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News archive, University of Otago, Christchurch

Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo ki Ōtautahi – Pūranga karere

Christchurch Professor given medical profession’s highest accolade

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.

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Two winning teams from TRG competition

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.

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First nationwide study of listeria in mothers and babies

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.

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Patients prescribed medications for longer than recommended - at a cost

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.

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Otago health researchers share more than $3.5m in Career Development Awards

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.

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Otago graduate helps separate conjoined twins

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.

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Christchurch PhD student named in Black Sticks

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. 

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Unprecedented success for Otago at the NZ Research Honours Awards

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.

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New blood test may help rule out heart attack within 15 minutes

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).

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Six Otago researchers recognised in NZ research honours

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.

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Recognition for rising research stars

Monday, 15 October 2018 1:48pm

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.

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University of Otago, Christchurch releases first study of migrant sex workers

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.

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Alcohol still impacting ED despite legislation aimed at curbing harm

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.

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Obituary: Emeritus Professor David Fergusson remembered

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.

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Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

Monday, 17 September 2018 12:20pm

Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

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University of Otago to construct new $150 million building in Christchurch

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.

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New building for Christchurch campus

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.

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How overmedication is injuring and killing our elderly: a world-first study

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.

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The Roger Melick Young Investigator Award goes to CReaTE PhD candidate

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.

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Otago scientist wins award for cancer research

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.

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New Zealanders using more antipsychotics, especially older females

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.

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Christchurch bowel cancer surgeon recognised for global leadership

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.

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3MT finals showcase up-and-coming talent

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.

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Otago researcher secures funding for therapy to help prevent disorders in preterm babies

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.

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Free Radical Master’s student wins UOC 3 Minute Thesis Heat

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.

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Regular teen drinking leads to problems with alcohol and drug use in adulthood

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.

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First human scanned with spectral X-ray scanner attracts international interest

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.

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Christchurch scientists recognised internationally

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.

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First human scanned with next-generation 3D colour scanner invented by Cantabrians

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.

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Te Reo and medicine combine in Christchurch kura visit

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.

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Scientists identify bug likely to cause bowel cancer

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.

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Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers in Health Research Council funding

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.

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Vitamin C trialled as life-saving treatment intensive care patients with sepsis

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.

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Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis in Africa

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.

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Medical students striving to be more socially accountable

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.

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Cannabis: What's the harm?

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.

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$750,000 to Otago researchers for health-related feasibility studies

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.

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Education key to hauora and success

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.

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Otago researcher’s dream of eliminating Tuberculosis among Māori gains HRC support

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.

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New ideas for detecting cancer get go-ahead from HRC

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.

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HRC funding enables Otago researcher to investigate early detection test for 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.

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Exposure to second-hand smoke doubles rates of asthma and wheezing in infants

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.

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Christchurch campus hosts indigenous health leaders

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:47pm

Improving health statistics for indigenous populations and more culturally-relevant medical curriculums were topics for discussion at a recent meeting of Australian and New Zealand medical schools at the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.

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$1 million CT scanner donated to Christchurch campus

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.

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Christchurch campus recognises academic excellence and key values

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.

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Christchurch Medical Student President a global volunteer

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:15pm

The new Christchurch Medical Student Association President took a year out from her studies to volunteer in a refugee camp and shelter for victims of human trafficking.

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Otago researchers reveal childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese

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.

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Mackenzie Marvels raise more funds for the Cancer Society

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.

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Trade treaty threatens health if climate change not addressed: University of Otago expert

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.

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Award for peer reviewer contribution to scholarly publishing

Thursday, 1 March 2018 4:54pm

Dr Khoon Lim has been recognised by IOP Publishing for his high quality and timely journal article reviews.

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New study shows when ‘broken hearts’ are most deadly

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’.

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New Zealand-led heart failure findings debunk world medical view

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.

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Christchurch researcher easing the pain of gout

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.

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Christchurch researcher wins top Medicines NZ award

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.

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New Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies appointed

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 8:45am

Dr Margaret Currie has been appointed at as Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Department begins 2018 with a new name

Monday, 15 January 2018 4:00pm

The University Senate has approved our name change to the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science.

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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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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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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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Te Matatini Hauora Village Free Heart Health Checks

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.

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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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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 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.

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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.

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Otago scientists gain Neurological Foundation funding

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.

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Māori medical student graduates create history

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.

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Men’s pornography use and its impact on intimacy

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.

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Cancer research showcased at UOC Health Research Open Day

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.

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New Deputy Dean for Christchurch campus

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.

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Many pregnant NZ women are in the dark about healthy weight gain in pregnancy

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.

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Collaborative approach to heart research in the elderly

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.

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‘Amazing food machine’ pioneer awarded Carl Smith Medal

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.

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Changing attitudes to alcohol?

Sunday, 12 June 2016 9:20am

“In the space of a few decades, Government-led reform has brought about a drop in rates of people smoking and a turn-around in society’s attitude. Now is the time that similar reforms occur with alcohol to reduce the enormous harm alcohol is causing New Zealand.” Professor Doug Sellman.

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Weight loss programme easing joint pain

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.

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New teaching rooms at Banks Peninsula marae

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.

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Obesity's impact on breast cancer

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.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

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.

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The Mackenzie Marvels raise money for cancer research

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.

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Arthritis researcher receives top honour

Friday, 19 February 2016 8:52am

A Christchurch rheumatologist awarded one of Arthritis New Zealand’s highest honours says her success would not be possible without the dedication of research participants, and clinical and research colleagues.

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Christchurch’s leading woman of science celebrated

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.

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Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic marks 25 years

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.

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Taking medical students’ learning high tech

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 8:53am

The University’s Christchurch campus is developing a more high-tech approach to teaching medical students including interactive animations of real-life medical scenarios and doing tests online.

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New treatment for painful osteoarthritis studied

Thursday, 8 October 2015 8:53am

A Christchurch campus researcher is trialling a drug used for depression as a possible treatment for patients suffering chronic osteoarthritic pain.

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Medical students head to prison

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 8:54am

Medical students at the University’s Christchurch campus are using song to share safe sex messages with prison inmates.

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Larger men earn more, larger women earn less

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.

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Christchurch medical students go to prison in innovative assignment

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.

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Funding for study on the effects of vitamin C on breast cancer

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.

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Heart Foundation funds University of Otago research projects

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.

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17 September 2015, Otago health researchers awarded prestigious fellowships

Thursday, 17 September 2015 3:25pm

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Otago health researchers awarded prestigious fellowships

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.

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Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study

Friday, 4 September 2015 10:11am

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Award-winning Māori curriculum adapted for nurses

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.

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Suzanne Pitama wins NZ’s top teaching award

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.

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30 June 2015, Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 1:15pm

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Christchurch Māori health researcher on HRC board

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).

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Awarding advances in biomedical engineering by Christchurch PhD candidate

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.

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Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients

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.

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Otago health researchers supported by lottery grants

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.

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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.

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Otago researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

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.

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Christchurch researchers focus on obesity’s impact on breast cancer

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.

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Infectious disease spread looming issue for Nepal

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.

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Breaking the habit no easy fix

Saturday, 25 April 2015 4:42pm

Associate Professor Philip Pattemore was quoted in a feature article on smoking.

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Christchurch campus joins global study into anorexia nervosa genetics

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).

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Smokers with Rheumatoid Arthritis face extra barriers to quitting

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.

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Cantabrians in large study on impact of teenage cannabis use

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.

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Medical and vet schools join forces to address infectious disease spread

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 4:21pm

Infectious diseases such as influenza and those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria increasingly threaten society’s health.

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Well-known paediatric surgeon is first Pacific Island Associate Dean

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 8:39am

Christchurch paediatric surgeon Dr Kiki Maoate is the University of Otago, Christchurch’s first Associate Dean, Pacific.

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Quakes' impact on substance use and mental health quantified

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.

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Success of UOC researchers in latest HRC funding round

Monday, 9 June 2014 10:45am

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Intrigue turned a Master's degree into a PhD

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.

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Master nursing with any graduate degree

Friday, 7 March 2014 8:54am

Otago announces a new masters degree for nursing.

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Turning an anatomy degree into a nursing one

Friday, 7 March 2014 3:01pm

Rachel Sanders moves to the other side of patient forms and trains to be a nurse

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A PhD that sounds like science fiction

Friday, 7 March 2014 1:03pm

Naveen Mekhileri is developing a device to 3D print cartilage tissue.

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24 January 2014 Media Release

Friday, 24 January 2014 9:35am

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Summer Students detail alcohol’s impact on Emergency Department

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).

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Lightening surgery load for the obese

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.

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How does being very small at birth affect you later in life?

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.

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Christchurch researcher appointed to Marsden Fund Council

Friday, 8 November 2013 1:30pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researcher Professor Vicky Cameron has become the newest member of the Marsden Fund Council.

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Christchurch scientist gets Marsden funding to look at Jekyll and Hyde chemical

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.


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Otago health research partnership projects to tackle cot-death, obesity

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.

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Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships for Otago researchers

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.

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Study quantifies direct effect of alcohol misuse on 20-somethings

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.

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Kiwifruit daily can improve mood and energy

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.

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Innovative new approach uncovers higher rates of disease

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.

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Christchurch tissue bank curator wins University's general staff award

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.

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“Billion dollar market’’ heart test inventor wins grant

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.

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Dr Tim Woodfield talks 3D bioprinting on Breakfast TV

Thursday, 18 July 2013 2:32pm

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Vitamin C does not alleviate gout as previously thought

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.

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Christchurch researchers help save the lives of very premature babies

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.

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Christchurch staff excel in research performance review

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.

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Otago discovery could speed up heart failure and pneumonia diagnosis

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.

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New research into optimising our levels of vitamin C

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.

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Christchurch students return to their repaired building for the first time in almost two years.

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.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, Summer Studentship projects provide practical medical results.

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.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, staff move back into their building

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.

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Study shows the reality for “vital” Christchurch quake responders

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.

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Programme developed in Christchurch can halve rates of physical child abuse

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 3:25pm

University of Otago, Christchurch, study shows home visiting programme can dramatically reduce child abuse in the longer term.

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Study clears up speculation about vitamin D reducing colds

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 10:00am

Research into the benefits of vitamin D is a burgeoning area.

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New discovery to improve success rates of IVF

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.

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Anonymous donor gives $5 million to the University of Otago Christchurch Appeal

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.

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$9M in funding for resilient urban futures research

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?

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$4.2m grant funds new directions for research centre

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.

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Encouraging news for heart patients

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.

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How childhood family income affects adulthood

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.

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Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department and the February 22 earthquake

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.

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Research opens way to significant improvements for medication

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.

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Long work hours linked to alcohol risk for nurses and midwives

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.

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Arthritis research boosted at University of Otago

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.

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Preventable nerve injuries from treatments need attention: Otago research

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.

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Non-essential (NEEDNT) food list – a new tool against obesity

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.

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Breastfeeding protects against asthma up to six years of age

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.

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Calories, not protein or carbs, are key to weight loss for people with diabetes

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.

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Otago early-career researcher’s achievements rewarded

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.

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Christchurch researchers honoured in Royal Society awards

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.

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Cantabrians working towards new anti-inflammatory drugs

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.

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Cantabrians part of international newborn infection study

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.

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Free health checks by medical students for Christchurch Māori community

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.

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Breakthrough Research Holds Clues About MS Cause

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).

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Long working hours can lead to alcohol addictions

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.

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Alternative and complementary medicine increasingly used to treat children

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.

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Better to eat kiwifruit than to take vitamin C supplements

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.

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Smoking during pregnancy factor in childhood behavioural disorders

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.

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Medical students lend a hand in earthquake aftermath

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.

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This year’s Summer Studentship research results

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.