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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.

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.