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Researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan


Thursday 15 April 2021

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, have welcomed and endorsed the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 released by Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall today.

'Smart' wearable device research leads to fellowship for early career researcher

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Monday 12 April 2021

Recent PhD graduate Dr Sabarinath Prasad is rejoining the SJWRI, having been awarded a Health Sciences Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Otago's Division of Health Sciences. His postdoctoral research, under the mentorship of Prof Mauro Farella, will focus on prototyping and validating 'smart' wearable devices to track jaw motion in a range of conditions.

Otago Biochemistry PhD student wins Freemasons Scholarship

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Monday 12 April 2021

PhD student Megan Taylor has just won the 2021 Freemasons Postgraduate Scholarship for Otago students. This scholarship, worth $10,000, is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and community involvement by Freemasons New Zealand in conjunction with The Freemasons Charity.

Silver linings in lockdown

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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Ones to Watch: Bess Park

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Thursday 1 April 2021

Stepping off the world stage and into the science lab is all part of the big plan for Health Sciences first year student.

Christchurch ceremony celebrates values and success from 2020

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Thursday 1 April 2021

A long-serving head of department was celebrated along with researchers, educators, staff and students who showed excellence and a commitment to the values of the Christchurch campus during its annual Academic Welcome ceremony.

Ten students from one Aiga

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Tuesday 30 March 2021

Ten members of one Aiga (family) are currently studying at the Dunedin Campus in 2021.

Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

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Thursday 25 March 2021

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

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Monday 15 March 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

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Monday 15 March 2021

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

Pump up the volume on quality school PE, researchers urge

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Friday 12 March 2021

Increasing the amount of time schools devote to physical education each week could dramatically reduce the number of children who are doing only minimal levels of exercise, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Sport New Zealand have found.

We must have a better plan for the next pandemic, say Otago researchers

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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s next pandemic plan needs a completely different approach to our previous plan that was focussed on influenza, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington in a new article that identifies key lessons from the COVID-19 response for managing future major outbreaks and pandemics.

Revitalised Walsh Building opens

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Tuesday 9 March 2021

The opening of the revitalised heritage Walsh Building signals the completion of the national centre for dentistry’s five-year expansion project.

Christchurch doctors develop fat-firming plastic surgery technique

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Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Otago’s Dr Khoon Lim and Mr Jeremy Simcock speak on TV’s NewsHub about their innovative fat grafting research, promising another option for reconstructive plastic surgery. Their research proposal recently won a Translational Research Grant and $50,000 funding from the University.