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Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship awarded to Otago Biochemist

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.

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‘Epidemic’ of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among Māori to come under spotlight

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.

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Margaretha Situmorang

Thursday, 29 October 2020 1:21pm

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Otago health careers development boosted by $2.7 million

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.

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Dr Nathan Kenny returns as Rutherford Fellow

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.

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Freemasons Fellowship for glucose monitoring research in children with diabetes

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.

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Eliminating COVID-19: what the world can learn from NZ and Taiwan

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.

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Child Healthcare gets a major boost from Freemasons Fellowship

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.

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Dates announced for Drybread Cemetery Bioarchaeology Project

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.

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Obesity in the New Zealand election spotlight

Thursday, 15 October 2020 3:44pm

EDOR researchers have commented in the media this week on why obesity is not just about personal responsibility.

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Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

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.

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Medical students capture New Zealanders’ COVID-19 experiences

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.

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Otago study shows whole fruit vitamin C boosts ‘zest for life’

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.

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School zoning could increase adolescent exercise rates, Otago researcher

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.

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Public health experts urge a ‘yes’ vote in cannabis referendum

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.

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Otago’s first female Vice-Chancellor to leave after a decade

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.

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New tech sees teens with diabetes improve glucose monitoring, but not control

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.

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Ones to Watch: Gisela Kristono

Monday, 5 October 2020 4:35pm

Even before she came to Otago Gisela Kristono always knew she wanted to help people. 

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Breakthrough findings may help prevent heart failure after a heart attack

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.

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Find out why Sir Eion Edgar supports health research

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.

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Farewell to Professor Tony Merriman

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.

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Making a world of difference

Thursday, 1 October 2020 4:33pm

University of Otago academics and alumnae have been named as finalists in the Women of Influence awards.

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Study identifies exercise as key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease

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.

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Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine Showcase announced

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 1:31pm

A FREE hybrid event showcasing the latest achievements in bioengineering and medical technologies.

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Otago experts analyse potential result of End of Life Choice referendum

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.

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Digital health programmes for diabetes - are they effective?

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

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Self-harm content on Instagram: “self-harm or self-help?”

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.

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Smokers increasingly using e-cigarettes to quit, survey shows

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.

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Christchurch cardiac research group wins University’s premier award

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.

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Otago alumnus donates surgical masks to help University fight pandemic

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. 

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HRC grant will improve health services for rangatahi Māori and their whānau

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.

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Otago University medical admission joint statement

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.

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Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

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.

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Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:06am

Ten Otago proposals awarded funding from the Health Research Council’s new Health Delivery Research Investment round.

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Otago research rewarded with NZ$27.4 million in Endeavour Fund grants

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.

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Department of Medicine in the media

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.

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New Zealand ranks poorly on childhood obesity in UNICEF child health report

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.

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44th Meeting of the Biochemistry Department Research Society

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.

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Alcohol-related assaults in NZ decline after restrictions on late-night alcohol sales

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.

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Vaccine alliance for national COVID-19 vaccine screening and development programme

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.

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6 months after New Zealand’s first COVID-19 case, it’s time for a more strategic approach.

Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:32pm

This week marks six months since New Zealand’s first COVID-19 case was identified on February 26.

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World-first study on blood hormone could help reduce cardiovascular deaths

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.

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He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2020

Monday, 24 August 2020 1:34pm

Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

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Professor John Broughton Retires

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).

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Infectious diseases expert awarded University’s highest honour

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.

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Food peels pure science for new PhD graduate

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.

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Outstanding Otago Biochemistry student researchers win scholarships

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.

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Digital contact tracing alone may not be miracle answer for COVID-19

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.

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High fructose diet in pregnancy impacts metabolism of offspring, study finds

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.

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Otago star picked as editor for international journal

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.

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Christchurch researchers secure lion’s share of new health funding

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.

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Future research in safe hands at Otago Medical School

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.

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Brad Brosnan

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 10:52am

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Research team hopes Māori lives will be saved with new testing criteria for stomach cancer

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.

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Otago University’s contact tracing system shows promising results in test scenario

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.

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Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates

Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm

Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

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Christchurch researchers secure lion’s share of almost $1million in funding

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.

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First sequencing of tuatara genome opens vault to evolutionary secrets

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.

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Is intermittant fasting for you?

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 11:54am

EDOR director Professor Rachael Taylor has been interviewed by RNZ on the use of intermittant fasting.

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Kiwi start-up to target drug cheats in sport with innovative technology

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.

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NZ’s aged care sector to gain from new cardiovascular research focus

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.

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Otago experts deemed ‘critic and conscience’ of society

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.

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Updates form the NTMHRU, post COVID-19

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.