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Otago scientists helping bring fallen NZDF personnel home

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 1:26pm

A team of University of Otago archaeologists and bioarchaeologists are putting their skills to tangible use in a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) repatriation mission.

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Researchers reveal history through exhumation of Otago graves

Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:03am

Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project.

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New Zealand researchers help re-write the historical record of Vanuatu

Friday, 23 March 2018 10:42am

Researchers from The University of Otago are playing a key role in revealing previously unknown information about prehistoric settlement in the South Pacific.

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From the garbage to a gallery wall – the transformation of anatomy to art

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 12:04pm

Two University of Otago libraries and a Dunedin printmaker have been working together to create art from long-forgotten anatomical images.

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Four inspiring teachers win 2018 Teaching Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:09pm

The enthusiasm and passion of four Otago teachers has earned them recognition in this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower Building this afternoon.

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Students get 'hands-on' experience

Monday, 22 January 2018 3:09pm

The Department recently hosted eight enthusiastic Year 12 and 13 students as part of the 'Hands-on at Otago' programme.  They spent the week learning all about the knee -  its structures and movement, the mechanics of how the knee works, and how easily it can be damaged through sporting activity or old age.

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Ancient DNA provides evidence of integration and mobility in Phoenician societies

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:14am

Important new clues about population mobility in the Mediterranean between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE have been uncovered by an international team of researchers, co-led by a University of Otago academic.

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University academics receive Fulbright Scholar awards 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 11:19am

Two University of Otago academics have received Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards to undertake research in the United States.

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Anatomy success at BMS awards

Thursday, 21 December 2017 9:48am

Congratulations to our seven staff members who received School of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Awards for their outstanding contribution to research and teaching throughout 2017. 

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Graduation day the beginning of new lives

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:15am

The sun shone brightly upon thirty-nine Anatomy students as they graduated with their degrees at the weekend.  Many of them, along with their friends and family, gathered in the Department beforehand to mark the special occasion.

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Spreading the joy of Christmas

Friday, 15 December 2017 11:18am

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the Department this season.  Staff and postgraduate students have donated a fabulous selection of toys and wrapping paper to the Santa’s Little Helper fundraiser, run by Santa’s very-own little helper, Shane Waldron. 

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Peter Hurst Scholarship awarded

Friday, 1 December 2017 1:15pm

Third year medical student Brennan Carne is the first recipient of the Peter Hurst Summer Studentship Scholarship.  Brennan is undertaking a summer research project in the Department of Anatomy with Associate Professor George Dias.  The Scholarship will provide him with financial support while he undertakes his research over the summer.

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Sneaky males adopt ‘female-like’ brains to fool big brutes

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 2:13pm

In the ever-competitive mating scene, new University of Otago research has revealed how males of some species revert to deception and disguise in order to lure females.

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A face from the past

Friday, 24 November 2017 2:10pm

The facial approximation of Otago Museum’s Egyptian mummy by Dr Louisa Baillie has brought to life the presence of a woman who lived over 2400 years ago. She is believed to have come from the ancient city of Thebes, now modern-day Luxor. Mummification was a common burial method for people living in Egypt at that time.

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Consequences of gene drive technologies for ecosystems

Friday, 17 November 2017 11:44am

Scientists working in the vanguard of new genetic technologies have issued a call to ensure that possible applications in conservation will only affect local populations.

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Postgrad receives appreciation award

Thursday, 16 November 2017 4:06pm

Congratulations to postgraduate student Anu Kaw who has received a University of Otago Disability Information and Support Appreciation Award for providing first-class tutoring support to students with a disability.

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Anatomy neuroscience researchers receive funding

Monday, 13 November 2017 2:57pm

Over $800,000 from Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) Rangahau Roro Aotearoa has been awarded to four researchers in the Department.  The five Project and Explorer grants will support and help develop new research in the Department in the areas of brain stimulation, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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PhD candidate awarded best paper prize

Friday, 10 November 2017 4:21pm

A paper written by PhD candidate Vivek Perumal, as lead author, has been judged the best research paper published by an enrolled Anatomy postgraduate student in 2017.   The paper, published in Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, looks at the fovea capitis on the head of the femur, an attachment site of the ligament of the head of femur (LHF/ligamentum teres of the hip).

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Outstanding research projects attract Marsden funding

Monday, 6 November 2017 2:05pm

Five researchers in the Department of Anatomy have attracted $3.3m in funding from the latest Marsden Fund round.  Head of Department Professor Neil Gemmell said he was delighted the excellent research undertaken in the Department has been recognised with this prestigious funding, and he was especially thrilled for the two early career researchers who have received Fast Start grants.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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Researcher awarded Hercus Fellowship

Friday, 3 November 2017 12:44pm

Congratulations to Dr Mike Pankhurst who has received a Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council.  Dr Pankhurst says the four-year fellowship will enable him to pursue new directions in his investigations into how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) signalling operates in the ovary.

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Research Fellow gains Rutherford Fellowship

Thursday, 2 November 2017 10:34am

Congratulations to Dr Erica Todd who has been awarded a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Royal Society Te Apārangi Rutherford Foundation Trust.  

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Reproductive race: Males rapidly adjust sperm speed to beat rivals

Monday, 30 October 2017 8:22am

Joint research by the University of Otago and University of Canterbury has revealed that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce.

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Students present 400-level research projects

Monday, 30 October 2017 4:02pm

Congratulations to all our 400-level postgraduate students who took part in the Department’s 400-level Poster Day.  The event was an opportunity for them to present and discuss their research with their fellow students and staff of the Department.

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Otago researchers hope to study life and health of Chinese gold miners

Friday, 27 October 2017 11:52am

University of Otago bioarchaeology researchers are hoping to undertake a new project to study the lives of members of the Otago Goldfields Chinese community, many of whom were miners, by examining their burial remains in the Lawrence Cemetery.

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Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain prestigious Rutherford Trust awards

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 3:27pm

Otago’s Ms Charlotte Steel and Dr Erica Todd are among seven highly promising researchers at an early stage of their career to be awarded Rutherford fellowships and scholarships, the Royal Society Te Apārangi announced today.

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Mental Health Series: Making mental health a workplace priority

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 11:28am

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the final installment of this three-part series we hear from Anatomy Manager Rachel Kinnaird, who makes the mental health of her team a priority.

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Lactation hormone also helps a mother’s brain: Otago research

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:11pm

The same hormone that stimulates milk production for lactation, also acts in the brain to help establish the nurturing link between mother and baby, University of Otago researchers have revealed for the first time.

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Clocktower event honours teaching award recipients

Thursday, 21 September 2017 9:30pm

Three Otago academics were honoured for receiving national sustained excellence awards at a ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor this week.

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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 9:14pm

Nearly $18m in new funding was recently gained by Otago researchers under the Government’s Endeavour Fund, which looks for transformative research initiatives and have strong potential to improve a range of outcomes for New Zealand.