for research into oral health inequality

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 2:45pm

University of Otago researcher Dr Jonathan Broadbent was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Liley Medal at the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Honours in Auckland last night. The award recognised Dr Broadbent's research into oral health inequality.

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How well will a kid fare in life? Dunedin Study offers clues

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 2:35pm

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, Dunedin Study Director and National Centre for Lifecourse Research Co-Director, is currently in Singapore to deliver the CJ Koh Professorial lecture at the National Institute of Education.

"The early years are absolutely critical for how a person's life turns out, and if you really want to make a difference to people's lives, intervening early is key. That's where governments should put their money. That is where their focus should be" Poulton says. Professor Poulton explains that the Dunedin study singles out children's self-control as a clear target for prevention policy, apart from all other influential features of children's backgrounds, such as their family life, socio-economic status or the child's intelligence. He notes that interventions early on in life can make a difference.

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Pasifika mums suffer psychological distress from housing problems

Monday, 9 October 2017 2:08pm

More than half of the nearly 1000 mothers interviewed for the AUT study reported a significant major housing problem such as cold homes, inadequate size and cost.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Concerns about language skills of young New Zealanders

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:48am

A new study published in the Journal of Child Language has taken a selfie of the language skills of more than 6000 New Zealand two-year-olds and found some concerning gaps.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.