Researchers scoop top national awards at Queenstown conference
Tuesday, 6 September 2022 4:02pm
Otago-led research has been nationally recognised at Queenstown Research Week, one of the country’s most significant annual scientific gatherings.
Gastric cancer research backed by Health Research Council
Monday, 30 May 2022 2:10pm
Two University of Otago research projects which aim to find new ways of treating gastric cancer have received almost $500,000 from the Health Research Council today.
Otago researcher and medical oncologist win national award for cancer research
Friday, 11 February 2022 4:25pm
A University of Otago researcher and a medical oncologist have won the 2021 Roche Translational Cancer Research Fellowship Award, worth $30,000, for their project on lung cancer.
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.
Otago researchers solve 58-year medical mystery
Friday, 22 October 2021 10:55am
University of Otago academics have solved a decades-long medical mystery which saw a Dunedin child undergo eight years of unnecessary chemotherapy treatment.
Diverse Pathology researchers united by Marsden success
Thursday, 17 December 2020 11:47am
Almost a quarter of the $17.5 million in Marsden funding recently awarded to the University of Otago was shared among five researchers in the Dunedin and Christchurch based Pathology departments.
Double delight for graduating couple
Friday, 11 December 2020 9:29am
Suzan Almomani and her husband Issam Mayyas both received their PhDs at the University of Otago graduation on 9 December.
Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41am
University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.
Dr Louise Bicknell - winner's profile
Friday, 4 September 2020 9:37am
Dr Louise Bicknell has been named joint winner of the 2020 University of Otago Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.
Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School
Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am
A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.
Health of truck drivers and evening TV binge-watchers under Otago researchers’ spotlight
Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am
The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.
30 new Professors for the University of Otago
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm
Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am
University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.
From Massachusetts to mass success in Otago, New Zealand
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 9:50am
One is something that has ensured we survive, the other is something we fear could kill us. Yet University of Otago researcher Dr Erin Macaulay is combining the two into compelling research.
Six rising research stars celebrated in annual awards
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:58am
Six researchers whose work covers everything from ancient dolphin teeth to the management of obesity have been recognised by the University of Otago.
Dr Karl Iremonger named 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Research Medal winner
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:47am
Dunedin neuroscientist and physiologist Dr Karl Iremonger has been awarded the 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.
Otago research shines light on cancer cells
Friday, 9 August 2019 11:39am
New University of Otago research into tell-tale markers of cancer cells could help doctors identify whether the cells are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.
Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:33am
Oral cancer is known for its high mortality rate in developing countries, but an international team of scientists hope its latest discovery will change that.
Sniffing out prostate cancer in New Zealand
Monday, 4 March 2019 9:47am
The University of Otago and K9 Medical Detection NZ are working together to investigate using dogs as a diagnostic tool to sniff out prostate cancer.
Fulbright Award for GO Director
Friday, 22 February 2019 1:43pm
The Director of Genetics Otago (GO), Associate Professor Julia Horsfield, says she is excited and honoured to win a scholarship from Fulbright New Zealand.
Otago researchers discover information about a gene that helps define us as humans
Thursday, 6 December 2018 9:11am
University of Otago researchers have discovered information about a gene that sets primates – great apes and humans – apart from other mammals, through the study of a rare developmental brain disorder.
Otago researchers find answers as to why some people are at risk of gout
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:33am
University of Otago researchers have helped characterise a genetic variant that enables new understanding of why some people are at risk of gout, a painful and debilitating arthritic disease.
Poppable “cyst” cake wins Bake Your Thesis contest
Thursday, 2 August 2018 12:35pm
An exceptionally creative (and slightly disgusting) cake has won the University’s inaugural Bake Your Thesis competition, held in the Law Faculty common room yesterday afternoon as part of the annual Otago Graduate Research Festival.
Funds for researcher’s probe into the aggressive biology of breast cancers
Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:07pm
Breast cancer accounts for more than 600 deaths in New Zealand annually, primarily due to the spread of cancer to distant organs, and Heather Cunliffe is doing all she can to help remedy this.
Funding for Otago breast cancer research which aims to halt cancer spread
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 9:33am
A University of Otago researcher has been awarded $133,263 to investigate opportunities to halt the spread of cancer in women suffering breast cancer, thereby improving patient survival.
Otago scientists make breakthrough in childhood kidney cancer
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 7:44am
A world-first discovery by University of Otago scientists may change the way children suffering from a rare form of kidney cancer are treated.
Otago researchers’ discovery unlocks secrets behind cancer drug resistance
Friday, 29 June 2018 2:15pm
University of Otago research provides insights into an underlying mechanism that could explain why new cancer therapies to help treat metastatic melanoma do not always work on patients, paving the way for predicting which patients will benefit from certain drugs.
$4.4 million awarded to DSM researchers in HRC funding
Monday, 18 June 2018 1:21pm
Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates our outstanding researchers on their HRC funding success
Researchers help save lives in the Pacific
Thursday, 7 June 2018 1:40pm
Otago researchers and clinicians are helping lead development of a cervical cancer prevention programme in the Pacific, aimed at saving lives.
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.
Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round
Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am
University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.
Dean's Bequest recipients 2018
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm
DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018
Reproductive race: Males rapidly adjust sperm speed to beat rivals
Monday, 30 October 2017 8:22am
Joint research by the University of Otago and University of Canterbury has revealed that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce.
Health Research Awards' success for Department of Pathology
Friday, 13 October 2017 12:00am
Congratulations to our winners at the Health Research Excellence Awards 2016
Two highly promising scientists receive prestigious Rutherford Discovery fellowships at Otago University
Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:31pm
University of Otago-based up-and-coming scientists Drs Aniruddha Chatterjee (Pathology, Dunedin) and Alex Gavryushkin (Computer Science) are among the latest recipients of the prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.
Science-inspired exhibition impresses
Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:01pm
Seeing their research interpreted by artists has given researchers in the University’s Genetics Otago Research Centre a new way to view their own work.
Inflammation professor a keynote speaker at World Congress and Expo on Pharmaceutics
Thursday, 30 March 2017 3:51pm
Professor Madhav Bhatia delivered an invited keynote lecture at the Second World Congress & Expo on Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery Systems (Pharmaceutics-2017) in Kuala Lumpur this week.
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.
Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a nasty cold
Friday, 17 February 2017 9:19am
Taking vitamin D supplements can lower your risk of acute respiratory infections such as influenza or the common cold, latest research shows.
Summer Student awarded Best Laboratory Project Prize
Friday, 27 January 2017 2:24pm
Mackenzie Cancer Research Group Summer Student Linda Buss has been awarded the UOC Best Laboratory Project Prize for 2016-17.
Epigenetic changes promoting cancer metastasis identified: Otago research
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:25pm
Latest University of Otago research is shedding new light on why and how cancer cells spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body. This phenomenon – known as metastasis – causes about 90 per cent of all cancer deaths.
New Marsden funding to probe the science of how genes awaken
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 10:27am
University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers are collaborating to gain new insights into the very beginnings of life, following the recent awarding of a major Marsden Fund grant.
EDOR member elected Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ
Thursday, 3 November 2016 3:24pm
EDOR member Professor Tony Merriman is elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Royal Society Award for scientist exchange with China
Monday, 31 October 2016 3:55pm
Professor Madhav Bhatia has received a Royal Society of New Zealand’s Catalyst: Leaders New Zealand-China Scientist Exchange Programme Award.
Invited lecturer to the Twelfth International Symposium on Respiratory Diseases
Friday, 28 October 2016 4:16pm
Inflammation Research Group leader Professor Madhav Bhatia was invited to deliver a lecture at the Twelfth International Symposium on Respiratory Diseases jointly with American Thoracic Society in Shanghai, China this month.
Inflammation professor a keynote speaker at World Congress and Expo on Immunology
Thursday, 27 October 2016 4:06pm
Professor Madhav Bhatia was invited as an honourable guest to the World Congress and Expo on Immunology (Immunology Congress-2016) in Dubai.
Otago researchers probe HPV’s manipulation of immune system
Friday, 7 October 2016 9:55am
University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems.
Otago scientists win national medals
Friday, 9 September 2016 9:37am
Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards Night, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.
Otago scientists win national medals
Friday, 9 September 2016 9:23am
Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at last night’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards function, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.
CMRF funding success for a Mackenzie Principal Investigator
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 8:09am
Congratulations to Principal Investigator Dr Margaret Currie who was one of the seven recipients of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation grants in the latest funding round.
Research showcased at Cancer Society Information Evening
Friday, 22 July 2016 11:33am
The Mackenzie Cancer Research Group showcased some of their research at an information evening hosted the Cancer Society at the St Andrew’s College Centennial Chapel on the 20 July 2017.
Early Career Awards bestowed upon outstanding researchers
Friday, 10 June 2016 4:36pm
Six up-and-coming University of Otago staff have been announced as this year’s recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Gene mutation patterns in melanoma vary from North to South in NZ
Monday, 16 May 2016 12:42pm
South Islanders’ melanomas are significantly more likely than those of North Islanders to carry a gene mutation that has implications for mutation-targeted drug therapies and for patient outcomes, new University of Otago-led research suggests.
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.
Will eating cake give me cancer?
Thursday, 14 April 2016 8:10am
Dr Logan Walker gave a public lecture discussing a number of cancer myths, answering questions such as 'will eating cake give me cancer?'
Cancer genetics Principal Investigator on One News
Monday, 18 January 2016 2:08pm
Dr Logan Walker featured in an item about access to genetic testing on TVNZ's One News on Sunday 17 January 2016.
HRC Career Development Awards announced
Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:22pm
A University of Otago brain cancer researcher has gained a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus fellowship in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Career Development Awards.
PhD candidate Melanie Grant AMP Scholarship recipient
Monday, 16 November 2015 1:25pm
The Department of Pathology warmly congratulates Melanie grant on her AMP Scholarship success
Zebrafish study sheds new light on human heart defects
Friday, 16 October 2015 9:38am
University of Otago researchers working with zebrafish have published a study providing new insights into the causes of the congenital heart defects associated with a rare developmental disorder.
Funding for study on the effects of vitamin C on breast cancer
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 9:54am
A Christchurch scientist working to determine whether high dose vitamin C is a viable cancer therapy has won funding to explore its effect on breast tumours.
Otago health researchers awarded prestigious fellowships
Thursday, 17 September 2015 9:43am
Two University of Otago health sciences researchers have gained prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand fellowships, it was announced today.
Triple success for the Department of Pathology
Wednesday, 9 September 2015 9:07am
Triple success for the Department of Pathology
Innovative Otago research supported in science investment round
Thursday, 3 September 2015 9:13am
Five innovative University of Otago-led research programmes are being backed with $5.7M in new science investment funding announced by the Government today.
HPV infection of placentas linked to pregnancy complications
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:24am
In a landmark study, University of Otago researchers have found that human papilloma virus (HPV) can infect the placenta and is linked to several pregnancy complications, including the potentially fatal disorder pre-eclampsia.
Otago announces Early Career Awards recipients
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 9:20am
The outstanding contributions of five up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Health research celebrated at awards
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 7:57pm
Twenty years ago the University of Otago took a gamble on a young medical researcher. This week that researcher was given the Dunedin School of Medicine Dean’s Medal for Research Excellence at a ceremony at the Museum’s Hutton Theatre.
Otago scientist gains grant for innovative gout research
Monday, 13 April 2015 7:57am
A University of Otago pathology researcher has gained a Health Research Council Explorer Grant to identify new drug targets to combat gout, a severely painful and debilitating condition caused by high blood levels of uric acid.
Christchurch campus joins global study into anorexia nervosa genetics
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:49am
University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC), researchers will today launch the New Zealand arm of the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).
Prestigious Rutherford Fellowships won by Otago researchers
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:49am
Two talented early to mid-career scientists will return to the University of Otago after gaining highly sought-after Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, which are valued at up to $800,000 each over five years.
Colin Geary Professorial Lecture Series begins
Tuesday, 3 June 2014 8:07am
Two leading Australian pathology researchers are in Dunedin to deliver public lectures as part of the inaugural Colin Geary Professorial Lecture Series.
Pathology staff shave for a cure
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 9:19am
Janine Neill and Justine Farquar today participated in the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand's Shave for a Cure fundraiser.
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.
Department of Pathology academic wins Fulbright award
Monday, 27 January 2014 4:46pm
Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award winner Dr Sarah Young is keen to make use of the travelling opportunity the award brings.
Otago research reveals tobacco’s toll on women’s placentas
Wednesday, 4 December 2013 10:06am
Smoking while pregnant causes severe DNA damage to cells in the placenta and significantly impairs its function, new University of Otago research suggests.
Department of Pathology researcher elected as Royal Society Fellow
Thursday, 21 November 2013 3:43pm
Professor Antony Braithwaite is among the 13 leading New Zealand researchers and scholars who are newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Otago cancer researcher gains HRC Explorer Grant
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:26am
A leading University of Otago researcher has gained Health Research Council (HRC) funding to investigate a new way to measure the aggressiveness of cancer cells using circular polarised light.
Otago scientists win neurological research funding
Wednesday, 5 December 2012 2:16pm
Three University of Otago scientists have received nearly $300,000 of funding to support their world-class brain-related research in the latest Neurological Foundation grant round.
Study clears up speculation about vitamin D reducing colds
Wednesday, 3 October 2012 10:00am
Research into the benefits of vitamin D is a burgeoning area.
Better to eat kiwifruit than to take vitamin C supplements
Friday, 27 May 2011 10:36am
University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers have found that a natural fruit source of vitamin C – kiwifruit – is vastly superior to a purified supplement form.
Otago researchers reveal PAX gene’s role in cancer
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:18am
University of Otago researchers have uncovered further evidence that PAX genes − members of a small family of genes that play important roles in embryonic development – also allow cancer cells to grow and divide in adult tissue.
Vitamin C plays vital role in battle against cancer
Monday, 19 July 2010 9:21am
New research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, shows that vitamin C can help curb the growth of cancer cells.
Major prostate cancer trial boosted by new funding
Monday, 31 May 2010 2:05pm
The largest ever clinical trial into new treatments for prostate cancer, which kills about 600 men annually in this country, has received another significant funding grant from the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
New Microscope for University of Otago Zebrafish Facility
Friday, 16 April 2010 2:57pm
The KD Kirkby Trust, which is a long time benefactor of Cure Kids, has made a $45,000 grant to provide vital equipment for a world class zebrafish facility at the University of Otago, taking its support for medical research to almost $150,000.
International health research partnerships funded
Thursday, 17 September 2009 3:40pm
Otago scientists have gained $730,160 to support two international health research collaborations involving new approaches towards drug discovery in HIV-1, genetic diseases and melanoma.