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Otago Bacterial Energetics and Antimicrobial Resistance Group wins 2017 Research Group Award

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Monday, 6 July 2020

This recognises an outstanding record of research, and consists of a grant to assist the group in hosting a one-day symposium to showcase their research, where the award will be formally presented. 

Congratulations to the group members: Professor Greg Cook, Dr Htin Aung, Dr Yoshio Nakatani, Dr Yosuke Shimaki, Kiel Hards, Scott Ferguson, Alan Hughes, Nicola Marechal, James Cheung and Nichaela Harbison-Price.

Ask a scientist


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Professor Andrew Mercer, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases answers an "Ask a Scientist" bacteria/virus question in the Otago Daily Times.

Germs are us

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Webster Centre members feature in a recent ODT article outlining the good news and bad news around our microbes and us. 

Infections due to antimicrobial-resistant microbes could kill 10 million people globally per year by 2050

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Friday, 19 May 2017

The Royal Society Te Apãrangi has published a summary of evidence on 'Antimicrobial resistance - Implications for New Zealanders', along with a short video summarising the key points.

QMB/Webster Centre Infectious Diseases Symposium, Queenstown, New Zealand


Monday, 15 May 2017

The biennial Queenstown Molecular Biology/Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Symposium will be held 7 – 8 September, Queenstown, New Zealand.  Read more for speakers covering sessions on microbial pathogen genomes, infection and immunity, tuberculosis, drug discovery and novel therapeutics and vaccines, GAS and viral pathogenesis.

Developing a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Webster Centre members, Professor Sarah Hook and Dr James Ussher, along with Dr Andrea Vernall are part of a team who recently received Health Research Council funding to develop a faster way to detect antibiotic resistance. 

Antibiotic Emergency

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Professor Kurt Krause features in the Listener magazine article "Antibiotic Emergency" by Sally Blundell and the NZ Medical Journal recommends establishing a national response plan to address a "clear and present danger" to antimicrobial resistance.

World leaders to meet at UN to discuss the global crisis and anti-microbial resistance

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appeared on Radio New Zealand to discuss the global crisis in anti–microbial resistance.  During the interview he pointed out the need for us to carefully use our currently available antibiotics as well as support research into developing new anti-microbial therapies.

Fighting Zika and other viruses

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Professor Robert Webster, a world renowned virologist and pioneer researcher in influenza, was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, Radio New Zealand on Tuesday, 13 September 2016 on fighting Zika and other viruses.

Professor Robert Webster Visiting NZ

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Webster Centre, which is completing its 10th year working in support of infectious diseases research in New Zealand, proudly announces that we sponsored a lecture tour in four locations - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, by our namesake, Professor Robert Webster.  Professor Webster is a pioneering researcher in influenza and an early proponent of the modern concept of "One Health".

US ban on antibacterial products finds support

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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appears in the Otago Daily Times newspaper on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 in an article entitled "US ban on antibacterial products finds support".

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