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Thursday, 28 May 2020 2:19pm

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Coronavirus updates

Thursday, 28 May 2020 9:29am

Updates on Coronavirus

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Increase in HIV cases, but decline in numbers first diagnosed in New Zealand

Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:31pm

After two years of declining numbers of HIV cases in New Zealand, there was a slight increase in 2019, but many of these cases were first diagnosed overseas.

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Otago and ESR collaboration gets funding to track COVID-19 spread and evolution in NZ

Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:42am

A collaboration between Otago and ESR has received a substantial government grant to lead an international team of scientists to sequence the genomes of all of New Zealand’s positive COVID-19 cases and track how the virus spread across New Zealand.

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Study investigates New Zealanders’ attitudes towards working from home

Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:09am

A University of Otago study of 2,595 New Zealanders working from home during lockdown suggests that most people were equally or more productive (73 per cent), and that many want to continue to work from home at least part of the time post lockdown (89 per cent).

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Grant to fund writer's work on loss during lockdown

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 1:58pm

A grant from Copyright Licensing New Zealand will help Creative Writing Professional Practice Fellow Dr Majella Cullinane complete Meantime, a work she describes as a very personal reflection on the realities of grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Top women's leadership award for transformational change

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 12:37pm

Otago's first Centre for International Health doctoral graduate is being recognised globally as a leader in her field and as one of Africa's most influential women.

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Clocktower Refurbishment Project moves upstairs

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:28am

The University’s senior leadership team is relocating for the next stage of the Clocktower Refurbishment Project.

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Otago researcher’s COVID testing method ‘da bomb’

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 9:20am

A method to help improve testing for COVID-19, first promoted by a University of Otago researcher, is being used worldwide as countries struggle to manage high demand for testing.

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New insights into vaping uptake among Māori and Pacific peoples

Monday, 25 May 2020 11:08am

Māori and Pasifika who have not been able to quit smoking may need more support to move from smoking to vaping, researchers from the University of Otago and Māori public health collective Hāpai Te Hauora have found.

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Otago research shines spotlight on health woes of Mururoa veterans and their children

Friday, 22 May 2020 11:30am

Cancers are prevalent among Mururoa veterans who witnessed the French atmospheric nuclear explosions in 1973 while many of their children have fertility problems, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Responding to the global pandemic – Otago’s story

Friday, 22 May 2020 1:03pm

As the University re-opens under Alert Level 2, and life takes on a new normal following the COVID-19 lockdown, Communications Adviser (Projects) Sean Flaherty takes a closer look at Otago's ongoing response to the global pandemic.

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University supports mental health over COVID-19 and beyond

Thursday, 21 May 2020 1:10pm

If you felt depressed, anxious or exhausted during the COVID-19 lockdown, or strange about returning to work under Alert Level 2, you were not alone, as Occupational Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor Carina Perner tells the Otago Bulletin Board.

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Hocken Collections curates gift for NZ Music Month fans

Thursday, 21 May 2020 1:15am

When New Zealand entered a four-week COVID-19 lockdown on 26 March, Hocken Collections staff suddenly found themselves cut off from archives. That hasn't stopped them supporting NZ Music Month.

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The psychology of COVID-19 conspiracies

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 1:14am

Psychology PhD candidate Ana Stojanov tells us more about her research into conspiracy theories, their implications for news on COVID-19, and how she ended up at Otago.

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Christchurch campus redevelopment update

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:38pm

The next stage of the redevelopment of the University’s Christchurch Campus is about to begin.

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PhD student helps feed the community

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 2:06pm

PhD student Heather Tribe has been multi-tasking as social media adviser, relief driver and board member for Auckland food rescue NGO Fair Food, as it responds to increased need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teens shocked by suicide portrayal in ‘13 Reasons Why’ study finds

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:40pm

Teenagers interviewed about their views on the suicide portrayed in the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why report being shocked by the graphic detail of the scene, which they saw as excessive, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Higher fibre saves lives, but food processing may remove benefits

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 1:33pm

Eating more fibre can improve life expectancy for those with diabetes, Otago researchers say.

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Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

Monday, 18 May 2020 10:05am

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.

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Public welcomed back to face-to-face Otago University health clinics

Friday, 15 May 2020 3:59pm

New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2 means many Otago University health clinics will now be open to the public.

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Otago welcomes students back, seeking “collective responsibility”

Friday, 15 May 2020 11:27am

The University of Otago is delighted to welcome back students to all its campuses and colleges after they played a major role, and made their own sacrifices, when the nation united against COVID-19.

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Applications open to Pūtea Tautoko

Friday, 15 May 2020 11:18am

Around 100 students have already lodged applications for Pūtea Tautoko, the University of Otago’s ongoing hardship fund for students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Helping meet hunger in the community

Friday, 15 May 2020 11:00am

Otago alumna and current PhD student Heather Tribe has been multi-tasking as social media adviser, relief driver and board member for Auckland food rescue NGO Fair Food, as it responds to increased need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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See the world from your armchair!

Friday, 15 May 2020 10:59am

Otago alumnus Steve Wilson is doing all he can to keep his team of worldwide tour guides working by employing them as virtual guides in their home countries.