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Otago study forces a rethink on population history of Ibiza

Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:17am

Otago researchers have discovered a rare case of genetic population discontinuity on the Mediterranean Island of Ibiza. Essentially, the original genetic signature of the founding female population, handed down through centuries on Ibiza has been replaced, prompting a change in understanding of the island’s genetic history.

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Mo-tivation for fundraiser

Monday, 3 December 2018 11:29am

The death from cancer of a fellow student was a big motivation behind the group Monatomy which has been raising money to improve men’s health.

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Pain common and increasing in prevalence in New Zealand

Friday, 30 November 2018 8:59am

Pain is an extremely common condition and increasing in prevalence in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers say.

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Otago health researchers share more than $3.5m in Career Development Awards

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 4:48pm

A University of Otago Christchurch engineer is developing  a ‘lego’ system to 3D-bioprint bone; a solution that could one day replace the billions-of-dollars-worth of ceramic and titanium implants required by New Zealand patients annually.

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Otago scientists’ contributions recognised nationally

Friday, 16 November 2018 11:09am

Three University of Otago scientists have been recognised for their significant contributions to New Zealand’s science community with awards from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

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Masters research wins paper prize

Friday, 16 November 2018 11:52am

A journal article published by postgraduate student Ashim Maharjan on the potential effects of different frequencies of non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation in humans, has seen him awarded the Department of Anatomy Postgraduate Paper Prize.

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Marsden Medal carries special significance for Tate

Thursday, 15 November 2018 9:44pm

Receiving the Marsden Medal at this year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards is especially poignant for Professor Warren Tate.

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Division celebrates rise in Fast-Start Marsden funding

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 2:37pm

There has been a rise in the number of Division of Health Sciences’ early career researchers being successful in the Marsden Fund round this year, an increase  being welcomed by the Division’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Brunton.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 4:48pm

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Scientists recognised in research honours awards

Tuesday, 6 November 2018 3:24pm

Two Anatomy researchers have been honoured by the Royal Society Te Apārangi of New Zealand for their work in advancing science communication and relationships in their chosen fields of research.

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Siân Halcrow wins 2018 Carl Smith Research Medal

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 8:05pm

This year’s winner of the University’s Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Research Medal, Associate Professor Siân Halcrow, says she was drawn into her research area through her experience as a third-year student taking Biological Anthropology at Otago.

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Fellowships and Scholarships support Otago scientists

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:47pm

A University of Otago scientist recognised for his sustained research excellence and two highly promising researchers at the early stages of their careers have been awarded fellowships and scholarships today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Otago scientist receives prestigious Fellowship to further gout research

Thursday, 25 October 2018 3:13pm

One of the country’s leading scientists in the area of gout and metabolic disease, University of Otago Professor Tony Merriman, is one of three researchers nationally to receive a prestigious James Cook Fellowship.

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Irish Famine victims’ heavy smoking led to dental decay, new research reveals

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:14am

Irish Famine victims were heavy smokers which caused badly rotten teeth, researchers from the University of Otago and Queen’s University Belfast, in Ireland, have discovered.

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Researchers receive Early Career Awards

Friday, 19 October 2018 12:18pm

Dr Rosie Brown and Dr Michael Pankhurst have been awarded University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.  They are two of just six rising researchers in the University to receive this award in 2018.

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Unprecedented success for Otago at the NZ Research Honours Awards

Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:22pm

The University has had unprecedented success at the New Zealand Research Honours Awards this year, taking home one quarter of the awards on offer.

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Six Otago researchers recognised in NZ research honours

Thursday, 18 October 2018 2:03pm

University of Otago Research Fellow Helen Taylor’s science communication around conservation genetics and threatened species has earned her recognition at this year’s New Zealand Research Honours.

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Poster day a celebration of postgraduate research

Thursday, 18 October 2018 11:13am

This years Poster Day was a huge occasion for all our students who presented the results of their 400-level research to staff and fellow students of the department. Ten students took part in the event, which also doubled as an assessment component for those taking the ANAT 458 paper.

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Otago researcher takes genomic sequencing to the farm to help transform lives

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:22am

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving the way for preventing crop failures, vital to the African economy.

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Recognition for rising research stars

Monday, 15 October 2018 9:27pm

Six rising research stars at the University of Otago have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research announced today.

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Kakī for Bird of the Year, urges Otago postgraduate

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 2:40pm

An Otago PhD student is putting her weight behind a campaign to make the one of the rarest birds in the world, the Kakī, or Black Stilt, New Zealand’s 2018 Bird of the Year.

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University of Otago academic scoops top teaching award

Friday, 14 September 2018 9:56am

For the sixth time in seven years, the University of Otago has the top tertiary teacher in New Zealand.

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Otago scientists have challenging but rewarding role in repatriation mission

Wednesday, 22 August 2018 1:32pm

The remains of 27 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel and one child have been reunited with their families, thanks to a team which included University of Otago archaeologists, bioarchaeologists and forensic odontologists.

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Researchers receive prestigious awards

Monday, 20 August 2018 2:42pm

Two young researchers from the Grattan research lab have both won prestigious awards at recent international meetings.

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Otago-led research cites faulty science and ethics in DNA analyses of ‘Ata’

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 9:15am

University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.

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Researcher part of advertising campaign

Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:25pm

If Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie’s face seems familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen her on TV, or in the newspaper, or on the back of a bus.

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Forming a broader picture of New Zealand’s lost world through fossil bone DNA

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 7:07am

New Zealand’s unique and relatively short history coupled with new and revealing techniques examining ancient DNA from fossil bone fragments has provided insights around the impact of humans on the environment.

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Opinion: From Otago to Loch Ness

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 2:02pm

The tale has got it all – cutting edge technology, a mysterious creature, international participants, and the media spotlight. Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell reflects on his now famous investigation, two years in the making; the Loch Ness eDNA project.

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$5 million boost for Otago team’s quest to restore fertility in women with disabling ovary disorder

Friday, 22 June 2018 9:58am

A University of Otago research team whose ultimate goal is to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), has received a significant boost with an almost $5 million grant from the Health Research Council.

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TEXpo an opportunity to showcase technology

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:00am

Dr Yusuf Cakmak and Ms Marlene Black recently took part in TEXpo, an event run as part of the national Techweek festival promoting New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovations to the world. 

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Media enthralled with ‘hunt’ for monster

Monday, 11 June 2018 9:05pm

Drumnadrochit, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, is a peaceful spot frequented by tourists. Last week, though, teams of international media swarmed in to meet the man behind the latest plan to “find Nessie” – Otago's Professor Neil Gemmell.

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Hunt for Nessie captures hearts and minds

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 11:14pm

Otago’s Professor Neil Gemmell is now in Scotland, with teams of international media waiting to follow his every move as he searches for DNA evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.

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Cold head, funds raised

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 2:17pm

“So cold!” is the answer Anatomy PhD candidate Josh Houlton gives when asked how he feels after shaving his dreadlocks in the foyer of the Lindo Ferguson Building in support of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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Otago scientist set to tackle the mystery of Loch Ness

Monday, 21 May 2018 2:58pm

The story of the Loch Ness monster is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We have waited more than a thousand years for an answer on its existence. Now, it is only months away.

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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.