Tuesday, 13 October 2020 11:06am
A University of Otago study has shown adults low in dietary vitamin C can improve their feelings of vitality by eating two kiwifruit a day for two weeks.
Friday, 2 October 2020 3:21pm
A breakthrough discovery combining two powerful technologies looks set to help doctors intervene earlier and perhaps prevent heart failure in at risk patients, who have already had a heart attack.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 3:04pm
A FREE hybrid event showcasing the latest achievements in bioengineering and medical technologies.
Thursday, 17 September 2020 2:00pm
A Christchurch research group whose work has changed the way clinicians around the globe diagnose and treat heart conditions has won the University of Otago 2020 Research Group Award.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 2:03pm
Much has been said of late about Medical School admissions at the University of Otago and our Mirror on Society Policy.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:51pm
Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the HRC’s new Health Delivery Research portfolio.
Friday, 11 September 2020 3:01pm
Members of the department have made appearances in TV and newspaper articles over the past couple of weeks, giving a spotlight to their areas of research.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 12:24pm
A simple blood test could identify seemingly-healthy people with a high hidden risk of heart disease thanks to a world-first discovery by University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.
Thursday, 20 August 2020 8:55am
The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged global co-operation and highlighted the importance of science-based policy in preventing the devastating impact on communities and economies by novel infectious diseases, according to the winner of the University of Otago’s highest honour.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:50am
Researchers developing a faster and less painful way of diagnosing Legionnaires’ disease are among the recipients of almost $1million in Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) grants.
Monday, 3 August 2020 2:17pm
Raising the standard of cardiovascular care in New Zealand’s retirement sector is the focus of a New Zealand first, joint initiative between Ryman Healthcare, The Heart Foundation of NZ and the Christchurch Heart Institute.
Thursday, 16 July 2020 4:14pm
Rangatahi Māori are more likely to use cannabis or be dependent on it and more likely to be negatively affected by cannabis laws, compared to their non-Māori peers.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:21pm
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.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:34pm
Just a few weeks since it was launched, the University of Otago student financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has provided NZD$659,156 in grants to support students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:17am
Parents of school-aged children were very concerned that their children may catch COVID-19 if schools were reopened at Alert Level 3 despite no evidence supporting this view, a new University of Otago, Christchurch study reveals.
Saturday, 6 June 2020 10:36am
University of Otago researchers have drawn from the world-class data of The Dunedin Study and similar Christchurch Health and Development Study, to provide broad analysis of the effects of cannabis ahead of New Zealand’s cannabis referendum in September.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020 12:27pm
‘Quake brain’ is a real phenomenon that impairs people’s memory even years after the shaking stops, a world-leading study from the University of Otago, Christchurch has shown.
Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am
The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.
Friday, 15 May 2020 3:59pm
New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2 means many Otago University health clinics will now be open to the public.
Friday, 15 May 2020 11:27am
The University of Otago is delighted to welcome back students to all its campuses and colleges after they played a major role, and made their own sacrifices, when the nation united against COVID-19.
Christchurch researchers asking parents what information they need about COVID-19 and children’s health.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 12:26pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers and paediatricians are launching an urgent study to understand what information parents need to understand and feel reassured about COVID-19 and its potential impact on children.
Monday, 11 May 2020 6:28pm
COVID-19 may well be the catalyst for significant change in how general practice operates in New Zealand in future, according to University of Otago general practice experts.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 3:08pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers are part of an urgent international effort to understand how isolation and disruption of routines associated with COVID-19 are affecting people with mood disorders.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 12:35pm
Development of a COVID-19 vaccine is at best 12 to 18 months away, according to University of Otago infectious disease specialist Professor David Murdoch.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:02am
With a lack of CoVID-19 circulating in our community, fewer other viruses and bacteria than usual, and good systems for detection and contact tracing in place, it is as safe as it has ever been for children to attend school.
Friday, 24 April 2020 4:45pm
The University of Otago is committing $1.5 million as an initial investment to support Otago students facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak.
Friday, 3 April 2020 11:59am
Intermediate school-aged children who use a device just before bedtime and decide what time they go to sleep, achieve less sleep and feel more sleepier the following day than their peers.
Monday, 23 March 2020 5:11pm
The University of Otago has updated its response, and is accelerating its move to online delivery of teaching following this afternoon’s change in COVID-19 Alert Level.
Monday, 24 February 2020 3:25pm
Almost a third of middle-aged New Zealanders have tried methamphetamine at least once, according to a new University of Otago, Christchurch study looking at the link between using the drug and violence in the general population.
New Zealanders need to work together in preparation for likely coronavirus pandemic, Otago expert says.
Monday, 24 February 2020 12:03pm
The likelihood of New Zealand remaining coronavirus-free is low and the country should be preparing for a pandemic, a University of Otago, Christchurch infectious diseases specialist warns.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:52pm
It’s International Women’s Day soon and we’re celebrating!
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers lead study to help those most affected by mosque attacks
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 10:09am
A new Health Research Council-funded study is about to get underway to help understand the psychological and physical effects of the March 15 Mosque attacks in Christchurch last year and to link those directly affected with additional support, if needed.
Friday, 17 January 2020 10:27am
The HPV vaccine has led to a significant reduction in the rate of cervical abnormalities in young New Zealand women, which is likely to result in reduced rates of cervical cancer in future, new University of Otago research reveals.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm
Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
Friday, 6 December 2019 2:03pm
A swathe of the University of Otago Division of Health Science’s finest staff have been promoted to Associate Professor.
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am
University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.
Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:42am
The Health Research Council has awarded 23 University of Otago researchers $3.8 million in Career Development Awards.
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:17pm
Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found.
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 2:29pm
A prominent neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a wealth of international experience has been named the new Dean of the University of Otago medical school.
Friday, 4 October 2019 2:15pm
All academic staff in the Division of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for the Translational Research Grant.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:14pm
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took micronutrients had lower levels of a bacteria linked to the psychological disorder, and a healthier range of bugs in their gut overall, new research shows.
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:23pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers played a key role in new global research showing the causes of the eating disorder anorexia are likely metabolic as well as psychological.
Friday, 12 July 2019 9:14am
University of Otago mental health experts are upset another Government has missed an opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm, by taking a recommendation from the recent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction off the agenda.
Friday, 28 June 2019 9:05am
New Zealanders played crucial roles in a global pneumonia study pinpointing the deadliest forms of viruses and bacteria, and identifying one vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies and young children.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 3:40pm
Gay, lesbian and bisexual New Zealanders are on average more than twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as heterosexuals, new research shows.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 9:40am
Beta blockers, smoking cessation, stress suppression in motherhood and synthetic cannabinoid signalling are just a few of the areas of University of Otago Division of Health Sciences research to receive a total of almost $35 million in funding this year from the Health Research Council.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 4:06pm
Climate change and its impact on people’s health and using DNA to help predict who may suffer heart failure are just two of many University of Otago-led research projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of more than $40 million.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 11:35am
The first New Zealand-wide study of the burden of Legionnaires' disease has found triple the number of cases of this form of pneumonia than previously reported.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm
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.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:30am
Loneliness, social isolation and burnt-out carers are pushing physically and mentally well elderly into aged care facilities, a University of Otago, Christchurch, study has found.
Friday, 15 March 2019 2:15pm
The University of Otago community stands shoulder to shoulder with the Muslim community. Following the tragic events in Christchurch last Friday, several events are being held on the Dunedin campus on Thursday, 21 March.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 1:08pm
Measles is circulating widely in Canterbury. Information and advice is available for University of Otago, Christchurch staff and students.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 2:56pm
A University of Otago study reveals the incidence of non-viral gastroenteritis in New Zealand children has declined over the past 20 years with researchers concluding improved food health standards the key contributor.
Friday, 18 January 2019 9:57am
Amid the ongoing debate on legislation for recreational use of cannabis, an Otago researcher proposes a cautious path forward for changing cannabis laws in New Zealand that aims to reduce cannabis-related harm.
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 11:56am
The first study of the burden of listeria in pregnant New Zealanders and their babies has found reassuringly low rates of the infection – indicating food safety warnings are working to prevent unnecessary cases of miscarriage, still birth, and meningitis in babies infected in the womb.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018 11:05am
Almost half of patients are being prescribed common medications for longer than recommended, putting them at unnecessary risk of harmful side effects, new research shows.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 9:19am
A University of Otago Christchurch engineer is developing a ‘lego’ system to 3D-bioprint bone; a solution that could one day replace the billions-of-dollars-worth of ceramic and titanium implants required by New Zealand patients annually.
Thursday, 18 October 2018 2:12pm
A preliminary study of a new, quick and accurate, bedside blood test performed in Emergency Departments (ED) could help reduce the time it takes to rule out heart attacks. The study findings have been published this morning in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Cardiology).
Thursday, 18 October 2018 9:12am
University of Otago Research Fellow Helen Taylor’s science communication around conservation genetics and threatened species has earned her recognition at this year’s New Zealand Research Honours.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 9:46am
The majority of migrant sex workers in New Zealand who participated in new University of Otago research, are in safe employment situations and working to fund study or travel rather than being desperate, exploited or trafficked, the research shows.
Friday, 5 October 2018 12:05pm
Numbers of alcohol-impaired and injured people coming to Christchurch’s emergency department (ED) remained the same between 2013 and 2107 despite legislation aimed at reducing harm, new research shows.
Monday, 17 September 2018 12:20pm
Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research
Friday, 14 September 2018 4:43pm
The University of Otago has announced plans to construct a new state-of-the-art building to expand its Christchurch campus, making an important contribution to the Health Precinct as part of the city’s rebuild.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 3:04pm
Elderly taking multiple high-risk medications for sleeping, pain or incontinence are twice as likely as others to fall and break bones, with many dying within a year of their injury, new research shows.
Monday, 27 August 2018 3:35pm
University of Otago scientist Dr Andrew Das has won the Roche Translational Cancer Research Fellowship to further his work as part of a research team investigating the role of epigenetics in leukaemia.
Friday, 17 August 2018 10:11am
The prescription of drugs designed to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions has increased in New Zealand by almost 50 per cent in less than a decade, according to the first local study of its kind.
Wednesday, 1 August 2018 10:09am
A University of Otago researcher has received funding from the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand to investigate a new therapy which could potentially prevent disorders developing in children born prematurely.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 7:29am
Adolescents who drink weekly before age 17 are up to three times more likely as adults to binge drink, drink drive, be alcohol-dependent, and use other drugs than their non-drinking peers, new Australasian research shows.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 1:22pm
The first human scan using MARS spectral CT was accomplished by father and son team Professors Phil and Antony Butler. The news has attracted much international interest.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 9:12am
The first human has been scanned with a revolutionary new 3D colour medical scanner invented in New Zealand by father and son scientists from the Universities of Canterbury and Otago.
Monday, 18 June 2018 2:31pm
New Zealand scientists have identified a toxic bug they believe may cause bowel cancer and could lead to a life-saving vaccine or early detection test for the too-often deadly disease.
Monday, 18 June 2018 10:21am
A new study investigating for the first time the health of occupants of leaky homes in New Zealand is one of many University of Otago-led projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of almost $19 million.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 2:04pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers are teaming up with intensive care specialists to study whether intravenous infusions of vitamin C could be a life-saving treatment for patients with sepsis.
Monday, 11 June 2018 10:45am
University of Otago researchers are helping lead international studies which have discovered that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk factors for the devastating disease leptospirosis in northern Tanzania.
Friday, 25 May 2018 9:15am
A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use of other substances, and lower levels of achievement.
Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm
The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.
Thursday, 17 May 2018 7:59am
A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.
Friday, 11 May 2018 9:42am
In a New Zealand first, University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers have analysed nicotine levels in infants’ hair to get a true measure of the impact of passive smoking on respiratory problems.
Friday, 23 March 2018 9:37am
Childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese as adults in New Zealand include being male, born into a single-parent family, having parents with larger body size and limited or no breastfeeding, new University of Otago research reveals.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 4:04pm
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group have dusted off their superhero capes to participate once again to raise money at the Cancer Society's Relay for Life at Rolleston over the weekend.
Friday, 9 March 2018 10:47am
A University of Otago health expert is calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact’s potential impacts on climate change and health.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:52am
A University of Otago, Christchurch, summer student has identified the days when patients are most vulnerable to dying from a ‘broken heart’.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:00pm
Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.
Friday, 16 February 2018 2:53pm
A Christchurch rheumatologist has won Medicines New Zealand's top prize for research into how increasing dosages of gout medicines can dramatically improve patients’ lives.
Friday, 15 December 2017 12:25pm
The University of Otago will this year promote 23 academics to the position of Professor across its Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 4:08pm
More than 15,000 frail elderly identified as being lonely according to a world-first study of 72,000 older New Zealanders. That equates to one in five older people.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 9:32am
Christchurch newsletter. Catch up with the latest news and research findings from our Christchurch campus.
Friday, 10 November 2017 4:08pm
More than one in 10 New Zealanders over the age of 50 have such low Vitamin C levels they run the risk of getting scurvy, according to a University of Otago, Christchurch study.
Monday, 6 November 2017 3:18pm
An estimated 35,000 New Zealanders have clinically severe hoarding behaviour, according to the country’s first snapshot of the debilitating mental illness. A further 56,000 people are likely to have sub-clinical hoarding behaviours that could later develop into a diagnosable condition.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am
Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.
Monday, 30 October 2017 8:22am
Joint research by the University of Otago and University of Canterbury has revealed that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce.
Thursday, 26 October 2017 3:20pm
Dr Anna Pilbrow says we are not doomed by our DNA – and that having a healthy lifestyle can help offset genetic risks.
Thursday, 19 October 2017 2:48pm
A new urine test being trialled by University of Otago, Christchurch scientists could one day save lives.
Sunday, 15 October 2017 2:42pm
Associate Professor Gillian Abel, who has studied sex work in New Zealand for two decades, says Julie Bindel denies women actively choose to do sex work.
Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:00am
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.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:57pm
The Canterbury public enjoyed laboratory tours, a debate on whether we can all live to be 120 years, and the chance to hear about latest health research at Showcase 2017.
Friday, 29 September 2017 1:17pm
Christchurch medical students are working with actors and a high-technology manikin to practise dealing with acute patient scenarios before encountering them in the real world.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 4:05pm
The Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI) team is delighted that six of its researchers have been successful in being awarded grants in the 2017 Heart Foundation grant round
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 3:53pm
Rates of debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease among South Island children are up to three times higher than their North Island counterparts, the first New Zealand prevalence study has found.
Friday, 15 September 2017 2:48pm
Christchurch researchers are growing veins in the laboratory as part of a project aiming to create large 3D-printed pieces of bone for use in orthopaedic surgery.
Friday, 8 September 2017 3:32pm
A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 9:16am
A New Zealand-first research study happening in Canterbury could make treatment of a common male condition easier and less painful.
Friday, 7 July 2017 9:14am
Numbers of people with Parkinson’s disease will double over the next 25 years, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch’s specialist brain research group.
Friday, 23 June 2017 11:42am
Washing hands after using compost could protect gardeners from contracting a common but dangerous strain of Legionnaire’s disease, new University of Otago research shows.
Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:30am
University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $24M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.
Friday, 9 June 2017 2:44pm
People who visited the Hauora Village were able to have a heart health check by qualified Māori practitioners from University of Otago, Christchurch.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017 3:29pm
Professor Vicky Cameron, a renowned geneticist and Deputy Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Christchurch Heart Institute and the Heart Foundation first to work with cardiovascular charity partnership
Thursday, 1 June 2017 8:36am
The Christchurch Heart Institute is working alongside the Heart Foundation as part of an innovative approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) research, following a significant donation of $330,000 from Ryman Healthcare yesterday.
Monday, 29 May 2017 9:52am
A University of Otago, Christchurch, discovery of missing DNA in women who develop breast cancer at a young age could hold the key to helping them beat the disease.
Monday, 22 May 2017 12:05pm
Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 11:58am
Better understanding tensions between street-based sex workers and communities is part of a new study by a University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher into the impact of decriminalisation.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 9:55am
Cantabrians cognitive abilities – or their ability to do simple tasks – appear to have been significantly affected by exposure to earthquakes, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has found.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:56am
The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.
Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm
University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.
Friday, 3 March 2017 4:58pm
'Partners in a healthier Pacific' is a free open lecture as part of the University of Otago, Christchurch's Health Lecture Series. Please join us on Tuesday 11 April at 7pm to hear Professor Steve Chambers, infectious disease expert, and Kiki Maoate, paediatric surgeon, talk about their work.
Friday, 3 March 2017 10:46am
Accurately predicting the likelihood of readmission or even death following a heart attack is now more possible, according to recently published findings by the Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI).
Friday, 17 February 2017 9:19am
Taking vitamin D supplements can lower your risk of acute respiratory infections such as influenza or the common cold, latest research shows.
Friday, 10 February 2017 3:41pm
Learning Te Reo relevant to a health environment is now easy thanks to an innovative App and interactive game developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:49pm
The first student from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has begun their PhD at the University of Otago, Christchurch, working on developing the next generation of medical scanners.
Thursday, 12 January 2017 8:49am
Christchurch researchers and their international collaborators have identified genetic markers that could predict those who will suffer most from Crohn’s disease.
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:02pm
Several University of Otago researchers have gained funding to pursue innovative projects in the Neurological Foundation’s latest grant round announced today.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:56am
The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand’s history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday 10 December.
Friday, 2 December 2016 12:25pm
The more frequently men use pornography the less sexually intimate they are with their partners, latest University of Otago, Christchurch, research shows.
Monday, 19 September 2016 12:02pm
We showcased our research and laboratories to the people of Christchurch at the UOC Health Research Open Day on Sunday.
News from the Department of Medicine
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:10am
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:08pm
Professor Vicky Cameron is a firm believer in scientists’ responsibility to share findings with the community - particularly their research participants. This is one of the reasons Professor Cameron is excited about becoming the Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.
Friday, 5 August 2016 4:34pm
A large proportion of pregnant New Zealand women are at higher risk of poor health outcomes because they don’t know how much weight they should be putting on during pregnancy, new University of Otago research suggests.
Friday, 1 July 2016 11:48am
Christchurch gastroenterologist Professor Richard Gearry is this year’s winner of the Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award, which recognises outstanding research performance from University of Otago staff early in their research career.
Friday, 3 June 2016 4:13pm
The University of Otago has contributed to the building of a new wharekai (dining hall) and teaching rooms at Onuku Marae on the Banks Peninsula.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm
Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.
Monday, 7 March 2016 2:20pm
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group participated in the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for the fourth year in a row to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember loved ones lost to cancer and to fight cancer back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society and cancer research.
Monday, 7 December 2015 4:17pm
International scientists will today celebrate the exceptional career of Professor Christine Winterbourn, whose research in the area of free radical science has spanned more than four decades.
Monday, 5 October 2015 10:20am
Men classified as obese according to the Body Mass Index (BMI) make more money per week than those with ‘normal’ BMIs. The opposite applies for women, with obese or overweight women earning less than females with a normal BMI. Larger women are also more likely to be depressed and dissatisfied with their lives than females with a ‘normal’ BMI.
Thursday, 1 October 2015 9:04am
The University of Otago, Christchurch’s Population Health Department has developed an innovative programme where medical students write and perform songs about public health topics such as sexual health to at-risk groups.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:54am
A Christchurch scientist working to determine whether high dose vitamin C is a viable cancer therapy has won funding to explore its effect on breast tumours.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:43am
University of Otago researchers have been awarded grants to pursue six research projects in the latest annual National Heart Foundation funding round announced today.
Thursday, 17 September 2015 9:43am
Two University of Otago health sciences researchers have gained prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand fellowships, it was announced today.
Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study
Friday, 4 September 2015 10:11am
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 2:39pm
A course to teach medical students the best ways to engage with Māori patients will be adapted for new Masters of Nursing Science students.
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 2:17pm
A beautiful muka korowai was passed from one Otago staff member to another last night, as Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama of the Christchurch campus won New Zealand’s highest teaching honour – the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 2:22pm
Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngāti Kahungunu) from the University of Otago, Christchurch has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s Board and to the position of Chair on its Māori Health Committee, replacing Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, CNZM (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou).
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 12:52pm
Advanced biomedical engineering that restores mobility for those with failed orthopaedic implants has earned a Christchurch man a national award.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:20am
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Monday, 25 May 2015 8:38am
University of Otago researchers have gained nearly $2.2M in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.
Christchurch doctor finds much-needed answers for people affected in growing kidney disease and diabetes epidemic
Friday, 22 May 2015 11:40am
The first definitive summary of the best and safest treatments for kidney disease and diabetes patients has been compiled by Christchurch doctor and researcher Associate Professor Suetonia Palmer.
Thursday, 14 May 2015 4:17pm
Eight of the nine ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ awarded nationally in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) 2015 funding round have been won by up-and-coming Otago researchers.
Friday, 8 May 2015 9:31am
A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer.
Monday, 4 May 2015 8:58am
There is a high chance of the spread of potentially life-threatening diseases such as gastroenteritis and cholera in post-quake Nepal, but New Zealanders can play their part in saving lives, says an infectious disease expert in Nepal when the disaster struck.
Breaking the habit no easy fix
Saturday, 25 April 2015 4:42pm
Associate Professor Philip Pattemore was quoted in a feature article on smoking.
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:49am
University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), researchers will today launch the New Zealand arm of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).
Wednesday, 5 November 2014 5:20pm
Smokers who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may need more targeted support to successfully quit a habit that will likely worsen their disease, latest University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:13am
Teenagers who use cannabis daily are 60 per cent less likely to complete high school or get a degree compared with non-users, latest research shows.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014 4:21pm
Infectious diseases such as influenza and those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria increasingly threaten society’s health.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 8:39am
Christchurch paediatric surgeon Dr Kiki Maoate is the University of Otago, Christchurch’s first Associate Dean, Pacific.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 9:25am
Cantabrians who experienced serious quake-related adversity are twice as likely to be addicted to smoking and 40 per cent more likely to have mental health conditions such as major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder than people who did not experience the earthquakes, new research shows.
Friday, 7 March 2014 3:01pm
Rachel Sanders moves to the other side of patient forms and trains to be a nurse
Friday, 7 March 2014 1:03pm
Naveen Mekhileri is developing a device to 3D print cartilage tissue.
Friday, 7 March 2014 3:22pm
Ally Calder upgraded her masters degree to a Phd in Physiotherapy at the University of Otago, Christchurch, when she became intrigued with another aspect of her study.
Friday, 7 March 2014 8:54am
Otago announces a new masters degree for nursing.
Friday, 24 January 2014 1:25pm
University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), Summer Students will today present the results of their research projects – including two about alcohol’s impact on the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department (ED).
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 3:25pm
People born weighing less than 1500gm (very low birth weight or VLBW) tend to be shorter, have fewer friends and achieve fewer educational qualifications than their peers by the time they reach their 20s, a new Christchurch study shows.
Friday, 8 November 2013 1:30pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researcher Professor Vicky Cameron has become the newest member of the Marsden Fund Council.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 4:56pm
Professor Tony Kettle and his colleagues from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), have won a Marsden Fund grant to better understand a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ chemical with a role in heart disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Thursday, 3 October 2013 11:54am
Two new University of Otago projects aimed respectively at reducing sudden unexpected death in infants and aiding obesity recovery have been funded by the Health Research Council.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013 1:51pm
Two leading early to mid-career researchers at the University of Otago have just gained highly sought-after fellowships to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013 2:23pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers have for the first time quantified exactly what damage alcohol abuse is inflicting on 20-somethings, and in turn society.
Friday, 23 August 2013 12:36pm
Eating two kiwifruit a day can improve a person’s mood and give them extra energy, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) shows.
Friday, 16 August 2013 11:39am
Christchurch scientists have developed an innovative testing process to uncover patients with legionnaires’ disease who would otherwise go undiagnosed.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 1:44pm
Helen Morrin, from the Department of Pathology in Christchurch, has won the 2013 Award for Exceptional Performance by a member of the General Staff.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013 2:55pm
University of Otago Christchurch researcher Associate Professor Chris Pemberton has won this year’s prestigious Otago Innovation Proof of Concept grant to further develop his world-first test for predicting those at imminent risk of a heart attack.
Dr Tim Woodfield talks 3D bioprinting on Breakfast TV
Thursday, 18 July 2013 2:32pm
Friday, 17 May 2013 8:45am
Latest research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has shown vitamin C does not significantly lower uric acid levels in gout patients, despite previous studies touting its benefit.
Monday, 13 May 2013 11:28am
Researchers from Christchurch have played a crucial role in an international study aimed at saving the lives of very premature babies.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 11:56am
The University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) has more than twice the number of elite or ‘A’ class researchers on staff than it did when last reviewed for the Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation, despite researchers facing myriad hurdles due to earthquakes.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013 11:32am
University of Otago researchers have discovered a potential new tool to help doctors in emergency departments quickly and accurately diagnose patients with heart failure and pneumonia. Associate Professor Chris Pemberton and colleagues at the University’s Christchurch Heart Institute have found that the molecule ghrelin signal peptide (GHRsp) could be used to signal if patients have concomitant heart failure and pneumonia.
Monday, 4 March 2013 11:52am
A daily vitamin C intake equivalent to eating two kiwifruit a day is required to ensure our muscles maintain optimal levels, researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch have found. Professor Margreet Vissers and her team from the Centre for Free Radical Research are involved in a large on-going study to better understand the critical role of vitamin C in the human body. They are also investigating the best way to obtain the vitamin from the diet.
Monday, 28 January 2013 3:06pm
University of Otago, Christchurch, medical students will begin their academic year on Monday, January 28 by returning to a repaired campus building.
Thursday, 24 January 2013 2:57pm
Summer students at the University of Otago, Christchurch, helped cut waiting times at a 24-hour clinic, demonstrated that Christchurch Hospital’s bone marrow transplant procedures are world-class, and provided insight into Cantabrians thriving despite suffering serious loss or hardship due to earthquakes.
Friday, 23 November 2012 10:14am
The first group of staff from the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) will move back into their building after 21 months in temporary premises.
Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am
Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 3:25pm
University of Otago, Christchurch, study shows home visiting programme can dramatically reduce child abuse in the longer term.
Wednesday, 3 October 2012 10:00am
Research into the benefits of vitamin D is a burgeoning area.
Saturday, 29 September 2012 10:26am
Researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch, are collaborating with clinicians at Fertility Associates in Christchurch to develop a test to significantly improve the success rate for in vitro fertilisations implantations.
Thursday, 6 September 2012 9:58am
The University of Otago Christchurch Appeal got off to a flying start with a $5 million donation to its Christchurch Heart Institute fund.
Friday, 24 August 2012 3:22pm
What development path should New Zealand’s cities take to ensure that maximum environmental, economic, social and cultural benefits can be gained?
Thursday, 7 June 2012 10:28am
New funding from the Health Research Council has continued support for the Centre for Free Radical Research at the University of Otago, Christchurch with a grant of $4.2 million over the next three years.
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:28am
Inheriting gene variants that increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease does not necessarily mean an individual is going to have reduced life expectancy if he or she suffers a heart attack.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:29am
A study from the University of Otago’s long-running Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) throws new light on a current issue; links between family income and other outcomes later in life such as health and educational achievement.
Monday, 16 April 2012 10:30am
A review by Professor Michael Ardagh and colleagues from the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Canterbury District Health Board, shows emergency health services coped well with the major earthquake in Christchurch on February 22 last year, despite being placed under enormous pressure.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 10:30am
International research co-authored by the University of Otago, Christchurch has unraveled a century old scientific mystery, opening the way to significant improvements in the way drugs are delivered to the body.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 9:13am
It is well known that nurses and midwives work schedules are often irregular and involve shifts, now new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch in association with the University of Queensland has also shown that long hours and harmful alcohol use are linked.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 3:00pm
The University of Otago is establishing an Arthritis Research Theme to enhance support for the internationally leading work its researchers are undertaking in this area. These research efforts are seeking to improve the understanding and treatment of the rheumatic diseases that affect more than half a million New Zealanders.
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.
Friday, 24 February 2012 8:51am
Researchers at the University of Otago, Christchurch have developed a new list of 49 ‘NEEDNT’ foods as part of a treatment research programme for obesity.
Friday, 10 February 2012 10:31am
Research by the University of Otago in Christchurch and Wellington has shown that breastfeeding of infants has a clear protective effect against children developing asthma or wheezing up to six years of age.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012 1:26pm
Overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to reduce weight if they focus on cutting back on total calorie intake, rather than specific high protein/high carbohydrate diets according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 20 January 2012 10:32am
An early-career rheumatology researcher who has already made significant contributions to improving the treatment of arthritis and gout is the University of Otago’s latest Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal recipient.
Thursday, 17 November 2011 4:54pm
University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher Professor Christine Winterbourn has won New Zealand’s top science and technology award – the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Rutherford Medal.
Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:32am
Chlorine bleach is a common item in the household cleaning cupboard. But this very toxic chemical is also produced by white blood cells in our bodies during inflammation in numerous diseases. Now potential new drugs may be targeted against bleach thanks to novel research by University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers.
Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:33am
Researchers from the University of Otago, Christchurch, have been a critical part of a world-wide study into treating newborns with infections, which will potentially save the New Zealand health system $200,000 a year.