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Extracting stories from teeth

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Carolina Loch is interested in stories – specifically those which an animal’s teeth can tell about its life.

Achieving dreams and forming new ones

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Cullen Ryan leaves Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a clear idea about the community he most wants to serve.

Renowned Dunedin Study wins Rutherford Medal

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Thursday 17 November 2022

The University of Otago’s Dunedin Study – touted as the world’s most successful longitudinal study of a general community – has been awarded this year’s prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal.

SJWRI dental and oral health research supported by NZDRF and Ministry of Health

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Monday 12 September 2022

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health (MoH) are key supporters of our dental and oral health research, through the NZ Dental Research Foundation (NZDRF) and MoH Oral Health Research grant rounds.
In the 2022 NZDRF funding round, a total of $122,429 in funding has been awarded for research projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students.
SJWRI researchers are also lead or key named investigators on projects awarded $139,193 in targeted Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding.
As always, we thank the NZ Dental Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health for their continued support.

Annual celebration of research crowned by presentation of postgraduate awards

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Thursday 8 September 2022

Thanks to all who joined us for SJWRI Research Day 2022, the Faculty of Dentistry's annual celebration of research. Taking place on Thursday 8 September in the Walsh building and online, this year's event was headlined by a keynote address from 2022 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award recipient Professor Richard Cannon, and featured sessions on Dentistry in life and death, New materials, technologies and therapeutics, Oral health in Aotearoa and Evaluating our teaching, learning and practice.

Otago’s free dental clinic provides vital care

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Tuesday 9 August 2022

More than 100 patients suffering from a range of dental issues have received care by volunteers at a series of free clinics at the University of Otago’s Dental School.

Tooth study prompts rethink of human evolution

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Thursday 3 March 2022

A study into tooth wear in a group of wild Japanese macaques has significant implications for the study of human evolution, a University of Otago study has shown.