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News, events and outreach at Genetics Otago

Renowned Dunedin Study wins Rutherford Medal

Thursday, 17 November 2022 11:11am

The University of Otago’s Dunedin Study – touted as the world’s most successful longitudinal study of a general community – has been awarded this year’s prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal.

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More good news for leading genetics researcher

Thursday, 17 November 2022 11:06am

It’s been a month to remember for Professor Stephen Robertson, from the Dunedin School of Medicine’s Department of Women’s and Children’s Health.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022 12:59pm

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It might not be the Alpine Fault's fault

Wednesday, 12 October 2022 1:58pm

The first thing people in Ōtepoti Dunedin can do to prepare for an earthquake is believe it can happen, University earthquake expert says.

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New Chair appointed to Genetics Mātai Ira Governance Board

Monday, 10 October 2022 11:01am

Dr Michelle Thunders has been appointed Chair of the Genetics Mātai Ira Governance Board.

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Alex van der Weerden, on the frontiers of biochemistry research

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 2:46pm

Scholarship recipient a gifted young researcher who is a part of a team doing 'ground breaking' work investigating non-coding ribonucleic acid.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 1:47pm

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Three Otago master's students excited to win annual DOC scholarships

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 8:33am

Three of the 10 annual Department of Conservation scholarship recipients are Otago master's students - Katie Fenton, Cailie Ward and Johanna Kann.

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Dr Phil Wilcox receives Genetics Excellence in Education award

Thursday, 5 August 2021 8:45am

Dr Phil Wilcox (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) has been awarded The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education. 

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Ones to Watch: Te Whetu Aarahi Kerekere

Thursday, 29 July 2021 11:46am

Te Whetu Aarahi says after looking more closely, she can see how she hasn’t abandoned her love for her culture at all, but instead is doing important work by bringing Māori perspective into spaces which need it.

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Ones to Watch: Sunaina Born

Monday, 14 June 2021 11:40am

At only 21 Sunaina has a wealth of experience to fuel her passion for her future career which she believes could be as a sex educator.

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Healthy or Hoax? Home-based Genetic Testing for Health

Friday, 26 March 2021 11:45am

DNA: Will a DNA-based diet help you fit your jeans?

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Genetics student named Fulbright scholar  

Thursday, 27 August 2020 1:34pm

Genetics Masters student  Anežka Hoskin has been named a  Fulbright New Zealand  scholar and will start her PhD in genetics at Stanford University in September next year.  

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Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates

Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm

Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

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Major donation supports research into early-stage cancer detection

Friday, 21 June 2019 12:34pm

The work of Professor Parry Guilford and his team at the University of Otago has received a major funding boost with a $50,000 donation from the Hugo Charitable Trust to support their work on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) and cancer research.

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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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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 2:04pm

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 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 1:59pm

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.