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News archive for 2018

Biochemistry staff feature in BMS awards

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:41am

Five members of the Department of Biochemistry's staff won awards at the School of Biomedical Sciences Christmas and prizegiving function on Monday afternoon.

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Record number of Biochemistry PhD graduations in December

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 2:49pm

A record number of ten Biochemistry students graduated with PhD degrees in the December ceremonies.

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Drawings of scientists delight Otago Biochemistry staff

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 9:24am

Pupils of Portobello School recently sent Otago Biochemistry some fantastic portraits of scientists as thanks for sharing some biochemistry fun with the school.

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Research by Otago graduate highlights magnitude of gender disparity in cardiology

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 9:15am

While increasing numbers of medical graduates are female, new research led by an Otago Medical School graduate highlights the magnitude of gender disparity in cardiology.

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Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship for Dr Megan Leask

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 3:26pm

Dr Megan Leask has been awarded $284,599 to fund her work on reducing the burden of metabolic disease in Māori.

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Marsden Medal carries special significance for Tate

Thursday, 15 November 2018 9:44pm

Receiving the Marsden Medal at this year’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards is especially poignant for Professor Warren Tate.

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Division celebrates rise in Fast-Start Marsden funding

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 2:37pm

There has been a rise in the number of Division of Health Sciences’ early career researchers being successful in the Marsden Fund round this year, an increase  being welcomed by the Division’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Brunton.

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2018 Marsden Funding success for Otago Biochemistry

Monday, 12 November 2018 4:11pm

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Day, Dr Peter Mace and Dr Sol Perez-Santangelo of the Otago Department of Biochemistry for their outstanding success with the Marsden Fund this year.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:20am

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Farewell to Russell Poulter

Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:58pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Associate Professor Russell Poulter gave his valedictory seminar, marking his retirement from an academic position with Otago Biochemistry that started in the early 1970s.

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Biochemistry bonanza at Otago Peninsula schools

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:51am

Otago Biochemists wowed Portobello and Macandrew Bay primary schools last week with a fun introduction to their science.

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Otago research shows diet has little influence on precursor to gout

Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:02am

Dietary factors have a far smaller influence on urate levels (a precursor to gout) than previously envisaged, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Emerging Otago researchers win Fellowships worth $3.2 million

Thursday, 4 October 2018 12:06pm

Three highly-promising University of Otago researchers and another recently departed from the university, have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships worth $3.2 million by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Biochemistry master’s student awarded prestigious scholarship to study at Cambridge

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 10:20am

Otago Biochemistry’s Stephanie McGimpsey is heading to Cambridge University thanks to the Woolf Fisher Trust.

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Otago discovery links DNA-packaging proteins and cancer development

Thursday, 27 September 2018 2:30pm

University of Otago scientists have unravelled the 3D structure of two proteins, potentially providing answers as to why some people may be at risk of developing specific cancers.

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Otago scientists awarded major funding for innovative research

Thursday, 13 September 2018 2:48pm

University of Otago research leader Professor Richard Blaikie has received almost $1 million in Government funding to develop a cost-effective solution for large-scale production of hydrogen gas, a potential source of energy as an alternative to fossil fuel.

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Otago researchers find answers as to why some people are at risk of gout

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:33am

University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease.

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Otago Biochemistry award success at Queenstown Research Week 2018

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:45pm

Congratulations to all members of the Otago Department of Biochemistry who received awards and prizes at the Queenstown Research Week, and especially Dr Peter Mace for winning this year’s prestigious Thermo Fisher Scientific Award.

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Otago student takes out national 3MT glory

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 2:23pm

Otago postgraduate Yasmin Nouri has beaten nerves and tough opposition to win the New Zealand Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held at the University of Canterbury last week.

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Cancer Genetics student wins National Master's Three Minute Thesis Competition

Monday, 27 August 2018 11:08am

Yasmin Nouri in Professor Parry Guilford’s Cancer Genetics Lab in the Otago Department of Biochemistry has won the Master's category of the national 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition.

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Otago Biochemistry’s Professor Peter Dearden finalist for Supervisor of the Year

Monday, 27 August 2018 11:29am

Otago Biochemistry's Professor Peter Dearden enthusiastic supervision style has earned him a place as a finalist in the University’s annual Supervisor of the Year Awards.

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Fun with biomolecules at the University of Otago Science Expo

Monday, 23 July 2018 11:57am

The Department of Biochemistry and Genetics Otago jointly ran an exhibit at the University of Otago Science Expo during the July school holidays, giving the public a chance to try hands-on techniques that are used by scientists to investigate the molecular details of life.

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HRC funding successes for Biochemistry staff

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 3:01pm

Dr Peter Mace and Professor Sally McCormick have each been awarded more than $1M in the latest round of Health Research council funding.

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Biochemistry helps take Lab in a Box to Te Anau

Monday, 18 June 2018 12:44pm

The community in the Te Anau area was treated to a week of scientific insight into water quality recently when Lab in a Box came to town.

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Professors Guilford and Lamont featured in He Kitenga

Thursday, 14 June 2018 1:28pm

The 2017 He Kitenga featured stories about two Biochemistry professors.

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Farewell to Robyn Thomson

Friday, 8 June 2018 1:41pm

At the end of May we said goodbye and best of luck to Robyn Thomson. For fourteen years Robyn has been the Department's chief front-line person, and we will miss her a great deal.

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Inaugural Joan Mary Anderson Awards announced

Friday, 11 May 2018 12:10pm

Three winners of the new Joan Mary Anderson Award in Plant Sciences were announced this week, they are Miriam Hunt, Caitlin Elborough and Caitlin Harris.

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Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 9:21am

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather than only food poisoning.

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Out of the lab and on to the stage for Otago student

Wednesday, 2 May 2018 11:08am

Plant biology and musical theatre don't appear to have a lot in common, but it turns out Dunedin has provided University of Otago student Jacob Irby with the opportunity to combine his passion for both.

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2018 Marjorie McCallum awards announced

Friday, 27 April 2018 4:01pm

Three biochemistry students share the 2018 Marjorie McCallum MSc scholarships. 

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New Otago Biochemistry lecturer’s research funded by Cancer Society

Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:36pm

Dr Sarah Diermeier’s enthusiasm for finding out how an unexplored class of molecules influence breast cancer has been backed by the Cancer Society.

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Pacific Island kids go bananas about biochemistry

Thursday, 26 April 2018 11:36am

Last week a group of Pacific Island children from local intermediate schools were given a taste of biochemistry and genetics as part of Otago University's Intermediate Pacific Science Holiday Programme.

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New monitoring method could help Māori cancer patients

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:41pm

A simple blood test could provide a significant step to reducing health inequities for Māori cancer patients.

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Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:04am

A University of Otago biochemistry PhD student is credited with saving lives, thanks to his new research finding a genetic mutation that is linked to high rates of Māori stomach cancer.

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HRC and Lottery Health funding successes in Biochemistry

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 4:40pm

Congratulations to Professor Kurt Krause and Dr Peter Mace for their recently awarded research grants from the Health Research Council and Lottery Health. 

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Stan Walker helped by Biochemistry research

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 1:53pm

In a documentary screened last Sunday, the singer Stan Walker shared his roller coaster ride dealing with his family’s legacy of inherited stomach cancer.

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New independently-funded postdoctoral fellows

Thursday, 15 March 2018 12:20pm

The Department of Biochemistry is fortunate to have three independently-funded postdoctoral fellows starting research early this year.

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Accomplished Biochemistry alumnus presents structure of the spliceosome

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 1:33pm

Max Wilkinson returned to Dunedin yesterday to give a talk about his exceptional research into the structure of the spliceosome.

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Department of Biochemistry's glowworm research splashed across the media

Monday, 26 February 2018 12:44pm

Otago Department of Biochemistry research revealing what makes glowworms glow generated wide media interest last week.

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Unique chemistry - which one day might help fight serious disease - found in the New Zealand glowworm

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 9:09am

University of Otago researchers have helped uncover how New Zealand glowworms produce their glow.

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Funding success for brain disease research

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 9:25am

Research into neurodegenerative disease in the Department of Biochemistry has been boosted recently with funding successes for Dr Stephanie Hughes and the Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal Disease Lab.

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Biochemistry and Plant Biotechnology student awarded University of Otago’s top undergraduate prize

Thursday, 8 February 2018 1:33pm

Biochemistry and Plant Biotechnology student Bridget Thomas has won the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize, University of Otago’s premier undergraduate award, awarded to the most outstanding student completing an undergraduate or honours degree.

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2017 Biochemistry Student Prizewinners

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 12:35pm

The Department of Biochemistry is happy to announce that Nick Tenci, Bridget Thomas, Sarah Trevelyan, and Josiah Doorman have won the 2017 academic prizes.

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University academics receive Fulbright Scholar awards 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 11:19am

Two University of Otago academics have received Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards to undertake research in the United States.