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Pain@otago newsletter 2022

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Pain@Otago is delighted to support pain researchers and clinicians interested in pain research. Below are some opportunities for you to take advantage of.
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Dr Ramakrishnan Mani (Director), and Dr Hemakumar Devan (Deputy Director) Pain@Otago Research Theme.

Improving type 1 diabetes control in Pasifika children

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Friday 6 January 2023

Dr Isaiah Immanuel is conducting a one-year study, funded by Research for Children Aotearoa, to discover why Pasifika youth with type 1 diabetes are experiencing problems maintaining good control of their disease.

Record graduation numbers for COVID cohort

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Wednesday 21 December 2022

Congratulations to all former biochemistry students graduating this month! Tino pai rawa atu! The Department is particularly thrilled to see a record number of PhD completions this year, despite the challenges that this cohort has faced with the COVID pandemic. Sixteen former PhD students graduated this year, 10 of them in December.

Connecting physical and mental health

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Matthew Jenkins is bringing his background in Physical Education and Psychology to his research into helping those living with serious mental illnesses stay physically healthy.

Game-changing therapy

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Katie Douglas foresees a day when people will visit a mental health service, undergo an assessment and walk away with a course of psychological therapy tailored to their own profile of challenges and strengths.

Graduate battles wasps and more to gain PhD

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Friday 16 December 2022

Along with nine other graduands from the Department of Biochemistry, Gemma McLaughlin graduates with her PhD this week. But the journey that Gemma took to get to this point turned out to be very different to the one she thought she would take when she started her PhD study.

The Diermeier Lab has three PhDs graduating this week!

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Friday 16 December 2022

Dr Sarah Diermeier leads a highly successful group in the Department of Biochemistry that carries out research into cancer and RNA biology. Three former students from Sarah’s research group graduate with their PhDs this week.

Otago Biochemistry End-of-Year Shindig 2022


Friday 16 December 2022

Scientists, students and professional staff flocked to Biochemistry’s BIG13 (ground floor seminar room) to celebrate the achievements of the past year, forget their frustrations, and to gorge on strawberries during the Department’s annual end of year party.

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2022

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Thursday 15 December 2022

Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue of He Kete Kōrero, with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Housing the homeless is the first step

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Thursday 15 December 2022

Providing unconditional access to housing is the first step towards improving the mental and physical health and wellbeing of those experiencing homelessness, researchers say.

2022 BMS Staff End of Year Function and Awards


Monday 12 December 2022

Staff from across the School of Biomedical Sciences gathered last week to celebrate the achievements of the past year and find out who won the teaching and research awards for 2022.

Postpartum diabetes testing low for women with gestational diabetes

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Women with gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without, yet over a ten-year period only half of these women were tested for diabetes within six months of giving birth, a new University of Otago study reveals.

Achieving dreams and forming new ones

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

Cullen Ryan leaves Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a clear idea about the community he most wants to serve.

Hidden Healthcare Heroes

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

A new cohort of behind-the-scenes healthcare heroes are about to graduate from the University of Otago.

The rising tide: Three friends, one dream

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Wednesday 7 December 2022

They say good things come in threes. Kaitlyn Cocker-Valu, Brenetta Pogi and Fuatino Heath, who completed high school, an anatomy degree and now a medical degree together, know that to be true.