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Climate-friendly food choices protect the planet, promote health, and reduce healthcare costs

Thursday, 23 January 2020 9:34am

Increased uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while greatly improving population health and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in the coming decades, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Untimely access to diagnosis not main reason why Māori are dying of cancer: Otago research

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:09am

Māori have poorer access to early diagnosis for some key cancers including breast and colorectal cancers though, this is not the case for all cancers and is not necessarily why more Māori are dying of cancer, new University of Otago research shows.

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HPV vaccine reduces rates of cervical abnormalities, likely to result in less cervical cancer

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:27am

The HPV vaccine has led to a significant reduction in the rate of cervical abnormalities in young New Zealand women, which is likely to result in reduced rates of cervical cancer in future, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Best practice treatments for chronic pain overlooked as media focus on opioids and medicinal cannabis

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:07am

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found.

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Watch presentations from the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:49am

View recordings of the Evidence to Everyday research symposium presentations, held in Wellington on 20 September, 2019.

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Otago researcher’s discovery paves way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:36am

A University of Otago researcher has made an innovative discovery which paves the way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure.

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Call for volunteers as development of diabetes supplement progresses

Monday, 13 January 2020 1:12pm

Development of an innovative dietary supplement to combat diabetes with a natural extract derived from the dahlia plant has reached a second round of human trials, with volunteers required in the Wellington region.

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Otago global health institute invests in research with Fiji and East Timor

Monday, 13 January 2020 9:16am

The Otago Global Health Institute, a flagship research centre of the University of Otago, is investing in new research initiatives in collaboration with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor to help address health problems in these countries.

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Thousands of NZers could be going without prescriptions, Otago researcher fears

Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:14am

Thousands of New Zealanders could be missing out on prescriptions they desperately need because they can’t afford them, an Otago researcher fears.

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Otago researchers ponder selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies

Thursday, 9 January 2020 2:39pm

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Tragedy led young Fijian doctor to change her country

Monday, 23 December 2019 4:02pm

Sometimes things happen that are so tragic, so traumatic, there is no way to forget them.

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Possible world-first collaboration for Pharmacy and Dentistry students

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:54am

For the first time University of Otago pharmacy and dentistry students have collaborated within a clinic setting to improve their training and improve patient care.

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Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:07am

A remarkable 5000-year-old skeleton suggests human dwarfism was both accepted and respected in life and death in ancient China, research by a University of Otago bio-archaeologist shows.

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Otago Biochemistry celebrates 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019 1:30pm

On Wednesday afternoon, Otago biochemists assembled at the Alhambra Union Rugby Football Club to celebrate the many successes of 2019, drown the memories of failed experiments, and to thank the many people who work so hard to support the Otago Department of Biochemistry and its students.

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Flowers in memory of donors

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:00pm

Staff from the department's Clinical Anatomy Research Group today lay flowers in memory of those who have donated their body to the Department for medical science teaching and research.

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He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2019

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 9:08am


Welcome to the Summer 2019–2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with recent highlights from the Wellington campus.

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Inaugural Awards Presentation for the Dr Stanley Paris Research Fellowships and Scholarships in the School of Physiotherapy

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 1:39pm

The inaugural awards of the Dr Stanley Paris Research Fellowships and Scholarships were presented on December 5th 2019 by Dr Stanley Paris and Dr Catherine Patla. These awards are made available through the Stanley Paris Musculoskeletal and Manual Therapy Fund.

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New Wellington Dean passionate about research, teaching and capital connection

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 9:41am

Associate Professor William Levack from the Department of Medicine has been appointed as Dean and Head of the Wellington Campus.

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Christchurch longitudinal study wins prestigious award

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 9:44am

A group of Christchurch researchers has won a prestigious New Zealand Medical Journal award for their study identifying the childhood factors most likely to predict obesity later in life.

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Remove profit motive from tobacco to deal with mass addiction, researchers urge

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:12am

Governments worldwide need to create non-profit supply systems for tobacco and nicotine products because of their potential to cause significant and avoidable harm, researchers from the University of Otago say.

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Biomedical Sciences awards recognise outstanding Physiology staff

Monday, 16 December 2019 2:51pm

Three Physiology staff were amongst the winners at the School of Biomedical Sciences annual awards this week.

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First class of Bachelor of Health Sciences graduating

Monday, 16 December 2019 1:35pm

Growing up, Ivana Pereira thought she needed to become a doctor or a lawyer to help her people, but studying at Otago opened her eyes to the wide array of careers public health can offer.

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Sharp drop in birth rate as a result of miscarriages in 1918 flu pandemic, study finds

Monday, 16 December 2019 11:05am

The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand resulted in thousands of fewer births, particularly in the 1919 year, largely because of miscarriages from influenza infection during pregnancy, researchers have found.

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Otago Biochemistry graduation party December 2019

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:10pm

Crowds of graduands and their families descended on the Otago Department of Biochemistry this week to celebrate the completion of degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences and Applied Sciences.

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Otago institutions progress plans for a virtual centre for rural health education

Friday, 13 December 2019 11:09am

Three Otago institutions are working together to improve the future of rural health care in New Zealand, progressing plans for a virtual centre for rural health education.

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Future of physiotherapy in your mobile phone

Friday, 13 December 2019 10:31am

The future of physiotherapy is here and it involves the convenience of your own home and your mobile phone.

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Experiences of Boko Haram women focus of PhD

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:10pm

After working with women displaced by Boko Haram, a University of Otago graduate wants to walk alongside them as they work to improve their communities.

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Pulse 73: Christmas 2019

Thursday, 12 December 2019 9:22am

This newsletter from the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago, captures news, awards, activities and events from across our campuses.

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Biochemistry awards at the Otago School of Biomedical Sciences end of year celebrations

Thursday, 12 December 2019 9:38am

On Tuesday afternoon, the School of Biomedical Sciences held its annual Awards & End of Year Celebration at the Hunter Centre.

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New Professors for EDOR

Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:14am

Three EDOR researchers have been made Professor or Associate Professor in the recent University of Otago promotion round.

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Otago researchers discover new viral strategy to escape detection

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 9:44am

University of Otago researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based on viruses and provide a significant advance in biological knowledge.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Prescribers be aware of fatal risks of methadone and clozapine

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:26am

New Zealand prescribers should be aware of the high risk of death associated with two prescription medicines, methadone and clozapine, University of Otago researchers warn.

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Family of physios celebrates latest Otago graduate

Monday, 9 December 2019 10:13pm

There’s a real physio family dynasty building in the University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy.

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Jelly and kiwifruit help kids learn about biochemistry

Monday, 9 December 2019 12:59pm

Kids from five Dunedin primary schools were plunged into the world of molecules that keep us alive when scientists from Otago's Department of Biochemistry visited in the past few weeks.

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Sex, drugs, smokes and booze the focus for PhD thesis

Monday, 9 December 2019 12:17pm

She didn’t quite manage to get ‘sex and drugs and rock and roll’ into the title of her PhD thesis, but researcher Jude Ball from the University of Otago, Wellington, came close, using the Ian Dury lyrics to introduce her first chapter.

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Free Otago clinic provides life-changing dental care for patients

Monday, 9 December 2019 12:47pm

A University of Otago dental student who has organised a free community dental clinic for low socio-economic patients has been amazed at the life-changing effect the service has had on the patients.

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Our Director Dr Emma Wyeth has been promoted to Associate Professor!

Monday, 9 December 2019 10:11am

We are super proud to announce that our Director Dr Emma Wyeth has been promoted to Associate Professor!

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Multiple degrees for multiples

Friday, 6 December 2019 7:09pm

The Bachelor of Pharmacy graduation is a family affair this weekend, with three sets of multiple siblings all set to walk across the stage.

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First female oral surgeon specialist for Pacific Islands

Friday, 6 December 2019 2:48pm

When Oripa Waqa returns to Fiji after graduation she will be the first female oral surgeon specialist in not only Fiji but in the wider Pacific Islands.