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Dental decant a complex affair

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Just finding new spaces for everyone took about 18 months – decanting the Faculty of Dentistry to overhaul the Walsh Building is not a task for the faint-hearted.

Raising the roof

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The roof is on the new Faculty of Dentistry building – where patients will be treated – and the floors have been poured on all four levels.

Innovative health and wellbeing hub opens

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

A new iwi-driven health village for Māori, Pasifika and low-income families in the Dunedin area, and focusing on affordable, high quality health and social services, officially opened its doors yesterday.

2018 SJWRI PhD Scholarship and Sir Thomas Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowship rounds now open

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Friday, 19 January 2018

The SJWRI are pleased to announce the 2018 SJWRI PhD Scholarship and Sir Thomas Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowship rounds, to support early career researchers in the Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry. The SJWRI PhD Scholarship is a prestigious award to support doctoral research, while the Sir Thomas Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to support outstanding graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level to undertake postdoctoral research in the Sir John Walsh Research Institute. For more information, please contact the SJWRI Administrator.

Faculty of Dentistry starting early next year

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Postgraduates and returning Dentistry and Oral Health students will be starting a month early at the Faculty of Dentistry next year, to cater for the move into the new Clinical Services Building later in the year.

Recycling project with a difference launched in Dentistry

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Dentistry Senior Lecturer Dorothy Boyd has an unusual goal. She would like to see a bench placed in the new Dental School building: A bench made entirely of recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and caps and other oral health waste.

Dental build brings work to local trades

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Otago sub-contractors are employing more staff, boosting the local economy and showcasing their expertise – all by winning contracts for the Faculty of Dentistry new build and redevelopment at the University of Otago.

Otago researchers recognised at Research Honours Dinner

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner last week.

'Killer' toothaches likely cause misery for captive orca

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

An international research team that includes a University of Otago scientist has undertaken the first in-depth investigation of the teeth of captive orca (killer whales) and have found them a sorry state, which raises serious concerns for these majestic mammals' overall health and welfare.

Otago researchers’ achievements recognised at 2017 NZ Research Honours Dinner

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The outstanding achievements of three University of Otago researchers were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national awards at the 2017 New Zealand Research Honours Dinner earlier this week. The trio were among New Zealand researchers to be presented with 21 medals in total at the Royal Society Te Apārangi-hosted event in Auckland.

SJWRI Awards for 2017 presented at Research Day

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Congratulations to the recipients of Sir John Walsh Research Institute Awards for 2017, which were announced and awarded at the conclusion of SJWRI Research Day on Tuesday 5 September. 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.

Report from SJWRI Research Day 2017, Tuesday 5 September

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

SJWRI Research Day 2017, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry, was held on Tuesday 5 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 2017.

Dentistry projects ramps up - staff and students moving

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Work is beginning on more temporary premises for staff vacating the Faculty of Dentistry’s Walsh Building – as work ramps up on the $130 million extreme makeover that is creating a larger, modern centre for patient care, learning and research.

All Black name for a crane

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The huge tower crane working on the dentistry construction site has been attracting extra attention because of its name – Reachie McClaw, after Kurow-raised former All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw.

Huge crane on its way

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

A huge 50-metre tall tower crane is arriving this week at the site of the new Dentistry building – then two other cranes will assemble it.

SJWRI oral health research supported by the NZ Dental Association and Ministry of Health in their 2017 funding rounds

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Monday, 7 August 2017

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health are key supporters of our cutting-edge dental and oral health research, through the NZDA Research Foundation and MoH Oral Health Research Fund grant rounds. Funding from these grants supports the research of our academic and research staff as well as training of our postgraduate students. This year, a total of $106,068 in funding has been awarded from the NZDA Research Foundation for projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students. SJWRI researchers were also principal or key named investigators on projects awarded $68,697 in targeted Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding. We thank the NZDA Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health for their continued support.

Registration is now open for SJWRI Research Day 2017

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Registration is now open for SJWRI Research Day 2017, to be held on 5 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. We welcome all those interested in cutting-edge dental and oral health research - dental professionals, practitioners, biomedical researchers, the dental industry, research funders and research users - to join us for SJWRI Research Day, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry.

SJWRI Three Minute Thesis competition showcases our postgraduate research

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The 2017 edition of SJWRI 3MT, our three-minute thesis competition for postgraduate research students, was held on Wednesday 28 June. SJWRI 3MT challenges our students to present their research in an engaging manner, able to be understood by a general audience with no background in the research area. This competition develops our postgraduate students' research communication skills, as well as giving them the chance to tell us a little more about their project. First-year PhD student Sabarinath Prasad won this year's SJWRI 3MT, with new PhD student Yasmeen Ruma taking the runner-up place.