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Teddy Bear Hospital a hit

Monday, 20 May 2019 11:26am

Medical and dental students involved in the Teddy Bear Hospital are being kept on their toes with hundreds of young pre-school children bringing in their favourite cuddly toy for a check up.

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Therapist ‘stoked’ rehabilitation research secures HRC funding

Thursday, 16 May 2019 9:03pm

Occupational therapist Dr Fiona Graham is excited the Health Research Council (HRC) is funding a study she is leading with the aim of improving the quality of life for children with disabilities.

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Otago’s emerging researchers secure more than $1.7 million in HRC funding

Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm

An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.

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Number of HIV cases continue to decline in New Zealand

Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:42pm

For the second year in a row there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases of HIV in New Zealand.

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Four Honorary Doctorates to mark sesquicentennial

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 4:26pm

Four University of Otago Alumni will be recognised for their life’s work and their contribution to the University, New Zealand and the world during a special graduation ceremony on 1 June.

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Loneliness and isolation are pushing healthy elderly into aged care facilities

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:30am

Loneliness, social isolation and burnt-out carers are pushing physically and mentally well elderly into aged care facilities, a University of Otago, Christchurch, study has found.

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Art and science come together in exhibition

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:25pm

Scientific objects and artefacts from across the University of Otago intermingle with well-known works of art in the Hocken Collections’ latest exhibition.

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Obstacles overcome to return home with Physio degree

Monday, 13 May 2019 12:26pm

Eliana Viali knows she will have more challenges than most people starting a new job when she takes the skills of her new degree home to Samoa.

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Making the homeless count

Thursday, 9 May 2019 9:17pm

When Dr Kate Amore began researching homelessness for her PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington, the country was in denial that the issue was even a problem, she says.

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Streamlining in the new national dentistry building

Thursday, 9 May 2019 9:10pm

Using electronic patient records in the new national centre for dentistry building at the University of Otago will streamline patients’ treatment, students’ learning and collaboration on patient care, Faculty of Dentistry Organisational Delivery Project Manager Dr Peter Cathro says.

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Otago ethicist shines light on lack of discussion about body donation after euthanasia

Wednesday, 8 May 2019 10:01am

As New Zealand considers a bill looking to legalise euthanasia, an Otago University ethicist considers it’s time to shine the light on the ethical complications surrounding body donation and assisted dying.

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Otago bioarchaeologist’s 1,000-year-old discovery unravels clues about use of psychoactive plants for ritual purposes

Tuesday, 7 May 2019 12:17pm

An Otago bioarchaeologist was among a group of international archaeologists who made an exciting discovery of a “ritual bundle” in Bolivia and using chemical analysis helped unravel clues about the use of psychoactive plants for ritual purposes in the South American country a thousand years ago.

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Otago scientists urge caution in creating a new class of medicine to cater for cannabis

Friday, 3 May 2019 10:39am

Following the Government’s move to increase access to medicinal cannabis, two University of Otago scientists are cautioning that in any future changes cannabis products should be held to the same standards as other medicines.

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Otago alumna behind UK Government’s move to help cerebral palsy children walk

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 8:32am

An Otago alumna has led a study into spinal surgery for children with cerebral palsy in the UK, which has proven it helps them walk and reduces pain, triggering the UK Government to fund the procedure.

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Female-led team for Christchurch campus redevelopment

Monday, 29 April 2019 11:14am

In what is possibly a New Zealand first, the University’s largest ever construction project is being led by a team of women.

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Training in new dentistry building

Monday, 29 April 2019 10:12am

Super-users have just trained on more than 200 dental chairs for patients in New Zealand’s new national dental teaching facility, on the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus.

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Busting barriers to dental care – Pasifika adolescents hold the answers

Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:09am

Sitting at the forefront of inequalities in oral health care, Pasifika youth are well placed to provide solutions to the problem, a unique University of Otago study has found.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle tuberculosis in Indonesia

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 2:33pm

Researchers from the Otago Global Health Institute have secured funding from the e-Asia Joint Research Programme and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve the management of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia.

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Two international MOUs signed by Otago

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:33pm

Bilateral agreements have recently been signed with two international partners, which will result in new students studying at the University of Otago.

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Sparking a love for science in kura kaupapa Māori students

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:06am

From dissecting a sheep’s heart and lungs to examining the microbial properties of manuka honey, a ground breaking initiative at the University of Otago, Wellington, has a no holds barred attitude to hosting students from kura kaupapa Māori (Māori language immersion schools).

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Wood is good, research on 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake shows

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:52am

New research has found that only three per cent of deaths in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake occurred in people’s homes, almost all of which were at that time constructed from wood.

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Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 10:33am

Oral cancer is known for its high mortality rate in developing countries, but an international team of scientists hope its latest discovery will change that.

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Rising to the challenge - first Pacific graduate paves the way

Monday, 15 April 2019 9:50pm

Working across cultures and around the globe, Papali’i Dr Viopapa Annandale-Atherton has quietly forged a distinguished career in public health and as an advocate for women’s rights, helping pave the way for generations of Pacific Island medical students.

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Public health experts call for use of “tie-down” practice to be abolished in NZ prisons

Friday, 12 April 2019 11:31am

A University of Otago public health physician and researcher and her Australian colleague welcome news that the use of “tie-down” practice will be abolished in New Zealand prisons.

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Blending family therapy with creativity

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:31pm

Writing a children’s picture book for the families of premature babies has been a project close to the heart for author Julie Burgess-Manning, a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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US Fellowship and Harvard invite for Otago researcher

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 9:59pm

What happens to our healthcare records when we die?  It is a question few have pondered and Dr Jon Cornwall’s research on the topic has resulted in him being offered a Fellowship in the US and a speaking engagement at Harvard University to discuss the subject.

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Housing WOFs need to be combined with education, study shows

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 11:01am

Alongside funding and regulatory support, understanding how housing affects health and safety can spur owners to make improvements to their properties, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and WISE Better Homes have found.

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Study helps explain why some of our famous flightless birds can’t fly

Friday, 5 April 2019 10:02am

University of Otago researchers in association with colleagues from Harvard University have discovered new evidence of what made some of New Zealand’s iconic birds such as the kiwi and extinct moa, flightless.

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New pharmacy clinic first of its kind in Australasia

Friday, 5 April 2019 1:36pm

The University of Otago and Southern District Health Board have received high praise from health leaders at the official opening of a new pharmacy clinic, believed to be the first of its kind in Australasia.

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Plaudits for tobacco control group ASPIRE 2025

Friday, 5 April 2019 10:48pm

University of Otago research group ASPIRE 2025 has won praise from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for its exemplary efforts and achievements in the field of smoking cessation and tobacco control.

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New Auckland dental base on target

Thursday, 4 April 2019 1:30pm

Construction of the University’s dental teaching facility and patient treatment clinic in South Auckland is proceeding well, with structural steel now being ordered, Campus Development Division Director David Perry says.

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Poetry-writing researcher’s ‘Microscopic Blues’ wins new digital microscope

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 9:15pm

It’s not just the fact Dr Dawn Coates has won the Faculty of Dentistry a new microscope, it’s the way she won which has faculty staff buzzing.

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Opening of new Christchurch physiotherapy clinic

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 9:09pm

A new School of Physiotherapy clinic in Christchurch is officially open after a ceremony attended by Alumni and former Silver Ferns physiotherapist, Sharon Kearney.

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Otago researchers encourage New Zealanders to support Arms Amendment Bill

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 4:28pm

University of Otago firearms researchers are encouraging New Zealanders who are not gun owners to support MPs and political parties with the Arms Amendment Bill.

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Otago expert explores device with potential to transform cancer survival

Monday, 1 April 2019 12:02pm

Cancer genetics and biology expert Professor Parry Guilford has received a New Zealand Health Research Council Explorer Grant to further investigate a novel device that could routinely detect early-stage cancer, potentially transforming cancer survival.

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Kiwi kids call for ban on junk food marketing

Friday, 29 March 2019 4:06pm

If Kiwi kids had the Prime Minister’s job for a day, many would ban junk food marketing, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Christchurch campus comes together to ‘share in each other’s warmth’

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:38pm

A week after the mosque shootings, Christchurch medical student Mohamud Osman stood in front of staff and fellow students and shared a story of love, kindness and forgiveness.

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Otago research shows alcohol consultation failing Māori communities

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:28pm

Local governments are failing to consult meaningfully with Māori when it comes to liquor licensing legislation, new research from the University of Otago has found.

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New pharmacy clinic aims to optimise pharmacotherapy and improve patients’ health

Friday, 22 March 2019 10:52am

A new outpatient clinic in Dunedin to help patients manage multiple medications and improve their health – a joint venture between the University of Otago’s School of Pharmacy and Southern District Health Board – is believed to be the first of its kind in Australasia.

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Webster Family Chair in Pathogenesis appointment

Friday, 22 March 2019 9:50am

Following an extensive international search, Professor Miguel Quiñones-Mateu has been appointed as the second holder of the Webster Family Chair in Viral Pathogenesis in the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Biomedical Sciences.