Dr Diana Sarfati is the new Director-General and CEO of the Ministry of Health
Dr Diana Sarfati
Congratulations to Otago alumna and former Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, Dr Diana Sarfati, who has been appointed Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health.
Professor Anna Wirz-Justice was awarded Daylight Research Award 2022
Professor Anna Wirz-Justice on a visit to Otago in 2017
World authority on sleep and depression research, psychiatric neurobiologist Professor Anna Wirz-Justice has been awarded the prestigious Daylight Research Award 2022.
Professor Emerita at the Centre for Chronobiology, Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Basel in Switzerland, Professor Wirz-Justice graduated from Otago with a BSc and MSc (1964), majoring in Chemistry, and also studied Philosophy, winning the Joseph Pullar Philosophy prize in 1962.
Tim Horton is the first domestic cricket performance analyst
Tim Horton (BAppSci, 2021) has been employed at the first performance analyst by a New Zealand domestic cricket team.
Trish Oakley joins the board of the NZ Institute of Directors
Trish Oakley (BCom, 1995) has been appointed to the New Zealand Institute of Directors board.
The Dunedin Study awarded prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal
Professor Richie Poulton and senior researcher Professor Murray Thomson
The University of Otago's Dunedin Study – touted as the world's most successful longitudinal study of a general community – has been awarded this year's prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal.
The medal was presented to the study's director of 22 years, Professor Richie Poulton and senior researcher Professor Murray Thomson, at a ceremony at the Glenroy Auditorium. Associate director Professor Terrie Moffitt and senior investigator Ashalom Caspi, of Duke University, were also named on the award.
Dr Jemma Geoghegan in North and South
Dr Jemma Geoghegan
Microbiology and Immunology Senior Lecturer and Covid-19 researcher Dr Jemma Geoghegan is profiled in North and South.
Simon Tyler is a new director of Heartland Bank
Simon Tyler (MSc, 1985) is a new director of Heartland Bank.
Brendan Boyle has joined the University Council
Brendan Boyle (LLB,1991) has been appointed to the University Council for a four-year term.