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News archive for 2015

Around The World in 123 Days

Monday, 14 December 2015 4:45pm

Dunedin cyclist Andrew Nicholson has ridden around the globe in 123 days and 50 minutes in support of Te Aho Matatū—CTCR. 
His time, still to be ratified by Guinness, is nearly 3 days faster than the current World Record.

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Researchers unlock secrets of troublesome Tribble protein

Friday, 9 October 2015 10:24am

A University of Otago scientist has led trans-Tasman research that has created the first three-dimensional image of a key protein involved in the development of blood and other cancers.

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Gout research provides poetic inspiration

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 11:29am

Otago research investigating the role of tomatoes on the symptoms of gout has become the subject of Shakespearean sonnet.

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Cancer Society appoints Dr Chris Jackson as Medical Director

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 1:20pm

Congratulations to Centre for Translational Cancer Research colleague Dr Chris Jackson on his appointment to Medical Director for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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Otago research backs belief that tomatoes can be a gout trigger

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:20pm

People who maintain that eating tomatoes can cause their gout to flare up are likely to welcome new University of Otago research that has, for the first time, found a biological basis for this belief.

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Thunder, detours, snakes!

Thursday, 13 August 2015 9:39am

Cyclist Andrew Nicholson has set off from NZ today to begin his round-the-world cycling challenge for the world record. Andrew is raising funds for CTCR—Te Aho Matatū for cancer research.

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Going global on two wheels

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 10:45am

Andrew Nicholson is setting off to break the Guinness World Record for circumnavigation of the world by bicycle to raise funds for Te Aho Matatū: Centre for Translational Cancer Research, New Zealand.

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Immunotherapy drug in spotlight

Monday, 29 June 2015 2:59pm

Dr Chris Jackson, oncologist, and CTCR researcher, is interviewed about the impact of a new immunotherapy drug for advanced melanoma patients.

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Public talk: Anita and aspirin in the O-Zone

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 9:04am

Dr Anita Dunbier will be giving a public talk about aspirin and breast cancer as part of a presentation by up-and-coming researchers at the University of Otago (The O-Zone Group).

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Alcohol's role in cancer incidence

Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:25pm

CTCR member Dr Chris Jackson talks about the role of alcohol consumption as a risk factor for cancer in a TV ONE news item.

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Immune cells play Jekyll and Hyde

Monday, 15 June 2015 4:13pm

Dr Anita Dunbier is interviewed in the Otago Daily Times about her research and the role of immune cells in breast cancer.

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Breast cancer: Tissue analysis helps target genetic testing

Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:11am

CTCR researchers are leading international best practice in tissue analysis that helps target effective genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutations in breast cancer.

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Translational research strengths attract HRC funding

Thursday, 4 June 2015 4:30pm

CTCR researchers' innovation and expertise has attracted significant HRC funding for translational cancer research projects in the June 2015 funding round.

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Otago science outreach projects to help ‘unlock curious minds’

Thursday, 28 May 2015 3:10pm

The University of Otago will lead three new and innovative projects aimed at engaging New Zealanders, and young people in particular, to learn more about science and technology.

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Lottery Health grants recognise CTCR researchers

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 4:12pm

CTCR established and emerging researchers were recognised with Lottery Health grants supporting research, specialist equipment, and a scholarship.

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2015 Immunotherapy conference in Brisbane

Friday, 22 May 2015 4:04pm

This conference will have a major focus on the translation of basic research to the clinic.

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Unlocking the secrets of meiosis

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 9:03pm

Novel Otago-led research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has brought new understanding of the cellular mechanisms that help plants maintain their chromosome content following sexual reproduction. And this understanding may lead to better forms of plant and crop breeding in the future.

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Otago researchers prompt rethink of enzyme evolution

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 2:06pm

Research by University of Otago scientists suggests a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth.

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Understanding skin cancer one step closer

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 2:33pm

Associate Professor Mik Black, CTCR researcher, is an author on a new Nature Genetics paper that increases our understanding of the complexities of skin cancer.

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Breast cancer survivors supported

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 2:56pm

Centre for Translational Cancer Research's Dr Lynnette Jones, creator of the EXPINKT™ programme for breast cancer survivors, is supporting women who are experiencing significant waiting times for reconstructive surgery.

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New avenues for leukaemia research

Wednesday, 1 April 2015 4:00pm

The Centre for Translational Cancer Research welcomes researchers investigating new avenues in leukaemia research. Associate Professor Julia Horsfield and her team are studying DNA organisation in the cell nucleus.

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Colorectal cancer research presented

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:25am

Colorectal cancer research was presented at the Gut Health Network public research forum on Saturday 28 March 2015.

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Breast cancer and the humble aspirin

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 4:11pm

Dr Anita Dunbier is profiled in He Kitenga about her research in breast cancer including investigating a potential role for aspirin.

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Preventive surgery may be eclipsed

Monday, 23 March 2015 2:49pm

Whānau affected by hereditary cancers, and CTCR Te Aho Matatū researchers, are excited about research developments that may see preventive surgery being replaced by drug treatments.

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Bright new hope for beating deadly hereditary stomach and breast cancers

Friday, 20 March 2015 4:30pm

Deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers could be successfully treated at their earliest stages, or even prevented, by existing drugs that have been newly identified by University of Otago cancer genetics researchers.

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Teaching excellence award to Dr Ros Kemp

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 9:34am

CTCR researcher Dr Roslyn Kemp was recognised by the University of Otago with an award for excellence in teaching.

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Genomic technologies aid assessment of treatments

Friday, 20 February 2015 4:16pm

New blood tests using genomic technologies may provide a better way to assess treatments for advanced rectal cancer.

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Congratulations on professorship

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:43am

CTCR Te Aho Matatū congratulates colleague Rhonda Rosengren on her promotion to professor.

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New calculation of risk of CDH1 mutation causing cancer

Friday, 13 February 2015 1:49pm

International collaborations have led to improved calculations of the risk of CDH1 mutation carriers developing stomach and breast cancer

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Study provides individual risk estimates for deadly hereditary stomach cancer

Friday, 13 February 2015 4:31pm

A University of Otago researcher who helped discover a key genetic mutation that causes familial stomach cancer is part of an international team that has now provided the first accurate risk estimates for those who carry it.

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Antibiotic resistance and industry

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:35am

Professor Kurt Krause responds to an opinion about industry's role in growing antibiotic resistance, in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on Radio NZ.