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Summer students research burning questions on COVID-19

Thursday, 4 February 2021 2:12pm

Four Otago students are working on COVID-19 research projects at the Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora as part of the summer studentship programme.

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Google-glass-like electrical stimulator to zap Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 11:39am

Stimulating humans’ sense of smell to prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease is the focus of international research led by the University of Otago.

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Outstanding supervision recognised at OUSA Supervisor of the Year

Monday, 23 November 2020 11:40am

Two Māori academics who have helped postgraduate students flourish in their studies have been awarded the top awards at the OUSA Supervisor of the Year.

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Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41am

University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.

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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.