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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine news

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

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Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

Health inequities under the microscope

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Friday 28 May 2021

Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Explorer Grant win for Dr Gabriella Lindberg. Personalised 3D tissue models are to be researched with the aim of reducing health inequities in cartilage therapies.

Career development boost for Dr Gabriella Lindberg

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Otago’s Health Sciences Division awards Dr Gabriella Lindberg a postdoctoral fellowship. Research into the integration of cartilage bioimplants with patient’s own tissues.

Christchurch doctors develop fat-firming plastic surgery technique

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Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Otago’s Dr Khoon Lim and Mr Jeremy Simcock speak on TV’s NewsHub about their innovative fat grafting research, promising another option for reconstructive plastic surgery. Their research proposal recently won a Translational Research Grant and $50,000 funding from the University.

2020 Bioengineering Showcase goes hybrid

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Tuesday 1 December 2020

A decision was made early to offer the 2020 Bioengineering Showcase as a hybrid-platform event with physical venues in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington, and including virtual participation using Zoom. The current covid-19 situation has invited innovative adaptation from us all!

Prize winning month for CReaTE PhD students

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Monday 30 November 2020

November has been a winning month in the CReaTE research group. Three of the group’s PhD candidates have walked away with prizes from three different research-networking events.

Clinicians warn of gaps in chronic pain services

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Friday 23 October 2020

University of Otago’s Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson advocates for pain specialists to be provided in all areas of the country – her views feature in RNZ’s news article about the state of the nation’s pain management service.

University recognises promising early career researchers

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Thursday 1 October 2020

Researchers 3D-printing veins, enhancing sports spectators’ experience through augmented reality, and studying how gut bacteria influences cancer development are among the recipients of this year’s University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

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Tuesday 30 June 2020

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

International award for CReaTE researcher

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Monday 15 June 2020

The research excellence of Professor Tim Woodfield is recognised by the the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE).

Milestone birthday for Department's HOD

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Thursday 14 November 2019

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine's most recent Research Meeting starts with a surprise birthday cake for Head of Department, Professor Gary Hooper.

Awards for teaching and support staff

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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Appreciation and awards from the Christchurch Medical Students’ Association for teaching and support delivered by Departmental staff.

Otago’s emerging researchers secure more than $1.7 million in HRC funding

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Thursday 16 May 2019

An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.

One in five New Zealanders suffer chronic pain

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Thursday 6 December 2018

Clinical senior lecturer, Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, discusses the complexities of chronic pain management with Newstalk ZB’s Kate Hawkesby after co-authoring an article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

Hip, hip hooray for clever Otago bioengineering scientists

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Thursday 22 November 2018

‘Hip, hip, hooray for clever Otago bioengineering scientists’; the Otago Daily Times profiles Dr Khoon Lim’s research and reports on his prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship award, amounting to NZ$487,549.

Division celebrates rise in Fast-Start Marsden funding

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Tuesday 13 November 2018

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.

New research to make living with Perthes disease less painful

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Thursday 20 September 2018

"Every year around 50 Kiwi kids are diagnosed with Perthes - a condition where insufficient blood supply causes cells in the hip joint to die, damaging movement and causing crippling pain." The NZ Herald reports on David Kieser's research that aims to impact the progression of the disease and help prevent the suffering of chronic pain.

Future of orthopaedic surgery is 3D bioprinting

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Monday 11 December 2017

The Press reporter Will Harvie writes about the future of orthopaedic surgery and 3D bioprinting. He interviews Associate Professor Tim Woodfield of the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) research group at the University of Otago's Christchurch campus.

Opportunity to learn about 3D printing with local expert

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Thursday 12 October 2017

Associate Professor Tim Woodfield has developed a 3-day introductory 3D Printing in Medicine course for the local medical community. It will run November 20 to 22 in Christchurch and include talks by international and national experts.