Monday, 21 October 2019 12:29pm
Children in Central Otago learned about the wonders of the human brain earlier this month, thanks to an initiative by Brain Research New Zealand, and volunteers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.
Friday, 18 October 2019 4:05pm
EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins the Royal Society Te Apārangi Hamilton Award, which was presented at the Research Honours Awards Aotearoa in Dunedin on the 17th October, 2019.
Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:12am
The impact of legalising euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move.
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:03pm
Relevant experience is not something the University of Otago’s new Head of Department of General Practice and Rural Health is lacking.
Friday, 11 October 2019 1:42pm
The Cost of Food panel discussion, held at the Evidence to Everyday symposium on 20 September, 2019, was recorded by Radio NZ and is now available on their website.
Social audit as a social accountability mechanism for strengthening governance and service delivery in Nepal
Friday, 11 October 2019 9:57am
Social audit is a mechanism used to hold frontline health service providers accountable. This study explored the role of social audit in facilitating direct accountability between service providers and community.
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 2:29pm
A prominent neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a wealth of international experience has been named the new Dean of the University of Otago medical school.
Friday, 4 October 2019 2:15pm
All academic staff in the Division of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for the Translational Research Grant.
Friday, 4 October 2019 9:24am
Public health measures to reduce obesity rates would help slow the rising burden of costs associated with knee osteoarthritis, projected to almost double to $370 million by 2038.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:44am
Professor Jim Mann has commented on a series of reviews suggesting that there are very few health benefits to cutting your consumption of red and processed meat.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:56am
A cannabidiol gel has been shown to reduce epileptic seizures in children in a clinical trial conducted in New Zealand and Australia.
New Zealand could be lifeboat to save humanity from extinction in a catastrophic pandemic, researchers say
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 10:32am
New Zealand, Australia and Iceland could act as island refuges to save humanity from extinction in the event of a catastrophic global pandemic, researchers have found.
Monday, 30 September 2019 3:22pm
In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).
Monday, 30 September 2019 11:08am
Otago Biochemistry research into a seaweed protein and ice formation have inspired the creation of two beautiful artworks: a knitted cowl and a piece of contemporary embroidery, part of a recent exhibition of art inspired by science held at the Otago Museum.
Monday, 30 September 2019 2:49pm
A formal ceremonial and multicultural celebration was held at the University of Otago, Wellington in July, to mark the official opening of the school's first Pacific Office.
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:21pm
When Anne Fitzpatrick, an assistant research fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington, got the chance to give a personal account of surviving polio to the readers of the New Zealand Medical Journal’s online Digest, she leapt at the opportunity to tell her story.
Wednesday, 25 September 2019 12:06pm
A quintessential Kiwi landscape usually includes green pastures dotted with livestock munching on healthy, vibrant grass.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 9:12am
The low FODMAP diet, a diet low in carbohydrates that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating and stomach pain, is a useful treatment in children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems, new University of Otago research confirms.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 3:26pm
Yesterday, the newly-minted University of Otago Postdoctoral Association hosted a very successful careers symposium for early career scientists. The keynote address was given by Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.
Monday, 23 September 2019 3:10pm
Patrons and workers continue to be exposed to hazardous tobacco smoke in bars, restaurants and cafés, despite legislation designed to protect them, researchers have found.
Friday, 20 September 2019 1:24pm
"From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa", a symposium organised by the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, was held on Friday 20 September, 2019, at the Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington.
Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:35pm
The Department of Anatomy held its annual Thanksgiving Service in Dunedin recently. Family and friends of our donors, along with staff and students attended the service to honour and remember those generous people who have donated their body to medical science teaching and research.
Wednesday, 18 September 2019 3:22pm
Otago Biochemistry is celebrating this week after finding out that Associate Professor Richard Macknight and Dr Lynette Brownfield have successfully won funding from the Endeavour Fund for their project to improve New Zealand’s most important source of food for cows and sheep: ryegrass.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:43pm
Some of the country’s best medical teaching and teachers were celebrated this week at the University's Dunedin School of Medicine 2019 Teaching Awards.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:28am
University of Otago scientists have been awarded almost NZ$38.5 million from the Government’s Endeavour Fund to tackle major issues from climate change to antimicrobial resistance.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 9:55am
Queenstown Research Week this year was bustling with Otago Biochemistry researchers, who contributed as invited speakers, poster presenters, general delegates, and organisers. The biological science extravaganza is a cluster of meetings co-ordinated into one week, held each September. Attendees come to learn about the latest research carried out around New Zealand, do a little science networking, and enjoy the bonus of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.
Monday, 16 September 2019 8:36am
Some of the country’s best medical teaching and teachers were celebrated this week at the University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine 2019 Teaching Awards.
Monday, 16 September 2019 10:35am
New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:48am
Smokers are less likely to display packs of cigarettes and tobacco on tables at cafés and bars now that standardised packs with larger graphic health warnings have been introduced, according to a new study.
Monday, 9 September 2019 4:05pm
The Spring 2019 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter
Monday, 9 September 2019 12:02pm
I tērā wiki i whakanui mātou Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
Thursday, 5 September 2019 9:08am
A University of Otago scientist is concerned there could be a considerable number of Kiwis unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer as Pharmac is looking to fund Alecensa, a drug to treat this particular cancer.
Wednesday, 4 September 2019 12:43pm
Three Otago researchers are set to compete in Falling Walls Lab New Zealand this month.
Monday, 2 September 2019 12:33pm
The new interim National Director of Cancer Control, University of Otago academic Professor Diana Sarfati, believes lives will be saved as a result of the new National Cancer Action Plan.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 9:01am
Is there a solution to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? One answer may be found by studying the world’s largest and most brutal army, new University of Otago microbiology research shows.
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 8:55am
New Zealand’s adult-centred health system appears ill-equipped to meet the needs of chronically sick young people, a University of Otago study has found.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:04pm
Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:14pm
Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took micronutrients had lower levels of a bacteria linked to the psychological disorder, and a healthier range of bugs in their gut overall, new research shows.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:50am
The mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks in part to work done by a University of Otago palaeopathologist.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 8:57am
University of Otago cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand.
Friday, 16 August 2019 11:18am
New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has shed light on the declining use of cannabis use by teens.
Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:47am
Dunedin neuroscientist and physiologist Dr Karl Iremonger has been awarded the 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.
Thursday, 15 August 2019 2:53pm
A breakthrough in monkey malaria research by two University of Otago scientists could help scientists diagnose and treat a relapsing form of human malaria.
Thursday, 15 August 2019 2:58pm
Almost 20 per cent of hospital admissions of young children with acute respiratory infections could be prevented if their houses were free from damp and mould, researchers have found.
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:02pm
Moving house is linked with increases in emotional and behavioural difficulties in four-year-olds, with the problems compounding each time a family moves, researchers have found.
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 10:53am
In an interview with Jack Tame on TVNZ's Q + A programme last night, Professor Peter Dearden clearly explained why it is time for New Zealand to re-think genetic technologies.
Monday, 12 August 2019 10:43pm
A formal ceremonial and multicultural celebration was held at the University of Otago, Wellington late last month, to mark the official opening of the school’s first Pacific Office.
Friday, 9 August 2019 7:04pm
It was only a “few” years ago Dr Susan Wardell was watching her supervisor be awarded the OUSA Supervisor of the Year. Now it has come full circle, with Dr Wardell being given the top nod at the awards.
Friday, 9 August 2019 11:39am
New University of Otago research into tell-tale markers of cancer cells could help doctors identify whether the cells are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.
Friday, 9 August 2019 10:23am
We are all familiar with the common myth that fish have poor memory, but it turns that their DNA has the capacity to hold much more memory than that of humans.
Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:35pm
A Dementia Prevention Research Clinic has officially opened in Christchurch, providing affected Cantabrians access to detailed neurological assessments and the opportunity to be part of a study aimed at identifying factors influencing the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Statement from New Zealand public health experts on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs (relating to Consumer NZ poll)
Thursday, 8 August 2019 2:56pm
The new Consumer NZ Poll shows the majority of the New Zealand public support banning drug advertising, otherwise known as direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines (DTCA).
Tuesday, 6 August 2019 12:20pm
Tuesday, 6 August 2019 10:53am
People living in the Pacific Islands are dying regularly from highly treatable cancers because of a lack of cancer care services around the region, researchers say.
Monday, 5 August 2019 8:25pm
Robotic spiders and endometrial cancer – two very different topics, but two very happy graduate students.
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.
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:45pm
When Dr Judith Bateup recognised New Zealand school leavers had an alarming lack of microbiology knowledge she decided to do something about it.
Friday, 26 July 2019 12:31pm
A ground-breaking University of Otago study has found Māori experience disproportionately higher rates of subsequent injuries within two years of their initial injury.
Friday, 26 July 2019 12:44pm
A device that could help decrease the global burden of unwanted pregnancy has been invented by University of Otago academics.
Friday, 26 July 2019 9:13am
The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic officially opened in Christchurch today (26 July) – the third in a national network of clinics established by Brain Research New Zealand| Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ).
Friday, 26 July 2019 9:39am
A device that could help decrease the global burden of unwanted pregnancy has won Otago Innovation Ltd’s $60,000 Proof of Concept competition for 2019.
Thursday, 25 July 2019 9:46am
Staff and students from the University of Otago, Christchurch visited a Hare Krishna temple recently as part of an initiative to raise awareness of different cultures.
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 9:51am
A record number of Christchurch staff were presented with the campus’ highest award for research excellence at this year’s celebration of campus success and spirit.
Friday, 19 July 2019 9:23am
New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:24pm
Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Otago researchers call for gender binary in elite sports to be abandoned to cater for trans-athletes
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:50am
Existing gender categories in sport should perhaps be abandoned in favour of a more 'nuanced' approach in the new transgender era, University of Otago researchers say.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 8:59am
National Bowel Screening age limit harms Māori - Dr Sue Crengle talks to the ODT
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 3:43pm
EDOR researchers comment on a mental health and life expectancy report published in The Lancet.
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:23pm
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers played a key role in new global research showing the causes of the eating disorder anorexia are likely metabolic as well as psychological.
Monday, 15 July 2019 12:59pm
Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 per cent are using them currently, a national survey has found.
Friday, 12 July 2019 9:14am
University of Otago mental health experts are upset another Government has missed an opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm, by taking a recommendation from the recent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction off the agenda.
Thursday, 11 July 2019 2:11pm
A University of Otago-led study is heralding advances in our understanding of one of the most startling transformations in the natural world – the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish.
Friday, 5 July 2019 10:30am
The University of Otago, Christchurch recently played host to more than 200 mental health professionals keen to learn about the Muslim faith and how to better support patients.
Thursday, 4 July 2019 10:14pm
The University of Otago, Christchurch recently opened its doors to more than 200 Canterbury secondary school students to showcase the campus and options for a career in health science.
Thursday, 4 July 2019 12:04pm
Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:21am
Eliminating waiting times for cataract surgery would be a cost-effective health system intervention, largely driven by the falls prevention benefits related to improved vision, a just-published New Zealand study has found.
Friday, 28 June 2019 9:05am
New Zealanders played crucial roles in a global pneumonia study pinpointing the deadliest forms of viruses and bacteria, and identifying one vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies and young children.
Friday, 28 June 2019 9:20am
Cycling at the end of July may not be everybody's cup of tea but when you are raising money for the Heart Foundation and doing it indoors, anyone can join in – and you don't even have to wear lycra!
Thursday, 27 June 2019 3:40pm
Gay, lesbian and bisexual New Zealanders are on average more than twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as heterosexuals, new research shows.
Otago Biochemistry receives $3.6 million for research into gout, neurodegenerative disease, and new antibiotics
Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:19am
Three projects lead by principal investigators based in Otago Biochemistry have been awarded funding of about $1.2 million each, which will push forward exciting research at the molecular level that will one day underpin improved treatments for a diverse range of diseases.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 9:40am
Beta blockers, smoking cessation, stress suppression in motherhood and synthetic cannabinoid signalling are just a few of the areas of University of Otago Division of Health Sciences research to receive a total of almost $35 million in funding this year from the Health Research Council.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 1:49pm
Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori - including our very own Dr Emma Wyeth.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 3:10pm
Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 4:06pm
Climate change and its impact on people’s health and using DNA to help predict who may suffer heart failure are just two of many University of Otago-led research projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of more than $40 million.
Wednesday, 26 June 2019 2:34pm
With successful operations in the small Otago towns of Milton and Lawrence complete, the University of Otago’s Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project is now looking to partner with the historic Drybread Cemetery, deep in the heart of Central Otago.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 2:32pm
A 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks has cut the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10 per cent in places it has been introduced, a just published major review shows.
Monday, 24 June 2019 1:44pm
We were so privileged to host the fantastic Dr Donna Cormack last Monday who presented about data (in)justice and Māori data sovereignty in a datafied world.
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 3:04pm
Infant sleep and nutrition studies, co-led by EDOR Director Professor Taylor, have gained significant funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:13am
A postgraduate distance education paper in Obesity Prevention and Management run by the University of Otago, Wellington has enlisted help from some hard hitters in a quest to improve the management of patients in the community.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 1:06pm
Smartphone apps and pain management websites could fill a significant gap in helping to support the one in five New Zealanders living with chronic or persistent pain, a pain researcher from the University of Otago, Wellington says.
Friday, 14 June 2019 11:25am
Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.
Friday, 14 June 2019 2:50pm
Two new EDOR Professors have delivered their inaugural professorial lectures.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 3:10pm
Researchers are warning that lead-based ammunition is posing a risk to firearms’ users and their families, with a culture of denial about the issue among the firearms community.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 11:35am
The first New Zealand-wide study of the burden of Legionnaires' disease has found triple the number of cases of this form of pneumonia than previously reported.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 8:42am
For the second year in a row, Sarah Donald has received a prize in the Dunedin School of Medicine’s postgraduate poster competition.
Friday, 7 June 2019 9:50am
Employees turning up to work hungover, or not turning up at all, cost New Zealand $1.65 billion per year, a University of Otago study has found.
Friday, 7 June 2019 10:21am
A large quantitative research study has found using the terms ‘weight’ or ‘high BMI (body mass index)’ to describe excess fatness was rated as less stigmatising and less blaming than commonly used medical terms, such as ‘fat’ or ‘obese’.
Thursday, 6 June 2019 1:19pm
Emma Muir graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in May, wearing a beautiful dress that she painstakingly hand-embroidered herself.
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:52pm
Researchers from the Department of Biochemistry had a great time sharing their research with the rest of the Otago School of Biomedical Sciences last week at the annual BMS Postgraduate Symposium held at the Otago Museum.
Thursday, 30 May 2019 4:24pm
Neurosurgeon Professor Dirk De Ridder has been awarded the prestigious Dean's Medal at the annual Health Research Excellence Awards, for his work on neuromodulation to treat brain conditions ranging from addiction to Parkinson's Disease.
Thursday, 30 May 2019 10:03am
EDOR staff have featured at Health Research Excellence Awards.
Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:51am
EDOR co-director Kirsten Coppell is concerned about the effect of the environment on health, and has co-authored a report listing key policy recommendations to increase active transport in New Zealand.
Thursday, 23 May 2019 4:43pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered that high-intensity exercise can reduce or reverse the loss in heart function caused by type 2 diabetes.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:33am
OPINION: Online comment from some local gun lobbyists after the Christchurch shooting bypassed sympathy and jumped straight to worries about government "taking our guns away". Despite such attitudes, firearm owners are happy for the rest of us to subsidise them through our taxes.
Friday, 17 May 2019 11:59am
EDOR benefactor and advisory board chair, Sir Eion Edgar, is busy raising funds to support those with diabetes in New Zealand.
Friday, 17 May 2019 9:23am
Cats and farm animals are making their presence felt in classrooms, with allergens rubbing off children’s clothes and on to classroom carpets, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm
An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:42pm
For the second year in a row there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases of HIV in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:30am
Loneliness, social isolation and burnt-out carers are pushing physically and mentally well elderly into aged care facilities, a University of Otago, Christchurch, study has found.
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 1:57pm
Congratulations to everyone who graduated with a degree from the Otago Biochemistry Department on Saturday.
Friday, 10 May 2019 10:52am
Joyce Guo and Noeline Venter were among 10 University of Otago students who were selected to present their research at the 248th scientific meeting of the Otago Medical School Research Society.
Thursday, 9 May 2019 12:02pm
When Dr Kate Amore began researching homelessness for her PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington, the country was in denial that the issue was even a problem, she says.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 10:01am
As New Zealand considers a bill looking to legalise euthanasia, an Otago University ethicist considers it’s time to shine the light on the ethical complications surrounding body donation and assisted dying.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 2:14pm
Our two assistant research fellows Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty flew the ditch last week to go the the 17th Qualitative Methods Conference in Brisbane.
Otago bioarchaeologist’s 1,000-year-old discovery unravels clues about use of psychoactive plants for ritual purposes
Tuesday, 7 May 2019 12:17pm
An Otago bioarchaeologist was among a group of international archaeologists who made an exciting discovery of a “ritual bundle” in Bolivia and using chemical analysis helped unravel clues about the use of psychoactive plants for ritual purposes in the South American country a thousand years ago.
Thursday, 2 May 2019 9:42am
EDOR Director Professor Rachael Taylor delivered her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the 30 April, 2019.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 8:32am
An Otago alumna has led a study into spinal surgery for children with cerebral palsy in the UK, which has proven it helps them walk and reduces pain, triggering the UK Government to fund the procedure.
Monday, 29 April 2019 3:50pm
The authors of a University of Otago report on active transport say urgent steps must be taken to encourage New Zealanders to walk, cycle or take public transport, with our use of cars harming both our health and our environment.
Monday, 29 April 2019 11:14am
In what is possibly a New Zealand first, the University’s largest ever construction project is being led by a team of women.
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 9:56am
The Autumn 2019 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter