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Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible – research

Thursday, 19 May 2022 8:57am

University of Otago researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that could assist with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Scholarships awarded to Biomedical Sciences programme students

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 10:06am

The Biomedical Sciences programme awarded seven Elizabeth Jean Trotter Scholarships this year, contributing towards the tuition fees of high-achieving and well-rounded students.

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School of Biomedical Sciences Pacific and Māori scholarships gifted to three students

Friday, 22 April 2022 8:50am

The Pacific scholarship has gone to Ilaisaane Fakapulia, while the Māori scholarship has been shared between Jasmine Wells and Ella Silk.

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Dr Latika Samalia's teaching excellence recognised

Friday, 22 April 2022 2:14pm

Dr Latika Samalia was presented with the korowai Rauaroha to formally acknowledge the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award of the 2021 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

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Celebrating multilingualism on Chinese Language Day

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 4:14pm

Growth is a natural part of the learning experience at the University of Otago but add in the challenge of speaking an entirely different language and that experience is magnified.

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Aotearoa’s first strontium isoscape developed

Thursday, 14 April 2022 9:15am

Tracing the regional origin of everything from milk to invasive bugs is now possible thanks to a University of Otago project.

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Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie new Chair of Rauika Māngai

Thursday, 7 April 2022 9:38am

Associate Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie (Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Arawa) is the new Chair of Rauika Māngai, a Māori organisation that advances Mātauranga Māori, accelerates research and positively influences science policy.

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Raising awareness of endometriosis

Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:17am

As part of highlighting Endometriosis Awareness Month, Associate Professor Jane Girling from the Department of Anatomy shares why more people need to be aware of endometriosis as well as what brought her to this field of research.  

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Research offers new hope for people living with seizures

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 3:50pm

A research collaboration involving the University of Otago could change the lives of people living with seizures.

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Pūrākau science: How Dr Alana Alexander is translating science into narratives

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 1:51pm

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipient Dr Alana Alexander will be investigating fisheries’, disease and climate change’s effects on dolphins and whales, then translating her science into memorable narratives for Māori. 

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Biomedical Sciences announces new Associate Deans (Pacific)

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 2:50pm

The School of Biomedical Sciences has appointed three new Associate Deans (Pacific).  

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Dr Sharon Ladyman’s research on 'keeping mums cool'

Friday, 14 January 2022 2:23pm

Senior Research Fellow Dr Sharon Ladyman is elated to have received $939, 000 in Marsden Grant funding from the NZ Royal Society/Te Apārangi to pursue her research on how body temperature is regulated during pregnancy.

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Blood test for early Alzheimer’s detection supported by health grant

Tuesday, 14 December 2021 3:59pm

A University of Otago researcher is another step closer to developing a blood test that can detect people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to a NZ Lottery Health Grant.

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Otago announces Professorial promotions for 2022

Monday, 22 November 2021 10:28am

Twenty-eight University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Excellence in teaching celebrated at Otago Staff Awards

Friday, 19 November 2021 9:56am

What would a teacher be without their students? The 2021 Otago Excellence in Teaching Award winners are all driven to teach by those there to learn. 

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Staff recognised for COVID-19 efforts at Otago Staff Awards

Friday, 19 November 2021 9:13am

The recent challenges presented by COVID-19 have impacted the way most people go about their work, something noted in the recent University of Otago Staff Awards.

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Fellowship funding will aid Otago researcher to alleviate organ shortage

Thursday, 11 November 2021 2:37pm

An Otago researcher is one step closer to 3D-bioprinting functioning organs in a laboratory after being awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowships for three Otago researchers

Thursday, 11 November 2021 2:00pm

Dr Khoon Lim can’t quite believe that he has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

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Excellence in teaching, research and service

Thursday, 4 November 2021 9:20am

Excellence in teaching, research and service have been celebrated with the announcement of the 2021 Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus (Dunedin School of Medicine) Teaching and Research awards.

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Marsden funding helps Otago researchers unlock secrets of ageing

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 11:41am

A University of Otago researcher is one step closer to unlocking the secrets of the ageing process after receiving Marsden funding.

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Otago researchers secure $17.2 million Marsden funding

Wednesday, 3 November 2021 2:43pm

The secrets behind people’s food choices, ageing, and why some fish change sex, are set to be unlocked after Otago researchers secured $17.2 million in Marsden funding.

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Dr Erik Wibowo, Dr George Wiggins and Dr Tim Chambers: recipients of Accelerator Grants

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 9:44am

In August this year, 15 early and mid-career researchers received an Accelerator Grant from the Division of Health Sciences.

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Dr Simone Bayer, Dr Matthew Jenkins and Dr Mike Pankhurst: recipients of Accelerator Grants

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 1:05pm

In August this year, 15 early and mid-career researchers received an Accelerator Grant from the Division of Health Sciences.

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Researchers pinpoint cause of fatigue during pregnancy

Thursday, 23 September 2021 2:27pm

Pregnant women now have a scientific reason for skipping the gym during pregnancy;  the same hormone gearing up the body for breastfeeding is also telling the brain to relax rather than run.

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Otago wins prestigious national teaching award

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 4:16pm

For the seventh time in 10 years, the University of Otago has won Aotearoa’s top tertiary teaching award.