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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 Philip Hill, Co-Director

Philip Hill 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.

Dr Patrick Vakaoti, Co-Director

Department of Sociology, Gender Studies and CriminologyPatrick V TN

Patrick Vakaoti is interested in issues experienced by Pacific children and young people. He offers advice on Pacific engagement and relationships.

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 John Crump

McKinlay Professor of Global Health, Department of Preventive and Social MedicineJohn Crump thumb

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

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 David Fielding

Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean, Otago Business SchoolDavid Fielding tn

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

Professor Ruth Fitzgerald

Department of Social AnthropologyRuth F TN

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.

Associate Professor Lisa Houghton

Lisa HoughtonDepartment of Human Nutrition

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

Professor Miguel Quiñones-Mateu

Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyMQM TN

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.

Associate Professor Tony Walls

Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago Christchurch

Tony Walls thumbAssociate 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.


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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 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 Mark McGillivray

Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin UniversityMark Mc TN

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.

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.

Professor Helen Nicholson

Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Engagement), University of OtagoHelen Nicholson TN

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.

Dr Colin Tukuitonga

Pacific Community (SPC)Colin TN

Dr Tukuitonga is Director-General of Pacific Community (SPC) and was formerly the Director of SPC’s Public Health Division. 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.

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