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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.

Outstanding winning ways


Monday 31 January 2022

The University’s Dunedin dentistry buildings winning a category in New Zealand’s most prestigious property awards is particularly remarkable because the number and quality of entries keeps growing, University of Otago Chief Operating Officer Stephen Willis says.

Samuel Carrington new Dentistry Associate Dean Māori


Monday 17 January 2022

There has been a poignant return to Te Kaupeka Pūniho the Faculty of Dentistry for its newest Associate Dean Māori, who is determined to drive change in what he says is an inequitable dental health system.

Postgraduate presentation awards celebrate our students' research

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Wednesday 22 December 2021

Each year at SJWRI Research Day, our annual celebration of our research activities and achievements, the best oral research presentations from our final-year doctoral students are marked with awards celebrating their excellence in research and communication. This year's SJWRI Postgraduate Research Presentation awards were presented at the Faculty of Dentistry's end-of-year function on Friday 17 December. Congratulations to PhD student Mozammel Haque Bhuiyan and DClinDent finalist Ceridwen Benn on receiving top honours for their presentations.

SJWRI Research Publication Awards presented to Associate Professor Dawn Coates and Dr Zhen Dong

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Tuesday 21 December 2021

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dawn Coates and Dr Zhen Dong, the recipients of SJWRI Research Publication of the Year awards for this year. Our Research Publication Awards, announced at our Faculty end-of-year function on Friday 17 December, celebrate the best research articles authored by our academic staff and postgraduate students in the preceding year.

Professor Mauro Farella and Associate Professor Sunyoung Ma recognised as our Research Supervisors of the Year

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Monday 20 December 2021

Congratulations to Professor Mauro Farella and Associate Professor Sunyoung Ma, this year's recipients of SJWRI Research Supervisor of the Year awards, which were announced at our Faculty end-of-year function on Friday 17 December. These Awards celebrate excellent supervisors of undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research projects in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Otago rugby rep graduates from Dentistry

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Friday 10 December 2021

With a qualification in Dentistry and a promising rugby career on the horizon, Christian Lio-Willie’s time at Otago was a balancing act.

New faces in new places

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Monday 6 December 2021

The SJWRI is undergoing an exciting period of renewal, with the establishment of new positions on our leadership group and the recognition of emerging areas of research strength as new programmes. These initiatives bring fresh ideas and a diversity of perspectives to how we plan, guide, enhance and measure our research activities, and how we support our research staff and students.

SJWRI research supported by 2021 NZ Dental Research Foundation and Ministry of Health oral health funding

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Tuesday 14 September 2021

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health (MoH) are key supporters of our cutting-edge dental and oral health research, through the NZ Dental Research Foundation (NZDRF) and MoH Oral Health Research funding rounds. In the 2021 NZDRF funding round, a total of $131,240 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 $61,537 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.

Otago researchers secure significant Endeavour funding

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Understanding the future of fjords and their ability to soak up carbon is one of nine University of Otago scientific research projects receiving more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Best research presentation winners

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Friday 6 August 2021

Congratulations to Zeina Al Naasan and Begoña Ruiz Conrads on winning the Best Research Presentation – Senior Category at the 2021 New Zealand Society of Hospital and Community Dentistry Conference.

Finalists five times


Thursday 22 July 2021

Two of the University of Otago's building projects are in the running for five Property Council of New Zealand Awards.

Winning architectural ways


Tuesday 15 June 2021

Architecture awards have been bestowed on the University’s Faculty of Dentistry construction and refurbishment project and the new performing arts centre – plus a colour award for the performing arts centre.

$1.64 million for Otago in HRC funding rounds

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Tuesday 1 June 2021

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie says Otago is grateful for HRC’s ongoing support which enables the University to continue its world-leading research.

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

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Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.