Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:46am
Bowel cancer surgeon and University of Otago, Christchurch researcher Professor Frank Frizelle has been awarded the New Zealand medical profession’s highest accolade.
Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:14pm
Two winning teams have emerged from this year’s University of Otago Translational Research Grant (TRG) competition – one in Dunedin and one in Christchurch.
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.
Friday, 16 November 2018 8:54pm
A mix of relief, pride and protectiveness is how paediatric surgeon and Otago graduate Dr Michael Nightingale feels after being part of the team to successfully separate conjoined twins in Melbourne last week.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 9:08pm
University of Otago, Christchurch postgraduate student Leah Butt has been selected for New Zealand’s national hockey team, the Black Sticks.
Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:22pm
The University has had unprecedented success at the New Zealand Research Honours Awards this year, taking home one quarter of the awards on offer.
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.
Monday, 15 October 2018 9:27pm
Six rising research stars at the University of Otago have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research announced today.
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.
Friday, 5 October 2018 11:01am
Staff across the University, particularly those based at the University’s Christchurch campus, are remembering Emeritus Professor David Murray Fergusson, who passed away overnight on Wednesday, aged 74.
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.
Friday, 14 September 2018 9:00am
The University of Otago has announced it will construct a new state-of-the-art building to expand its Christchurch health campus.
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.
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 10:43am
The ANZBMS Annual Scientific Meeting in Queenstown this year was a successful experience for Jun Li. The PhD candidate with the CReaTE Research Group returned from the conference bearing the Roger Melick Young Investigator Award.
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.
Monday, 13 August 2018 11:57am
University of Otago, Christchurch bowel cancer researcher Professor Frank Frizelle has been awarded an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018 10:24am
A PhD candidate who is investigating the emotional responses of clinicians who deal with suicidal patients has won the PhD category of Otago’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.
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.
Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:24pm
Centre for Free Radical Research student Chris Kaldor has won the Master’s category of the UOC heat of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition 2018.
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 3:20pm
Three University of Otago, Christchurch, staff members have been recognised for their global work with appointments and awards from key groups relating to cancer, tissue banking, and immunisation.
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.
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 3:14pm
Christchurch fifth year medical students gave health checks to children at a Te Pa o Rakaihautu as part of the campus’ Hauroa Māori curriculum.
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.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018 11:12pm
Student representatives from the country’s two medical schools recently met to share ideas on how the medical curriculum can become more socially accountable to ensure medical students become competent doctors, advocates and agents of change in society.
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.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 3:33pm
Three University of Otago researchers have successfully secured almost $750,000 between them from the Health Research Council to undertake feasibility studies.
Monday, 21 May 2018 10:04am
A Christchurch medical student is playing a key role in a Ngāi Tahu-backed initiative to keep rangatahi (youth) from the West Coast in education.
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 4:47pm
A University of Otago researcher focused on the earlier detection of cancer has just secured her first significant grant from the Health Research Council, valued at $249,984, for her novel proposal for diagnosing bowel cancer.
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.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:52am
Global medical technology giant GE Healthcare has donated a state-of-the-art scanner worth $1 million to the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:37am
Christchurch campus staff who personify important values such as leadership and integrity were recognised at this year’s Academic Welcome.
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.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 4:54pm
Dr Khoon Lim has been recognised by IOP Publishing for his high quality and timely journal article reviews.
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, 16 February 2018 3:12pm
A Christchurch campus researcher has won New Zealand's top prize for using medicines to dramatically improve patients’ lives.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 8:45am
Dr Margaret Currie has been appointed at as Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Monday, 15 January 2018 4:00pm
The University Senate has approved our name change to the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science.
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 2:43pm
A student from Otago’s Christchurch campus has taken part in a 48-hour competition to develop a medical education learning application at the world’s biggest and best medical education conference.
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.
Monday, 2 October 2017 2:47pm
A rainbow appeared in the sky behind a distillery in Scotland just as Alice Milnes began photographing it – making the photo which has become this month’s digital calendar.
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.
Monday, 11 September 2017 9:41pm
University of Otago researchers Dr Simon Jackson and Dr Anna Pilbrow were recently honoured with awards bestowed by the organising bodies of the prestigious Queenstown Research Week.
Monday, 11 September 2017 12:50pm
A professor from the University of Tromsø gave the inaugural lecture this afternoon that recognises Professor Robin Fraser's contribution over many years to the UOC Research Seminar Series.
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.
Friday, 8 September 2017 10:16am
The two day Mitochondria Satellite Meeting at the Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting was chaired by Professor Mark Hampton and featured presentations from the Centre for Free Radical Research.
Thursday, 7 September 2017 10:12am
Dr Nina Dickerhof presented her research into cystic fibrosis at the Accomplished Scientist Speaker Series at the National Jewish Health in Denver USA.
Friday, 1 September 2017 9:44am
Five staff and students from the Centre for Free Radical Research travelled to Colorado to present at the 10th Human Peroxidase Meeting where Dr Nina Dickerhof won the Young Investigator Award.
Monday, 28 August 2017 1:49pm
Vitamin C researchers from the Department of Pathology were featured in Radio New Zealand’s The Science Of… series this week.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 2:50pm
A group of cancer researchers from the University's Christchurch campus have shared their favourite recipes to raise money for charity.
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.
Monday, 14 August 2017 1:15pm
Research Fellow Dr Nina Dickerhof spoke at the UOC Research Seminar about how oxidative stress is associated with lung damage in infants with cystic fibrosis.
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.
Thursday, 6 July 2017 11:00am
Staff and students from the Centre for Free Radical Research presented at the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Society for Immunology (NZASI) Conference this week.
Monday, 26 June 2017 3:04pm
Christchurch’s Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) has won a prestigious international teaching award for the third time in a row.
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.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm
A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:03pm
A PhD student at the University’s Christchurch campus is not only researching the grading system for the stages of cancer, but has also raised almost $3000 for Bowel Cancer NZ – all inspired by her father’s battle with the disease.
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.
Monday, 12 June 2017 12:05pm
Principal Investigator Dr Anitra Carr traveled to Germany to give presentations at the Pascoe Vitamin C Congress on 9-10 June 2017.
Thursday, 8 June 2017 2:50pm
Three Otago professors honoured on Queens’s Birthday describe a moment of puzzlement upon receiving a curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from New Zealand’s Government House.
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.
Monday, 15 May 2017 1:56pm
Vitamin C researcher Dr Anitra Carr from the Centre for Free Radical Research was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand today.
Friday, 5 May 2017 9:01am
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group attracted almost 400 people in Ashburton to an information evening hosted by the local Cancer Society and the Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre (C4) last night.
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.
Monday, 10 April 2017 12:50pm
A gastroenterologist, rheumatologist and longitudinal researcher were awarded the Christchurch campus’s top research honour at a ceremony to welcome new staff and students held last month.
Monday, 10 April 2017 11:59am
Vitamin C researcher Dr Anitra Carr was invited to speak at the regional meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society last week.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:09am
Pacific Island Medical students from the University’s Christchurch campus recently volunteered their time - giving free medical checks to people attending the Polyfest event.
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.
Friday, 10 March 2017 9:55am
Department of Pathology staff and research groups won a number of awards at the UOC 2017 Academic Welcome.
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).
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 8:22am
Vitamin C researcher Dr Anitra Carr recently spoke to the Kate Sheppard U3A group about it's use for the prevention and treatment of disease.
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.
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.
Friday, 27 January 2017 4:15pm
Summer student Linda Buss has won the 2016-17 Best Laboratory Prize for her project, Can we slow down breast cancer using vitamin C?
Friday, 20 January 2017 4:13pm
Dr Pippa Scott began her career as a vet, but has now moved on to human medicine, exploring ways to control the spread of pathogens from animals to people.
Friday, 20 January 2017 4:06pm
Understanding the role of genetic changes, or mutations, to breast and ovarian cancer risk is the focus of Dr Logan Walker, from the University of Otago, Christchurch. His ultimate aim is to develop genetic screening tools that identify those most vulnerable to getting cancer so they can make informed decisions about treatment options.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 8:23am
The Christchurch Heart Institute has joined forces with Ryman Healthcare and the Heart Foundation in a three¬-year clinical research study to identify the prevalence of heart disease in Ryman Healthcare retirement villages.
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.
Monday, 27 June 2016 3:57pm
Christchurch educator Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama was named as one of our country's 'extraordinary Maori talents' in the inaugural Matariki Awards.
Monday, 6 June 2016 8:51am
A programme to help obese hip and knee patients lose weight before surgery has led to some of them avoiding surgery all together, better post-surgical outcomes, and improvements in people’s overall health.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 8:27am
A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer.
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.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 8:14pm
A Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic where final year students get hands-on experience has celebrated 25 years of existence.
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.
17 September 2015, Otago health researchers awarded prestigious fellowships
Thursday, 17 September 2015 3:25pm
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
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 9:38am
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).
30 June 2015, Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 1:15pm
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.
Success of UOC researchers in latest HRC funding round
Monday, 9 June 2014 10:45am
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, 7 March 2014 12:44pm
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.
24 January 2014 Media Release
Friday, 24 January 2014 9:35am
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).
Monday, 20 January 2014 2:33pm
A Christchurch professor is researching ways to reduce the impact of obesity on surgical waiting lists by helping individuals with weight issues.
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.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 10:34am
Staff and medical students from the University of Otago, Christchurch, are offering free health checks to the Māori community this weekend in the hope it will improve wellbeing in what has been a tough year for most Cantabrians.
Thursday, 11 August 2011 10:34am
In one of the largest human genetic studies ever undertaken, scientists have identified the major common genetic variants that contribute to the cause of the devastating neurologic disease, multiple sclerosis (MS).
Monday, 8 August 2011 10:35am
A University of Otago, Christchurch, study has found that working at least 50 hours a week increases the risk of alcohol problems by up to three times.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:35am
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as probiotics, herbal treatments and osteopathy, for children has almost doubled in the past decade, according to new research.
Friday, 27 May 2011 10:36am
University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers have found that a natural fruit source of vitamin C – kiwifruit – is vastly superior to a purified supplement form.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 10:36am
New University of Otago, Christchurch, research has identified common factors in the far-reaching childhood behavioural conditions, Conduct Disorder (CD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), including maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to family violence.
Monday, 21 March 2011 10:23am
A month after the February 22 quake, Christchurch Hospital staff have taken time to praise medical students from the University of Otago, Christchurch, for their contribution to emergency healthcare.
Thursday, 27 January 2011 9:36am
This year’s research projects from University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), Summer Studentship programme provide insights on topics such as stem cell treatment of cancer, a novel methadone programme and the use of green tea in treating cancer.