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University of Otago-led research published

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Monday, 11 March 2019

A supplement issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases entitled ‘Typhoid fever and the introduction of the typhoid conjugate vaccine in Africa and Asia’ has been published online.

New study finds link between smell and obesity

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Monday, 19 November 2018

University of Otago researchers have broken new ground by identifying a link between smell and obesity. The findings will be published today in the international Obesity Reviews journal.

Free public talk: Hidden Dangers

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Food safety takes constant vigilance. The changing landscape of food production and changes in the microbes themselves offer regular challenges. Finding unsuspected disease outbreaks and fixing problems that led to them is an important part of public health. Now, advanced DNA sequencing is helping public health officials find and solve more outbreaks, and target control measures to stop them from happening again. Working with partners from farm to fork, we can make food safer for everyone.

Free Public Lecture: Hidden Dangers

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hidden Dangers: Protecting our Health by Making Food Safe
The New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre invites you to a free public talk by Dr Robert Tauxe, Director for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Food safety takes constant vigilance.The changing landscape of food production and changes in the microbes themselves offer regular challenges. Finding unsuspected disease outbreaks and fixing problems that led to them is an important part of public health. Now, advanced DNA sequencing is helping public health officials find and solve more outbreaks, and target control measures to stop them from happening again. Working with partners from farm to fork, we can make food safer for everyone.

Department of Microbiology Seminar

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Studying emerging diseases through genomics and stem cells: antibiotic resistant typhoid as an exemplar

Professor Gordon Dougan
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

12:00 Noon, Monday, 15th October
Room 208, 2nd floor
Microbiology Building
720 Cumberland St

Chaffer Fellow will share advanced microscopy techniques

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Chaffer Fellow, Dr Kelly Rogers, will deliver lectures on advanced microscopy techniques, a research seminar about her latest work, and a workshop on image analysis, to staff and students at the University of Otago.

Participants Needed for Research Study

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Researchers in the Department of Medicine in Dunedin are conducting a trial on whole grains and health for people with type 2 diabetes.

Join the crew to track the flu!

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

The Ministry of Health is looking for volunteers to help track influenza. People who live in New Zealand who have easy access to email on a weekly basis are being invited to help . 

Otago professor honoured by top geography award

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

The head of the University of Otago’s Department of Geography who secured the New Zealand Geographical Society’s supreme award says it is a victory for a dynamic approach to research.

Major fundamental changes required to achieve health equity

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Monday, 9 July 2018

In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity.

University signs MOU to continue successful volunteer scheme

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Friday, 25 May 2018

An initiative that has enabled more than 100 mostly geography students from Otago University to carry out voluntary work abroad since 2006 has been given a new lease on life, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne in Wellington this week.

Obesity a tough topic for GPs, Otago research reveals

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Friday, 18 May 2018

New University of Otago research highlights the difficulties for GPs of discussing obesity with patients who are overweight and signals the need for resources to support them and other community health providers in this role.

Otago scientist involved in new tool to classify severity of Salmonella

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather than only food poisoning.

"Now I can join others at the temple" Seminar

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

"Now I can join others at the temple" - a mixed methods realist evaluation of a programme to increase social inclusion for young people with psycho-social disability in North India
Dr Kaaren Mathias

Friday 20th April, 12noon
Department of Preventive & Social Medicine
Room 033/036, Ground Floor, Adams Building, 18 Frederick Street

Taxing sugary drinks a no-brainer for New Zealand

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

On 1 April 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax, an important public health measure that University of Otago, Wellington, public health researchers believe should be happening in New Zealand too.

Yoghurt may reduce eczema and allergy in infancy

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Yoghurt given to infants in the first year of life may protect them from developing eczema and allergy, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, and the University of Auckland have found.

Seminar: Elements of Successful Innovation

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Dr Arun Shanbhag, Chief Innovation Officer at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dhruv Suri, Aeronautical Engineering student, MIT
Akondi Saisri, Biomedical Engineering student, MIT

Thursday 22 March, 09.30-10.30am
Room 2.19, Level 2, Otago School of Business, 60 Clyde Street

Dr Arun Shanbhag is the Chief Innovation Officer at Manipal Institute of Technology in India.  He has been an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School for 19 years before moving to Manipal Institute of Technology last year.

Against a backdrop of high poverty, unemployment and inequity in India, Dr Shanbhag is inspiring students at Manipal Institute of Technology to explore innovative projects to improve the quality of life of society around them. Using a simple, generalized design-thinking framework that students can follow, and solve local problems, he encourages students from all disciplines to form interdisciplinary teams and create innovative products.

Two of his students - Dhruv Suri and Akondi Saisri  - recently won the inaugural NZ-India Sustainability Challenge and will present their work on an app for infant immunisation in India.

2017 Otago Global Health Institute Conference

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

2017 Otago Global Health Institute Conference is being held in Dunedin, New Zealand 15-16 November at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The conference includes the McAuley Oration, an open lecture, and will run back -to-back with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases NZ Annual Meeting.

Seminar: Typhoid - the impact on New Zealand and the Pacific

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Prof John Crump, McKinlay Professor of Global Health and Co-Director, Otago Global Health Institute, University of Otago

14 March 2018, 1pm
The Liggins Theatre, Level 1, Building 16, Greenlane Clinical Centre AUCKLAND
HOSTED BY AUCKLAND REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE

POSTPONED - Bioethics Seminar: The emergence of public health ethics

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Monday, 12 March 2018

James C. Thomas, PhD, University of North Carolina
POSTPONED - NEW DATE/TIME TO BE ADVISED

Ethics are often about imbalances of power. In public health, the power imbalances are principally between a population and its government, rather than between a patient and a clinician. But only recently has public health ethics distinguished itself from medical ethics. The emergence of public health ethics has been driven in part by global phenomena, such as the threat of pandemics. Dr Thomas will describe this emergence and its expression in different cultures.
Jim Thomas is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the MEASURE Evaluation project at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health

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Monday, 15 January 2018

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.

Otago breakthrough in diabetic heart disease

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Friday, 5 January 2018

The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.

Climate change and extreme weather driving migration

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

For the first time, a University of Otago researcher has shown that not only are the effects of climate change influencing people’s decision to migrate, it is actually a more important driver than income and political freedom at the origin country.

Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

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Monday, 31 July 2017

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

Pneumonia vaccine found to have major impact

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

A leading international health researcher at the University of Otago is part of a team that has gained new insights into how much children in Africa can benefit from a vaccine against pneumonia.

World authority on rabies to deliver public lecture

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Professor Sarah Cleaveland, an international expert on rabies, will discuss prospects for the global elimination of the disease during the 2016 McKinlay Oration that bridges the ninth Otago Global Health Institute conference and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases New Zealand annual scientific meeting.

New map of world vegetation reveals substantial changes since 1980s

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Monday, 15 August 2016

A University of Otago botany researcher and colleagues have developed a new system to map the world’s “biomes”— large-scale vegetation formations — that will provide an objective method for monitoring how vegetation reacts as climate changes.

NZ contributes to global report on Indigenous and tribal peoples

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally was launched today simultaneously in Melbourne and London, by Australia’s Lowitja Institute and the Lancet journal.

Three universities unite for Pacific research

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Research into the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands and their communities will flourish thanks to the uniting of resources and expertise of three New Zealand universities.

Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling  rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.