Friday, 30 October 2020 1:04pm
Hearty congratulations to Dr Adam Middleton who has won a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship. With this funding Adam plans to figure out details of how cells break down proteins, and use this knowledge to develop new therapeutics, particularly for neurodegenerative diseases.
Friday, 30 October 2020 10:15am
A University of Otago researcher has been awarded a grant to undertake vital research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which she says disproportionately affects Māori in epidemic proportions.
Thursday, 29 October 2020 1:21pm
Thursday, 29 October 2020 4:27pm
The work of 22 University of Otago researchers has been recognised with Career Development Awards from the Health Research Council.
Thursday, 29 October 2020 1:43pm
Next August we will see the return of Dr Nathan Kenny to take up a Rutherford Fellowship, investigating genetic methods of mitigating the effects of climate change on green-lipped mussels and other shellfish.
Thursday, 22 October 2020 1:25pm
Dr Mona Elbalshy has been awarded a Freemasons Fellowship for her work into more affordable blood glucose monitoring, for the management of type 1 diabetes in children.
Thursday, 22 October 2020 9:34am
Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 8:28am
Receiving two Freemasons study awards on the same day was a real surprise for University of Otago Department of Paediatrics and Child Health researcher Dr Mona Elbalshy.
Friday, 16 October 2020 9:46am
The historic Drybread Cemetery will be the focus of the latest University of Otago and Southern Cemeteries Archaeology research project, planned to begin on 16 November 2020. On-site work is expected to take around 4 weeks, with subsequent bioarchaeological laboratory research expected to take a further twelve months.
Thursday, 15 October 2020 3:44pm
EDOR researchers have commented in the media this week on why obesity is not just about personal responsibility.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 2:44pm
Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 3:20pm
Third-year medical students have been given a unique opportunity to become field assistants for a COVID-19 research project, conducting virtual interviews with community groups about the impact of the pandemic on their organisations.
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 11:06am
A University of Otago study has shown adults low in dietary vitamin C can improve their feelings of vitality by eating two kiwifruit a day for two weeks.
Monday, 12 October 2020 12:39pm
If effective school zoning policies were widely applied, more adolescents would get valuable exercise walking or cycling to their nearest school, an Otago researcher says.
Friday, 9 October 2020 1:21pm
Leading specialists in addiction treatment, public health, health promotion and epidemiology are calling on New Zealanders to vote for cannabis law reform in the current referendum.
Thursday, 8 October 2020 1:16pm
The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021. Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.
Wednesday, 7 October 2020 10:23am
A world-first Otago study has revealed flash glucose monitors help youth with type 1 diabetes better monitor their blood sugar levels, but it does not improve glucose control.
Monday, 5 October 2020 4:35pm
Even before she came to Otago Gisela Kristono always knew she wanted to help people.
Friday, 2 October 2020 3:21pm
A breakthrough discovery combining two powerful technologies looks set to help doctors intervene earlier and perhaps prevent heart failure in at risk patients, who have already had a heart attack.
Thursday, 1 October 2020 3:37pm
Sir Eion Edgar, benefactor and advisory board chair for the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, is an avid supporter of health research. A recent interview offers insight into why supporting research is important to him.
Thursday, 1 October 2020 11:41am
Yesterday Otago Biochemistry marked Professor Tony Merriman's departure from the Department with an informal morning tea. Professor Merriman is moving to a research position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Thursday, 1 October 2020 4:33pm
University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 11:15am
An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading on to heart disease.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 1:31pm
A FREE hybrid event showcasing the latest achievements in bioengineering and medical technologies.
Monday, 28 September 2020 10:12am
University of Otago researchers are providing a cautious prediction that the majority of voters will support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 in next month’s assisted dying referendum.
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 1:45pm
Professor Jeremy Krebs, Endocrinologist and EDOR researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, was part of the research team who carried out a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a digital health programme for self-management of diabetes and prediabetes
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 11:01am
Instagram users who post self-harm content online are choosing ambiguous hashtags in an attempt to circumvent the social media platform’s ban on harmful content, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.
Friday, 18 September 2020 9:03am
People who smoke are increasingly using e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.
Thursday, 17 September 2020 2:00pm
A Christchurch research group whose work has changed the way clinicians around the globe diagnose and treat heart conditions has won the University of Otago 2020 Research Group Award.
Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:08am
University of Otago alumnus Mark Brosnan is gifting $10,000 worth of surgical masks to the University’s Dunedin Department of Medicine.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 12:28pm
Dr Lisa Te Morenga, EDOR researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, has been awarded an HRC Health Delivery Research Grant.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 2:03pm
Much has been said of late about Medical School admissions at the University of Otago and our Mirror on Society Policy.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:51pm
Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the HRC’s new Health Delivery Research portfolio.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:06am
Ten Otago proposals awarded funding from the Health Research Council’s new Health Delivery Research Investment round.
Friday, 11 September 2020 4:12pm
Two University of Otago proposals have been awarded over NZ$27 million in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Endeavour Fund 2020 grants.
Friday, 11 September 2020 3:01pm
Members of the department have made appearances in TV and newspaper articles over the past couple of weeks, giving a spotlight to their areas of research.
Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:59pm
Professor Jim Mann comments on the recent UNICEF report on child health, which ranks New Zealand second to worst out of 41 countries for childhood obesity.
Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:49pm
Last week Otago Biochemistry gathered together to listen to the fourth-year biochemistry students presenting work from their first year at the coal-face of biomedical research.
Friday, 28 August 2020 9:50am
The number of people hospitalised because of assaults over the weekend reduced significantly following restrictions on late-night alcohol sales, new research from the University of Otago shows.
Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:31pm
The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington will help lead efforts to secure a COVID-19 vaccine for New Zealand as part of the newly established Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo.
Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:32pm
This week marks six months since New Zealand’s first COVID-19 case was identified on February 26.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 12:24pm
A simple blood test could identify seemingly-healthy people with a high hidden risk of heart disease thanks to a world-first discovery by University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.
Monday, 24 August 2020 1:34pm
Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.
Monday, 24 August 2020 11:47am
Professor John Broughton (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga), who has now retired from his position in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM).
Thursday, 20 August 2020 8:55am
The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged global co-operation and highlighted the importance of science-based policy in preventing the devastating impact on communities and economies by novel infectious diseases, according to the winner of the University of Otago’s highest honour.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 2:23pm
Some people turn their fruit and vege peels into compost. Some turn them into garbage. But new University of Otago PhD graduate Dr Risha Jasmine Nathan has spent the last three and a half years learning how to turn those peels into purifiers.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 12:39pm
Two students studying at Otago Biochemistry have recently received scholarships to support their postgraduate research – one can now pursue a PhD in the USA, and the other will be supported while they add a year of research to their medical education.
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 2:33pm
In infectious disease outbreaks, digital contact tracing alone could reduce the number of cases, but not as much as manual contact tracing, new University of Otago-led research published in the Cochrane Library reveals.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 11:52am
An increased level of fructose intake during pregnancy can cause significant changes in maternal metabolic function and milk composition and alter the metabolism of their offspring, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:48am
A renowned Otago researcher has been named one of two new co-editors in chief for leading global quarterly journal Bioarchaeology International.
Friday, 14 August 2020 9:30am
Christchurch researchers investigating the ongoing impact of mosque attacks, a better test for Legionnaires’ disease, and ways of predicting dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients are among the recipients of more than $830,000 of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) funding.
Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:00am
A group of Otago Medical School student researchers were awarded scholarships this week, showing there’s a bright future for medical research in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:52am
Monday, 10 August 2020 11:01am
There are likely to be several hundred Māori unaware they are at high risk of an inherited form of stomach cancer and a New Zealand research team is hopeful updated international clinical practice guidelines they helped develop will encourage these people to be tested.
Friday, 7 August 2020 10:56am
An initial test of the University of Otago’s contact tracing system for COVID-19 has produced promising results after most contacts identified in the emergency exercise scenario of a visiting international professor to the Dunedin campus were able to be tracked down.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm
Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:50am
Researchers developing a faster and less painful way of diagnosing Legionnaires’ disease are among the recipients of almost $1million in Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) grants.
Thursday, 6 August 2020 9:29am
In a world first, University of Otago scientists in partnership with Ngātiwai iwi and a global team of collaborators have sequenced the genome of the tuatara – a rare reptile whose ancestors once roamed the earth with dinosaurs.
Wednesday, 5 August 2020 11:54am
EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor has been interviewed by RNZ on the use of intermittant fasting.
Wednesday, 5 August 2020 10:48am
The world of drug-cheating in sports is set for major disruption with the formation of InsituGen, a start-up company which will supply anabolic drug testing kits developed at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Monday, 3 August 2020 2:17pm
Raising the standard of cardiovascular care in New Zealand’s retirement sector is the focus of a New Zealand first, joint initiative between Ryman Healthcare, The Heart Foundation of NZ and the Christchurch Heart Institute.
Monday, 3 August 2020 11:53am
For the first time, the Gama Foundation has recognised two people at once for their efforts in being the ‘Critic and Conscience of Society’ – both University of Otago academic staff members.
Monday, 3 August 2020 1:23pm
Welcome back to our tauira! We hope you are looking forward to semester two studies and catching up with your mates. If you need support, come and see us and/or apply for the tautoko hardship fund. Read more about the Māori response to COVID-19 and Urutā in this article too.