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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.

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Coastal People: Southern Skies researchers feature in He Kitenga

Monday, 17 February 2020 9:35am

Researchers in the collaboration Coastal People: Southern Skies feature prominently in the latest edition of He Kitenga, a prestigious University of Otago research publication.

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3000-year-old teeth solve Pacific banana mystery

Friday, 24 January 2020 12:00pm

Humans began transporting and growing banana in Vanuatu 3000 years ago, a University of Otago scientist has discovered.

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Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:07am

A remarkable 5000-year-old skeleton suggests human dwarfism was both accepted and respected in life and death in ancient China, research by a University of Otago bio-archaeologist shows.

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Flowers in memory of donors

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:00pm

Staff from the department's Clinical Anatomy Research Group today lay flowers in memory of those who have donated their body to the Department for medical science teaching and research.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.