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Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Fiji's COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) represents Fiji's whole-of-government response to the pandemic and implements the Fiji Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.

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The science and art of modelling

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Otago's Dr Matthew Parry tells us more about being an Associate Investigator for Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence that has provided modelling to support COVID-19 decisions.

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Secrets of sewage studied for COVID-19

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Thursday, 23 April 2020

Detecting the presence of COVID-19 in sewage could become an important tool to monitor the virus and help uncover pockets of infection.

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Professor David Murdoch discusses a COVID-19 vaccine

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

What is the likelihood of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed and how long will the process take? Professor David Murdoch, Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, addressed these questions in a recent online summit.

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Delivering a message from the world to the world

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic University of Otago medical school alumnus Dr Zeid Abussuud decided to spread the word on staying safe. With a little help from his friends, many of them also graduates of Otago, Dr Abussuud has made a moving YouTube video, ‘Do it for the whole world: Stay at home’.

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University of Otago lab unravelling COVID-19

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

A high-security Physical Containment Laboratory (PC3) at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, is undertaking research to isolate and grow SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, with samples taken from infected individuals.

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Facing Covid-19 with compassion and connection

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Otago alumna and clinical psychologist Dr Desiree Dickerson specialises in mental health and well-being for academics, and has just had an article published in Nature, entitled “Seven tips to manage your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak”.  She shares her story and tips from lockdown in Spain.

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