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News archive 2017, University of Otago, Christchurch

Pūranga karere 2017

University of Otago announces academic promotions

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.

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More than 15,000 frail elderly New Zealanders are lonely

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.

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Newsletter, Summer 2017, University of Otago, Christchurch

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 9:32am

Christchurch newsletter. Catch up with the latest news and research findings from our Christchurch campus.

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One in 10 New Zealanders over 50 at risk of scurvy because of low vitamin C levels

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.

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First New Zealand study of pathological hoarding

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.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

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.

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Reproductive race: Males rapidly adjust sperm speed to beat rivals

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.

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Inherited heart disease: you're not doomed by your DNA

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.

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New urine test can save lives by detecting kidney disease much earlier

Thursday, 19 October 2017 2:48pm

A new urine test being trialled by University of Otago, Christchurch scientists could one day save lives.

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New Zealand's sex industry model 'as useful as a burst condom'

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.

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Opportunity to learn about 3D printing with local expert

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.

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Christchurch student develops App prototype

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.

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University of Otago, Christchurch campus profiled at Showcase 2017

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.

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October 2017 digital calendar

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.

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Actors and manikins used in medical training

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.

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Six CHI researchers receive Heart Foundation grant awards 

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

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First study of inflammatory bowel disease rates in NZ children

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.

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Research into 3D-printing to better heal broken bones

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.

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Up-and-coming Otago researchers’ excellence recognised through awards

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.

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Inaugural Robin Fraser Lecture

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.

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Canterbury quake damage increased risk of cardiovascular disease

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.

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Free radicals at the Mitochondria Satellite Meeting in Queenstown

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.

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Accomplished Scientist Speaker Series features free radical researcher

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.

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Young Investigator Award recipient at the 10th Human Peroxidase Meeting

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.

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The Science Of... Vitamin C

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.

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Students deliver “Medical Toolbox” in Christchurch

Monday, 21 August 2017 2:49pm

Christchurch medical students are helping to improve the health of a vulnerable group by giving health checks and advice to people on probation.

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Christchurch campus cookbook launched

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.

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Studying a new treatment for a common men’s condition

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.

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Oxidative stress is associated with lung damage in infants with cystic fibrosis

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.

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Study predicts future burden of Parkinson’s disease in New Zealand

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.

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Free Radicals present at the 2017 NZASI Conference

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.

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Christchurch Māori Institute wins international award

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.

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Washing hands after gardening could protect against Legionnaire’s disease

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.

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

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.

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Christchurch cancer researcher runs for ‘awesome’ charity

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.

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Major funding for innovative University of Otago health research

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.

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Principal investigator presents at Vitamin C Congress in Germany

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.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours surprise Otago staff

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.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, geneticist awarded Queen’s Birthday honour

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.

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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.

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Medical student off to mountain running world champs

Monday, 29 May 2017 2:51pm

Christchurch-based medical student Sabrina Grogan is New Zealand’s Senior Women’s Mountain Running Champion – and training to compete in the World Championships title in July.

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‘Missing DNA’ could hold clue to why some get breast cancer young

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.

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Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding

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.

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Vitamin C researcher interviewed on Radio New Zealand

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.

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Cancer information evening draws a crowd

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.

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Study on tensions between street-based sex workers and their communities

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.

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Christchurch Campus hosts awards for research excellence and values

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. 

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Can we save lives with more vitamin C?

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.

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Christchurch Medical students conduct free health checks

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.

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‘Quake brain’ affecting our memory and ability on simple tasks

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.

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Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

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.

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Pathology staff and research groups recognised at the UOC 2017 Academic Welcome

Friday, 10 March 2017 9:55am

Department of Pathology staff and research groups won a number of awards at the UOC 2017 Academic Welcome.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

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.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Partners in a healthier Pacific

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.

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Hormone could predict those at risk of hospital readmission or death after cardiac event

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).

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Vitamin C researcher speaks at local U3A meeting

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.

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Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a nasty cold

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.

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New App helps health professionals learn medical terms in Te Reo

Friday, 10 February 2017 11:52am

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.

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From CERN to 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.

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Summer student wins Best Laboratory Prize

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?

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The BRCA code

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.

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Across the divide

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.

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Cantabrians help find gene changes associated with poor Crohn’s disease outcomes

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.