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Demise of dental amalgam outlined in Otago study

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 2:44pm

Fillings in your teeth? If both local and global trends are anything to go by, soon they won’t have anything to do with mercury.

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Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 4:14pm

The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

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EDOR researcher using Heart Foundation fellowship to improve health through diet

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 2:24pm

Dr Andrew Reynolds, an EDOR research fellow, has been granted a three-year fellowship from the NZ Heart Foundation.

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Pain@Otago Webinar: Persistent pain in refugees and marginalised populations

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 11:02am

Speaker: Alicia J. Emerson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT
Persistent pain is an invisible, and often stigmatized, disease disproportionately affecting invisible populations. Marginalized patient populations, without a voice in sociopolitical policies, are at an increased risk for experiencing persistent musculoskeletal pain and receiving non-optimal management. Alicia’s research explores how the geopolitical, historical, and societal spectrum impacts marginalized populations’ experiences with persistent musculoskeletal pain management.


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High rates of suicide continue among older NZ men, Otago research reveals

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:45am

There continues to be a high rate of suicide among older New Zealand men and an Otago psychogeriatrician says more needs to be done to understand why and to help prevent this occurring.

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It’s International Women’s Day soon and we’re celebrating!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:52pm

It’s International Women’s Day soon and we’re celebrating!

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Young Otago dentistry lecturers net international awards

Friday, 14 February 2020 8:26am

Two young University of Otago dentistry lecturers have won prestigious international emerging leaders awards.

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Send your abstract and register for the 2020 NZSSD annual scientific conference

Thursday, 13 February 2020 3:05pm

The New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Wellington 6-8 May.

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University of Otago, Christchurch researchers lead study to help those most affected by mosque attacks

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 10:09am

A new Health Research Council-funded study is about to get underway to help understand the psychological and physical effects of the March 15 Mosque attacks in Christchurch last year and to link those directly affected with additional support, if needed.

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Otago researcher sets wheels in motion on #rOAdtrip for osteoarthritis change

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 12:23pm

An Otago researcher is setting the wheels in motion to seek out much-needed change in the way osteoarthritis, which affects increasing numbers of people, is treated in New Zealand.

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Biochemistry student wins University of Otago’s top undergraduate prize

Friday, 7 February 2020 12:23pm

Jennifer Palmer, Otago Biochemistry’s top 300-level student in 2019, has also been awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize.

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A new professor and two new associate professors at Otago Biochemistry

Thursday, 6 February 2020 12:06pm

As of February 1st, three lecturers at Otago Biochemistry have new titles; Richard Macknight is now a professor, and Peter Mace and Paul Gardner are now associate professors.

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Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell speaks at the BEATS symposium 2020

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 3:54pm

Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell is speaking about the dietary patterns of teenagers and obesity-promoting food environments at the BEATS symposium 2020.

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The changing of the guard: a new Head for Otago Biochemistry

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:26am

Another chapter in the history of the Department of Biochemistry has passed, with its leadership handed over at a special dinner last Friday at Plato Restaurant.

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Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index

Thursday, 30 January 2020 2:11pm

Damp and mouldy housing has been included as an indicator of socioeconomic deprivation in New Zealand by University of Otago researchers developing the latest version of the New Zealand Index of Socioeconomic Deprivation (NZDep2018).

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What does the coronavirus epidemic mean for New Zealand?

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 2:26pm

Unlike armed conflict, here we are fighting an external threat to global health where collaboration and sharing of information benefits all nations.

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Cycling to work? You may live longer

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:52am

People who cycle to work have a lower risk of dying, a New Zealand study has found.

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Academic awards for 2019 Biochemistry students

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 1:15pm

The Otago Department of Biochemistry is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 student academic awards: Jennifer Palmer (300-level Edson Prize), Helena Cooper (400-level Edson Prize), Sarah Robinson and Jasper Struwig (joint winners, Petersen Prize), Shannon White (Mervyn Smith Prize).

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High school students come face-to-face with Biochemistry

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 2:08pm

High school students from across New Zealand got to explore their own personal biochemistry last week, when they visited the Department and sampled life at Otago University.

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Southern men wanted to unlock health mystery

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:27am

Ageing Kiwi men have worse health and are dying sooner than women. Now a new University of Otago study is being launched to talk to the country’s southern men in an attempt to understand why.

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3000-year-old teeth solve Pacific banana mystery

Friday, 24 January 2020 12:00pm

Humans began transporting and growing banana in Vanuatu 3000 years ago, a University of Otago scientist has discovered.

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Weight loss and health improvements with Mediterranean, fasting and paleo diets

Friday, 24 January 2020 10:46am

There were some weight loss and health benefits for overweight adults who followed the Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting and Paleo diets, though adherence to the diets dropped off considerably during the one-year study, new University of Otago research shows.

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Dr Rachael McLean talks to The Listener about salt

Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:03am

EDOR researcher and public health physician, Dr Rachael McLean, discusses how we can reduce our salt intake in the latest edition of the NZ Listener.

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Climate-friendly food choices protect the planet, promote health, and reduce healthcare costs

Thursday, 23 January 2020 9:34am

Increased uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while greatly improving population health and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in the coming decades, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Caitlin Morton-Burns wins ANZCCART 2019 essay prize

Thursday, 23 January 2020 4:44pm

Caitlin Morton-Burns from the University of Canterbury has won the ANZCCART 2019 essay prize

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Untimely access to diagnosis not main reason why Māori are dying of cancer: Otago research

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:50am

Māori have poorer access to early diagnosis for some key cancers including breast and colorectal cancers though, this is not the case for all cancers and is not necessarily why more Māori are dying of cancer, new University of Otago research shows.

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HPV vaccine reduces rates of cervical abnormalities, likely to result in less cervical cancer

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:27am

The HPV vaccine has led to a significant reduction in the rate of cervical abnormalities in young New Zealand women, which is likely to result in reduced rates of cervical cancer in future, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Best practice treatments for chronic pain overlooked as media focus on opioids and medicinal cannabis

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:07am

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found.

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Watch presentations from the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:49am

View recordings of the Evidence to Everyday research symposium presentations, held in Wellington on 20 September, 2019.

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Otago researcher’s discovery paves way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:36am

A University of Otago researcher has made an innovative discovery which paves the way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure.

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Call for volunteers as development of diabetes supplement progresses

Monday, 13 January 2020 1:12pm

Development of an innovative dietary supplement to combat diabetes with a natural extract derived from the dahlia plant has reached a second round of human trials, with volunteers required in the Wellington region.

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Otago global health institute invests in research with Fiji and East Timor

Monday, 13 January 2020 9:16am

The Otago Global Health Institute, a flagship research centre of the University of Otago, is investing in new research initiatives in collaboration with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor to help address health problems in these countries.

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Thousands of NZers could be going without prescriptions, Otago researcher fears

Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:14am

Thousands of New Zealanders could be missing out on prescriptions they desperately need because they can’t afford them, an Otago researcher fears.

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Otago researchers ponder selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies

Thursday, 9 January 2020 2:39pm

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Tragedy led young Fijian doctor to change her country

Monday, 23 December 2019 4:02pm

Sometimes things happen that are so tragic, so traumatic, there is no way to forget them.

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Possible world-first collaboration for Pharmacy and Dentistry students

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:54am

For the first time University of Otago pharmacy and dentistry students have collaborated within a clinic setting to improve their training and improve patient care.

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Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:07am

A remarkable 5000-year-old skeleton suggests human dwarfism was both accepted and respected in life and death in ancient China, research by a University of Otago bio-archaeologist shows.

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Otago Biochemistry celebrates 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019 1:30pm

On Wednesday afternoon, Otago biochemists assembled at the Alhambra Union Rugby Football Club to celebrate the many successes of 2019, drown the memories of failed experiments, and to thank the many people who work so hard to support the Otago Department of Biochemistry and its students.

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Flowers in memory of donors

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:00pm

Staff from the department's Clinical Anatomy Research Group today lay flowers in memory of those who have donated their body to the Department for medical science teaching and research.

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He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2019

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 9:08am


Welcome to the Summer 2019–2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with recent highlights from the Wellington campus.