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Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

Monday, 17 September 2018 12:20pm

Otago scientists secure almost $1.6 million for heart research

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Tackling diet-related disease in New Zealand

Monday, 3 September 2018 9:54am

Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.

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Brief sleep intervention works long-term to prevent child obesity – Otago discovers

Monday, 3 September 2018 9:39am

When it comes to obesity prevention, sleep is not usually something that springs to mind, but a University of Otago research team has found we should not underestimate its importance.

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Mongrel Mob open up to Otago researchers for the good of their health

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:02am

Studying the liver health of a high-risk, hard-to-reach gang population certainly came with challenges and a few surprises, a University of Otago academic says.

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DSM's palliative care education in the spotlight

Tuesday, 3 July 2018 2:48pm

Lis Latta

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Importance of physical activity in preschoolers highlighted by Otago researcher

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:47pm

The journey to obesity can start as young as age one so increased physical activity should be established and encouraged early, University of Otago researchers say.

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Teachers suffer post-traumatic stress following ‘quakes – Otago research highlights

Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm

School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.

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Chronic lung disease treatment in New Zealand often not consistent with international guidelines

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:53am

University of Otago researchers have found that the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in New Zealand frequently does not conform to international guidelines.

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Guidelines needed around searching for patient information on the internet

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:36am

Medical professionals have a range of tools at their disposal to care for patients. New University of Otago research delves into the ethical dilemma of adding the internet to their choices.

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2017 Graduates' Oath Reading Ceremony

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm

Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.

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Modified baby-led weaning shows benefits for infants – Otago research

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:11pm

Babies who feed themselves as soon as they have started eating solids appear to be less fussy eaters, new University of Otago research has found.

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Being overweight or obese in childhood closely linked to heart health risk in middle age: Otago research

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 8:47am

Being overweight or obese from as early as three years of age is associated with measures of cardiovascular risk in early midlife, according to new findings from the world-renowned Dunedin Study.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Otago research suggests child obesity can be tackled by simple sleep interventions

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 12:34pm

Families who receive brief interventions about how to improve their children’s sleep have infants who are much less likely to be overweight, a University of Otago study has found.

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Otago academics made full professor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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Otago heart researchers gain funding

Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:42pm

University of Otago scientists have been awarded nearly $572,000 in research funding in the National Heart Foundation’s latest funding round.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm

Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

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Otago commentary in The Lancet warns saturated fat is still the enemy

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 2:18pm

A group of University of Otago researchers is warning that the promotion of low carb/high fat diets risks harming public health.

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Health Research Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 2:16pm

Professor Barry Taylor of the Dunedin School of Medicine and Carole Heatly of the Southern District Health Board together with the Health Research South Board would like to congratulate recipients of the 2014 Health Research Excellence Awards.

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Health researchers supported by lottery grants

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 4:47pm

Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have gained over NZ$500,000 in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Triple theme research meeting jointly hosted by kidney, gut health, and arthritis research themes

Friday, 13 December 2013 3:35pm

Medical researchers involved in three different study areas joined forces at a University of Otago research meeting yesterday to explore new ways of tackling several important challenges, including treating gout and kidney disease.

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Master's and PhD scholarships for science and medical graduates

Friday, 22 November 2013 12:21pm

The Department of Medicine is offering multiple scholarships to science and medical graduates at master's, PhD, and registrar level.

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Researchers walk the talk for diabetes control

Monday, 18 November 2013 9:41am

Dr Coppell, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues from the University’s Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity Research have found that by following a better diet, people with pre-diabetes are much less likely to go on to develop the disease, and people who already have diabetes will have better control of their disease, preventing the onset and progression of complications.

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Researchers call for dietary changes to prevent diabetes epidemic

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 1:22pm

University of Otago researchers say that helping people with pre-diabetes and diabetes to follow a healthier diet will significantly improve their blood sugar levels, and they are calling on smaller portion sizes to be offered at cafés and eateries to support this cause.

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Experts caution on dietary advice purporting to show fat is good

Thursday, 31 October 2013 1:24pm

The international media response to a BMJ opinion piece claiming to debunk the “myth” of saturated fat as a cause of coronary heart disease could undermine public confidence in lifestyle changes that have resulted in appreciable health benefits, say a group of experts in public health and nutrition representing a number of New Zealand health-related organisations.

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Teaching Award winners announced

Monday, 21 October 2013 9:33am

Top medical teachers were recognised last week at the annual Dunedin School of Medicine Teaching Awards.

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Best to be straightforward with parents of overweight and obese kids: Otago research

Monday, 22 July 2013 1:29pm

University of Otago research into how best to engage parents of overweight and obese children has found motivational interviewing (MI) offers no real advantages over usual care — that of simply giving feedback in a straightforward and non-judgemental way.

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Neurosurgeon studying brain's role in obesity

Monday, 15 July 2013 4:39pm

The Dunedin School of Medicine's Neurosurgery research unit is looking at differences in how the brain ''rewards'' eating, in the hope it leads to new weight-loss treatments for obese people.

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Otago teacher wins Prime Minister’s prize

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:13pm

Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson, an ophthalmologist from Otago’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

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University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards reward inspiring lecturers

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 3:46pm

Associate Professor Gordon Sanderson, of the Department of Medicine, is one of three University of Otago staff who have received Teaching Excellence Awards this year.

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2013 Health Research Excellence Awards

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 1:00pm

Dr John Adams, Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine, and Carole Heatly, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern District Health Board—together with the Health Research South Board—congratulate the winners of the recent Health Research Excellence Awards.

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Dunedin School of Medicine research supported by Lottery grants

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:52am

Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have gained $335,600 in new funding from the Lottery Grants Board to pursue research aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Researchers helping uncover sports drug cheats

Friday, 12 April 2013 11:54am

Researchers from the Dunedin School of Medicine and the University of Otago, Christchurch are collaborating to develop a new test to assist the World Anti-Doping Agency uncover drug cheats in sport.

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'So-called health foods' called into question

Sunday, 24 March 2013 11:11am

University of Otago professor Jim Mann, an internationally respected researcher in human nutrition, has criticised ''so-called health foods'' that were actually ''not healthy'' and urged big reforms in supermarket food labelling.

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Interventions can reduce falls in over-65s who live at home

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:46am

There is now strong evidence that some interventions can prevent falls in people over the age of 65 who are living in their own homes, according to a comprehensive University of Otago-led review of research in the area.

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First symposium for Gut Health Network

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 4:32pm

A variety of medical disorders which all appear to originate in the gut will be the focus of the first annual symposium of the recently formed Gut Health Network which take places at the University of Otago this Friday.