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Blues nomination just the beginning

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Tuesday 27 September 2022

Third-year student Corey Symon has experienced his fair share of challenges including COVID-19 disruptions but none of them have stopped him from working hard on his study and sporting goals.

Grant to assess Māori COVID-19 vaccine clinic work


Friday 23 September 2022

A mobile vaccination clinic initiative to improve Māori rates of protection from COVID-19 in Canterbury has been awarded a major Te Whatu Ora grant to assess its future viability.

Taking on the Global Young Scientist Summit

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Wednesday 21 September 2022

Two University of Otago students are thrilled to have won spots at an international event that will see them mingling with Nobel Prize winners.

Pacific doctor awarded rural health medal


Friday 16 September 2022

A Pacific doctor and Otago postgraduate student has been awarded the Dr Amjad Hamid Medal at the 2022 National Rural Health Conference held in Christchurch this month.

PhD candidate Jordon Lima on reclaiming te reo Māori


Wednesday 14 September 2022

PhD candidate Jordon Lima believes that learning te reo Māori enables her and her whānau to reclaim and restore more than just their language, but also their culture, tikanga and Māori way of thinking.

SJWRI dental and oral health research supported by NZDRF and Ministry of Health

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Monday 12 September 2022

The New Zealand Dental Association and Ministry of Health (MoH) are key supporters of our dental and oral health research, through the NZ Dental Research Foundation (NZDRF) and MoH Oral Health Research grant rounds.
In the 2022 NZDRF funding round, a total of $122,429 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 $139,193 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 2022

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Friday 9 September 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Annual celebration of research crowned by presentation of postgraduate awards

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Thursday 8 September 2022

Thanks to all who joined us for SJWRI Research Day 2022, the Faculty of Dentistry's annual celebration of research. Taking place on Thursday 8 September in the Walsh building and online, this year's event was headlined by a keynote address from 2022 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award recipient Professor Richard Cannon, and featured sessions on Dentistry in life and death, New materials, technologies and therapeutics, Oral health in Aotearoa and Evaluating our teaching, learning and practice.

Talented early career researchers recognised


Thursday 1 September 2022

Six researchers working in areas ranging from the prevention and treatment of heart attacks to the social effects of religion have had their efforts recognised with Early Career Researcher Awards.

Unique double honour for Pathology Professor


Wednesday 31 August 2022

Professor Brett Delahunt ONZM KStJ FRSNZ, from the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington, has been awarded the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) Silver Medal, the only person in the history of the College to receive both Gold and Silver Medals.

46th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society

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Monday 29 August 2022

Last week the Department celebrated the hard work of our fourth year students at the 46th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society.
At this meeting, every fourth year student - including those studying for Honours and Master’s degrees - presents the research they have been working on in labs across the Department throughout the year. This is generally the first experience that these students have in a real academic research lab.

Six60 scholarship recipients announced

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Wednesday 24 August 2022

Four musically talented University of Otago students have been selected as the recipients of the Six60 Scholarships for 2023.

DNA reveals history of Aotearoa’s manu

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Thursday 11 August 2022

Previously shrouded in mystery, the evolutionary history of kōkako, huia, and tīeke saddlebacks have been revealed by a University of Otago study.