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Dental clinics closed except for emergency services


Sunday, 22 March 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.

$1.2M Health Research Council project grant awarded to A/Prof Brian Monk of the SJWRI

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Congratulations to A/Prof Brian Monk of the SJWRI’s Molecular Microbiology research programme on the award of a three-year Project Grant worth $1,199,967 in the 2019 Health Research Council of New Zealand annual funding round, for his project ‘Readying next-generation antifungals for drug development’. This continues a long-standing programme of Marsden Fund and HRC-supported research into antifungal drug development in A/Prof Monk’s laboratory. A/Prof Monk says, "The research will use our structure-based understanding of how existing antifungals work in order to create new broad-spectrum drugs that are more effective and inexpensive."

New Auckland dental base on target for February


Monday, 24 June 2019

The concrete floor slab has been poured for the top floor of the University of Otago’s new $28.3 million dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic beside the Manukau SuperClinic in South Auckland, the University’s Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Willis, says.

Dentistry faculty gives schools 150 mouthguards to celebrate University’s 150th birthday

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Thursday, 13 June 2019

The University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary by donating 150 custom-fitted mouthguards to schools and promoting the use of mouthguards among students when playing sport.

New building opened at national centre for dentistry


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

One of the “highest tech” dental facilities in the world was officially opened this morning  – the hospital-level patient-treatment building for New Zealand’s only national centre for dentistry, at Otago.

Streamlining in the new national dentistry building


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Using electronic patient records in the new national centre for dentistry building at the University of Otago will streamline patients’ treatment, students’ learning and collaboration on patient care, Faculty of Dentistry Organisational Delivery Project Manager Dr Peter Cathro says.

Training in new dentistry building


Monday, 29 April 2019

Super-users have just trained on more than 200 dental chairs for patients in New Zealand’s new national dental teaching facility, on the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus.