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About us


At the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI), we foster partnerships to help solve global health problems.

OGHI is a University of Otago Research Centre. Research Centre status is awarded to groups whose research excellence is a flagship for the University.

We also work within mātauranga Māori, which aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people—for the environmental, economic, social, and cultural benefit of New Zealand.

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Aims of the Otago Global Health Institute

We work with partners in New Zealand and abroad to help find solutions together for pressing global health problems.

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Leadership Group

Our Leadership Group comprises senior academics whose work is heavily oriented towards global health, across the University of Otago's Divisions of Commerce, Health Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences.

Professor John Crump, Co-Director

John CrumpMcKinlay Professor of Global Health, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

Professor Crump's expertise is in infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, and ethics in global health.

Professor David Fielding, Co-Director

David FieldingProfessor of Economics and Deputy Dean, Otago Business School

Professor Fielding's expertise is in development macroeconomics and quantitative political economy, which explores election systems and public policy-making.

Professor Tony Binns

Tony BinnsDepartment of Geography

Professor Binns has expertise in the fields of development, environment and society, human geography, and rural livelihoods in developing countries.

Professor Hallie Buckley

Hallie BuckleyDepartment of Anatomy

Professor Buckley's expertise is in prehistoric health and disease in the Asia and Pacific regions.

Professor Richard Edwards

Richard EdwardsDepartment of Public Health

Professor Edwards has expertise in tobacco use epidemiology and control, environmental epidemiology, and non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Philip Hill

Philip Hill Department of Preventive and Social Medicine

Professor Hill's fields of expertise include infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

Associate Professor Lisa Houghton

Lisa HoughtonDepartment of Human Nutrition

Associate Professor Houghton's expertise includes the assessment and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies.

Professor Pauline Norris

Pauline NorrisDepartment of Pharmacy

Professor Norris' specialist field is social pharmacy; particularly access to and use of medicines.

Tuari Potiki

Tuari PotikiDirector of Māori Development

Tuari provides advice and leadership on incorporating Māori ways of partnership and relationships into the Research Centre.


Jacqui Hadingham

OGHI Research Centre ManagerJH TN

Jacqui has worked in HIV research and project management with experience in health, economics and development in southern Africa.

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Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group includes people from institutions, agencies, and business, who have international standing and expertise in their field.

Professor Sir David Skegg, Chair

David SkeggUniversity of Otago

Sir David's expertise is in epidemiology and public health, including cancer epidemiology, contraceptive and drug safety, and reproductive health. He is Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Richard Adegbola

Richard AdegbolaGlaxo Smith Kline

Professor Adegbola works as a scientific director in Glaxo Smith Kline vaccines business. His experience working on pneumonia research in West Africa has led him to join the fight against pneumonia. Richard says "By training I'm a medical microbiologist, originally from Nigeria. After qualifying in the UK I joined the UK Medical Research Council, and was based in the Gambia in West Africa where pneumonia is a leading cause of death and disability in children under five years of age".

Emerita Professor Rosalind Gibson

Rosalind GibsonUniversity of Otago

Emerita Professor Gibson has had a life-long interest in international nutrition, initially working in the Ethio-Swedish Children's Nutrition Unit in Ethiopia, and subsequently in collaborative research studies on micronutrients in Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, and Ethiopia, as well as Thailand, Mongolia, and—more recently—Cambodia and the Northeast region of Brazil and Indonesia.

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-AlaiPacific Islands Centre, University of Otago

The Pacific Islands Centre has a very proud tradition of assisting Pacific people achieve their goals through education.

Professor Jim Mann

Jim MannUniversity of Otago

Jim Mann has been Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician (Endocrinology) in Dunedin Hospital for 25 years. He is Director of the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research (EDOR), the WHO Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, and Principal Investigator for the Riddet Institute, a National Centre of Research Excellence at Massey University, Palmerston North.

Professor Kim Mulholland

Kim MulhollandLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Kim is an Australian paediatrician with subspecialty training in immunology, respiratory medicine, and epidemiology. He has spent much of his career working in the developing world—particularly Sudan and Gambia—and more recently in Fiji, Mongolia, and Vietnam.

Joel Vanderburg

Joel Vanderburg Head of Missions, World Health Organization (Western Pacific Region)

WHO's mission is to support all countries and peoples in their quest to achieve the highest attainable level of health, defined in the WHO Constitution as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

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