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News, events and outreach at Genetics Otago

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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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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Genetic mātauranga returns benefits to community

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 9:05am

Anežka Hoskin is working with Māori and New Zealand based Pacific Islanders furthering genetic mātauranga (knowledge) on metabolic diseases that influence obesity.

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Otago researcher takes genomic sequencing to the farm to help transform lives

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:22am

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving the way for preventing crop failures, vital to the African economy.

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New findings for ‘gifted’ Otago geneticist  diagnosing rare genetic disorders

Monday, 16 July 2018 1:41pm

Recent research undertaken by University of Otago Cure Kids Professor Paediatric Genetics, Stephen Robertson, highlights the world-leading discoveries he is making regarding rare genetic disorders affecting children and the opportunity genomic analysis is providing.

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Nominations open for Otago Science Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:24am

A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science Festival and the ODT. Nominations can be made online via the New Zealand International Science Festival scifest.org.nz website and will close on Thursday 28 June at 5pm. Winners will be announced at the launch of the New Zealand International Science Festival on Friday 6 July.

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Intermediate students solve 'murder' mystery at DIY DNA workshops

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 4:16pm

DIY DNA School Workshops a hit with students

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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New Genetics Otago Director excited by challenge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 9:19pm

The new Director of Genetics Otago, Associate Professor Julia Horsfield, is thrilled to be taking the helm of the University of Otago Research Centre during an exciting new era in genetics.

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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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Genomics Aotearoa: a step-change for NZ genomics

Friday, 18 August 2017 4:43pm

The launch of Genomics Aotearoa brings an agile, leading-edge and collaborative platform to boost New Zealand's genomics and bioinformatics communities.

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Otago to lead $35m new advanced genomics platform

Friday, 18 August 2017 2:58pm

The University of Otago is to lead a $35 million project known as Genomics Aotearoa, a new science platform supporting advanced genomics research.

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Darwinedin: Big Week in NZ's Genetics Capital

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 9:38am

Dunedin is set to host a series of free and fantastic genetics events in the week 2-6 July 2017.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:56am

The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.

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GSA Conference Hits Dunedin, 2-6 July 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 1:49pm

Geneticists from across the world and many disciplines will convene at the University of Otago in July, for the Genetics Society of AustralAsia's Annual Conference, to be held with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.