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Major donation supports research into early-stage cancer detection

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Friday, 21 June 2019

The work of Professor Parry Guilford and his team at the University of Otago has received a major funding boost with a $50,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support their work on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and cancer research.

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Otago discovery paves way for precision medicine in future

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

University of Otago scientists have discovered a way to view the immune cell 'landscape' of bowel cancer tumours, paving the way towards more individualised medicine and treatment for many other diseases in future.

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Otago scientist wins award for cancer research

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Monday, 27 August 2018

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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Biochemistry PhD student already saving Māori lives

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A University of Otago biochemistry PhD student is credited with saving lives, thanks to his new research finding a genetic mutation that is linked to high rates of Māori stomach cancer.

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Health Sciences researchers shine

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Health Sciences investigators shine in the latest edition of He Kitenga, the University of Otago's prestige publication of research highlights. Sixteen of the articles feature work by Health Sciences investigators over an array of fields.

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Surgeons look to do the right thing by their patients

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Friday, 2 February 2018

New Zealand surgeons are often prepared to treat an abnormality discovered during an elective surgical procedure in the absence of patient consent, especially if the patient’s health is threatened and the risk of the additional procedure is low.

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Mind the gap – public and expert views on cancer risk

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

There are substantial gaps between expert recommendations and public knowledge about risk factors for cancer, though these gaps are closing for some cancer types, according to new University of Otago research.

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Louis' Legacy

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Louis Fouchault has left a legacy that will benefit CDH1 mutation carriers

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NZ-China links in non-communicable disease research strengthened

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) at the University of Otago with three leading Shanghai institutions due to be held tomorrow is a welcome sign of the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers, according to organisers.

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Realising the Potential: Research impact conference

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Join us 21-22 November, Dunedin, 2017, where participants will be able to improve their understanding of some existing frameworks, tools, approaches and knowledge about research impact and its assessment with leading international experts.

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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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Improvements to healthcare system needed to manage multimorbidity

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.

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New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.

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Specific immune cells predict bowel cancer outcomes

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Monday, 6 March 2017

A pilot study by University of Otago researchers suggests that people with colorectal cancer that have a certain type of immune cell in their tumour may have increased survival rates.

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Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists.

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Anthony Braithwaite wins Shortland Medal

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Friday, 9 September 2016

In recognition of his continued contribution to scientific knowledge, CTCR researcher Professor Anthony Braithwaite has won the Shortland Medal.


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D4 2016

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Monday, 5 September 2016

The 2016 D4 conference 

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Gene Genie broadcast on RNZ

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The BBC Gene Genie series hosted by science presenter and geneticist Adam Rutherford will be broadcast. Professor Parry Guilford features in the  'genetics and disease' episode.

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New tool to accelerate health research

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Friday, 26 February 2016

A new protein crystallography tool available to Otago researchers will help accelerate research into drug and vaccine design.

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Gene Genie: Genetics and disease

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Royal Society  of New Zealand with BBC science presenter and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford will facilitate a series of panel discussions on genetics. Professor Parry Guilford, Professor Vicky Cameron and Professor Nigel French will be panelists at the Christchurch event featuring 'Genetics and disease'.

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NZ cancer hotspots mapped

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Monday, 22 February 2016

The map of NZ shows that certain DHBs have better survival outcomes for cancer sufferers than others.

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Summer studentship brings rewards

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Monday, 22 February 2016

PhD candidate Kirsten Ward-Hartstonge is delighted to see her summer studentship research has made a contribution to understanding more about brain cancer.

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CTCR researchers wow in Wellington

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Monday, 22 February 2016

CTCR researchers and colleagues from the University of Otago contributed to a day of research presentations in Wellington as part of the Otago Spotlight Series: Cancer Research. Videos and slides from these presentations are available for viewing.

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Around The World in 123 Days

Monday, 14 December 2015

Dunedin cyclist Andrew Nicholson has ridden around the globe in 123 days and 50 minutes in support of Te Aho Matatū—CTCR. 
His time, still to be ratified by Guinness, is nearly 3 days faster than the current World Record.

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Cancer researchers humbled by world cycling record attempt

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Researchers from the University of Otago’s Te Aho Matatu: Centre for Translational Cancer Research joined others from around Dunedin encouraging cyclist Andrew Nicholson on the last leg of his epic world bike ride this morning.

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Obituary: Dr Elspeth Joan Gold

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Dr Elspeth Gold, a highly respected and valued colleague, mentor and friend to many in the University of Otago and beyond, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the 21 August 2015.

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Thunder, detours, snakes!

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Cyclist Andrew Nicholson has set off from NZ today to begin his round-the-world cycling challenge for the world record. Andrew is raising funds for CTCR—Te Aho Matatū for cancer research.

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University supported by world record attempt

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Dunedin’s Andrew Nicholson will set out tomorrow to attempt to set a new record for circumnavigating the world by bicycle, an initiative in support of the University’s Te Aho Matatu: Centre for Translational Cancer Research.

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Going global on two wheels

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Andrew Nicholson is setting off to break the Guinness World Record for circumnavigation of the world by bicycle to raise funds for Te Aho Matatū: Centre for Translational Cancer Research, New Zealand.

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Immunotherapy drug in spotlight

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Dr Chris Jackson, oncologist, and CTCR researcher, is interviewed about the impact of a new immunotherapy drug for advanced melanoma patients.

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Public talk: Anita and aspirin in the O-Zone

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dr Anita Dunbier will be giving a public talk about aspirin and breast cancer as part of a presentation by up-and-coming researchers at the University of Otago (The O-Zone Group).

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Alcohol's role in cancer incidence

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

CTCR member Dr Chris Jackson talks about the role of alcohol consumption as a risk factor for cancer in a TV ONE news item.

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Immune cells play Jekyll and Hyde

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Dr Anita Dunbier is interviewed in the Otago Daily Times about her research and the role of immune cells in breast cancer.

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Understanding skin cancer one step closer

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Associate Professor Mik Black, CTCR researcher, is an author on a new Nature Genetics paper that increases our understanding of the complexities of skin cancer.

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Breast cancer survivors supported

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Centre for Translational Cancer Research's Dr Lynnette Jones, creator of the EXPINKT™ programme for breast cancer survivors, is supporting women who are experiencing significant waiting times for reconstructive surgery.

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New avenues for leukaemia research

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Centre for Translational Cancer Research welcomes researchers investigating new avenues in leukaemia research. Associate Professor Julia Horsfield and her team are studying DNA organisation in the cell nucleus.

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Breast cancer and the humble aspirin

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Dr Anita Dunbier is profiled in He Kitenga about her research in breast cancer including investigating a potential role for aspirin.

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Preventive surgery may be eclipsed

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Whānau affected by hereditary cancers, and CTCR Te Aho Matatū researchers, are excited about research developments that may see preventive surgery being replaced by drug treatments.

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Te Aho Matatū—The Enduring Connection

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Monday, 1 December 2014

CTCR welcomed very special guests and colleagues to launch Te Aho Matatū, The Enduring Connection, at the Tangata Whenua gallery of the Otago Museum.

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Hercus Medal to Parry Guilford

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research, has been awarded the Sir Charles Hercus Medal for biomedical sciences.

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'At the edge'

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Monday, 10 November 2014

'At the edge' in Otago Magazine features innovative biotechnology at Pacific Edge, Dunedin. Highly sensitive diagnostic tests have revolutionised detecting bladder cancer, and there are new products to follow.

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Exceptional distinction in research recognised

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Professor Catherine Day has been recognised for exceptional distinction in research with the honour of being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Top HRC medal to Parry Guilford

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of CTCR, has received the Beaven Medal, the top HRC award, for his contribution to translational research.

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Guilford “thrilled” to win top HRC medal

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Professor Parry Guilford, whose ground-breaking research into stomach cancer has saved many lives worldwide, was tonight presented with the prestigious Beaven Medal from the HRC at a special ceremony in Queenstown.

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Funding awarded for research into new wave of breast cancer drugs

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Monday, 4 August 2014

University of Otago research aimed at developing drugs that are selectively lethal to cancer cells is one of two newly funded innovative projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.

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Access to bladder cancer test expanded

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Cxbladder, Pacific Edge's bladder cancer diagnostic test which uses a urine sample, is being made available on-line to improve access.

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NZ Listener: Tackling tumours

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Professor Parry Guilford is interviewed in the NZ Listener about cancer treatment, genomics and personalised medicine in advance of his 2014 Winter Series Lecture.

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Rising stars recognised

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

CTCR researchers Dr Anita Dunbier and Dr Khaled Greish won University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Cancer: Divide and conquer

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Professor Parry Guilford, Director of CTCR, presented 'Cancer: Divide and conquer' as part of the University of Otago Winter Lecture Series, on both 9 and 10 July 2014.

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Stomach cancer discovery highlighted

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Professor Parry Guilford is interviewed about his discovery of the genetic mutation behind inherited stomach cancer in The Science Show on Radio National, Australia.

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CTCR researchers feature in HRC funding

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Centre for Translational Cancer Research investigators feature in HRC funding awarded in both project grants and emerging researcher categories.

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Big delivery from Audrey

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Cancer research at CTCR benefited from Audrey Tay's "Shave to save" fundraiser which culminated with her shaving her hair off on her 20th birthday.

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Lebanese cooking rallies supporters

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Friday, 30 May 2014

The culinary mastery of Afife Harris attracted a large audience to a local CTCR fundraising event. After an introduction from Professor Parry Guilford about the Centre's work, participants were wowed by Afife's Lebanese cooking demonstration.

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Melanoma find raises hope

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Professor Mike Eccles comments on the value of the melanoma find at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

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Audrey blitzes her goal with shave to save!

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

On 31 March, Audrey turned 20 years old and celebrated her birthday by shaving her head to raise funds for the Centre for Translational Cancer Research.

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Innovative Otago breast cancer research gains support

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Dr Anita Dunbier's study targeting the immune response to anti-oestrogen therapy is among three newly funded innovative research projects which share the goal of improving and ultimately ensuring breast cancer survival in New Zealand.

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Genomics analysis tool hailed

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Centre for Translational Cancer Research Principal Investigator Dr Anita Dunbier comments that the equipment's ability to use degraded samples will enhance breast cancer research.

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Bad reactions

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Monday, 3 March 2014

Professor Martin Kennedy is among the geneticists at Otago's Carney Centre for Pharmacogenomics looking at how genetic make-up may contribute to adverse reactions to drugs.

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Otago discovery brings cancer immune therapies a step closer

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Monday, 10 February 2014

The development of new therapies to enhance the body's immune response to cancer is much closer after University of Otago scientists identified a pathway that alters the immune response in the spleen and lymph system when faced with cancerous tumour cells.

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Targeted therapies

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Friday, 7 February 2014

The more we learn about cancer, the more complex it appears to be - but new techniques offer hope for more effective diagnosis and treatment.

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New light on cancer

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Researchers in Otago’s Departments of Physics and Pathology are combining their expertise in two projects that have the potential to revolutionise techniques used for cancer detection and diagnosis.

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Tissue transparency

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The development of strategies to future-proof human tissue research throughout New Zealand is the aim of a virtual biobank initiative being driven by the Centre for Society, Governance and Science.

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South's biotech sector advancing cancer research

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Monday, 20 January 2014

The Otago Daily Times reports on Otago's thriving biotech sector, including Pacific Edge, who have recently developed a bladder cancer diagnostic test with the expertise of CTCR staff.

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Cancer: the problem and the promise

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Professor Parry Guilford's Inaugural Professorial Lecture 'Cancer: the problem and the promise'. A podcast recorded 29 October 2013 at the University of Otago.

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Genetic testing issues to be examined at Trans-Tasman roundtable

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Ethical, legal and social aspects of the rapidly developing field of genetic testing will be the focus of discussion for top minds from both sides of the Tasman, gathering in Queenstown on Sunday (4 August) for the 4th Australia-New Zealand Roundtable on Genomics.

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Taking on the big C

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Friday, 31 May 2013

The work of the Centre for Translational Cancer Research in developing a bladder cancer diagnostic test is showcased in 'Taking on the big C' an article in He Kitenga, a University of Otago research publication.

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Otago cancer researcher gains HRC Explorer Grant

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Monday, 13 May 2013

A leading University of Otago researcher has gained Health Research Council (HRC) funding to investigate a new way to measure the aggressiveness of cancer cells using circular polarised light.

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Research seeks new weapons against cancer

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

NZ Health Research Council funds research into a new diagnostic tool for bladder cancer being developed by the Centre for Translational Cancer Research.

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