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New Zealand leads global effort to control rheumatic fever

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Monday, 11 February 2019

A three-year project aimed at pinpointing the most effective ways to prevent and control rheumatic fever and associated heart disease in New Zealand is being launched tomorrow (Tuesday 12 February) at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Christchurch Dean made a Fellow of the world’s oldest life science organisation

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, has become a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology – only the fourth New Zealander to receive the honour. The Academy is the leadership group of the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organisation.

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News of Otago’s dietary fibre research goes global

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Thursday, 31 January 2019

New research has once again put the University of Otago on the map, with global interest and widespread media coverage on a publication of the health benefits of dietary fibre and wholegrain intake.

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‘Choosing Wisely’ reduces unnecessary tests and antibiotic use, study finds

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

A Hutt Valley District Health Board campaign to cut the number of urine tests being carried out on hospital patients not only significantly reduced the number of unnecessary tests being ordered but also lowered the level of antibiotic prescribing, a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found.

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First nationwide study of listeria in mothers and babies

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The first study of the burden of listeria in pregnant New Zealanders and their babies has found reassuringly low rates of the infection – indicating food safety warnings are working to prevent unnecessary cases of miscarriage, still birth, and meningitis in babies infected in the womb.

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Seminar by Ministry of Health, Timor-Leste: recording available

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Seminar by the Timor-Leste Ministry Of Health

Dr Merita Monteiro (Head, Communicable Diseases) and Dr Sheena Dias Viegas (Deputy Head, Communicable Diseases) presenteed an overview of their work in the Department of Communicable Diseases in the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health.

Date/time: Thursday 29 November, 10.00 - 11.00 am
Venue: AVC 1, Disability Information & Support, Student Learning Centre Offices (Central Library/Information Services Building), Albany Street, Dunedin

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Webster Centre awards conference scholarships

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases has awarded three conference attendance scholarships to young researchers to attend 'Microbes and Molecules' in November 2018.

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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

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