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1950 Dental Reunion topic of bittersweet film


Monday, 15 June 2020

A short documentary film ‘The Dental Reunion’, featuring Otago dental graduates from the class of 1950, received its world premiere on 12 June at the Documentary Edge Festival 2020.

Dental clinics closed except for emergency services


Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Following advice from the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council (New Zealand), all non-essential and elective dental services at University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry clinics, including those provided at the Dunedin School of Dentistry, the University of Otago Auckland Dental Facility and the Te Kaika Niho Taniwhā Dental Clinic, are being cancelled until further notice.

Slice of dental history in Samoa


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

There is a little slice of the Faculty of Dentistry’s history in Samoa with the recent arrival of dental chairs no longer needed in Dunedin, with the development of the new clinical services building.

2019 Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards presented at SJWRI Research Day

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards for 2019, which were announced and awarded at the conclusion of SJWRI Research Day on Wednesday 11 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Our Institute Awards celebrate the research achievements of academic staff and postgraduate students, as well as commending the contribution of general staff to the research successes of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry.

Celebrating our research excellence: SJWRI Research Day 2019

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

SJWRI Research Day 2019, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry, was held on Wednesday 11 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The programme featured presentations from academic researchers, invited keynote speakers and postgraduate students, a research poster competition, and the presentation of the SJWRI Awards for 2019.

Three awards for Health Sciences PVC


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Three fellowships from three major international dentistry organisations have been awarded to the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) Professor Paul Brunton in the past year.

Dental redevelopment progresses


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Good progress is being made on the demolition of the old interior of the Walsh Building in preparation for a new fitout which is part of Stage 2 of the Dental School Redevelopment.

SJWRI research supported by 2019 NZ Dental Research Foundation and Ministry of Health oral health funding

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Monday, 2 September 2019

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. Funding from these grants supports the research of our academic and research staff, as well as training of our postgraduate students.
In the 2019 NZDRF funding round, a total of $142,212 in funding has been awarded for research projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students. SJWRI researchers were also principal investigators on projects awarded $61,059 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.

Introducing Dr Ian Towle, our new Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellow


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

The SJWRI is delighted to introduce our Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellow for 2019, Dr Ian Towle. Ian will be working under the mentorship of Dr Carolina Loch on a research project titled ‘An evolutionary perspective on dental properties, disease and wear’.

Professor Murray Thomson wins 2019 Chaffer Medal

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

A Dunedin researcher, ranked as one of the world’s best dental scientists, has been awarded the University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Chaffer Medal for distinguished performance in health research.

Dental research could mean big savings

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

A fourth-year undergraduate dental student has already made a mark in the world of dental research – and her findings could bring future savings to New Zealand’s dental practices.