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Professor Peter Dearden talks to Q+A about new genetic technologies

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 10:53am

In an interview with Jack Tame on TVNZ's Q + A programme last night, Professor Peter Dearden clearly explained why it is time for New Zealand to re-think genetic technologies.

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Otago Biochemistry receives $3.6 million for research into gout, neurodegenerative disease, and new antibiotics

Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:19am

Three projects lead by principal investigators based in Otago Biochemistry have been awarded funding of about $1.2 million each, which will push forward exciting research at the molecular level that will one day underpin improved treatments for a diverse range of diseases.

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Major donation supports research into early-stage cancer detection

Friday, 21 June 2019 12:34pm

The work of Professor Parry Guilford and his team at the University of Otago has received a major funding boost with a $50,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support their work on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and cancer research.

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Beautiful biochem dress highlights deep connection between science and design

Thursday, 6 June 2019 1:19pm

Emma Muir graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in May, wearing a beautiful dress that she painstakingly hand-embroidered herself.

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Celebration of research at the School of Biomedical Sciences Symposium

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:52pm

Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry had a great time sharing their research with the rest of the Otago School of Biomedical Sciences last week at the annual BMS Postgraduate Symposium held at the Otago Museum.

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Double celebration for mother and daughter

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:37pm

Graduation was even more special for one mother and daughter over the weekend, when they both walked across the stage to receive their doctorates.

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Biochemistry celebrates graduate achievements and speaks out for critical thinking

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 1:57pm

Congratulations to everyone who graduated with a degree from the Otago Biochemistry Department on Saturday.

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Olivia Kelly wins 2019 Joan Mary Anderson Award

Friday, 5 April 2019 12:04pm

Plant Biotechnology BSc(Hons) student Olivia Kelly has been awarded the 2019 Joan Mary Anderson Award in plant science.

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Study helps explain why some of our famous flightless birds can’t fly

Friday, 5 April 2019 10:02am

University of Otago researchers in association with colleagues from Harvard University have discovered new evidence of what made some of New Zealand’s iconic birds such as the kiwi and extinct moa, flightless.

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Otago expert explores device with potential to transform cancer survival

Monday, 1 April 2019 12:02pm

Cancer genetics and biology expert Professor Parry Guilford has received a New Zealand Health Research Council Explorer Grant to further investigate a novel device that could routinely detect early-stage cancer, potentially transforming cancer survival.

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Prof Parry Guilford hosts Wanaka gastric cancer summit

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:33am

Wanaka shared its best scenery with a special group of national and international visitors in March. The 2019 Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Consensus Clinical Guidelines Meeting had a wide variety of attendees, including scientists, doctors, genetic counsellors, and family members directly affected by hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC).

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Dr Jillian Evans, pharmaceutical development legend, visits Otago Biochemistry

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:26pm

Recently, the Department hosted one of New Zealand’s most successful expat scientists, Dr Jillian Evans.

Among her many achievements, she has helped to develop three drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cystic fibrosis and asthma, and co-found several successful pharmaceutical companies.

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Lottery Health research equipment grant for Associate Professor Alan Carne

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 1:56pm

Associate Professor Alan Carne’s investigations into new health-promoting biomolecules received a boost with $100,000 from Lottery Health Research recently.

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Otago Biochemistry academic promotions

Thursday, 7 February 2019 12:49pm

Congratulations to Otago Biochemistry academic staff who were promoted on the first of February.

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Pipettes, soy sauce, and bleeding for the cause: Hands-on at Otago 2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 1:31pm

21 eager high school students joined the Department of Biochemistry last week for a taste of life studying biochemistry at the University of Otago.

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Student academic awards for 2018 announced

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:29am

The Department of Biochemistry is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 student academic awards are  Sarah MacKie (Mervyn Smith Prize, Joshua McCluskey (Petersen Prize), Cameron Reddington (400-level Edson Prize, Emily Rhoades and Helena Cooper (joint winners, 300-level Edson Prize).