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.
We work with partners in New Zealand and abroad to help find solutions together for pressing global health problems. OGHI Strategy document (PDF 490KB)
Recordings of the online seminars on a range of Covid-19 related topics are now available to view.
Global Health Bytes
These are short monthly webinars (third Wednesday of the month, 4-4.30pm NZ time) on a range of global-health topics.
Next Global Health Byte: Wednesday 19 August 2020
• Join via Zoom Password: 303183
• or in person on the University of Otago Dunedin campus: Room AVC3, Disability Information & Support, Student Learning Centre Offices (Central Library/Information Services Building), Albany Street
- Instructions for Global Health Bytes participants (PDF 412KB)
- Instructions for Global Health Bytes speakers (PDF 458KB)
Previous Global Health Bytes:
- 19 February 2020: Preventive TB treatment in people with Diabetes – a new global strategy (Prof Philip Hill) (PDF 783KB)
- 19 February 2020: Preventive TB treatment in people with Diabetes – a new global strategy (Prof Philip Hill) (MP4 167MB)
- 18 March 2020: Maternal and child health, women's empowerment and ethnic diversity (Prof David Fielding) (PDF 779KB)
- 18 March 2020: Maternal and child health, women's empowerment and ethnic diversity (Prof David Fielding) (MP4 375MB)
- 20 May 2020: Colonizing Madness: Asylum and Community in Fiji (Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie) (PDF 799KB)
- 20 May 2020: Colonizing Madness: Asylum and Community in Fiji (Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie) (MP4 407MB)
The e-Talanoa will involve research conversations between postgraduate students at University of Otago and Fiji National University, and will focus on issues related to global health research in the Pacific. ('Talanoa’, a Polynesian term describing a process of inclusive and transparent dialogue).
These will start later in 2020. More details to follow...
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.
McAuley Professor of International Health, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
Professor Hill's fields of expertise include infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries.
Department of Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology
Patrick Vakaoti is interested in issues experienced by Pacific children and young people. He offers advice on Pacific engagement and relationships.
Department of Geography
Professor Binns has expertise in the fields of development, environment and society, human geography, and rural livelihoods in developing countries.
McKinlay 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.
Department of Public Health
Professor Edwards has expertise in tobacco use epidemiology and control, environmental epidemiology, and non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor of Economics, Otago Business School
Professor Fielding's expertise is in development macroeconomics and quantitative political economy, which explores election systems and public policy-making.
Department of Social Anthropology
Professor Fitzgerald's research interests are in the disciplinary subfield of medical anthropology, with a sociocultural approach. Her work is inspired from a deep commitment to the study of health and illness in its social and political context.
Department of Chemistry
Professor Frew’s interests include the geographical origin of food, which plays a role in issues relating to food safety. He also undertakes work aimed at understanding the biogeochemistry of nitrogen in the ocean and the implications of climate change on the marine fixed nitrogen pool.
Department of Economics
Stephen's research interests include the economics of altruism, with a specific focus on what motivates people to donate to international development charities.
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor Quiñones-Mateu’s research interests include HIV, RNA viruses, viral evolution, drug resistance, drug discovery, metagenomics, and novel methodologies. His work currently focuses on the mechanisms and clinical consequences of drug resistant viruses, and studying latently HIV-infected cells aimed at evaluating novel strategies to eradicate HIV infection.
Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago Christchurch
Associate Professor Walls trained in Paediatrics at both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals and has an ongoing clinical interest in the management of infection in immunocompromised children. He has also worked as a Consultant at Sydney Children’s Hospital, and was lead clinician for the Paediatric HIV Service.
OGHI Research Centre Manager
Jacqui has worked in HIV research and project management with experience in health, economics and development in southern Africa.
Our Advisory Group includes people from institutions, agencies, and business, who have international standing and expertise in their field.
Glaxo 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".
University 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.
Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago
The Pacific Islands Centre has a very proud tradition of assisting Pacific people achieve their goals through education.
University 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.
Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University
Professor McGillivray is Research Professor in International Development at Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute, and former Chief Economist of the Australian Agency for International Development. His work focuses on the causes of inequalities in health outcomes amongst developing countries.
London 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.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement), University of Otago
Professor Nicholson's role focusses on strengthening external engagement, raising the profile of the University of Otago and attracting high quality domestic and international students to study at Otago. Her external appointments include membership of the Confucius Institute Board, the Executive of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. She is an Associate Trustee of Men’s Health Trust New Zealand and a member of the Governance group for the Ageing Well and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges.
Associate Dean Pacific, University of Auckland
Dr Tukuitonga is Associate Dean Pacific at the University of Auckland, and was formerly the Director-General of Pacific Community (SPC). He has also held senior roles in the New Zealand Ministries of Health and Pacific Island Affairs, University of Auckland, Fiji School of Medicine, New Zealand Health Research Council and regional health authorities. He has also worked with the World Health Organisation, the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and several Pacific cultural and leadership initiatives.