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2021 Otago School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium

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Thursday 29 July 2021

From biofilms to breast cancer and connective tissue to kākāpō, the annual Otago School of Biomedical Sciences Postgraduate Symposium once again showcased the diversity and quality of research carried out by postgraduate students in the school. And the Department of Biochemistry, as one of the five member departments of the school, contributed its fair share of the research on display.

Professional Practice Fellow Kaye Wilson Retires

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Tuesday 27 July 2021

Kaye Wilson, who has been Teaching Fellow and Professional PracticeFellow in the Department of Biochemistry for 27 years, retired on Friday the 9th July. The occasion was marked by a morning tea and dinner.

EDOR members feature at ANZOS meeting

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Friday 23 July 2021

Professor Rachael Taylor and other EDOR members have contributed to the recent virtual Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) meeting.

Obituary: Emeritus Professor G. B. Petersen

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Friday 23 July 2021

Emeritus Professor George Bouet Petersen, ONZM FRSNZ, died in hospital on 11 July 2021, aged 87. Professor Petersen was born in Palmerston North in 1933. He graduated from the University of Otago in 1956 with an MSc followed by a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He was appointed to the Chair in Biochemistry at Otago in 1968 and remained Head of Department until 1991, retiring in 1999.

Finalists five times


Thursday 22 July 2021

Two of the University of Otago's building projects are in the running for five Property Council of New Zealand Awards.

Welcome to the enormous world of Microbiology 

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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Every year, while university students are enjoying their mid-year break, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology labs become a place of discovery for Year 11 biology and science students.

International Science Festival Expo 2021

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Tuesday 13 July 2021

For most of the past weekend, enthusiastic biochemists and geneticists from Otago University were working flat-out introducing passers-by to the science of the molecules that make up our cells.

Digital Health ‘an exciting field’

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Tuesday 13 July 2021

Otago’s new online Digital Health postgraduate programmes had a very 2020s beginning – early lectures delivered from a quarantine hotel in Auckland.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 

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Monday 12 July 2021

Dr Jenny Visser has led the postgraduate interdisciplinary travel medicine programme from the Wellington campus since 1999.

Otago recognises promising early career researchers

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Thursday 8 July 2021

Six researchers whose work ranges from investigating pre-schoolers urban experiences to how reproduction influences life-history, health and ageing have been honoured with Early Career Researcher Awards.

Male hormones accelerate DNA ageing

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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Most of us are familiar with the fact that women live longer than men. But have you ever thought about why and how this happens?

Digital Health "an exciting field"

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Wednesday 7 July 2021

Digital Health sounds like a relatively new research field, conjuring up visions of virtual reality and healthcare apps.