Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:24am
An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of Otago and Canterbury Museum has brought new knowledge around how the world’s largest eagle came to live in New Zealand. The study published this week in “Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution” traces the Haast’s eagle back to Australia, but it was only after more than two million years of evolution in New Zealand that the bird became a global giant.
Monday, 18 February 2019 9:54am
University of Otago researchers have discovered a clue as to why there are changes in the way babies’ brains are formed in mothers who are obese during pregnancy, which can potentially lead to an elevated risk of mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.
Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:17am
Otago researchers have discovered a rare case of genetic population discontinuity on the Mediterranean Island of Ibiza. Essentially, the original genetic signature of the founding female population, handed down through centuries on Ibiza has been replaced, prompting a change in understanding of the island’s genetic history.
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.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 9:16am
Irish Famine victims were heavy smokers which caused badly rotten teeth, researchers from the University of Otago and Queen’s University Belfast, in Ireland, have discovered.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 9:15am
University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.
Monday, 21 May 2018 2:58pm
The story of the Loch Ness monster is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We have waited more than a thousand years for an answer on its existence. Now, it is only months away.
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.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 1:41pm
A simple blood test could provide a significant step to reducing health inequities for Māori cancer patients.
Thursday, 12 April 2018 10:03am
Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project.
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.
Friday, 23 March 2018 10:42am
Researchers from The University of Otago are playing a key role in revealing previously unknown information about prehistoric settlement in the South Pacific.
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.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 2:13pm
In the ever-competitive mating scene, new University of Otago research has revealed how males of some species revert to deception and disguise in order to lure females.
Friday, 17 November 2017 11:44am
Scientists working in the vanguard of new genetic technologies have issued a call to ensure that possible applications in conservation will only affect local populations.
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.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:11pm
The same hormone that stimulates milk production for lactation, also acts in the brain to help establish the nurturing link between mother and baby, University of Otago researchers have revealed for the first time.
Monday, 11 September 2017 9:29am
Learning to cultivate crops and other agricultural food – rather than relying on hunter-gathering – is often thought of as a key milestone in the history of humanity.
Friday, 8 September 2017 1:56pm
New Zealand stroke survivors are being sought by University of Otago researchers for an innovative study that holds promise for restoring their arm and hand function.
Friday, 25 August 2017 4:03pm
University of Otago researchers studying learning processes affected in brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have made new discoveries about how nerve impulses form memories, findings which have implications for developing new therapies for these conditions.
Friday, 4 August 2017 12:17pm
New insights into the lifeways – and death rites – of the ancient people of Ireland are being provided through funerary studies led by a researcher at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy.
Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:17am
When salmon spawn, the sperm of competing males are in an all-or-nothing race to be the first to reach and fertilise the eggs.
Monday, 24 July 2017 4:58pm
In the first research of its kind in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers are gaining fresh insights into the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in St. John’s Burial Ground, in Tokoiti, Milton.
Friday, 23 June 2017 12:57pm
New Zealand conservation workers are keen on gene-editing to eradicate pests but would rather avoid “playing God” with native species, a University of Otago study suggests.
Friday, 16 June 2017 1:54pm
Pests like mice and wasps may one day be eradicated using a new technique which scientists have just proven in the laboratory on fruit flies.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:38pm
School students who may have wondered where their teachers came from may not have to wonder much longer.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 9:27am
Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development.
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.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 2:02pm
A population of rare little spotted kiwi (LSK) that was thought to be thriving in a Marlborough island sanctuary is actually seriously threatened by the silent effects of inbreeding, new research led by a University of Otago scientist suggests.
Friday, 14 October 2016 11:18am
Vitamins A and C can enhance success in the challenging process of converting adult cells into stem cells, an international study co-led by a University of Otago researcher has found.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:05am
A University of Otago bioanthropologist is among an international group of scientists who have undertaken the first population genomic study of Aboriginal Australians.
Friday, 22 July 2016 11:07am
Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, an internationally renowned biological anthropologist who pioneered the use of evolutionary genetics to trace Pacific migrations, is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.
Monday, 30 May 2016 2:31pm
University of Otago researchers are hoping to shed new light on the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through a proposed study that would involve excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in Tokoiti, Milton.
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:20am
A research team co-led by a University of Otago scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the “Young Man of Byrsa” or “Ariche”, whose tomb was discovered within a hill in Carthage, Tunisia in 1994.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 1:12pm
University of Otago researchers studying chinook salmon have provided the first evidence that “cryptic female choice” (CFC) enhances fertilisation success and embryo survival.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:29am
A University of Otago biological anthropologist will head to London in June to collect 200 DNA samples from ex-pats to complete sampling for study of the genetic origins of New Zealanders.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 3:42pm
A University of Otago biochemist has been awarded a $50,000 grant to develop enzymes that prevent infection-causing biofilms from growing on catheters and other medical devices.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 3:44pm
A University of Otago PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 8:13am
Third-year University of Otago neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards, held in Wellington on Friday.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:49am
Two talented early to mid-career scientists will return to the University of Otago after gaining highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, which are valued at up to $800,000 each over five years.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 8:31am
A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at the University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection.
Monday, 4 August 2014 2:13pm
University of Otago research aimed at developing drugs that are selectively lethal to cancer cells is one of two newly funded innovative projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.
Friday, 6 June 2014 9:00am
A University of Otago researcher is among an international team that has sequenced the sheep genome, pinpointing genes that are unique to sheep, including those that help support secretion of the grease needed to maintain wool.
Thursday, 29 May 2014 8:25pm
Half of New Zealand’s overweight women are obese and nearly a third of boys and girls are overweight or obese, according to a first-of-its-kind global report of which a University of Otago scientist is a co-author.
Monday, 31 March 2014 3:08pm
A University of Otago study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.
Thursday, 6 March 2014 3:25pm
Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago studying 3000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands are casting new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people, the likely ancestors of Polynesians.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 8:43am
New research will help to breed new onions tailored to grow in specific conditions.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 3:51pm
An innovative, non-lethal approach to pest management has the potential to become a “game-changer” in providing lasting and effective control in a wide range of insect and animal pests, according to New Zealand scientists developing the technique.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 3:25pm
When salmon spawn, males competing to fertilise eggs will win or lose based primarily on their sperm swimming speed, according to a collaborative study by researchers from the University of Otago and the University of Western Australia.
Monday, 21 October 2013 10:21am
Discoveries of early Māori skeletal remains showing tell-tale signs of gout have been corroborated by new evidence that dispels the myth that the disease was largely an upper class European affliction that did not affect any indigenous populations.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 3:42pm
University of Otago and Auckland scientists have for the first time discovered a human gene variant that can “turn bad” when affected by sugary drinks, raising the risk of developing the common and debilitating arthritic disease gout.
Thursday, 29 August 2013 3:53pm
Two innovative University of Otago research projects focused on enabling bio-manufacturing of key industrial chemicals and developing new bee-friendly insecticides have been funded in the government’s latest science investment round.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 9:54am
Deputy Director of Otago University’s Brain Health Research Centre, Associate Professor John Reynolds, will travel to Australia next week to attend the 2013 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 3:25pm
A University of Otago-led multidisciplinary team of scientists have shed new light on the diet, lifestyles and movements of the first New Zealanders by analysing isotopes from their bones and teeth.
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:54am
University of Otago scientists have today published persuasive evidence that the PSA strains responsible for the outbreak in North Island kiwifruit orchards came directly from China, as did those responsible for the 2008 Italian and 2010 Chilean outbreaks of the devastating canker disease. This result will help clarify the pathway by which PSA entered New Zealand
Thursday, 6 December 2012 10:00am
A leading University of Otago biological anthropologist has won a prestigious two-year James Cook Research Fellowship to undertake the first-ever survey of the genetic diversity of New Zealand’s population.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 9:52am
In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have achieved the feat of sequencing complete mitochondrial genomes for members of what was likely to be one of the first groups of Polynesians to settle New Zealand and have revealed a surprising degree of genetic variation among these pioneering voyagers.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 4:14pm
New University of Otago research into two sex hormones released by the testes of male fetuses and boys may help solve the enduring mystery of why autism is much more common in boys than girls.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012 9:53am
University of Otago researchers working in remote Cambodian mountains are shedding new light on the lost history of an unidentified people by studying their enigmatic burial rituals.
Friday, 20 April 2012 10:09am
People who donate their bodies to science are more likely to be blue collar workers who also regularly give blood, are registered organ donors, and give frequently to charity, according to an international study led by the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:31am
New University of Otago research suggests that a stronger focus is needed on preventing accidental nerve injury during medical treatments in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011 11:57am
The University of Otago announced today that it will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables researchers worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges. Associate Professor Russell Poulter of the Department of Biochemistry will pursue an innovative global health research project, titled “Activation of latent HIV by cyclic analogues of Tat”.
Thursday, 4 August 2011 10:55am
A University of Otago Senior Teaching Fellow has won an award for sustained excellence in this year’s national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
Otago receives US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant for ground-breaking research in global health and development
Friday, 29 April 2011 2:36pm
The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Associate Professor Russell Poulter of the Department of Biochemistry will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Targeting HIV provirus with novel restriction endonucleases”.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 9:09am
Research at Otago University to develop a better screening test for the early detection of prostate cancer has been advanced due to a $30,000 grant from the Men’s Health Trust New Zealand.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 2:47pm
A previously hidden mechanism regulating how brain cells communicate has been discovered by a University of Otago scientist in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen.
Monday, 23 November 2009 3:08pm
A University of Otago biochemistry honours student has received a prestigious Woolf Fisher Scholarship to support her PhD study at Cambridge University.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 8:50am
Researchers attempting to unlock the secrets of a protein found in the prostate gland say their work could lead to the development of a more accurate screening tool for prostate disease.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009 12:36pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered a new mechanism which contributes to subtle differences between male and female brains and behaviours.
Monday, 30 March 2009 11:29am
A University of Otago scientist is part of an international collaborative team granted more than US$1m to study the hidden mechanisms behind ensuring that components of cells are properly organised.