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Online COVID-19 masterclass attracts thousands from around the world

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 11:40am

International conferences held entirely online may well be the future, if the just-completed University of Otago Global Health Institute’s (OGHI) online COVID-19 Masterclass is anything to go by.

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COVID-19 questions to be answered in Otago University masterclass

Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:23am

If you’ve got questions about COVID-19, an upcoming fortnight-long masterclass, running from June 22 until July 3, should be on your radar.

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Rapid Case Contact Management –  COVID-19’s Achilles heel?

Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:15am

Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is, if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it?

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New Zealand’s COVID-19 public health response must be aggressive

Friday, 13 March 2020 4:17pm

China, Taiwan and other Asian countries have shown that a massive public health response to COVID-19 works. Now is the time for New Zealand to do the same.

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Otago researchers part of world-first trial to prevent tuberculosis in people with diabetes

Thursday, 27 February 2020 5:03pm

Otago researchers are playing a leadership role in an Euro €4.8 million international project to conduct the world’s first trial attempting to prevent tuberculosis in people with diabetes.

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Otago researchers partner in vaccine project to tackle major killer of African children

Friday, 1 November 2019 10:11am

A team of University of Otago researchers is part of a major new international vaccine research project to help tackle devastating Salmonella bloodstream infections which are killing thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa each year.

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RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India

Monday, 5 August 2019 2:50pm

RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India.  Dr Kaaren Mathias is medical doctor who's been living in India since 2006. She's working in community health and development as well as being involved in a number of other projects helping to improve both the physical and mental health of the people in communities in Uttarakhand.

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Otago researcher claims new study a step forward in fight to eliminate tuberculosis

Thursday, 2 August 2018 9:36am

The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis.

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Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis in Africa

Monday, 11 June 2018 10:45am

University of Otago researchers are helping lead international studies which have discovered that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk factors for the devastating disease leptospirosis in northern Tanzania.

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Otago researcher’s dream of eliminating Tuberculosis among Māori gains HRC support

Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm

The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.

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Otago researchers part of $18M project to reveal causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am

Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.

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Pneumonia vaccine found to have major impact

Thursday, 8 June 2017 1:18pm

A leading international health researcher at the University of Otago is part of a team that has gained new insights into how much children in Africa can benefit from a vaccine against pneumonia.

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University of Otago receives grant to support severe typhoid research in Tanzania

Monday, 28 November 2016 1:17pm

The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern Tanzania.

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World authority on rabies to deliver public lecture

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 2:31pm

Professor Sarah Cleaveland, an international expert on rabies, will discuss prospects for the global elimination of the disease during the 2016 McKinlay Oration that bridges the ninth Otago Global Health Institute conference and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases New Zealand annual scientific meeting.

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Global health and infectious diseases experts hold back-to-back meetings in Dunedin

Friday, 28 October 2016 11:03am

The 9th annual conference of the Otago Global Health Institute will take place at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2-3 November 2016.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle fevers in Asia

Monday, 11 July 2016 9:08am

A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

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Vaccine cuts rate of major disease in African children in half

Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm

A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.

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Salmonella unmasked as major killer of young children in Africa

Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm

Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.

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Otago’s international TB research efforts gain major support

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.

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Major gaps in understanding of causes of fever in low and middle income countries

Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:04pm

A systematic review involving researchers from the Centre of International Health and Department of Pathology, Christchurch, has identified major gaps in understanding the causes of severe febrile illness around the world

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Endemic zoonoses in the tropics overlooked

Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm

Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked

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Otago receives grant to track true toll of neglected deadly disease

Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm

The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Call for integrated approach to illness

Thursday, 13 November 2014 3:06pm

Complex problems like the West African outbreak of Ebola highlight the need for doctors, veterinarians and ecologists to work more closely together, Swiss Professor Jakob Zinsstag-Klopfenstein says.

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Ebola epidemic creating 'tragedy'

Thursday, 13 November 2014 3:08pm

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa will have far-reaching effects, including many deaths not directly caused by that disease, Professor Philip Hill warned in Dunedin yesterday.

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Local school children mingle with international health delegates

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 2:23pm

The seventh annual Otago International Health Research Network conference is being held at Otago Museum.

It aims to bring together academics from around the world to discuss the most pressing health concerns of developing nations.

And local school children are getting the chance to mingle with delegates, by providing some artwork to celebrate the event.

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Natural immunity: solving a Tb mystery

Saturday, 8 November 2014 3:52pm

Otago is a province with a rich history of establishing firsts. We have led the way in many fields, and that tradition continues. Researchers at the University of Otago are attracting international attention, with some granted millions of dollars for cutting-edge projects. So what are they up to? Reporter John Gibb, in a fortnightly series, does his own research on the researchers.

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Ask an expert about Ebola

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:35pm

The Ebola virus crisis currently sweeping West Africa is believed to be the worst in history, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) describing it as an international health emergency.

As of Friday, the WHO reported that 961 people had died so far during the outbreak and 1779 had been infected, but Nigeria has since announced 10 more confirmed cases and two deaths.

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NZ airport Ebola checks 'an abundance of caution'

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:22pm

A global health expert says there is little risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand, but if the virus does arrive on our shores the country is prepared to deal with it.

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Ebola outbreak in NZ unlikely

Monday, 11 August 2014 3:02pm

The risk of anyone infected with Ebola arriving in this country is considered to be "low".

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Ebola screening at NZ airports – experts respond

Monday, 11 August 2014 3:07pm

Screening of at-risk passengers will begin at airports as part of increased efforts to prevent Ebola reaching New Zealand undetected, the Ministry of Health has announced.

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Deadly Ebola virus 'unlikely to infect NZ'

Friday, 8 August 2014 3:31pm

New Zealand medical experts insist there's little chance of an Ebola outbreak in NZ.

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Could Ebola reach New Zealand?

Friday, 8 August 2014 9:40am

Infectious diseases specialist Dr John Crump explains just how serious the outbreak is.
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Health services alert for ebola virus

Friday, 8 August 2014 10:08am

Professor John Crump, an infectious disease expert

New Zealand airlines, border agencies and health services have spent the past week reviewing infectious disease procedures in light of the recent outbreak of the ebola virus.

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Burma tuberculosis research has NZ relevance

Friday, 23 May 2014 9:56am

New Zealand cannot afford to be complacent about high levels of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis in many Asia-Pacific countries, including China and Burma, Prof Greg Cook says.

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International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread

Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm

A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.

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Postcard from the Gambia

Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm

Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.

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Studying drug-resistant Tb

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:51am

A high-powered collaboration between the University of Otago and the oldest medical university in Burma is likely to shed new light on the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.

An international partnership formedin 2012 by Otago University and the Burmese institution, known as the ''University of Medicine (1)'', has since developed in several directions, including Tb-related research.

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Otago’s collaboration with Myanmar university moves into TB research

Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm

An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.

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Research investigates Tb immunity

Thursday, 31 October 2013 3:27pm

Former Otago University Students' Association president and Otago medical graduate Ayesha Verrall is still making good use of her experience with the association in her new role as an Indonesian-based medical researcher.

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Child health specialist to give address

Thursday, 24 October 2013 3:25pm

An internationally-respected child health specialist, Professor Kim Mulholland, will give a public talk on vaccine needs in developing countries at the upcoming Otago International Health Reseach Network Annual Conference.

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Detecting parasite eggs

Thursday, 17 October 2013 9:59am

Dr Stephen Sowerby, an affiliate of the Centre for International Health, has invented a new device for detecting small particles, like parasite eggs or pollen, in fluids.

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African fever patients commonly over-diagnosed with malaria

Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am

People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.

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2013 Health Research Excellence Awards

Thursday, 23 May 2013 3:24pm

Congratulations to Centre for International Health Co-Director Philip Hill and PhD Graduate Dr Susan Jack for their success at the 2013 Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern District Health Board Health Research Excellence Awards.

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University of Otago receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for groundbreaking research in global health and development

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 8:38am

The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Otago partners with University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar

Thursday, 31 January 2013 4:05pm

The University of Otago has signed an agreement with the University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) to collaborate on research, training, and capacity building in areas including infectious disease.

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Professor John Crump Channel 9 News interview

Thursday, 31 January 2013 3:23pm

Professor John Crump was today interviewed on Dunedin's Channel 9 News, about the University of Otago's newly announced agreement with the University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (Burma).

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Otago researchers in major new study of TB and diabetes epidemics

Monday, 3 December 2012 2:48pm

University of Otago expertise is set to play a key role in European Commission (EC) funded research into links between infectious and non-communicable diseases – in this case tuberculosis (TB) and type 2 diabetes.

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Graduate funded for tuberculosis study

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 3:23pm

University of Otago medical graduate Dr Ayesha Verrall has gained an NZ$250,000 scholarship to undertake research to help clarify why some people appear resistant to tuberculosis despite being heavily exposed. Professor Philip Hill, co-director of the Centre for International Health, will supervise her doctoral work.

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Otago tropical medicine expert receives prestigious award

Monday, 19 November 2012 12:23pm

A leading University of Otago tropical medicine researcher has received the highest honour of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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Dr Uzochukwu Egere, the Centre for International Health's first Master of Public Health graduate

Thursday, 4 October 2012 9:17am

I was born in rural Eastern Nigeria where my parents had been working as itinerant Anglican ministers. I therefore had my primary education in four different rural localities as the family moved around from year to year …

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Jabs for infants may protect whole communities: study

Saturday, 22 October 2011 3:22pm

Vaccinating children in Africa may protect their entire communities from pneumonia-related disease, a new study co-authored by Prof Philip Hill, of the Centre for International Health, suggests.

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Otago Appoints Professor of Global Health

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:32pm

An outstanding specialist on infectious diseases has been appointed to a second endowed professorial chair in the Centre for International Health at the University of Otago. He is Associate Professor John Crump, who currently heads a research centre in Tanzania for the Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Global Health Institute.

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Otago researcher helps identify gene linked to TB susceptibility in Africans

Monday, 16 August 2010 2:57pm

A University of Otago international health researcher is part of a consortium that has successfully used genome scanning to identify a gene associated with increased susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB) in African populations.

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Otago researchers join major international TB study

Friday, 11 June 2010 9:44am

The University of Otago’s Centre for International Health is joining a major global trial studying the effectiveness of a new treatment for latent tuberculosis (TB) that could help to eliminate the disease worldwide.

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University establishes new Global Health professorial post

Monday, 19 April 2010 2:57pm

The University of Otago has established a further professorial position to advance research aimed at improving health in under-resourced countries, thanks to a generous gift by a Dunedin couple.

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Otago research offers hope of fast TB test

Wednesday, 2 December 2009 3:20pm

University of Otago researchers are aiming to help develop a portable breath-test device which could cut the usual tuberculosis diagnosis time from weeks to minutes.

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Reunited with mentor

Wednesday, 18 March 2009 3:20pm

Nigerian paediatrician Dr Uzoh Egere is a long way from home, but there was one familiar face when he arrived in Dunedin recently.

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Feature guest: Philip Hill

Tuesday, 18 March 2008 3:51pm

Radio New Zealand
Philip Hill, infectious disease researcher based at Otago University Centre for International Health.

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Otago appoints international health research head

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 3:42pm

A gifted clinical epidemiologist has been appointed to lead New Zealand’s first Centre for International Health, which will focus on research and postgraduate training for developing countries.