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News archive for 2016

Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:51am

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

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Five things that can be done to help combat antimicrobial resistance

Monday, 21 November 2016 11:57am

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, describes five things  that can be done to help combat antimicrobial resistance.

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

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 3:36pm

Four leading University of Otago academics are among 19 top researchers and scholars to be newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Professor Robert Webster Visiting NZ

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 9:40am

The Webster Centre, which is completing its 10th year working in support of infectious diseases research in New Zealand, proudly announces that we sponsored a lecture tour in four locations - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, by our namesake, Professor Robert Webster.  Professor Webster is a pioneering researcher in influenza and an early proponent of the modern concept of "One Health".

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US ban on antibacterial products finds support

Wednesday, 7 September 2016 6:40pm

Professor Kurt Krause, Director of the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases, appears in the Otago Daily Times newspaper on Wednesday, 7 September 2016 in an article entitled "US ban on antibacterial products finds support".

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Webster Centre winner of OSMS photo competition 2016

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:25pm

Susie Warring was the winner of the 2016 Webster Centre sponsored photograph from the OSMS 2016 Photo Competition.

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Early Career Awards bestowed upon outstanding researchers

Friday, 10 June 2016 4:36pm

Six up-and-coming University of Otago staff have been announced as this year’s recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Guinness World Record for Andrew Nicholson

Friday, 27 May 2016 10:07am

Andrew Nicholson rode around the globe in 123 days. He is now officially the world record holder!

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On the Cover of Biochemical Journal

Thursday, 26 May 2016 4:51pm

Recent research from the laboratory of the Director, Professor Kurt Krause, has appeared on the cover of the Biochemical Journal.  This work involved Professor Krause, Sinothai Poen, a recent PhD graduate, Yoshio Nakatani, Helen K Opel-Reading, Mortiz Lassé, Renwick D J Dobson and was titled "Exploring the Structure of Glutamate Racemase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a Template for Anti-mycobacterial Drug Discovery".

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Gene Genie broadcast on RNZ

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:20pm

The BBC Gene Genie series hosted by science presenter and geneticist Adam Rutherford will be broadcast. Professor Parry Guilford features in the  'genetics and disease' episode.

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Advanced breast cancer research attracts new supporters

Thursday, 10 March 2016 8:54am

CTCR's advanced breast cancer research has attracted funding from the Karen Louisa Foundation.

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New protein crystal imager boon for Otago research

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 9:42pm

A recently installed automated system for growing and imaging protein crystals is set to significantly boost structural biology research at Otago.

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DNA tool wins 2015 Translational Research grant

Monday, 22 February 2016 11:57am

Otago researchers will use the 2015 Translational Research award to establish a new method to accurately identify changes in DNA.

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CTCR researchers wow in Wellington

Monday, 22 February 2016 3:56pm

CTCR researchers and colleagues from the University of Otago contributed to a day of research presentations in Wellington as part of the Otago Spotlight Series: Cancer Research. Videos and slides from these presentations are available for viewing.

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Summer studentship brings rewards

Monday, 22 February 2016 11:38am

PhD candidate Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge is delighted to see her summer studentship research has made a contribution to understanding more about brain cancer.

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MOH tenders for 300,000 doses of H5N1 vaccine

Sunday, 10 January 2016 11:38am

In January 2016 Professor Kurt Krause commented on New Zealand’s preparation for pandemic influenza by the Ministry of Health tendering for 300,000 doses of vaccine for H5N1, one prominent strain of bird flu. He acknowledged that it is fair to be concerned about whether the correct strain was chosen because no-one knows for sure which bird flu strain, if any, will cause widespread human infection. However the H5N1 vaccine is probably the best bet we have right now.  Another big issue was how quickly countries could get hold of enough vaccinations for an entire population during a pandemic.