Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE)
Ten Centres of Research Excellence operate in New Zealand at the leading edge of their field within the international research community. Research in these areas is fundamental to the interests of New Zealand and have the potential to make major contributions to New Zealand’s future economic and social development. Funding for these CoREs runs through until 2020.
Find out more about CoREs here.
The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies (DWC)
Officially launched on 17 February 2015, the Dodd-Walls Centre is the first Centre of Research Excellence to be hosted by the University of Otago.
The Dodd-Walls Centre encompasses investigators from universities across New Zealand and is focused on the fields of precision atomic and quantum optical physics. DWC research explores the limits of control and measurement at the atomic scale through the use of laser light, the generation and manipulation of light at its most fundamental quantum level, and the processing and physical nature of information in this quantum realm.
The Dodd-Walls Centre has research teams built around four themes: Sensors and Imaging, Sources and Components, Quantum Fluids and Gases, and Quantum Manipulation and Information, and dedicated outreach teams. The Industry Team works towards the translation of the Centre’s research in to profit-making businesses and the establishment of new companies. The Educational Outreach Team works in partnership with the NZ museum sector, and especially the Otago Museum, to spread the excitement and passion for science and technology inherent in the Centre. Training of postgraduate students is also a key activity of the DWC.
BRNZ is co-hosted by University of Otago and University of Auckland. Officially launched on 22 May 2015 by the co-directors, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull from the Centre for Brain Research and Professor Cliff Abrahams from the University of Otago, the centre will also involve collaboration from researchers at Canterbury University and AUT, and clinicians at various District Health Boards.
New Zealand has a world-class brain research capability and BRNZ draws on this capability to create a cohesive and mutually reinforcing national team. This collaboration brings researchers engaged in ageing-related neuroscience under one virtual roof, reducing competition and encouraging cooperation.
Brain Research New Zealand is a national enterprise that, through a coordinated research, training and education programme, will develop new capacity and capability to address the increasing burden of ageing-related brain disorders.
National Science Challenges
The National Science Challenges are designed to take a more strategic approach to the government's science investment by targeting a series of goals, which, if they are achieved, would have major and enduring benefits for New Zealand. The Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand's research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines to achieve a common goal through collaboration. More information about the eleven National Science Challenges can be found here.
The University of Otago hosts two of the National Science Challenges:
Ageing Well - Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga - launched 4 March 2015
The Ageing Well National Science Challenge vision is to add life to years for all older New Zealanders. This will be achieved by harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life. The mission of Ageing Well is to push back disability thresholds to enable all New Zealanders to reach their full potential through the life course with particular reference to the latter years of life.
Director: Professor David Baxter
Manager: Simon Crack
Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora - Launched 4 December 2015
Research to reduce the burden of major New Zealand health problems. The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge is a national research collaboration dedicated to achieving healthier lives for all New Zealanders."
We are working on the prevention and treatment of four of New Zealand’s main non-communicable diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
Our mission is to deliver the right prevention to the right population and the right treatment to the right patient.
Director: Prof Jim Mann
Manager: Jean Cockram
University of Otago Research Centres
University of Otago Research Centres are research flagships for the University. There are fourteen formally recognised and supported Research Centres.
- Brain Health Research Centre
- Centre for Neuroendocrinology
- Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE)
- Centre for Research on Colonial Culture
- Centre for Translational Cancer Research
- Christchurch Heart Institute
- Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research
- Genetics Otago
- Centre for Society, Governance & Science
- Centre for Quantum Science (QSO), University of Otago (previously known as Jack Dodd Centre for Quantum Technology)
- National Centre for Lifecourse Research
- New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
- Sir John Walsh Research Institute
- Webster Centre for Infectious Disease
University of Otago Research Themes
A University of Otago Research Theme signals developing or potential research excellence in areas of strength within the University. There are thirteen formally recognised and supported Research Themes in 2016.
- Allan Wilson@Otago. Research Theme for Human Evolutionary Genomics
- Asia-Pacific Biocultural Health: Past and Present
- Aspire 2025 Research for a Tobacco-Free Aotearoa
- Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE)
- Integrated Catchment Management
- New Zealand Ocean Acidification Research Cluster
- Otago Energy Research Centre
- Performance of the Real Research Theme
- Polar Environments Research Centre
- Poutama Ara Rau
- Te Koronga : Indigenous Science
Other Research Groups and Applied Research Units
- AIDS Epidemiology Group
- Bioethics Centre
- Campbell Microanalytic Laboratory
- Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit
- Centre for Applications of Statistics and Mathematics (CASM)
- Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine
- Centre for International Health
- Centre for Nutrition, Activity and Health
- Centre for Reproduction and Genomics (CRG)
- Children's Issues Centre
- Christchurch Health and Development Study
- Chromosome Structural and Development Group
- Centre for Material Science and Technology
- Developmental Biology Laboratory
- Disease Research Laboratory
- Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit
- Housing and Health Research Programme
- Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit
- Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU)
- National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
- National Poisons Centre
- New Zealand Census-Mortality Study (NZCMS)
- New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service
- New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit
- New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre
- Ngai Tahu Māori Health Research Unit
- Otago Genomics & Bioinformatics Facility
- O-Zone Research Group
- Product Development Research Centre
- Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Research Unit
- Sensory Science Research Centre
- Southern Pacific Archaeological Research
- Wellington Asthma Research Group
- Women's Health Research Centre