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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.

Professor Warwick Duncan appointed as new Director of the SJWRI

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Monday 10 May 2021

The Sir John Walsh Research Institute welcomes Professor Warwick Duncan as the third Director of the SJWRI. Professor Duncan assumes the role as head of the Faculty of Dentistry’s research arm on 1 May, taking over from Professor Richard Cannon, our Director since 2014.

'Smart' wearable device research leads to fellowship for early career researcher

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Monday 12 April 2021

Recent PhD graduate Dr Sabarinath Prasad is rejoining the SJWRI, having been awarded a Health Sciences Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences. His postdoctoral research, under the mentorship of Prof Mauro Farella, will focus on prototyping and validating 'smart' wearable devices to track jaw motion in a range of conditions.

Revitalised Walsh Building opens

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Tuesday 9 March 2021

The opening of the revitalised heritage Walsh Building signals the completion of the national centre for dentistry’s five-year expansion project.

Prof Warwick Duncan and Dr Joanne Choi commended with Research Supervisor of the Year awards

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Friday 18 December 2020

Congratulations to Professor Warwick Duncan and Dr Joanne Choi, recipients of SJWRI Research Supervisor of the Year Awards for 2020, as announced at our Faculty end-of-year function on Friday 18 December. These Awards celebrate excellent supervisors of undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research projects in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Early career researchers celebrated through SJWRI Research Publication Awards

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Friday 18 December 2020

Congratulations to early-career researchers Dr Joanne Choi and Dr Zhen Dong, the recipients of SJWRI Research Publication Awards for 2020, which were announced at our Faculty end-of-year function on Friday 18 December. Our Research Publication Awards celebrate the best research articles authored by our academic staff and postgraduate students in the preceding year.

Webinar series shares our research and clinical excellence with the world

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Thursday 17 December 2020

This September, the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry held a month-long Clinical and Research Excellence Spring Webinar Series in place of our traditional Clinical Excellence Day and SJWRI Research Day events, enabling our final-year doctoral postgraduates to share their research and clinical achievements with the Faculty and the dental profession. On 12 December, at the Faculty Prize-Giving for students, awards were presented for the best clinical and research presentations by postgraduate students within the CaRE Series.