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Cutting-edge SJWRI research supported by the NZ Dental Association and Ministry of Health in their 2017 funding rounds

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Monday, 7 August 2017

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health are key supporters of our cutting-edge dental and oral health research, through the NZDA Research Foundation and MoH Oral Health Research Fund grant rounds. Funding from these grants supports the research of our academic and research staff as well as training of our postgraduate students. This year, a total of $106,068 in funding has been awarded from the NZDA Research Foundation for projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students. SJWRI researchers were also principal or key named investigators on projects awarded $68,697 in targeted Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding. We thank the NZDA Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health for their continued support.

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Registration is now open for SJWRI Research Day 2017

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Registration is now open for SJWRI Research Day 2017, to be held on 5 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. We welcome all those interested in cutting-edge dental and oral health research - dental professionals, practitioners, biomedical researchers, the dental industry, research funders and research users - to join us for SJWRI Research Day, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry.

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SJWRI Three Minute Thesis competition showcases our postgraduate research

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The 2017 edition of SJWRI 3MT, our three-minute thesis competition for postgraduate research students, was held on Wednesday 28 June. SJWRI 3MT challenges our students to present their research in an engaging manner, able to be understood by a general audience with no background in the research area. This competition develops our postgraduate students' research communication skills, as well as giving them the chance to tell us a little more about their project. First-year PhD student Sabarinath Prasad won this year's SJWRI 3MT, with new PhD student Yasmeen Ruma taking the runner-up place.

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Otago academics made full professor

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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SJWRI-led 'Silverbone' innovation supported by MBIE Endeavour Fund

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

An innovative new approach to developing bone grafting material with anti-bacterial qualities has been supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in their 2016 Endeavour Round. The 'Silverbone' approach, led by SJWRI Clinical and Translational Research programme leader Professor Warwick Duncan, combines unique SJWRI 'nano-silver' technology with New Zealand-developed bone grafting materials to produce artificial bone grafting materials that are resistant to bacterial infection. Professor Duncan and colleagues were awarded $999,804 over three years, with the eventual aim of developing Silverbone products that will encourage bone growth and repair in patients undergoing orthopaedic or oral surgical treatment.

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Dental Technology Day showcases student research

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Friday, 9 September 2016

The Faculty of Dentistry's Discipline of Dental Technology held their fourth annual Dental Technology Day at the University of Otago College of Education Auditorium on 9 September, showcasing research and clinical case reports from Dental Technology staff and students.

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Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards presented at Research Symposium 2016

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Congratulations to the recipients of Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards for 2016, which were announced and awarded at the conclusion of the SJWRI Research Symposium on Friday 2 September. Our Institute Awards celebrate the research achievements of academic staff and postgraduate students, as well as commending the contribution of general staff to the research successes of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry.

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Report from the 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium, 1-2 September

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Friday, 2 September 2016

The 2016 SJWRI Research Symposium, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry, was held on 1-2 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The meeting opened with a keynote session on clinical and translational research, followed by concurrent sessions exploring research in the areas of epidemiology and public health, molecular microbiology, craniofacial biology and clinical oral physiology, dental education, oral molecular and immunopathology, and biomechanics and oral implantology. The programme featured presentations from academic researchers, invited keynote speakers and postgraduate students, a research poster competition, and the presentation of the 2016 SJWRI Awards.

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Report from the IADR General Session, Seoul 2016

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Friday, 1 July 2016

The International Association for Dental Research held their annual General Session in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 21-25 June 2016. This was a joint meeting of the IADR General Session, IADR Asia Pacific Region and our local Australia-New Zealand Division. Some 3,600 delegates were part of the meeting, held in the COEX conference centre in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry were well represented with 16 staff, two postgraduate and three undergraduate students attending. The SJWRI hosted a booth at the Exhibition (right) to promote the activities and achievements of the Institute and the Faculty.

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Overcoming antifungal drug resistance: 2016 HRC success for A/Prof Brian Monk

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Congratulations to Associate Professor Brian Monk of the SJWRI's Molecular Microbiology research programme on being awarded a three-year Project grant worth $1.198M in the 2016 Health Research Council of New Zealand Funding Round, for his project 'Structure-directed discovery of next-generation antifungals'. The aim of this research is to overcome drug resistance in fungal infections, by identifying and develop next-generation antifungal drugs to augment existing treatments that are prone to drug resistance. Other named investigators from the SJWRI involved in this project are Dr Mikhail Keniya and Dr Rajni Wilson, along with Associate Professor Joel Tyndall of the School of Pharmacy. A/Prof Monk's project was one of 17 Otago projects funded in the 2016 HRC round, in addition to five major, multi-million-dollar, five year programmes including renewal of the Dunedin Study for its age-45 assessments.

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SJWRI makes a good impression with Unlocking Curious Minds outreach project

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

A new SJWRI-led outreach project, supported by the government’s Unlocking Curious Minds initiative, is using a hands-on activity - making impressions of animal teeth - to introduce children to the science of everyday life. The project, titled 'Making a good impression: from fossils to false teeth' was one of 44 projects supported for funding in the 2016 Unlocking Curious Minds investment round, announced by the Minister of Science and Innovation last week.

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Dentistry summer students excel at OMSRS Scientific Meeting

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Congratulations to 4th year BDS student Danyon Graham on winning the summer student presentation prize at the 226th Scientific Meeting of the Otago Medical School Research Society, held yesterday evening (11 May). At last night's meeting, 2015–16 Division of Health Sciences summer students presented results from their summer studentship projects. Twenty five students submitted abstracts, of which ten were selected for the oral competition.

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Further evidence found against ancient “killer walrus” theory

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

An Otago-led team of scientists using techniques from the field of dentistry is shedding new light on the evolution of walruses, fur seals and sea lions. The researchers have cast further doubt on previous claims that an ancient “killer walrus” was a marine mammal eater.

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Professor Richard Cannon elected President of the NZ Microbiological Society

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

SJWRI Director Professor Richard Cannon was elected President of the New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) at their recent annual conference in Rotorua. The aim of the society is to foster the generation and dissemination of knowledge of microbiology in New Zealand.

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Darryl Tong made full Professor of the University of Otago

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Monday, 9 November 2015

SJWRI researcher Darryl Tong is one of seventeen University of Otago academics, across a spectrum of research fields, who have been promoted to full Professor. Darryl, of the Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, has a wide range of research interests which includes clinical (trauma and military surgery), biomechanical (forensic biology and subconcussion in sports), historical (development of maxillofacial surgery) and development of surgical instruments for commercialisation.

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Outreach activity unlocks curious minds at Carisbrook School

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

The SJWRI's Dr Carolina Loch Santos da Silva and Professor Richard Cannon were part of the first Unlocking Curious Minds Family Science and Technology Experience to be held in Otago, on Thursday afternoon at Carisbrook School in Dunedin. Many children and parents showed strong interest in our display and tooth casting hands-on activity, titled 'Making A Good Impression'. Children were able to choose between orca, fur seal, dolphin, shark, crocodile, cow and sheep teeth, and cast their own to take home or turn into jewellery. Carolina helped about 30 children make models of teeth - It was one of the most popular activities and a number of children said it was their favourite.

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Jenny McDowell represents Otago at the Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition

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Friday, 2 October 2015

The SJWRI would like to commend and congratulate forensic anthropology PhD student Jenny McDowell, who was a top-ten finalist in the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, held on Friday 2 October at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Having won the Division of Health Sciences 3MT round in late July and the University of Otago competition at the end of August, Jenny was the University of Otago representative in the Trans-Tasman 3MT, which welcomed PhD students from from universities across Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and south-east Asia.

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UltraD3 team awarded $1.2M in MBIE funding to develop new dental diagnostics

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Prof Warwick Duncan and collaborator Paul Harris of Callaghan Innovation were today awarded $1.2 million in MBIE Targeted Research funding over three years for a project called UltraD3, the aim of which is to develop new dental diagnostic devices which can detect disease using ultrasound.

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SJWRI PhD student Jenny McDowell wins University 3 Minute Thesis Competition

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

SJWRI PhD student Jenny McDowell won the 2015 University of Otago 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, competing against PhD candidates from across all divisions of the University. Jenny's prize for winning Otago 3MT is a research grant of $1,000 and a trip to the Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition, to be held at the University of Queensland in October.

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Prof Mauro Farella and Dr Jonathan Broadbent win prestigious research awards at IADR ANZ 2015

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

SJWRI researchers were among the recipients of highly prestigious IADR ANZ Divisional awards presented at the Conference Dinner of the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting, at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin. Professor Mauro Farella was presented with the Division's top prize, the Alan Docking Award, while Dr Jonathan Broadbent won the IADR ANZ Division Investigator Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry. Otago students were also successful in the Colgate Poster Competition, with BDS student Danyon Graham winning the Junior competition.

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Gallery of images from IADR ANZ 2015

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gallery of images from IADR ANZ 2015, the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Australia and New Zealand Division.

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SJWRI hosts highly successful 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the IADR ANZ Division

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute and the Local Organising Committee of IADR ANZ 2015 would like to thank all those who attended the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Australia and New Zealand Division this August in Dunedin, New Zealand. The meeting was a great success with over 180 delegates attending from more than a dozen countries.

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2013-14 Research Report and Research Highlights now available online

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Our 2013-14 SJWRI Research Highlights, launched at Research Day in July, is now available online. Research Highlights is our two-yearly snapshot of research achievements, news and events within the Institute and the Faculty. The 2013-14 Research Report of the SJWRI, a comprehensive record of our research achievements and outputs over the period, is also available for download from the SJWRI website.

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SJWRI Research Day, 9 July 2015

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Our 2015 SJWRI Research Day was held on Thursday 9 July at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in the Octagon. Research Day is our annual celebration of the research achievements of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry, featuring presentations from academic researchers and postgraduate students, a research poster competition, and the presentation of the SJWRI Awards for 2015. Research Day also saw the launch of our 2013-14 SJWRI Research Highlights, our two-yearly snapshot of research achievements, news and events within the Institute and the Faculty.

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Gallery: SJWRI Research Day 2015

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Our 2015 SJWRI Research Day was held on Thursday 9 July at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Here are some images from the day.

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IADR ANZ 2015 abstract submission deadline extended to 30 June

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Friday, 19 June 2015

Dental and oral health researchers from across Australasia are warmly invited to combine cutting-edge research with culture, adventure, and Southern hospitality at IADR ANZ 2015, the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Australia and New Zealand Division, which will take place in Dunedin this August at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Abstract submission now closes on Tuesday 30 June, midnight US EDT (4pm 1/7 NZT, 2pm 1/7 AEST). Prospective presenters will be notified of acceptance or rejection of their abstract by 10 July.

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Remembering Jules Kieser, one year on

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Today marks the first anniversary of the passing of Professor Jules Kieser, founding Director of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute. Jules contributed much to many aspects of research, teaching and service in the SJWRI and the Faculty of Dentistry, and continues to be very much missed.

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Tracing oral health from childhood to mid-life: HRC funding success for Dr Jonathan Broadbent

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Dr Jonathan Broadbent of the SJWRI's Dental Epidemiology and Public Health research programme was today announced as the recipient of a $1.2M, five-year research grant in the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s annual funding round. The study he will lead, titled 'Oral health from childhood to mid-life', is centred around the age-45 oral health assessments of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, popularly known as the Dunedin Study.

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2015 Colgate IADR New Zealand Section Student Poster Competition

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

On Tuesday 2 June the 2015 Colgate IADR New Zealand Section Student Poster Competition winners were announced by competition convenor Associate Professor Nick Chandler. Each year, the SJWRI in conjunction with the IADR NZ Section, holds the Colgate IADR NZ Section Student Poster Competition for undergraduate and postgraduate research students, with award winners supported to attend that year's IADR Australia and New Zealand Division Annual Scientific Meeting and present their research.

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SJWRI researchers supported by Lottery Health Research equipment grants

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

SJWRI researchers have gained over $100,000 in funding from the Lottery Grants Board for equipment to support health research projects in the Institute. Professor Mauro Farella and colleagues were awarded $90,000 towards the purchase of a 3dMDtrio Imaging System and software for 3D imaging of the face, while Wendy-Ann Jansen van Vuuren was awarded over $15,000 towards a Proto-Tech Thermocycler Unit.

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Registration now open for IADR ANZ 2015

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Registration and abstract submission is now open for IADR ANZ 2015, the 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Australia and New Zealand Division, which will take place in Dunedin on 23–26 August 2015 at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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University announces new dental school and science buildings

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The University of Otago Council has agreed to spend in excess of $200 million on a number of capital projects, including a new Dental School building and a major refurbishment of a Science building on its Dunedin campus.

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SJWRI PhD student Jenny McDowell wins AMP National Scholarship

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Friday, 5 December 2014

The SJWRI is delighted to announce that forensics PhD student Jenny McDowell was awarded an AMP National Scholarship last night (Dec 4) in Auckland. Jenny overcame the debilitating after-effects of a shark attack which inspired an interest in anatomy and forensic anthropology, leading to undertaking a PhD in the SJWRI under the late Professor Jules Kieser. We are extremely proud of Jenny and thrilled that the AMP award, together with support from the SJWRI will help her finish her PhD and achieve her dream of becoming an internationally accredited forensic anthropologist.

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SJWRI students scoop OCEM awards

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Two PhD students carrying out research within the Sir John Walsh Research Institute have awarded Otago Centre for Electron Microscopy Student Research Awards. The OCEM Student Awards support novel research projects in electron microscopy, and cover up to 15 hours electron microscope usage and technical support time.

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SJWRI now on Facebook and Twitter

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute is now on social media. Keep in touch with the latest in dental and oral health research from the SJWRI and the Faculty of Dentistry by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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Introducing the Jules Kieser Memorial Trust

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute and the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Otago have established a trust fund in memory of Professor Jules Kieser, who passed away suddenly in June 2014.

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Student success at IADR ANZ 2014 meeting

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The SJWRI congratulates BDS student Linda Hwang on being the winner of the Junior Colgate Award for the best undergraduate research poster at IADR ANZ 2014, the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research Australia & NZ Division in Brisbane last week. At the conclusion of the meeting, Dunedin was announced as host city for IADR ANZ 2015, which will be held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery from August 23-26 next year.

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SJWRI success at Division of Health Sciences Research Forum

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

SJWRI staff and students joined University of Otago Health Science research colleagues from across the country for the 2014 Division of Health Sciences Research Forum, held on 16 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. This year's Forum, 'Learning Different Research Languages', centred on themes of collaborative and multidisciplinary research.

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Celebrating research excellence: SJWRI Research Day 2014

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

On Thursday July 31, 2014, the Sir John Walsh Research Institute held its seventh annual research day, held again at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Students, practitioners, and academics from around campus and around the world joined us for a day that celebrated the research achievements of the staff, students and collaborators of the SJWRI, and paid tribute to the legacy of the late Professor Jules Kieser (1950-2014), founding Director of the Institute.

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Gallery: SJWRI Research Day 2014

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Gallery of images from the seventh annual Research Day of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute, held on Thursday July 31, 2014 at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

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Professor Jules Kieser, 1950-2014

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Staff of the SJWRI are saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of the SJWRI inaugural Director, Professor Jules Kieser, and send their condolences to his wife Glynny and the Kieser family.

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New beginning for Dental Education research

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

The SJWRI Dental Education Research Programme held a relaunch event on Thursday 5 June in the Hunter Centre. This event provided interested staff and postgraduate students in the Institute with an opportunity to get together and discuss what format and directions they would like the Dental Education research group to take. As well, it provided an opportunity to network with researchers involved in Higher Education from outside the Faculty.

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2014 SJWRI Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Friday, 30 May 2014

The 2014 edition of SJWRI3MT, the Institute's three-minute thesis competition for PhD students, was held at lunchtime on Friday May 30. The SJWRI3MT challenges participants to present their research in an engaging manner able to be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. This competition develops our PhD students' research communication skills, as well as giving them the chance to tell the Institute at large a little more about their project.

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2014 Colgate IADR NZ Section Student Poster Competition

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

On Tuesday 20 May the 2014 Colgate IADR NZ Section Student Poster Competition winners were announced. Two prizes of $NZ2000 were kindly made available by Colgate New Zealand, awarded to support the winners to attend and present at the forthcoming IADR ANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane, Australia (Monday 29 September to Wednesday 1 October). Two further IADR ANZ Division Travel Grants were also awarded. Judges were Dr Jonathan Broadbent, Associate Professor Nicholas Chandler and Dr Geoffrey Tompkins of the SJWRI and the Faculty of Dentistry.

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Fluoridating water does not lower IQ: Otago research

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Monday, 19 May 2014

New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.

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Further funding success for Dr Lyndie Foster Page and team

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Following their award of funding from Cure Kids in late 2013 for their 'Transformer Tooth' research, Dr Lyndie Foster Page and her team were recently announced as recipients of Lottery Health Research funding for a related project investigating the potential of the Hall Technique in preventing caries in childhood populations.

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Report from Clinical Research Symposium 'Starting in research? Let's get it right!'

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Friday, 14 February 2014

The SJWRI and ARCH Network Clinical Research Symposium 'Starting in research? – Let's get it right!' was held at the University of Otago on 14 Feb 2014. The symposium was aimed at academic staff, postgraduate research students and dental practitioners interested in participating in clinical research in oral health and dentistry.

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Otago discovery aids in fight against antifungal drug resistance

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

A new University of Otago research breakthrough from the Sir John Walsh Research Institute is helping pave the way for novel antifungal drugs designed to overcome the world-wide problem of growing resistance to current treatments.

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PhD position available with Dr Brian Monk

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Dr Brian Monk and his group within the Molecular Microbiology research programme within the SJWRI are seeking a well-qualified and highly motivated student to embark on a PhD project. The project is 'Structure-directed antifungal discovery', a HRC-supported 3-year project involving a cross-campus research team based in Dunedin, with collaborators in the USA and Germany.

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SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry farewell retiring Dean and Clinical Research Director

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Friday, 31 January 2014

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute and the Faculty of Dentistry are today farewelling our Dean, Professor Gregory Seymour, and our foundation Clinical Research Director, Associate Professor Mary Cullinan. After eight years at the University of Otago, Professor Seymour and Associate Professor Cullinan are retiring to Queensland to be closer to family. The SJWRI would like to thank and congratulate Professor Seymour and Associate Professor Cullinan on all their successes in their time here, and wish them all the very best in their retirement.

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SJWRI PhD graduate Sara Hanning profiled in the Otago Daily Times

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The research of recent SJWRI PhD graduate Sara Hanning, whose doctoral project was supervised by Professor Jules Kieser in partnership with Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott of the University of Otago's National School of Pharmacy, was profiled today in the Otago Daily Times. Sara's research looked into ways to make the life of xerostomia patients more comfortable, through the development of more effective saliva substitutes.

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Cure Kids grant success for SJWRI team

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Monday, 23 December 2013

Congratulations to the SJWRI's Dr Lyndie Foster Page, Dorothy Boyd, Professor Murray Thomson, Dr Jonathan Broadbent and Associate Professor Warwick Duncan on their success in being awarded a Cure Kids Research Grant for their proposal entitled "Transform a tooth with a 'transformer tooth.' A novel approach for child oral health." Dr Foster Page and team were awarded $98,510 (plus GST), for a three-year project which has the potential to revolutionise dental care for children. 

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Marsden success for Professor Richard Cannon

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The SJWRI congratulates Professor Richard Cannon and his group within the Molecular Microbiology research programme for their success in the recently-announced Marsden Fund round for 2013.

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SJWRI hosts 9th NZ Biomouth Conference

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute hosted the 9th NZ Biomouth Conference in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on the 9th of October. The Biomouth Group are a collaborative group of researchers from institutions across New Zealand, all of whom are interested in various aspects of human mastication, jaw mechanics, food development, dentistry, and other related areas of research..

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2013 SJWRI3MT Competition and 2012 SJWRI Awards presentation

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Congratulations and thanks to all SJWRI PhD students who participated in the Institute's inaugural 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition on Tuesday 10th September. This very successful event was followed by the presentation of the 2012 SJWRI Awards.

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2013 SJWRI Research Day

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

On Wednesday July 31, 2013, the Sir John Walsh Research Institute held its seventh annual research day, held for the first time at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Students, practitioners, and academics from around campus and around the world joined us for a day that celebrated the research achievements of the staff, students and collaborators of the SJWRI.

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High impact publication for SJWRI PhD student Madhu Shankar

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Monday, 15 July 2013

SJWRI Molecular Microbiology PhD student Madhu Shankar, jointly supervised by Dr Brian Monk of the SJWRI and Dr Joel Tyndall of the National School of Pharmacy, has published the crystal structure of the enzyme lumazine synthase from the fungal pathogen Candida glabrata. This is the first crystal structure of a protein published by researchers working in the SJWRI.

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2013 HRC Funding Round success for Dr Brian Monk

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Congratulations to Dr Brian Monk of the SJWRI's Molecular Microbiology research programme on being awarded a three-year Project grant worth $1.19M in the 2013 HRC Funding Round, for his project 'Structure-directed antifungal discovery'. Other named investigators from the SJWRI involved in this project are Professor Richard Cannon and Dr Mikhail Keniya, along with Dr Joel Tyndall of the School of Pharmacy.

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2013 SJWRI Clinical Research Symposium

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Friday, 28 June 2013

The 2013 SJWRI Clinical Research Symposium was held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on June 28, providing an interesting and collegial day of CPD for those who attended. The topics covered by our speakers were both informative and thought provoking, highlighting areas where our clinical decisions are more empirical than evidence based, and forward-looking in providing glimpses of what technology can offer.

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Joseph Antoun awarded Emerging Researcher First Grant by the Health Research Council

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Congratulations to Joseph Antoun of the SJWRI for being awarded a highly prestigious Health Research Council Emerging Researcher First Grant over three years for his project 'The genetics of dentofacial growth anomalies' with Prof Mauro Farella and Prof Murray Thomson of the SJWRI, and A/Prof Tony Merriman of Biochemistry.

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2012 SJWRI Research Day

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The annual Faculty of Dentistry Research Day was held on Thursday 2 August 2012 in the Hutton Theatre at the Otago Museum.

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Bite mark bacteria provide potential forensic clues

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Oral bacteria lifted from bite marks may provide a new source of clues for forensic experts, thanks to research projects completed by students at the Sir John Walsh Research Institute in the University of Otago's School of Dentistry.

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