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Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible – research

Thursday, 19 May 2022 8:57am

University of Otago researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that could assist with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

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College of learning inspires PhD journey

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 2:14pm

As someone who researches the importance of sleep to diet, Silke Morrison is quick to highlight that she prioritised maintaining a normal sleeping pattern during her PhD. 

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Decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand

Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:01am

The number of people being diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand continues to decline, figures released today by the University of Otago’s AIDS Epidemiology Group show.

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Knighthood for EDOR Co-Director Professor Jim Mann

Friday, 6 May 2022 6:11pm

Professor Jim Mann received his Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit from the New Zealand Governor-General, in an investiture ceremony held at Government House this week.

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Gavin Bishop - Mixing it up in medicine

Thursday, 21 April 2022 9:23am

Medical student Gavin Bishop is taking a year out from the traditional medical school pathway to carry out a research project on dual practice.

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Watch Professor Alister Neill's World Sleep Day presentation

Friday, 18 March 2022 12:21pm

EDOR celebrated World Sleep Day 2022 with a presentation by Professor Alister Neill, Director of the WellSleep Centre.

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Prevalence of chronic kidney disease “alarmingly” high

Monday, 14 March 2022 2:32pm

Chronic kidney disease is “alarmingly” more prevalent among Auckland’s Pacific population than previously thought, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Professor Christine Jasoni following leadership trend

Thursday, 17 February 2022 12:44pm

Professor Christine Jasoni is the latest in a string of EDOR researchers to take up leadership positions, both at the University and nationally.

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Otago appoints new Dean to Dunedin School of Medicine

Monday, 14 February 2022 11:19am

Professor Joanne Baxter has been appointed as the new Dean of Dunedin School of Medicine.

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New Dunedin School of Medicine Dean appointed

Thursday, 10 February 2022 4:05pm

Professor Joanne Baxter (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) is the new Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine, at the University of Otago.

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Long-term cannabis use damages lungs, but in a different way from tobacco

Thursday, 3 February 2022 11:24am

Smoking cannabis leads to lung damage, but in a different way from tobacco, new University of Otago research has found.

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Urgent investment needed in deadly disease

Tuesday, 1 February 2022 3:29pm

Researchers are calling for urgent investment in the prevention of a devastating emerging disease that kills tens of thousands of people each year

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Children exposed to 554 brands a day

Thursday, 20 January 2022 5:09pm

Professor Louise Signal finds that 11-13 year olds are exposed to 554 brands a day, using wearable camera data

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One hundred years on: insulin is still saving lives

Thursday, 13 January 2022 11:29am

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and colleagues are researching new technologies for improved insulin delivery for those with type 1 diabetes.

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Diabetes and nutrition research recognised in New Year Honours

Wednesday, 12 January 2022 4:29pm

Professor Jim Mann, EDOR Co-Director, has been recognised with a knighthood in the 2022 New Year Honours.

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Personalised approach needed for diabetes prevention: study

Wednesday, 22 December 2021 2:26pm

An individualised, rather than universal approach is needed for effective diabetes prevention, a new study has revealed.

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Associate Professor Ben Wheeler talks diabetes

Friday, 17 December 2021 3:19pm

Associate Professor Ben Wheeler talked with Leah Panapa at Magic Talk about diabetes, as part of November's Diabetes Action Month.

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Researchers pinpoint best diet for type 2 diabetes weight loss

Thursday, 25 November 2021 9:53am

Low energy diets using formula meal replacements are the most effective for weight loss in type 2 diabetes, University of Otago researchers have discovered.

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Otago announces Professorial promotions for 2022

Monday, 22 November 2021 10:28am

Twenty-eight University of Otago academics are being promoted to the position of professor this year.

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It's Sneaker Friday! EDOR is supporting this event for Diabetes Action Month

Friday, 19 November 2021 4:04pm

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR) at the University of Otago is supporting Sneaker Friday, a Diabetes NZ event to raise awareness for the many New Zealanders living with diabetes.

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Which diet is best for treating type 2 diabetes?

Thursday, 18 November 2021 12:09pm

EDOR members Professor Mike Lean and Dr Andrew Reynolds, along with international colleagues, have published a study on the most effective diets for achieving remission of type 2 diabetes.

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Excellence in teaching, research and service

Thursday, 4 November 2021 9:20am

Excellence in teaching, research and service have been celebrated with the announcement of the 2021 Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus (Dunedin School of Medicine) Teaching and Research awards.

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Join us in supporting Sneaker Friday on 19 November

Tuesday, 2 November 2021 10:30am

Wear your sneakers to work on Friday 19 November, and support Diabetes Action Month's first ever Sneaker Friday!

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Helping each other PASS

Friday, 29 October 2021 1:57pm

Peer Learning Programmes such as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Numeracy (PAN) are weekly interactive study sessions aimed at supporting student success, facilitated by second or third-year students. The programmes are offered through the Student Learning Development, part of the University’s Higher Education Development Centre.

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Professor Sue Crengle appointed to new Māori Health Authority

Wednesday, 6 October 2021 11:11am

Otago Medical School Professor Sue Crengle will play a central role in what she describes as “the biggest opportunity for Māori health in my career”.

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It takes a village — addressing obesity and type 2 diabetes as a community

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 5:16pm

EDOR advisory board member and endocrinologist Dr Ole Schmiedel calls for more work on reducing obesity in Aotearoa New Zealand to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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Student-led te reo Māori classes popular with peers

Friday, 17 September 2021 11:19am

An eight-week te reo Māori class for medical students, set up by fellow students, was so popular it will be repeated in future years. The organisers explain how Te Reo Kia Ora sessions at the Hunter Centre began, the philosophy behind the classes and their hopes for the future.

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Dual treatment increases risk of heart attack – study

Friday, 13 August 2021 11:59am

People using two different inhalers for common chronic lung diseases are more than 50 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those on just one, new University of Otago-led research reveals.

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Meet some of EDOR's postgraduate students

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 10:35am

Meet some of EDOR's postgraduate students, who are conducting a range of research trials and projects as part of their PhD studies.

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Ones to Watch: Indira Fernando

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 9:08am

Just by being here as a sick, queer, woman of colour I make it easier for other people. This is what I would say to other students from minority backgrounds who want to pursue studies here.”

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Football team makes history

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 9:45am

The Otago University Football Club recently made history as the first Otago team to progress to the quarter final of the Chatham Cup.

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Ones to Watch: Nic Sinnott

Friday, 6 August 2021 12:04pm

A career that serves others is the dream for a medical student who believes that health care can be adapted to better reach high-risk communities.

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Low adherence to diabetes medication concerning – Otago study

Thursday, 5 August 2021 12:39pm

Groups who suffer the highest burden of type 2 diabetes have the lowest level of adherence to effective medication to control it, a University of Otago study has found.

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Study recommends better sun protection for young rowers during competition

Friday, 30 July 2021 10:59am

High school rowing uniforms should include sun protective headwear and sunglasses to better shield rowers from the harmful effects of the sun, a University of Otago study recommends.

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EDOR members gain HRC funding for diabetes and obesity research

Thursday, 29 July 2021 5:08pm

EDOR members have been successful in gaining research funds from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)

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EDOR members feature at ANZOS meeting

Friday, 23 July 2021 3:27pm

Professor Rachael Taylor and other EDOR members have contributed to the recent virtual Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) meeting.

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Vaccine against pneumococcal disease reduces severe cases in children by 80 per cent in The Gambia

Friday, 23 July 2021 9:37am

Study examines the real-life long-term impact of routine introduction of vaccine.

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"I want to champion change for Māori health"

Friday, 16 July 2021 9:41am

When dealt a second opportunity at a career with purpose, a Nelson paramedic was ready to take the plunge.

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Clinical researchers test artificial pancreas to improve diabetes management

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 2:51pm

EDOR member Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and his group are developing an artificial pancreas that can automatically deliver insulin to those with diabetes, based on their usual needs.

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Urgency needed to address the obesity pandemic

Thursday, 8 July 2021 2:24pm

Professor Jim Mann explains why we need to keep talking about how to address the obesity pandemic in this ODT opinion piece.

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Jeremy Krebs talks with RNZ about a new drug for treating obesity

Thursday, 1 July 2021 3:18pm

Professor Jeremy Krebs has been interviewed by RNZ's Jim Mora on recent reports of a new drug to treat obesity.

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"Drink water" Professor Jim Mann comments on that infamous football moment

Thursday, 17 June 2021 8:07pm

Professor Jim Mann comments on the simple but powerful gesture by football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at the Euro 2020 competition this week.

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Remembering our benefactor and chair Sir Eion Edgar

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 12:52pm

The passing of Sir Eion Edgar this week leaves a keen sense of loss for members of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre.

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What helps and hinders metformin adherence and persistence

Tuesday, 8 June 2021 8:48am

University of Otago research into what helps and hinders people with type 2 diabetes correctly taking, and continuing to take, metformin, features in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Extensive type 2 diabetes screening in NZ has led to better cardiovascular risk prediction

Friday, 4 June 2021 5:10pm

EDOR members Professors Jim Mann and Jeremy Krebs have co-authored a paper in The Lancet on cardiovascular risk prediction using type 2 diabetes screening data.

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COVID-19 complacency could be costly – Otago experts

Friday, 4 June 2021 11:23am

Learn lessons from our COVID-19 response, or our health system could suffer the consequences.

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Pride at seeing alumni in Ministry COVID-19 team

Wednesday, 2 June 2021 4:16pm

Professor Patricia Priest admits to a “little twinge of pride” at seeing her former students and colleagues working in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 team.

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NZ a key exporter of sugary drinks to the Pacific Islands

Friday, 28 May 2021 2:08pm

Associate Professor Lisa Te Morenga comments on research showing an increase in sugary drink exports from NZ to the Pacific Islands, despite chronic diet-related disease being the number one cause of death in this part of the world.

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Lack of timely access to care potentially costing lives – research

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 9:54am

More than 250 people died between 2009 and 2012 from potentially survivable trauma injuries before they reached a hospital because their injury happened in a location without timely access to advanced level hospital care.

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EDOR review shows focused sleep interventions work best, but cultural considerations are needed

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:18pm

A systematic review by EDOR researchers of child sleep interventions has made some interesting findings.