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Food-based strategies improve toddlers' low iron status

Thursday, 15 October 2009 9:58am

Toddlers who increase their red meat intake or drink iron-fortified milk can successfully avoid the falling iron levels commonly affecting this age group, according to latest University of Otago findings.

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Better nutrition for NZ kids will take more than tackling tuck shops

Friday, 30 July 2010 2:56pm

Improving New Zealand school children’s diets requires a much wider focus than just targeting unhealthy foods available at schools, University of Otago research suggests.

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Higher risk of zinc deficiency in NZ Pacific children: Otago research

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 9:47am

Pacific Island schoolchildren in New Zealand are at a higher risk of zinc deficiency than children of other ethnicities, according to latest University of Otago research.

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Eating speed linked to weight: Otago research

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 1:13pm

Middle-aged women who eat slowly are much less likely to be overweight or obese than those who eat at a faster pace, according to new University of Otago research.

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NZ children’s iodine status still far from ideal: Otago research

Tuesday, 7 August 2012 8:54am

The mandatory use of iodised salt in commercial bread since 2009 has improved New Zealand children’s iodine status but many may remain mildly deficient in this essential nutrient, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Reasons behind healthy eating may be crucial to women’s body weight

Monday, 10 September 2012 9:41am

Middle-aged women who are self-motivated to eat healthily have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who do so in order to keep others happy, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Otago study highlights how little is known about baby weaning method

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:56am

Starting babies on solids by letting them feed themselves pieces of food is a growing trend – yet there is scarce scientific research about the practice, putting healthcare professionals in a difficult position when giving advice, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Weight loss benefits of low-fat diets proven

Friday, 7 December 2012 2:07pm

Reducing fat intake leads to weight loss that can be maintained for at least seven years – that’s one of the clear findings of a major new review of dozens of studies by an international team that includes a University of Otago researcher.

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University of Otago study prompts renewed call to action on sugar

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 1:16pm

A study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) into what is known about the effects of sugar recommends that cutting down on the sweet additive should be part of a global strategy to tackle the obesity epidemic.

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Otago study suggests many apples a day keep the blues at bay

Thursday, 24 January 2013 8:30am

Eating more fruit and vegetables may make young people calmer, happier and more energetic in their daily life, new research from the University of Otago suggests.

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Nutrition researcher awarded international prize

Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:25pm

A leading University of Otago nutritionist, Professor Rosalind Gibson, has been awarded the 2013 Kellogg International Prize in Nutrition.

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Hours of sleep and body fat linked for teenage boys, Otago study shows

Thursday, 19 September 2013 4:23pm

Researchers in human nutrition at the University of Otago have found that teenage boys who sleep less have more body fat when compared to girls, whose sleep deprivation has no discernible effect on their body fat ratios.

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Experts caution on dietary advice purporting to show fat is good

Thursday, 31 October 2013 1:24pm

The international media response to a BMJ opinion piece claiming to debunk the “myth” of saturated fat as a cause of coronary heart disease could undermine public confidence in lifestyle changes that have resulted in appreciable health benefits, say a group of experts in public health and nutrition representing a number of New Zealand health-related organisations.

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Saturated fat not off the hook for heart disease: researchers

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 4:30pm

Recent overseas research claiming that there is no evidence that saturated fat increases heart attacks and other cardiac events needs to be treated with a great deal of caution, according to University of Otago human nutrition and public health experts and a University of Auckland colleague.

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Paris scholarship

Thursday, 20 March 2014 2:43pm

Rebecca Grant has been awarded a $25,000 scholarship to study in Paris.

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Otago appoints Professor of Human Nutrition

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 3:25pm

The University of Otago has appointed a leading nutrient, diet and heart disease researcher as its new Professor of Human Nutrition and Head of Department.

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Otago study finds sugar implicated in cardiovascular disease risk

Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm

University of Otago researchers have uncovered evidence that sugar has a direct effect on risk factors for heart disease, including blood pressure, independent of weight gain.

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Eating healthy foods comes at a cost

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 3:37pm

Dr Lisa Te Morenga comments in the Otago Daily Times.

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Dietitian defends health star food rating system

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 3:51pm

Associate Prof Winsome Parnell comments in the Otago Daily Times.

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Nutrition Society Conference

Monday, 11 August 2014 12:00am

Nutrition Society of New Zealand will be held at the end of August in Queenstown

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SWIFT Study

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:01am

Human Nutrition Student Michelle Jospe presenting at the upcoming Postgraduate and Early Career Nutrition Conference.

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Rachel Brown Top 12 Supervisor

Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:35am

Rachel Brown was awarded one of the Top 12 Supervisors at the University of Otago at the OUSA awards on Monday evening.


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Otago commentary in The Lancet warns saturated fat is still the enemy

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 2:18pm

A group of University of Otago researchers is warning that the promotion of low carb/high fat diets risks harming public health.

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Jody Miller Selenium Publication

Thursday, 6 November 2014 10:27am

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Essentials of Human Nutrition translated into Indonesian.

Monday, 24 November 2014 2:51pm

The 4th Edition of the textbook Essentials of Human Nutrition has now been translated into Indonesian.

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Congratulations to Penny Field on her graduation.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:04am

Congratulations to Penny Field on her graduation.

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Change the kai in your shops

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:06am

Lisa Te Morenga on TV One

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Tertiary Information Day

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 11:49am

Tertiary Information Day

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Nutrition education helping Kenyan Children.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:54pm

Last year members of our department traveled to Kenya to conduct research on childhood malnutrition to read more about it click here.

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Victoria Farmer in the News

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 2:34pm

Victoria Farmer in the Waikato Times

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Lisa Te Morenga on RadioLive

Thursday, 4 June 2015 3:45pm

Lisa Te Morenga on RadioLive

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International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:23am

International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity

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NZ won't follow US on trans fat ban

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 3:19pm

NZ won't follow US on trans fat ban

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SWIFT News

Thursday, 2 July 2015 11:24am

Michelle and Melyssa explain the interesting and novel SWIFT study in an interview on Radio NZ.

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Winsome online at debate in Milan

Monday, 13 July 2015 3:44pm

A Healthy Diet for A Healthy Life - Assoc Prof winsome Parnell spoke at the European Grand Debate on Nutrition Security.

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Neige Todhunter Award

Monday, 13 July 2015 3:54pm

Congratulations to Wathsala Nanayakkara, who has won the Neige Todhunter Award.

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More fibre in our diets

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:13am

Otago academics back calls for more fibre in our diets

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HUNT Research Presented Internationally

Friday, 24 July 2015 10:17am

The Department of Human Nutrition at the 33rd International Symposium of Diabetes and Nutrition, Toronto.

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Maori obesity must be taken seriously

Friday, 14 August 2015 11:23am

Maori obesity must be taken seriously

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Hidden salt lurking in your health food

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:57am

M Diet Student's research referred to in Sunday Star Times

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2015 Award of Excellence

Friday, 28 August 2015 11:07am

Citation for 2015 Award of Excellence – Dr Winsome Parnell

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Healthy eating starts early

Monday, 31 August 2015 4:04pm

Healthy eating starts early

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Sarah Jenkins top student

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 2:55pm

Sarah Jenkins top student

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Jo Slater's research mentioned in a radio interview

Friday, 4 September 2015 10:15am

Jo Slater's research mentioned in a radio interview

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Porta Lab Up and Running

Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:04am

Porta Lab Up and Running

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Appetite for diet supplements benefits few

Thursday, 24 September 2015 1:25pm

Appetite for diet supplements benefits few

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OUSA Teaching Excellence Award

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:24am

Human Nutrition News Item

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Too Much Salt

Friday, 2 October 2015 2:33pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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Sue MacDonell on calcium supplements

Friday, 9 October 2015 11:41am

Calcium supplements are not needed for elderly bone health. Otago University PhD candidate and dietitian Sue MacDonell comments on recent BMJ meta-analysis.

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Lisa Houghton Promoted

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 11:41am

Lisa Houghton Promoted

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Baby-Led SolidS

Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:11am

Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Monday, 14 December 2015 3:14pm

High Value Nutrition launch at Parliament

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Obesity Rethink

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 9:49am

Obesity Rethink

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It's the amount

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 3:44pm

Otago University human nutrition professor Murray Skeaff said it all depended on how many cups of coffee you had a day.

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Top and Most Inclusive

Friday, 19 February 2016 11:18am

Human Nutrition lecturers nominated for awards

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Nelson DHB bans sugar-free drinks

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:24am

Professor Jim Mann talked to Mark Sainsbury on Radio Live about Nelson Hospitals announcement that they are removing sugar free drinks from sale in their hospitals.

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Experts wary of research

Thursday, 21 April 2016 11:45am

Human Nutrition News Item

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Dietary intake differs in infants who follow baby-led weaning

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:46pm

University of Otago researchers have undertaken the first-ever study looking at what infants eat when they follow baby-led weaning and found that they have a lot of healthy eating habits, but also some less healthy ones.

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Carla Thomson Winner

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 11:25am

Human Nutrition New Item

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The healthiest way to cook potatoes

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:26am

Jim Mann comments in the Listener

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Masonic postgraduate scholarship

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 11:02am

Human Nutrition News Item

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Guelph Visitor

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:51am

The Department is hosting Associate Professor Lisa Duizer

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Otago research gives Heart Foundation’s Tick label a tick of its own

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 10:04am

The Heart Foundation’s Tick Programme is having a positive nutritional impact on New Zealand’s food supply, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Science Expo a Success

Friday, 15 July 2016 10:24am

Human Nutrition News Item

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Dieting approaches may not be effective for weight loss: Otago research

Friday, 5 August 2016 12:26pm

Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with change in weight three years later, according to new University of Otago research.

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Dr Sook Ling Leong

Monday, 8 August 2016 4:18pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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General Staff Award

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:51am

Two people have won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.

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Kieran Columb Recognised

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 4:22pm

News item for Human Nutrition

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Brittani Beavis on Channel 39 News

Friday, 12 August 2016 10:47am

Brittani Beavis on Channel 39 News

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Nutrition experts defend dietary guidelines

Friday, 26 August 2016 2:25pm

New Zealand nutrition experts are calling for an end to the pitting of carbohydrates against fats and say we should instead focus on what is most important – the quality of food in our diets.

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Health Star Ratings

Thursday, 8 September 2016 3:05pm

An expert’s perspective on Health Star Ratings

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Continuous grazing

Thursday, 8 September 2016 3:07pm

Dr Paula Skidmore talks to stuff.co.nz about changes in the eating times of New Zealanders away from the traditional eating patterns to a more continuous grazing type intake.

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Grow Cook Eat

Monday, 19 September 2016 3:09pm

MSc research presentation

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Louise Fangupo in Paediatrics

Friday, 23 September 2016 4:40pm

Louise Fangupo’s paper has just come out in Paediatrics

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Walking after meals

Thursday, 20 October 2016 3:47pm

Human Nutrition research published

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Lisa Daniels at the EAPS2016 conference

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 2:28pm

Lisa Daniels in Stizerland

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Working with FoodShare

Friday, 28 October 2016 3:34pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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Problem pitching nutrients

Sunday, 11 December 2016 3:17pm

Jim Mann in the Listener

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Evidence lacking

Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:28pm

Murray comments

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Best Student Presentation

Monday, 12 December 2016 10:57am

Gabrielle Smith who has just submitted her MDiet thesis has won the best student presentation at the recent postgraduate and early career conference.

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Teens wanted for Nutrition intervention

Thursday, 15 December 2016 8:52am

Year 9 and 10 pupils are being sought for a Human Nutrition intervention aiming to discover whether young people who learn how to cook are healthier.
 

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Extensive book collection

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 3:20pm

Emeritus Professor Stewart Truswell donates extensive book collection to the Department

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Teens Cooking

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 4:34pm

Teens Cooking

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Women exercisers face health risk if not keeping up energy intake

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:22am

Many New Zealand women who exercise recreationally could be risking their health by not eating enough to match the energy they expend, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Murray in the Listener

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 4:08pm

Murray Skeaff is in the Listener commenting on the effects of Palm Oil.

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Happiness is Raw Fruit and Vegetables

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 4:15pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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Otago researcher investigating how grains may affect blood sugar and diabetes

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 2:39pm

An up-and-coming University of Otago scientist has been funded by the Otago Southland Diabetes Research Trust to undertake cutting-edge research into how the processing of whole grains affects blood-sugar levels of people with diabetes.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Regular brisk walks and a daily longer one help lower office workers’ blood lipids

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 9:37am

Many people spend increasing time sitting during their work days, but breaking things up with regular brisk walks, while also taking daily 30-minute walks, significantly lowers levels of fatty acids that lead to clogged arteries, University of Otago researchers have found in a first-of-its-kind study.

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Francesca Shines the Light

Monday, 10 July 2017 3:39pm

Francesca Goodman-Smith's research has been featured in the Otago Daily Times.

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Waitemata Health Excellence

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 3:41pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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Less Fussy Eaters

Friday, 14 July 2017 3:36pm

Human Nutrition News Item

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:44pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

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Desk dwellers sought for new study

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 9:09pm

Otago Human Nutrition researchers are seeking staff members and PhD students who spend most of their day sitting at their desk for a new study into patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in people working in sedentary occupations.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Kiwi Apathy Towards Cholesterol Concerning

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:42am

A new study which found Kiwis do not consider the potential impact of their food choices on their cholesterol levels is worrying according to a leading academic expert.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Alumna shares recipe for success

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 9:08am

Alumna shares recipe for success

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Many NZ mums not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid: Otago research

Monday, 16 October 2017 11:13am

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) rarely recommends using supplements, but does urge mothers to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding, to help avoid neurodevelopmental problems in their babies.

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NZ-China links in non-communicable disease research strengthened

Thursday, 19 October 2017 1:44pm

The NZ-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC), a government established national centre hosted by Otago, last week signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with four leading Chinese research institutions - highlighting the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers.

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Otago outreach project educates children about “hidden sugars”

Thursday, 9 November 2017 1:36pm

A seven-month outreach project led by Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is helping to educate primary school aged children about healthy food choices and good oral hygiene.

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Riddet Research Excellence

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 2:22pm

Riddet Centre of Research Excellence

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Processing healthy eating messages

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 2:44pm

Processing healthy eating messages

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Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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Healthy food choices in childhood lowers risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 3:07pm

Cutting saturated fat in children’s diets reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a University of Otago study has found.

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Otago study fails to find strong link between sitting and weight gain

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 3:28pm

Sitting is bad for you, but it is unlikely to make you fat, a University of Otago study has found.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

Thursday, 7 December 2017 1:40pm

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.