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Helping each other PASS

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Friday 22 October 2021

Peer Learning Programmes such as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Numeracy (PAN) are weekly interactive study sessions aimed at supporting student success, facilitated by second or third-year students. The programmes are offered through the Student Learning Development, part of the University’s Higher Education Development Centre.

Students shave for a cause

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Friday 22 October 2021

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

Māori dished out pills to mask chronic pain, study finds

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Friday 8 October 2021

Māori adults who experience chronic pain are being prescribed painkillers at the expense of best practice treatments and are not being offered referrals to specialists, research from the Māori community health provider, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust and the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Urgent need to tackle smoking rates in Pacific adults and youth

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Thursday 30 September 2021

New Zealand needs to take urgent action to reduce smoking in Pacific adults and youth if the country is to achieve its goal of reducing the number of smokers to less than five per cent of the population by 2025 according to a new report.

Researchers pinpoint cause of fatigue during pregnancy

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Thursday 23 September 2021

Pregnant women now have a scientific reason for skipping the gym during pregnancy;  the same hormone gearing up the body for breastfeeding is also telling the brain to relax rather than run.

Patient harm common, study shows

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Monday 20 September 2021

Patient harm is common in New Zealand, but mostly not preventable, a new University of Otago study has found.

Otago Biochemistry welcomes Dr Nathan Kenny

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Friday 17 September 2021

Haere mai Dr Nathan Kenny! Nathan joined Otago Biochemistry last week as a brand new lecturer and research group leader. His plans include researching resilience in kuku, green-lipped mussels, in a project supported by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.

A road map to ending diesel vehicle pollution

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Friday 17 September 2021

Researchers have developed a road map to accelerate the removal of light diesel vehicles, including cars, utes and vans, from New Zealand roads in a quest to clear the air.

Student-led te reo Māori classes popular with peers

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Friday 17 September 2021

An eight-week te reo Māori class for medical students, set up by fellow students, was so popular it will be repeated in future years. The organisers explain how Te Reo Kia Ora sessions at the Hunter Centre began, the philosophy behind the classes and their hopes for the future.

Members of Microbiology: Meet Cecilia Wang 

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Thursday 16 September 2021

While completing her final year in the Department of Microbiology, PhD candidate Cecilia Wang took the time to share her research on agricultural microbiomes and what brought her to the University of Otago.

SJWRI research supported by 2021 NZ Dental Research Foundation and Ministry of Health oral health funding

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Tuesday 14 September 2021

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health (MoH) are key supporters of our cutting-edge dental and oral health research, through the NZ Dental Research Foundation (NZDRF) and MoH Oral Health Research funding rounds. In the 2021 NZDRF funding round, a total of $131,240 in funding has been awarded for research projects led by our staff, PhD and DClinDent students. SJWRI researchers are also lead or key named investigators on projects awarded $61,537 in targeted Ministry of Health Oral Health Research funding. As always, we thank the NZ Dental Research Foundation and the Ministry of Health for their continued support.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2021

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Otago researchers secure significant Endeavour funding

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Understanding the future of fjords and their ability to soak up carbon is one of nine University of Otago scientific research projects receiving more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The secret to teaching is fun

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Wednesday 8 September 2021

In a laboratory full of human cadavers, Anatomy Lecturer Dr Latika Samalia will sense when it’s time to tell one of her stories.