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Dates announced for Drybread Cemetery Bioarchaeology Project

Friday, 16 October 2020 9:46am

The historic Drybread Cemetery will be the focus of the latest University of Otago and Southern Cemeteries Archaeology research project, planned to begin on 16 November 2020. On-site work is expected to take around 4 weeks, with subsequent bioarchaeological laboratory research expected to take a further twelve months.

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University recognises promising early career researchers

Thursday, 1 October 2020 1:11pm

Researchers 3D-printing veins, enhancing sports spectators’ experience through augmented reality, and studying how gut bacteria influences cancer development are among the recipients of this year’s University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Archaeology uncovers infectious disease spread – 4000 years ago

Monday, 21 September 2020 2:48pm

New bioarchaeology research from a University of Otago PhD candidate has shown how infectious diseases may have spread 4000 years ago, while highlighting the dangers of letting such diseases run rife.

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Breastfeeding hormone key to paternal instinct in new fathers

Thursday, 10 September 2020 9:16am

Breastfeeding hormone prolactin the key to making new fathers better dads, researchers have found.

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Breastfeeding hormone makes new fathers better dads

Monday, 7 September 2020 10:16am

Fathers of newborn babies can be forgiven for feeling a little hormonal – a new study has shown they are being flooded by the same chemical as a breastfeeding mother.

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Virtual reality brings historic Anatomy Museum to kiwi homes

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 9:36am

If you’d like to see what really makes humans tick, the country’s oldest and largest anatomy museum is giving free tours – virtually, at least.

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Otago star picked as editor for international journal

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:48am

A renowned Otago researcher has been named one of two new co-editors in chief for leading global quarterly journal Bioarchaeology International.

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Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School

Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am

A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.

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Pūtea Tautoko saves master’s degree and helps pay mid-winter bills

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 2:33pm

As of today, 694 alumni, friends, staff, parents and students have donated an extremely generous $357,000 to the Pūtea Tautoko student financial relief fund.

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First sequencing of tuatara genome opens vault to evolutionary secrets

Thursday, 6 August 2020 9:29am

In a world first, University of Otago scientists in partnership with Ngātiwai iwi and a global team of collaborators have sequenced the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile whose ancestors once roamed the earth with dinosaurs.

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University announces new Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 12:40pm

The University of Otago announced the appointment of Professor Helen Nicholson as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, today. Professor Nicholson will take up the new role in January 2021.

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Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:21pm

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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Otago research reveals how mating influences female’s life history and ageing

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 11:55am

New University of Otago research provides insight into how males influence their mates’ health, growth and fertility.

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Health and wellbeing of older New Zealanders must be a focus post-Covid: Otago researcher

Monday, 22 June 2020 10:35am

As older New Zealanders have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Otago researcher warns there needs to be an emphasis on addressing older people’s future needs and to help reduce ageing inequities.

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Otago researchers discover the origins of the beloved guinea pig

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 11:12am

New University of Otago research sheds light on guinea pig domestication and how and why the small, furry animals became distributed around the world.

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Maintaining heritage: Lindo Ferguson Building under repair

Tuesday, 2 June 2020 11:58am

Scaffolding surrounds the University of Otago’s Lindo Ferguson Building in Great King Street for routine maintenance work that includes re-roofing, replacing single-gazing with double-glazing in the windows, repointing bricks, minor strengthening, and painting parapets and other features.

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Otago researcher’s COVID testing method ‘da bomb’

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:30am

A method to help improve testing for COVID-19, first promoted by a University of Otago researcher, is being used worldwide as countries struggle to manage high demand for testing.

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Secrets of sewage studied for COVID-19

Thursday, 23 April 2020 8:45pm

Detecting the presence of COVID-19 in sewage could become an important tool to monitor the virus and help uncover pockets of infection.

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Otago researchers making major contribution to Covid-19 response

Friday, 17 April 2020 12:35pm

A University of Otago molecular biologist has received new Government funding of $235,746 for Covid-19 related research to develop an effective point-of-care test for the infectious disease.