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University of Otago teacher wins the 2018 Kaupapa Māori Category award

Friday, 22 November 2019 10:14am

The 2018 award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching – Kaupapa Māori category went to a University of Otago teacher.

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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

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Otago scientist contributing at global level to her field

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 9:24pm

One of Otago’s leading scientists has been flying under the radar while soaring to success on the world stage – until now.

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Fantastic year for ‘blue skies’ research at Otago Biochemistry

Friday, 8 November 2019 4:38pm

Otago Biochemists are celebrating the results of the 2019 Marsden Fund applications this week, with five imaginative and exciting projects led by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry chosen for funding support.

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New funding awarded to develop a sleep toolkit for tamariki and their whānau

Thursday, 7 November 2019 1:03pm

A new strategic research project led by EDOR Director Professor Rachael Taylor, with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whānau, has been awarded $1.7 million over three years from A Better Start National Science Challenge.

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Dairy owners’ lack of knowledge about e-cigarettes may undermine smoking cessation

Thursday, 7 November 2019 9:14am

Convenience store owners who lack knowledge of the e-cigarettes they sell may undermine, rather than support, smoking cessation.

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Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am

University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.

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From farm boy to award-winning genetic science star

Monday, 4 November 2019 2:11pm

From Otago farm boy to cutting-edge genetic scientist, Dr Tim Hore’s story is one of constant progress.

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Otago researcher wins fellowship to uncover lives of forgotten colonial settlers

Thursday, 31 October 2019 9:58am

A University of Otago researcher is hoping to discover how long-forgotten colonial settlers and miners lived, after being awarded an important research fellowship.

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$3.8 million to Otago researchers in Career Development Awards

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:42am

The Health Research Council has awarded 23 University of Otago researchers $3.8 million in Career Development Awards.

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“Follow your passion” – a sit-down with Professor John Reynolds

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 7:58pm

Any university is, by design, a domain of high achievers, of those with a thirst and a quest for pushing the boundaries of what can be understood, what can be learned and what can be taught.

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From Massachusetts to mass success in Otago, New Zealand

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 9:50am

One is something that has ensured we survive, the other is something we fear could kill us. Yet University of Otago researcher Dr Erin Macaulay is combining the two into compelling research.

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Roche winner excited about opportunity

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:07pm

A University of Otago researcher says she is very excited to have won a fellowship for cutting-edge research on stomach cancer survival.

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First New Zealand study of cannabis use in people with spinal cord injuries

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:17pm

Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found.

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Significant association between use of long-acting contraceptives and unprecedented decline in abortion rate, study finds

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:24pm

A shift towards the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, particularly by young women, is associated with declining abortion rates in New Zealand, new research has found.

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Otago scientist wins award for stomach cancer research

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 1:42pm

A University of Otago researcher has won a fellowship to undertake cutting-edge research on stomach cancer survival, using technology not yet available in New Zealand.

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International Fellowship awarded to Physio Professor

Friday, 25 October 2019 12:21pm

A student watching his mother struggle with cancer pain was inspired to study, research and eventually become an international figure in physiotherapy and pain management.

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Diabetes-related admissions in two Southern hospitals costs $41m in one year

Friday, 25 October 2019 9:38am

The cost of diabetes-related hospital admissions to Dunedin and Southland Hospitals for the 2016/2017 financial year was $41 million, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Uncovering clues in ancient dolphin teeth

Thursday, 24 October 2019 9:44am

Early Career Award for Distinction in Research, 2019 winner, Dr Carolina Loch, Department of Oral Sciences

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2019 Staff Awards celebrate exceptional contributions

Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:08pm

A staff member who has been at Otago for 33 years is the recipient of this year’s Award for Exceptional Performance by a member of Professional Staff.

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Passion for staff wellbeing recognised

Thursday, 24 October 2019 11:51am

The mental health and wellbeing of those around her is important to Rachel Kinnaird.  Her dedication and commitment to provide a healthy work environment for her team and raise awareness of positive wellbeing within the Department of Anatomy has seen her awarded the University of Otago Excellence Award in Health and Safety (Individual) for 2019.

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Six rising research stars celebrated in annual awards

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 9:58am

Six researchers whose work covers everything from ancient dolphin teeth to the management of obesity have been recognised by the University of Otago.

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Biochem helps bring Being Brainy to Central Otago

Monday, 21 October 2019 12:29pm

Children in Central Otago learned about the wonders of the human brain earlier this month, thanks to an initiative by Brain Research New Zealand, and volunteers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.

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EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins national award

Friday, 18 October 2019 4:05pm

EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins the Royal Society Te Apārangi Hamilton Award, which was presented at the Research Honours Awards Aotearoa in Dunedin on the 17th October, 2019.

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Otago psychiatrists call on colleagues to say ‘no’ to euthanasia

Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:12am

The impact of legalising euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move.

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Sore calves, good cause

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 10:18pm

A group of staff in Otago’s Department of Anatomy are this week sporting a sense of achievement, and also sore calf muscles, after taking part in Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s Stadium Climb Challenge at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday.

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Future the focus for General Practice and Rural Health HOD

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:03pm

Relevant experience is not something the University of Otago’s new Head of Department of General Practice and Rural Health is lacking.

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Hear a recording of the Cost of Food panel discussion

Friday, 11 October 2019 1:42pm

The Cost of Food panel discussion, held at the Evidence to Everyday symposium on 20 September, 2019, was recorded by Radio NZ and is now available on their website.

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Social audit as a social accountability mechanism for strengthening governance and service delivery in Nepal

Friday, 11 October 2019 9:57am

Social audit is a mechanism used to hold frontline health service providers accountable. This study explored the role of social audit in facilitating direct accountability between service providers and community.

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New Otago Medical School Dean brings international expertise

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 2:29pm

A prominent neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a wealth of international experience has been named the new Dean of the University of Otago medical school.

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Te Folauga: The Journey celebrates Pacific success at Otago University

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 1:15pm

Three Niuean siblings, all University of Otago alumni now working as GPs in Wellington, will today help launch a book celebrating Pacific success in health sciences at the University.