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Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project "Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”

Otago study unlocks secrets of sex change in fish

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

A University of Otago-led study is heralding advances in our understanding of one of the most startling transformations in the natural world – the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish.

Cycle Challenge to help Heart Foundation

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Cycling at the end of July may not be everybody's cup of tea but when you are raising money for the Heart Foundation and doing it indoors, anyone can join in – and you don't even have to wear lycra!

Central Otago cemetery might be next for archaeological research

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

With successful operations in the small Otago towns of Milton and Lawrence complete, the University of Otago’s Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project is now looking to partner with the historic Drybread Cemetery, deep in the heart of Central Otago.

Otago enhances its relations with Jinan University

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with one of China’s oldest universities last week, formalising a working relationship between researchers at the two institutions.

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

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Friday, 5 April 2019

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.

Webster Family Chair in Pathogenesis appointment

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Following an extensive international search, Professor Miguel Quiñones-Mateu has been appointed as the second holder of the Webster Family Chair in Viral Pathogenesis in the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Prof Parry Guilford hosts Wanaka gastric cancer summit

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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).

Otago discovery paves way for precision medicine in future

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

University of Otago scientists have discovered a way to view the immune cell 'landscape' of bowel cancer tumours, paving the way towards more individualised medicine and treatment for many other diseases in future.

Dr Jillian Evans, pharmaceutical development legend, visits Otago Biochemistry

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

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.

Are New Zealand’s giant birds of prey just exiled Aussies?

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

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. 

New heads to lead Ageing Well National Science Challenge

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Two women, both from the University of Otago, have been appointed to lead the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (AWNSC) in a year when it moves into the second phase of its allocation of funding.

Innovative research aids stroke recovery

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Research undertaken by Professor John Reynolds and colleagues at the University of Otago has found an exciting new treatment to help people recover from the effects of a stroke.

Students get hands-on

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Monday, 28 January 2019

The Department recent hosted ten budding young anatomists as part of the University's Hands-On at Otago programme for Year 12 and 13 students.  The students completed a research project on the knee, as well as other organised programme activities throughout the week.

Student academic awards for 2018 announced

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

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).

Sustained contribution to teaching recognised

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

A passion and drive to enhance the student learning experience in the W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum and transform the Museum into a world class teaching facility has seen Mr Chris Smith receive the School of Biomedical Sciences Teaching Support Sustained Contribution award for 2018.

Biochemistry staff feature in BMS awards

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

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

Two winning teams from TRG competition

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Two winning teams have emerged from this year’s University of Otago Translational Research Grant (TRG) competition – one in Dunedin and one in Christchurch.

Otago study forces a rethink on population history of Ibiza

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

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.

Mo-tivation for fundraiser

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Monday, 3 December 2018

The death from cancer of a fellow student was a big motivation behind the group Monatomy which has been raising money to improve men’s health.