An alphabetical listing of our research groups by the name of the department or group. Listings include affiliated researchers.
Ageing Well National Science Challenge
The Ageing Well National Science Challenge is hosted by the University of Otago.
The Challenge is a collaboration between the Universities of Otago, Auckland, Canterbury, Massey, Waikato, Victoria and Auckland University of Technology together with the Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment, and AgResearch.
Ageing Well's vision is to add life to years for all older New Zealanders. This will be achieved by harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life.
Bioethics is the study of ethical issues arising within health care and the life sciences.
Dr Emma Tumilty
Relationship between evidence-based decision-making, research practices and health inequity
Brain Health Research Centre
Scientists at the Brain Health Research Centre are undertaking cutting-edge internationally recognised research into the workings of the brain in health and disease, and are developing new treatments for neurological disorders.
Dr Yusuf Ozgur Cakmak
Non-invasive neuromodulation, electrostimulation
Centre for Health Systems and Technology
The Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) has a particular focus on the applied end of health system and technology research, supporting the translation of research into practice.
CHeST has five core themes:
- Health care delivery
- Health system architecture, management, and performance
- Health quality, safety, and community engagement
- Health workforce
- Health technology
Centre for International Health
The Centre for International Health facilitates and promotes research to contribute to the understanding and improvement of health in under-resourced countries, and focuses on postgraduate training and strategic mentorship of leaders.
Professor John Crump
Infectious diseases in low-resource settings
Professor Philip Hill
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies
The Centre's research focus is on improving clinical outcomes for people with long-term, acute and complex conditions. Within this overarching focus our research involves interventions for the management of long-term conditions such as diabetes and bipolar disorders, women's health needs and for people with intellectual disability.
Competence assessment, interprofessional education, work-integrated learning
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and how people manage their oxygen therapy, self-management and long-term conditions
Dr David Healee
Older adults and transcultural nursing
Dr Virginia Jones
Chronic respiratory illnesses
Rural nursing workforce, long-term condition management
Infections, sepsis, pain
Dr Chris Moir
Child health, nursing education, quality improvement
Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
Nursing / health workforce, technology enhanced teaching and learning, health service delivery (including e-health), clinical simulation
Dr Kelly Tikao
Dr Henrietta Trip
Health and ageing in intellectual disability
Dr Mandy Wilkinson
Lifelong condition self-management
Dr Lynere Wilson
Workforce development with a focus on relational skills, wellbeing and cultural safety
Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE)
CARE conducts research in gerontology—the study of ageing in all its aspects. Gerontology is becoming increasingly important in developed countries, including New Zealand, because of our ageing populations.
Our network's areas of research strength:
- Physical health
- Brain health
- Social and policy development
Department of General Practice, Christchurch
The Christchurch General Practice Research Group focuses on clinical research, where the results can be directly translated into clinical practice. The two central research themes are rational use of medicines and innovative models of primary care.
Professor Dee Mangin
Rational prescribing, and the influences of science, policy and commerce on the nature of care
Professor Les Toop
Rational prescribing, and the influences of science, policy and commerce on the nature of care
Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin
We are working to improve health outcomes for all through research, teaching and service.
Dr Carol Atmore
Health systems design, integrated care, rural health, and primary care
Dr Kati Blattner
Rural and remote health, distance education, qualitative research, rural workforce, health workforce in Pacific Island countries
Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble
Rural healthcare, health systems, and technology
Dr Gagan Gurung
Health services research, patient engagement, health governance
Dr Sharon Leitch
Patient safety in primary care, safe medicine use
Professor Garry Nixon
Rural health and access to services, workforce development
Dr Erin Penno
Dr Lauralie Richard
Primary health care and health services research
Rural health, disability, intergroup social categories, bioethics
Dr Jim Ross
Primary healthcare, education, social science, and their intersections
Professor Tim Stokes
Health care delivery and implementation research
Professor Murray Tilyard
General Practice research focusing on research translation and patient safety, especially in medicines use
Dr Martyn Williamson
Rural health services and medical education
Department of Māori Indigenous Health Innovation, Christchurch
The Māori Indigenous Health Innovation (MIHI) undertakes research, teaching and community service in response to supporting Māori health advancement.
Dr Kelly Tikao
Department of Māori Indigenous Health Innovation, and Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, ChristchurchEmail firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Medicine, Dunedin
The Department of Medicine is a major academic department within the Otago Medical School's Dunedin Campus. In addition to teaching undergraduate medical students, we offer world-class postgraduate education and research opportunities to medical professionals, and PhD and masters' students.
Dr Jack Dummer
Airway diseases and asthma
Ms Lis Latta
Palliative care education and graduates' self efficacy in caring for people who are dying
Department of Medicine, Wellington
The Department is active and productive in many areas of medical research including disease mechanisms, new treatments and clinical trials of treatment. Our academic clinicians regularly present their findings at local, national and international meetings and publish in peer reviewed and international publications.
Associate Professor Anna Ranta
Health service delivery research, health economics, neuroepidemiology and workforce
Dr William Levack
Patient experiences of rehabilitation, goal setting processes, and interventions to increase patient engagement in rehabilitation activities
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Christchurch
Our staff's special interests include obstetrics, gynaecological oncology, cell regulation, and colposcopy.
Associate Professor Peter Sykes
Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, Christchurch
The Department undertakes internationally-renowned research in pathology and biomedical science. This underpins our award winning teaching of postgraduate research students and undergraduate medical students at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus.
Dr Patrice Rosengrave
Reproduction and genetics
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
We work to understand why some people are healthy and some are not, how to prevent illness and injury, how people's health can be improved through working with communities, how political systems and health organisations affect health, and other issues relating to the health of populations.
Quality improvement,implementation IT
Dr Kimberly Cousins
Dr Adam Fusheini
Public policy and health system research
Dr Helen Harcombe
Musculoskeletal disorders,occupational epidemiology, injury prevention
Dr Simon Horsburgh
Social pharmacy; epidemiology, medicines utilisation, equity in healthcare access, health information data systems, epidemiological research methods
Dr Susan Jack
Anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies; child under-nutrition; effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions
Dr Eeva-Katri Kumpala
Investigating intentional self-poisoning presentations to New Zealand public hospital emergency departments
Ms Bible Lee
Asian health, HIV / AIDS, public health, health disparities, minority health
Dr Rebbecca Lilley
Injury prevention, occupational health and safety
Dr Kate Morgaine
Public Health, health services research and health promotion and education
Dr Sherly Parackal
Alcohol consumption by women of childbearing age, pregnancy and breastfeeding, Asian health research
Dr Ari Samaranayaka
Dr Jude Sligo
Health services especially with children, young people and family
Dr Trudy Sullivan
Health economics and multi-criteria decision analysis
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, Wellington
We are committed to research that makes a real difference to people's health and their wellbeing, assists health professionals in practice and builds research capacity in our sector. We have expertise in undertaking research within a kura kaupapa framework, particularly in women's health.
Dr Ben Darlow
Management of common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care and interprofessional education
Professor Tony Dowell
Mental health care, health services research and communication in health care consultation settings
Dr Ben Gray
Use of interpreters in medical consultations and cultural competence
Dr Jonathan Kennedy
Interface between primary health care and public health, and is involved in research projects based in the Department
Dr Eileen McKinlay
Implementing interprofessional education, interprofessional collaboration in health care delivery, palliative medicine education, long-term condition management, patient's experience of multimorbidity care and clinicians' experience of how to provide collaborative care in multlmorbidity, models of integrated youth health care
Interprofessional collaboration, communication and teamwork in primary health care settings
Dr Caroline Morris
Prescribing and use of medicines in primary care, minor ailment management (professional and patient perspectives), quality in primary care
Professor Sue Pullon
Interprofessional education, collaborative practice and effective teamwork in primary care setting
Dr Maria Stubbe
Communication in health settings (especially the detailed study of patient-provider interactions using conversation analysis, and research into patient experiences of health and illness), along with projects on health service delivery
Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch
The Department of Psychological Medicine in Christchurch has two major streams of research: Clinical Research and the Christchurch Health and Development Study.
Dr Ben Beaglehole
Outcome of various changes at the acute inpatient service as well as the outcome of patients after they leave the acute inpatient service
Department of Public Health, Wellington
The research groups within the Department of Public Health at our Wellington campus carry out a range of research on critical public health issues. These include cancer and screening, healthy eating, health services research and prioritisation, housing, sustainability and the environment, inequalities, infectious diseases, Māori health and tobacco.
Inequities in health outcomes between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders
Health and access issues for rural Māori women and their whanau
Governance at the systems interface between primary care and public health
Policy development which creates supportive environments, particularly in nutrition, children's health and oral health, and older people's oral health
Māori health, cancer and health promotion and prevention
Health services for Chinese immigrants and the barriers they find
Department of Surgical Sciences
Excelling in clinical teaching and training, linking science with clinical research, and developing our discipline nationally and internationally.
Professor J Haxby Abbott
Musculoskeletal clinical epidemiology, management of osteoarthritis
Department of Surgical Sciences, DunedinEmail email@example.com
Dr John Woodfield
Measuring and preventing complications, improving fitness before surgery, colorectal surgery, medical care in resource-poor settings
Department of Women's and Children's Health
Providing outstanding health care to women, youth, children, their families and whānau. We are committed to teaching and research excellence that fosters personal development and advances knowledge.
Dr Rick Audas
Dr David Barker
General and neonatal paediatrics
Ms Pauline Dawson
Maternal health equity, GIS in health, clinical audit, collaborative practice
Dr Celia Devenish
Maternity care and outcomes
Dr Gabrielle McDonald
Mortality in children and young people
Associate Professor Mike Stitely
Medication use in pregnancy, prevention of surgical site infections in obstetrics
Professor Barry Taylor
Sudden unexpected death in infancy, sleep disorders, prevention of obesity, diabetes
Faculty of Dentistry: Sir John Walsh Research Institute
The Sir John Walsh Research Institute (SJWRI) is the research arm of the Faculty of Dentistry. Oral health is essential for wellbeing. We lead the advancement of oral health research, and practice in New Zealand by combining the strengths of biological, clinical, and public health expertise.
Mrs Dorothy Boyd
Associate Professor Jonathan Broadbent
Dental public health
Professor John Broughton
Māori oral health
Ms Suzanne Hanlin
PBRNs(Practice Based Research Networks), learning outcomes in prosthodontics, patient care, health informatics
Mrs Alison Meldrum
Student learning, dental workforce and childhood caries
Dental workforce, dental public health, and dental education
Professor Murray Thomson
Dental epidemiology, dental public health, and health services research
Kōhatu | Centre for Hauora Māori
Kōhatu provides the focus for hauora Māori (Māori health) within Te Kura Hauora o Ōtākou / Otago Medical School, and involves teaching, research, Māori strategic development (including workforce and professional development), community networking, and student relationships and support.
Professor Joanne Baxter
Māori mental health, māori medical workforce development, hazardous drinking among tertiary students and health inequalities
Professor Peter Crampton
Social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, and health care organisation and funding
Medical Education Unit, Dunedin
The Education Unit oversees and assists staff in the design, development, maintenance, and evaluation of the Otago Medical School MB ChB curriculum on the Dunedin campus. The unit also hosts the Module Convenor for Clinical Pharmacology.
Associate Professor David Reith
Medicines regulation and promotion of quality use medicines
New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre
The New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre consists of synergistic monitoring programs that contribute to and support the safety of medicines and related products in New Zealand through voluntary reporting of adverse events.
Professor Rhiannon Braund
Safe and effective use of medicines; clinical pharmacy practice
Dr Desiree Kunac
Paediatric pharmacy, paediatric drug safety, adverse drug events, medication error, pharmacovigilance
Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit
The Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit is committed to improving Māori health outcomes and health inequities. We contribute to a wide range of Māori health research projects and initiatives within the Division of Health Sciences, the University of Otago and our communities to ensure important and beneficial outcomes for Māori are attained.
Professor Sue Crengle
Māori health, inequalities research
Professor Sarah Derrett
Health services researcher focused on health systems and person-reported health and disability outcomes
Professor Emma Wyeth
Māori health, injury and disability, genetic research
Otago Business School
Otago Business School researchers are contributing real value to the wider community, business, government, and the not-for-profit sector.
Professor Ralph Adler
Performance management, strategic management accounting, organisational effectiveness, and business education
Associate Professor Nathan Berg
Professor Robin Gauld
Health policy and management, health services, health systems and e-Government
Dr Richard Greatbanks
Operations management, quality process improvement, performance measurement
Professor Paul Hansen
Priority-setting and resource allocation
Dr Konan Seny Kan
Configural approach in management and accounting, corporate governance mechanisms and practices
Professor Stephen MacDonell
Information systems development, software analytics and visualisation, project planning, estimation and management, and behavioural software engineering
Professor Holger Regenbrecht
Human-computer Interaction, applied computer science and information technology, (collaborative) augmented reality, 3D teleconferencing, psychological aspects of mixed reality, three-dimensional user interfaces (3DU) and computer-aided therapy and rehabilitation
Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI)
We aim to improve global health and save lives, by identifying and evaluating solutions to important health problems in low-resource settings.
We work to address the world's most pressing health problems through research collaborations with low- and middle-income countries, and with disadvantaged groups in New Zealand.
We draw upon New Zealand's unique connections with Asia and the Pacific. Our extensive international partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaborations enable us to carry out innovative and rigorous research to advance global health.
Pacific Health Research at Otago
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Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Immunology, Rheumatic fever, immunogenetics, cancer and pharmacology
School of Pharmacy
The School of Pharmacy has a very active research programme with disciplines ranging from science to humanities with each having a strong contextual link to health sciences.
Yasmin Abdul Aziz
The economic value of unfunded pharmacy services and how they affect patient outcomes
Role of women as caregivers in older people's and infant's medication adherence and self care
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Dr Susan Heydon
Social pharmacy, medicines and society in developed and developing countries. Provision and use of health services in developed and developing countries and interaction between different medical systems.
Prescription medicines use among Maori in Gisborne: equity and access
Professor Carlo Marra
Pharmacy practice research and formulary decision-making
Dr Henry Ndukwe
Pharmacoepidemiology and health outcomes research, health and economic evaluation using administrative datasets
Leanne Te Karu
Complex chronic care
Dr Alesha Smith
Clinical pharmacy, quality use of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology
Dr Amber Young
Patients' requirements for style and content of written medicine information
School of Physiotherapy: Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR)
Along with our high quality postgraduate and research programmes, research at the School of Physiotherapy is managed through our dedicated Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research. Evidence-based research informs all our work at the School of Physiotherapy at Otago.
Professor Dave Baxter
Rehabilitation, low back pain, complementary and alternative medicine, physical activity and health, men's health, laser therapy
Dr Cathy Chapple
Osteoarthritis, physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal conditions, clinical education
Dr Hem Devan
Chronic pain, people with disability, rehabilitation, self-management, behavioural intervention technologies
Professor Leigh Hale
Community falls prevention programmes for older adults, fall prevention in adults with intellectual disability, self-management and stroke, exercise and physical activity in people with long term conditions
Dr Daniel Ribeiro
Low back disorders, shoulder biomechanics, biofeedback and rehabilitation
Professor Debra Waters
Body composition and physical function during ageing
Dr Mandy Wilkinson
Lifelong condition self-management
Te Whatu Ora – Southern
Te Whatu Ora – Southern is responsible for planning, funding and providing all publicly funded health care services for the Southern district.
Health and rehabilitation, and the role of orthotic devices
Va'a o Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health
We are researchers and teachers dedicated to Pacific health. We are a diverse team working in New Zealand and the Pacific region in areas important to Pacific communities.
Professor Pauline Norris
Social pharmacy, access to and use of medicines
Faumuina Associate Professor Faafetai Sopoaga
Health workforce capacity building, transitioning students to higher education and pacific health curriculum
Professor Rosalina Richards
Pacific health, sleep and wellbeing
Dr Vanda Symon
Communication, dementia in Pacific peoples, medicines