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Discover the impact our Health Sciences research has on changing the world


Health Sciences research impact case studies

We strive for high quality research that changes the world.

Our researchers are improving people’s health, changing local and central government policies, contributing to best practice guidelines, creating spin-off companies to commercialise discoveries, and building capability by training the next generation of scientists.

By forming meaningful relationships with stakeholders, creating strong networks with other researchers and being advocates for policy change we are achieving success for our communities.

Read how researchers are generating benefits including health, societal, cultural, economic or environmental factors at the individual, whānau and community level.

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Jason Gurney

University of Otago, Wellington

Improving cancer outcomes for Māori

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Jim Mann

Dunedin School of Medicine

The role of diet in health outcomes

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Dirk De Ridder

Dunedin School of Medicine

New technology for chronic pain management

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Impacts of Research 2020

Download the pdf of the eight case studies:

Cover from impacts of research brochure imageImpacts of Research 2020 (PDF)

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The New Zealand Drivers Study

Otago Medical School

Driving policy change

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He Kainga Oranga, Housing and Health

University of Otago, Wellington

Improving health outcomes through housing policy change

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Peter Fineran

School of Biomedical Sciences

World-leading research in phage and CRISPR-Cas systems

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Peter Mace

School of Biomedical Sciences

One step closer to cancer treatment

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Pauline Norris

School of Pharmacy

Creating knowledge for change in medicines policy

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Christchurch Heart Institute

University of Otago, Christchurch

Cardiac biomarkers used in heart failure diagnosis, prognosis and treatment

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Don Schwass

Faculty of Dentistry

Creating technology to treat tooth decay

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Meredith Perry

School of Physiotherapy

Improving access to parks for persons with a disability

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Support available for Health Sciences researchers

Support is available through seminars and one-on-one sessions for researchers looking to apply for grants.

Seminars are available for departments and groups as requested, examples of topics can include:

  • Types of impact and activity planning
  • Logic model creation for your research
  • Making a measurement plan for your research

Maria Larcombe, Research Fellow in Research Impact, is available for 30 minutes one-on-one support every Monday at 1:00pm and 1:30pm and every Thursday at 2:00pm and 2:30pm. If you are interested in booking an appointment with Maria please email her and she will send the bookings link.

A Microsoft Teams page is also available with impact resources. Please email Maria if you would like to be added to the Team.


Download a copy of the grant writing workshops calendar (PDF)

We also host seminars throughout the year that staff and students are welcome to attend.

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University of Otago publications

He Kitenga – University of Otago research highlights

The University of Otago produces this publication highlighting examples of research excellence from around the University.

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Otago Magazine

The Otago Magazine includes stories about University research and the achievements of our staff, students, and alumni.

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