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News archive for 2017

Farewell to Dr Peter Stockwell

Thursday, 21 December 2017 1:36pm

Peter Stockwell retires from the Department of Biochemistry at the end of 2017. We held a farewell function on the 7th December to farewell him.

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Biochemistry and Microbiology & Immunology research celebrated

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 4:10pm

The first joint Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration, held last Friday at the Dunedin Town Hall, was a great success.

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Otago researchers gain new insights into inflammatory signalling mechanisms implicated in cancer

Monday, 4 December 2017 2:51pm

University of Otago biochemistry researchers are continuing a fine trans-Tasman history of scientific connections by making use of the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne in their studies – a roughly football-field sized machine that can create intense beams of light a million times brighter than the sun.

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Seize opportunities urges Distinguished Research Medal recipient

Thursday, 23 November 2017 10:31am

Professor Parry Guilford was yesterday presented with the University’s 2017 Distinguished Research Medal, during a public lecture held to celebrate the honour.

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Biochem on the road with Lab in a Box

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 2:04pm

Miriam Sharpe and Shar Rae-Whitcombe of the Department of Biochemistry were on the road with Lab-in-a-box last week, bringing biochemistry to primary school children in Lower Hutt.

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Marsden Fund success for Biochemistry

Monday, 6 November 2017 9:33am

Three researchers from the Department of Biochemistry were successful in the latest round of Marsden funding.

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Otago biochemists help Cure Kids

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:56pm

Cure Kids is supporting research by Department of Biochemistry Scientists Professor Iain Lamont and Dr Stephanie Hughes into diseases caused by genetic anomalies.

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Parry Guilford to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 10:11pm

Professor Parry Guilford says seeing an electron microscope photo of a virus perched on the surface of a bacterial cell in his School Certificate Science text book marked the beginning of his interest in medical research.

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World-leading cancer geneticist to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 4:35pm

Professor Parry Guilford, an internationally renowned cancer genetics and biology expert, has been selected as the University’s latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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US video shines light on Otago research into the mystery of how glowworms glow

Monday, 25 September 2017 5:40pm

Otago Department of Biochemistry glowworm bioluminescence research was recently showcased internationally on a US public radio website.

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Local research featured on USA's National Public Radio website

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:11am

Research into glowworm bioluminescence by Department of Biochemistry researchers has been featured on the website of National Public Radio's Science Friday.

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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 9:14pm

Nearly $18m in new funding was recently gained by Otago researchers under the Government’s Endeavour Fund, which looks for transformative research initiatives and have strong potential to improve a range of outcomes for New Zealand.

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MBIE funding success for Biochemistry researchers

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:41pm

Four Biochemistry Department researchers have been awarded grants in the 2017 MBIE Endeavour Funding Round

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Professor Krause receives Catalyst funding from RSNZ

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 1:46pm

Congratulations to Webster Centre Steering Committee member, Professor Kurt Krause, who received Catalyst Seeding funding from the RSNZ to target membrane proteins in mycobacteria to cure tuberculosis. 

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Science-inspired exhibition impresses

Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:01pm

Seeing their research interpreted by artists has given researchers in the University’s Genetics Otago Research Centre a new way to view their own work.

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PM visits Otago to celebrate graduands and genomics

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:43am

The Prime Minister, Bill English, visited the University on the weekend – meeting and greeting proud graduands at the brunch in the Link area, and also visiting the Department of Biochemistry to chat with staff and students active in the new Genomics Aotearoa platform.

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Prime Minister visits Department of Biochemistry

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:43am

Bill English visited the Otago Department of Biochemistry on Saturday morning as part of the launch of the new Genomics Aotearoa advanced genomics research initiative.

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Otago to lead $35m new advanced genomics platform

Friday, 18 August 2017 2:58pm

The University of Otago is to lead a $35 million project known as Genomics Aotearoa, a new science platform supporting advanced genomics research.

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Department of Biochemistry alumnus wins Massry Prize

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:10pm

An alumnus of the Otago Department of Biochemistry, Professor Rob Knight, has been jointly awarded the 2017 Massry Prize for his research into microbiomes - the microorganisms that live on and inside us.

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Dr Bryony Telford: Class Act in ODT

Monday, 7 August 2017 12:14pm

Dr Bryony Telford was given an Otago Daily Times Class Act award while at South Otago High School, she studied Biochemistry at Otago, doing her PhD in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory with Professor Parry Guilford. The Otago Daily Times ran a profile of Bryony on Saturday 5th August.

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Clean sweep of NZSBMB poster prizes for Biochemistry

Friday, 7 July 2017 3:07pm

PhD student Priya Philem took out the first prize in the NZSBMB student poster competition at the GSA/NZSBMB conference held in Dunedin this week. 

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

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Three HRC grants for Biochemistry

Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:26am

Biochemistry staff have been awarded three Health Research Council grants totaling over seven million dollars in the most recent funding round.

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Dr Wayne Patrick gives award lecture.

Monday, 5 June 2017 10:20am

Dr. Wayne Patrick is the winner of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2017 Custom Science Award For Research Excellence. He is giving his award lecture today at the Society's annual conference.

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Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

Thursday, 1 June 2017 11:59am

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body.

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New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:31am

Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic disease, an international collaboration led by University of Otago researchers has found.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Freemasons Scholarship for Sean Boult

Friday, 12 May 2017 10:35am

Second year Biochemistry Master's student Sean Boult has been awarded a $10,000 Freemasons postgraduate scholarship.

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New funding for Otago immunotherapy breast cancer research

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:24am

A University of Otago biochemistry researcher has been awarded nearly $200,000 to study the potential of immunotherapy to treat breast cancer.

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Michael McManus Award for Best Student Paper for 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 10:48am

Congratulations are in order for Ben Peters, a PhD student in Lynette Brownfield's laboratory. Ben has won the NZSPB (New Zealand Society for Plant Biology) Michael McManus Award for Best Student Paper for 2017.

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Antibiotic Emergency

Friday, 28 April 2017 1:16pm

Professor Kurt Krause features in the Listener magazine article "Antibiotic Emergency" by Sally Blundell and the NZ Medical Journal recommends establishing a national response plan to address a "clear and present danger" to antimicrobial resistance.

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Professor Kurt Krause appears in University of Otago Magazine

Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:36am

Professor Kurt Krause appears in Issue 44 of the University of Otago Magazine regarding 'Infectious Research'.

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Otago’s Agricultural expertise on display at Field Days

Friday, 31 March 2017 2:34pm

Otago is this week showcasing its agricultural expertise at the South Island Agriculture Field Days at Kirwee near Christchurch with Lab-in-a-Box.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017 2:18pm

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says.

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Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:04am

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists.

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Hanns Möhler Doctoral Scholarship

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 2:18pm

Hannah Best, who is a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr Stephanie Hughes, has been awarded the 2017 Roche Hanns Möhler Doctoral Scholarship to continue her work on Batten Disease.

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Otago gains funding to engage young minds with science

Friday, 17 February 2017 12:22pm

Four University of Otago initiatives are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of $2m in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round. The fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

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Hands on at Otago

Friday, 20 January 2017 2:57pm

This week the Department of Biochemistry has been hosting the Biochemistry option of the Hands On @ Otago holiday programme for high school students.