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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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

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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.

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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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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.

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Dean's Bequest recipients 2018

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm

DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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?'

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Triple success for the Department of Pathology

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 9:07am

Triple success for the Department of Pathology

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.