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Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship awarded to Otago Biochemist

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Friday, 30 October 2020

Hearty congratulations to Dr Adam Middleton who has won a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship. With this funding Adam plans to figure out details of how cells break down proteins, and use this knowledge to develop new therapeutics, particularly for neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Nathan Kenny returns as Rutherford Fellow

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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Next August we will see the return of Dr Nathan Kenny to take up a Rutherford Fellowship, investigating genetic methods of mitigating the effects of climate change on green-lipped mussels and other shellfish.

Eliminating COVID-19: what the world can learn from NZ and Taiwan

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.

Dates announced for Drybread Cemetery Bioarchaeology Project

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Friday, 16 October 2020

The historic Drybread Cemetery will be the focus of the latest University of Otago and Southern Cemeteries Archaeology research project, planned to begin on 16 November 2020. On-site work is expected to take around 4 weeks, with subsequent bioarchaeological laboratory research expected to take a further twelve months.

Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

Medical students capture New Zealanders’ COVID-19 experiences

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Third-year medical students have been given a unique opportunity to become field assistants for a COVID-19 research project, conducting virtual interviews with community groups about the impact of the pandemic on their organisations.

Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor to leave after a decade

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021.  Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Find out why Sir Eion Edgar supports health research

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Sir Eion Edgar, benefactor and advisory board chair for the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, is an avid supporter of health research. A recent interview offers insight into why supporting research is important to him.

Farewell to Professor Tony Merriman

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Yesterday Otago Biochemistry marked Professor Tony Merriman's departure from the Department with an informal morning tea. Professor Merriman is moving to a research position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

University recognises promising early career researchers

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

Researchers 3D-printing veins, enhancing sports spectators’ experience through augmented reality, and studying how gut bacteria influences cancer development are among the recipients of this year’s University of Otago Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

Making a world of difference

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.

Digital health programmes for diabetes - are they effective?

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Professor Jeremy Krebs, Endocrinologist and EDOR researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, was part of the research team who carried out a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a digital health programme for self-management of diabetes and prediabetes

Self-harm content on Instagram: “self-harm or self-help?”

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Instagram users who post self-harm content online are choosing ambiguous hashtags in an attempt to circumvent the social media platform’s ban on harmful content, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.