Thursday, 26 May 2016
Recent research from the laboratory of the Director, Professor Kurt Krause, has appeared on the cover of the Biochemical Journal. This work involved Professor Krause, Sinothai Poen, a recent PhD graduate, Yoshio Nakatani, Helen K Opel-Reading, Mortiz Lassé, Renwick D J Dobson and was titled "Exploring the Structure of Glutamate Racemase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a Template for Anti-mycobacterial Drug Discovery".
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Webster Centre steering committee members, Greg Cook and Debbie Williamson, were featured in a documentary appearing on Prime on 5 April 2016. The documentary focused on the dangers of current antibiotic resistance and the need for the development of new antibiotics for the future as well as the best way to preserve current treatment options.
Thursday, 17 March 2016
Professor Philip Hill's findings on monitoring a population of 200,000 people in The Gambia, West Africa, before and after the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine appear in the prestigious Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Friday, 26 February 2016
A new protein crystallography tool available to Otago researchers will help accelerate research into drug and vaccine design.
Thursday, 18 February 2016
Details of the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting which were held at Launceston, Australia 20 - 23 April 2016
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Professor Greg Cook appeared as a co-author in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing his work on volcanic bacteria entitled "Persistence of the dominant soil phylum Acidobacteria by trace gas scavenging".
Sunday, 10 January 2016
In January 2016 Professor Kurt Krause commented on New Zealand’s preparation for pandemic influenza by the Ministry of Health tendering for 300,000 doses of vaccine for H5N1, one prominent strain of bird flu. He acknowledged that it is fair to be concerned about whether the correct strain was chosen because no-one knows for sure which bird flu strain, if any, will cause widespread human infection. However the H5N1 vaccine is probably the best bet we have right now. Another big issue was how quickly countries could get hold of enough vaccinations for an entire population during a pandemic.
Friday, 13 November 2015
The 8th annual OIHRN meeting was held at St Margaret's College at Dunedin on 11 - 12 November 2015. Steering committee members, Dr Deborah Wililamson, presented on "Poultry, Potions and Public Health: infectious diseases genomics in NZ and beyond” and Professor Philip Hill presented on “The Impact of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines in the Gambia, West Africa”. The Webster Centre was pleased to serve as a sponsor for this event.
Saturday, 5 September 2015
On Monday, 31 August 2015, a free Public Outreach Question It meeting "Ebola and Beyond - How Bugs Kill Us" was held in the Queenstown Memorial Centre from 12 - 1pm. Infectious disease researchers, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Auckland University; Professors Kurt Krause, Otago University and Nigel French, Massey University were panel members in a discussion about the growing global problem of these deadly bugs and how to maximise your chances against them.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Professor Greg Cook and Dr Htin Lin Aung awarded $450,000 for Tb research.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
In conjunction with the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting, this workshop was held on Friday 20 March 2015, Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland.
Friday, 20 March 2015
Webster Centre member, Deborah Williamson, commented on the role of topical antibiotics causing Staphylococcus aureus resistance in NZ.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Professor Kurt Krause responds to an opinion about industry's role in growing antibiotic resistance, in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ.
Monday, 26 January 2015
Professor Steve Chambers comments on the recorded spike in infectious diseases in the south.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Professor Michael Baker discusses a new paper about the large public health impact of influenza in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Dr Ayesha Verrall is investigating natural immunity to TB as part of her doctoral thesis. She is interviewed by the Otago Daily Times about her work.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Professor Michael Baker calls on the NZ Government to send health workers to Ebola affected areas of West Africa as part of a WHO effort.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Andrew Highton PhD, past winner of a Webster Centre Travel Award, has received a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship to Oxford University.
Monday, 15 September 2014
Professor Michael Baker, a Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases research leader, comments on the health risks of poor housing.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Professor Frank Griffin is interviewed about the impact of infectious disease in NZ's farming sector, particularly Johne's disease.
Monday, 1 September 2014
Professor Michael Baker is leading an investigation into the causes of rheumatic fever.
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Professor Kurt Krause is interviewed the the NZ Listener about New Zealand's ability to protect itself from Ebola.
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Professor Greg Cook received the 2014 Distinguished Research Medal for his substantial contribution to microbial research.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Webster Centre principal investigator Professor Greg Cook attracts a $150K Explorer grant for antibiotic resistance research.
Saturday, 3 May 2014
Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, suggests that the post-antibiotic era may create renewed interest in alternative remedies.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Resistance to antibiotics is no longer a prediction for the future according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which claims it is happening now in every region of the world.
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Professor Michael Baker, of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, expresses concern about alternatives offered in place of flu vaccination.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
The prestigious Liley Medal 2013 was presented to Professor Michael Baker in recognition of his landmark 2012 study of infectious diseases and rising inequalities in NZ.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Professor Kurt Krause is interviewed on the end of antibiotics and the threat of superbugs.
Friday, 1 November 2013
This project will define a new mechanism by which viruses evade cellular defences and shine new light on the activities of BAF, an essential cellular factor.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Marsden Grant success for Professor Greg Cook for infectious disease research into targets for drug and vaccine development against tuberculosis.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Professor Philip Hill, who has an extensive record in TB research in developing countries, will be part of a multi-disciplinary consortium exploring the link between TB and diabetes.
Monday, 12 September 2011
Following the outbreak in Europe, Infectious Diseases experts discuss New Zealand's E.coli risk, on TVNZ programme Close Up.
Monday, 16 August 2010
International health researcher, Professor Philip Hill, is part of a consortium that has successfully used genome scanning to identify a gene associated with increased susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB) in African populations.
Friday, 21 May 2010
Professor Iain Lamont talks to ONE News about the world's first synthetic living cell.
Monday, 12 April 2010
Professor Kurt Krause in interviewed on ONE News about the risk of a drug-resistant superbug travelling to New Zealand.
Monday, 4 May 2009
University of Otago Associate Professor Michael Baker says, in an Otago Daily Times report, that the swine flu outbreak is providing a major test of new international health regulations.
Thursday, 30 April 2009
Professor Kurt Krause answers common questions about the drug Tamiflu, and how it can be best utilised against swine flu, on TVNZ's Breakfast programme.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Guest speaker, Dr Clifton Barry, at the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Symposium, expressed his concern about the lack of resources to address Tb.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Experts in infectious disease research will converge on the University of Otago next week for a two-day gathering to discuss the latest developments in the field.