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Otago Biochemistry graduation party December 2019

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:54pm

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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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 4:24pm

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 2:14pm

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.

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Graduate emulating trailblazing great-grandmother

Friday, 6 December 2019 1:53pm

The great-granddaughter of one of medicine’s global female trailblazers will wear a very special gown when she graduates with a PhD tomorrow.

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Marsden Fund success for EDOR members

Friday, 6 December 2019 12:30pm

Several EDOR members have been successful in the gaining funding from the Royal Society Te Apārangi's Marsden fund in 2019.

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Alternatives to State foster care need to be seriously considered, Otago researcher says

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:56am

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care shows New Zealand has failed to protect a generation of children and alternatives to foster care need to be seriously considered, an Otago researcher says.

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Nineteen new Associate Professors for Health Sciences

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:08am

A swathe of the University of Otago Division of Health Science’s finest staff have been promoted to Associate Professor.

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Wellington Dean prepares to sign off from ‘best job in the world’

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:04pm

After almost nine years at the helm as Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Wellington, psychiatrist and researcher Professor Sunny Collings leaves the role at the end of this year.

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Urology gets a boost at Otago

Friday, 29 November 2019 3:00pm

Research in the specialist area of urology will take a leap forward thanks to a $1 million donation and the arrival of a new Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Otago.

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The 2019 Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration

Friday, 29 November 2019 2:23pm

As the Dunedin heat built up last Friday, many scientists were found to be sheltering from the unusual weather conditions in the cool comfort of the Fullwood Room, in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration is held every two years, and encourages researchers from the two departments to meet en masse, prising themselves out of their labs to share their research stories and find out what is happening in the building next door.

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Uncontrolled online marketing of e-cigarettes putting youth at risk, study finds

Friday, 29 November 2019 9:08am

Only 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require proof of age before purchase, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Watch presentations from the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:51pm

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

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Fewer Kiwis will die of bowel cancer if new screening tool introduced, Otago research reveals

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:15am

Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Otago academic selected to chair key indigenous health committee

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 9:28am

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, Director of the Christchurch-based Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI), has been appointed as the first chair of the Australian Medical Council’s (AMC) Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Committee.

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Real world focus for postgrad primary health care curriculum

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:04am

The convenor of refreshed postgraduate qualifications in primary health care at the University of Otago, Wellington, has brought years of experience working as a field medic for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone – as well as on-the-ground work in rural and urban New Zealand - to the task.

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Excavating skeletons in backyards all part of the job for Otago scientist

Monday, 25 November 2019 1:45pm

An Otago scientist has been digging up human remains in the backyards of Uzbek villagers to discover how people lived in the Middle Ages.

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BEATS Team recognised for promoting physical activity amongst teenagers

Friday, 22 November 2019 12:20pm

The Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Research Team, including EDOR member Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell, has been awarded the University of Otago 2019 Research Group Award.

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Early astogeny in Hornera (Bryozoa; Cyclostomata; Cancellata)

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 9:15am

View the research paper, 'Early astogeny in Hornera (Bryozoa; Cyclostomata; Cancellata)' published in Australiasian Palaeontological Memoirs

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Be aware of potential for complications following tongue-tie surgery in babies, paediatrician warns

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:30pm

Complications following a procedure to treat tongue-tie in babies are occurring that can result in admission to hospital, something a University of Otago paediatrician says needs to be better understood by both health practitioners and parents.

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University of Otago welcomes new Professor of Oral Biology

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 9:19am

Professor Paul Cooper began his role as University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry Professor of Oral Biology this month.

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Advanced Cytometry Analysis Informatics Seminar

Monday, 18 November 2019 11:13am

Cell populations are complex.

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Māori proverb a focus for Otago’s newest award-winning early-career researcher

Thursday, 14 November 2019 2:18pm

The University of Otago’s newest award-winning early-career researcher Dr Anna Gosling says a Māori proverb – “ka mura, ka muri” (we walk backwards into the future) – is a focus for her work.

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What we eat matters, 2019 Heart Foundation Fellow says

Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:48pm

Researching how to help the healthy stay healthy is hugely important, and Otago's Dr Andrew Reynolds is working hard in that area. He talks to the Otago Bulletin Board about his research, his motivation and his hopes for the future.

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Prestigious undergraduate prize awarded to medical student

Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:34pm

The outstanding academic achievements of one medical student have been recognised by the University of Otago.

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See what's on for World Diabetes Awareness Month

Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:46am

World Diabetes Day is November 14 and this year is part of Diabetes Awareness month.

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Call for a new funded palliative care model as more Kiwis admitted to rest homes to die

Thursday, 14 November 2019 2:49pm

Increasing pressure on both public hospitals and hospices is resulting in more patients being “admitted-to-die” into aged residential care facilities (rest homes), which are not typically set up to provide specialist palliative care services.

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Dynamic control of neurochemical release with ultrasonically-sensitive nanoshell-tethered liposomes

Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:14pm

View the research paper, ‘Dynamic control of neurochemical release with ultrasonically-sensitive nanoshell-tethered liposomes’ which is published in Communications Chemistry