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News archive for 2014

Outstanding staff recognised at 2014 OSMS Awards

Thursday, 18 December 2014 8:49pm

A researcher who incorporates Māori values into his research – holding a karakia ceremony for his research participants in his laboratory every six weeks when disposing of DNA synthesis byproducts – has won the inaugural Māori/Pasifika Research Award at this year’s Otago School of Medical Sciences (OSMS) Awards.

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Grant awarded for novel approach to preventing biofilm-based infections

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 3:42pm

A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices.

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CTCR Director on national Science Board

Friday, 12 December 2014 2:38pm

CTCR Director Parry Guilford is appointed as a member of the national Science Board.

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Neurological Foundation awards grants to Otago scientists

Thursday, 11 December 2014 3:47pm

Three University of Otago scientists and a PhD graduate have been awarded a total of $471,944 to support their brain research in the Neurological Foundation’s December funding round announced today.

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Te Aho Matatū—The Enduring Connection

Monday, 1 December 2014 4:37pm

CTCR welcomed very special guests and colleagues to launch Te Aho Matatū, The Enduring Connection, at the Tangata Whenua gallery of the Otago Museum.

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Three leading Otago researchers awarded prestigious national medals

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:45am

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2014 Research Honours Dinner.

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Hercus Medal to Parry Guilford

Thursday, 27 November 2014 2:36pm

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research, has been awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for biomedical sciences.

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Andrew Nicholson aims to beat the outdoor cycle 24 hour distance record

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 2:28pm

Triple Olympian speed skater, Andrew Nicholson, aims to beat the current outdoor 24 hour cycle distance record, in support of CTCR.

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Robbie O'Hara raises $861 with his dumb haircut

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 4:32pm

Robbie O'Hara let his halls friends choose his 'Dumb Haircut for a Cure'.

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'At the edge'

Monday, 10 November 2014 1:53pm

'At the edge' in Otago Magazine features innovative biotechnology at Pacific Edge, Dunedin. Highly sensitive diagnostic tests have revolutionised detecting bladder cancer, and there are new products to follow.

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Prestigious scholarships for emerging Otago researchers

Thursday, 6 November 2014 4:31pm

Three University of Otago staff members and a two postgraduate students have gained prestigious scholarships in the 2014 Rutherford Foundation Trust Awards.

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Exceptional distinction in research recognised

Friday, 31 October 2014 4:04pm

Professor Catherine Day has been recognised for exceptional distinction in research with the honour of being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Otago academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 2:58pm

Four leading University of Otago academics are among the 12 top New Zealand researchers and scholars in basic and applied science and the humanities newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Native Affairs highlights whānau's battle with gastric cancer

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 2:48pm

A Dunedin whānau, who carry a mutated gene for which the only treatment is drastic surgery, were featured on Māori Television's current affairs show Native Affairs on Monday September 28th at 8.30pm.

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Parry Guilford: Putting cancer in its place

Monday, 29 September 2014 2:52pm

Director of CTCR, Prof. Parry Guilford tells ODT readers the current state of cancer research within our Centre.

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'Unlocking Prostate Cancer' wins the OMSRS writing prize

Thursday, 25 September 2014 1:48pm

Otago MSC student Chris Harris has won the OMSRS writing prize for his essay 'Unlocking Prostate Cancer'.

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Robbie's Dumb Haircut for a Cure

Thursday, 11 September 2014 4:24pm

Otago student Robbie O'Hara gets a dumb haircut to raise money for cancer research.

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Top HRC medal to Parry Guilford

Thursday, 28 August 2014 2:02pm

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of CTCR, has received the Beaven Medal, the top HRC award, for his contribution to translational research.

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Guilford “thrilled” to win top HRC medal

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 8:08am

Professor Parry Guilford, whose ground-breaking research into stomach cancer has saved many lives worldwide, was tonight presented with the prestigious Beaven Medal from the HRC at a special ceremony in Queenstown.

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Ability to isolate infection NZ's strength

Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:03pm

Professor Kurt Krause is interviewed the the NZ Listener about New Zealand's ability to protect itself from Ebola.

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Funding awarded for research into new wave of breast cancer drugs

Monday, 4 August 2014 2:13pm

University of Otago research aimed at developing drugs that are selectively lethal to cancer cells is one of two newly funded innovative projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.

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Cancer: Divide and conquer—Winter Series Lecture recorded

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 9:08am

A recording from the Winter Lecture Series 'Cancer: Divide and conquer' by Professor Parry Guilford, is now available.

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Access to bladder cancer test expanded

Thursday, 10 July 2014 2:33pm

Cxbladder, Pacific Edge's bladder cancer diagnostic test which uses a urine sample, is being made available on-line to improve access.

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NZ Listener: Tackling tumours

Tuesday, 1 July 2014 4:50pm

Professor Parry Guilford is interviewed in the NZ Listener about cancer treatment, genomics and personalised medicine in advance of his 2014 Winter Series Lecture.

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Rising stars recognised

Saturday, 28 June 2014 4:33pm

CTCR researchers Dr Anita Dunbier and Dr Khaled Greish won University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Otago international research collaborations gain funding

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 1:20pm

Two University of Otago scientists’ international research collaborations involving gout and ‘food for health’ are to receive significant support following separate funding announcements this week.

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Otago announces Early Career Awards for outstanding researchers

Monday, 23 June 2014 7:24am

Five up-and-coming University of Otago staff from across its Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses are the latest recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Cancer: Divide and conquer

Monday, 23 June 2014 9:02am

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of CTCR, presented 'Cancer: Divide and conquer' as part of the University of Otago Winter Lecture Series, on both 9 and 10 July 2014.

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Stomach cancer discovery highlighted

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 2:30pm

Professor Parry Guilford is interviewed about his discovery of the genetic mutation behind inherited stomach cancer in The Science Show on Radio National, Australia.

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CTCR researchers feature in HRC funding

Monday, 16 June 2014 4:02pm

Centre for Translational Cancer Research investigators feature in HRC funding awarded in both project grants and emerging researcher categories.

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Big delivery from Audrey

Friday, 13 June 2014 9:04am

Cancer research at CTCR benefited from Audrey Tay's "Shave to save" fundraiser which culminated with her shaving her hair off on her 20th birthday.

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Lebanese cooking rallies supporters

Friday, 30 May 2014 2:30pm

The culinary mastery of Afife Harris attracted a large audience to a local CTCR fundraising event. After an introduction from Professor Parry Guilford about the Centre's work, participants were wowed by Afife's Lebanese cooking demonstration.

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Global report finds NZ has highest rates of adult and child obesity in the region

Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:25pm

Half of New Zealand’s overweight women are obese and nearly a third of boys and girls are overweight or obese, according to a first-of-its-kind global report of which a University of Otago scientist is a co-author.

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Renewed interest in alternative remedies

Saturday, 3 May 2014 11:36am

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, suggests that the post-antibiotic era may create renewed interest in alternative remedies.

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Superbugs challenge antibiotics

Thursday, 1 May 2014 11:38am

Resistance to antibiotics is no longer a prediction for the future according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which claims it is happening now in every region of the world.

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Audrey blitzes her goal with shave to save!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 4:53pm

On 31 March, Audrey turned 20 years old and celebrated her birthday by shaving her head to raise funds for the Centre for Translational Cancer Research.

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Outstanding ability recognised in teaching awards

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 11:16am

Dr Lynnette Jones, developer of the EXPINKT programme, says her goal is to prepare students to become safe and effective exercise professionals.

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Innovative Otago breast cancer research gains support

Monday, 31 March 2014 1:05pm

Dr Anita Dunbier's study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.

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Innovative Otago breast cancer research gains support

Monday, 31 March 2014 3:08pm

A University of Otago study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.

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Genomics analysis tool hailed

Thursday, 27 March 2014 1:08pm

Centre for Translational Cancer Research Principal Investigator Dr Anita Dunbier comments that the equipment's ability to use degraded samples will enhance breast cancer research.

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Otago health researchers supported by lottery funding

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:54pm

Research projects by several members of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research Centre have attracted lottery funding.

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Bacteria may enhance body's ability to fight melanoma

Monday, 3 March 2014 12:55pm

Recent research from the University of Otago shows that bacteria may assist the body’s immune system response against cancer cells and help fight tumours like melanoma.

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Bad reactions

Monday, 3 March 2014 2:15pm

Professor Martin Kennedy is among the geneticists at Otago's Carney Centre for Pharmacogenomics looking at how genetic make-up may contribute to adverse reactions to drugs.

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Encouraging early findings in treatment of aggressive breast cancer

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 3:54pm

Otago researchers Professor Rhonda Rosengren and team are encouraged by early results utilising nano-medicine in the treatment of hormone-resistant cancers.

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Otago biochemistry research highlighted in Marsden 20th celebrations

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:30pm

Biochemistry’s Professor Catherine Day was amongst several researchers whose groundbreaking work was highlighted as part of celebrations of the twentieth anniversary of the Marsden Fund this week.

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Bladder cancer tool becoming available to more New Zealanders

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 1:41pm

The bladder cancer tool developed by CTCR staff with Pacific Edge is reported as being made available to more New Zealand Health Boards.

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CTCR researchers win Otago School of Medical Sciences awards

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 4:52pm

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research (in photo, assisted by Bryony Telford), and Principal Investigator Dr Anita Dunbier were both winners in the OSMS awards.

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Targeted therapies

Friday, 7 February 2014 9:11am

The more we learn about cancer, the more complex it appears to be - but new techniques offer hope for more effective diagnosis and treatment.

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New light on cancer

Thursday, 6 February 2014 9:58am

Researchers in Otago’s Departments of Physics and Pathology are combining their expertise in two projects that have the potential to revolutionise techniques used for cancer detection and diagnosis.

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Tissue transparency

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 2:07pm

The development of strategies to future-proof human tissue research throughout New Zealand is the aim of a virtual biobank initiative being driven by the Centre for Society, Governance and Science.

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South's biotech sector advancing cancer research

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:14am

The Otago Daily Times reports on Otago's thriving biotech sector, including Pacific Edge, who have recently developed a bladder cancer diagnostic test with the expertise of CTCR staff.