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‘Quake brain’ study could give insight into future effects of COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, 3 June 2020 12:27pm

‘Quake brain’ is a real phenomenon that impairs people’s memory even years after the shaking stops, a world-leading study from the University of Otago, Christchurch has shown.

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Health of truck drivers and evening TV binge-watchers under Otago researchers’ spotlight

Friday, 29 May 2020 11:46am

The health and safety of truck drivers and the impacts of evening television binge-watching will come under the spotlight in new University of Otago research being funded by the Health Research Council.

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HRC Emerging Researcher grants for EDOR members

Friday, 29 May 2020 10:51am

The HRC announced their 2020 Emerging Researcher grant recipients this week and EDOR members feature in two of the eight grants awarded to University of Otago applicants.

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Protecting young people from smoking uptake as the tobacco industry targets a new generation

Friday, 29 May 2020 11:28am

The tobacco industry is targeting a new generation of smokers with sophisticated marketing designed to associate smoking with rebellion, social prestige and attractiveness, researchers from the tobacco control research centre ASPIRE 2025, at the University of Otago, say.

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Increase in HIV cases, but decline in numbers first diagnosed in New Zealand

Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:31pm

After two years of declining numbers of HIV cases in New Zealand, there was a slight increase in 2019, but many of these cases were first diagnosed overseas.

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Otago and ESR collaboration gets funding to track COVID-19 spread and evolution in NZ

Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:42am

A collaboration between Otago and ESR has received a substantial government grant to lead an international team of scientists to sequence the genomes of all of New Zealand’s positive COVID-19 cases and track how the virus spread across New Zealand.

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Otago Biochemistry Emerging Researcher to investigate genetics of kidney disease and gout specific to Māori and Pacific people

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 10:09am

Congratulations to Otago Biochemistry Research Fellow Dr Megan Leask, who has been awarded an HRC Emerging Research First Grant to investigate genes associated with chronic kidney disease and gout in Māori and Pacific people.

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New insights into vaping uptake among Māori and Pacific peoples

Monday, 25 May 2020 11:08am

Māori and Pasifika who have not been able to quit smoking may need more support to move from smoking to vaping, researchers from the University of Otago and Māori public health collective Hāpai Te Hauora have found.

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Otago research shines spotlight on health woes of Mururoa veterans and their children

Friday, 22 May 2020 11:30am

Cancers are prevalent among Mururoa veterans who witnessed the French atmospheric nuclear explosions in 1973 while many of their children have fertility problems, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Responding to the global pandemic – Otago’s story

Friday, 22 May 2020 1:03pm

As the University re-opens under Alert Level 2, and life takes on a new normal following the COVID-19 lockdown, Communications Adviser (Projects) Sean Flaherty takes a closer look at Otago's ongoing response to the global pandemic.

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Whole grains and diabetes study features on Radio NZ

Thursday, 21 May 2020 3:34pm

Dr Andrew Reynolds was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan at Radio NZ about his study showing that unprocessed whole grains are more beneficial for adults with Type 2 diabetes.

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Christchurch campus redevelopment update

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:38pm

The next stage of the redevelopment of the University’s Christchurch Campus is about to begin.

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Teens shocked by suicide portrayal in ‘13 Reasons Why’ study finds

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:40pm

Teenagers interviewed about their views on the suicide portrayed in the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why report being shocked by the graphic detail of the scene, which they saw as excessive, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

Monday, 18 May 2020 10:05am

Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease – sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.

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Public welcomed back to face-to-face Otago University health clinics

Friday, 15 May 2020 3:59pm

New Zealand’s move to Alert Level 2 means many Otago University health clinics will now be open to the public.

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Otago welcomes students back, seeking “collective responsibility”

Friday, 15 May 2020 11:27am

The University of Otago is delighted to welcome back students to all its campuses and colleges after they played a major role, and made their own sacrifices, when the nation united against COVID-19.

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Lou Fangupo

Thursday, 14 May 2020 12:28pm

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The meeting of two pandemics: Kirsten Coppell talks diabetes and COVID-19

Thursday, 14 May 2020 1:02pm

Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell, EDOR researcher and public health physician, has co-authored a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal on the meeting of two pandemics - COVID-19 and diabetes.

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Christchurch researchers asking parents what information they need about COVID-19 and children’s health.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 12:26pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers and paediatricians are launching an urgent study to understand what information parents need to understand and feel reassured about COVID-19 and its potential impact on children.

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Otago researchers fast-track app for bowel disease sufferers in new COVID-19 era

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 11:03am

The advent of COVID-19 has resulted in University of Otago researchers, in collaboration with others in New Zealand, fast-tracking development of a smartphone application (app) to help improve care for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (also called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), as fewer of them will be able to meet with specialists.

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COVID-19 catalyst for significant change in general practice: Otago experts

Monday, 11 May 2020 6:28pm

COVID-19 may well be the catalyst for significant change in how general practice operates in New Zealand in future, according to University of Otago general practice experts.

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Dying New Zealanders should be trusted to make decisions about assisted dying

Friday, 8 May 2020 1:28pm

Dying New Zealanders think they can and should be trusted to know what’s right and wrong for them when it comes to end of life decision-making.

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Opinion: Otago Trainee Interns on COVID-19 in Peru

Friday, 8 May 2020 9:20am

Two of Otago’s Medical Trainee Interns describe their time spent in COVID-19 lockdown in Peru and their anxious wait to come home.

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Giving sports teams an edge

Thursday, 7 May 2020 10:01pm

Professional footballers are used to having their fitness assessed, so when three first team players from the Wellington Phoenix visit the University of Otago, Wellington (pre-lockdown) for a state-of-the-art full body scan, they are unfazed.

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Marine Studies Centre Activities go online 

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 9:48pm

For more than 20 years, Otago's New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (NZMSC) has played a key role connecting communities with their local marine environment through a wide range of outreach and education programmes and resources. Now it is doing the same thing - online.

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Select staff return to campus under Level 3

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 9:46pm

The Otago Bulletin Board meets some of the staff able to return to campus in Alert Level 3.

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New Zealanders in international study of COVID-19’s impact on depression and other mood disorders

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 3:08pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers are part of an urgent international effort to understand how isolation and disruption of routines associated with COVID-19 are affecting people with mood disorders.

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He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2020

Tuesday, 5 May 2020 12:51pm

Welcome to the Autumn 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with recent highlights from the Wellington campus.

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Participate in the COVID-19 food survey

Thursday, 30 April 2020 10:25am

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research member Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Victoria University of Wellington, is involved in a worldwide survey on how COVID-19 has changed the way we cook and eat.

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COVID-19 vaccine likely 12 to 18 months away Otago expert claims

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 12:35pm

Development of a COVID-19 vaccine is at best 12 to 18 months away, according to University of Otago infectious disease specialist Professor David Murdoch.

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Alice Cox

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 2:49pm

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Sending children back to school: as safe as it’s ever been, doctors say

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:02am

With a lack of CoVID-19 circulating in our community, fewer other viruses and bacteria than usual, and good systems for detection and contact tracing in place, it is as safe as it has ever been for children to attend school.

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Tyler McCourt wins the 2020 Joan Mary Anderson Award

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:06am

Otago Biochemistry MSc student Tyler McCourt has been awarded the 2020 Joan Mary Anderson Award in Plant science.

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Large numbers of NZ military personnel suffer post-traumatic stress, Otago research reveals

Friday, 24 April 2020 12:15pm

The first wide-ranging survey of New Zealand military personnel shows many suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) though greater length of service, psychological flexibility (resilience) and quality sleep may be protective factors.

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University of Otago announces Pūtea Tautoko hardship fund for students

Friday, 24 April 2020 2:05pm

The University of Otago is committing $1.5 million as an initial investment to support Otago students facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global outbreak.

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Splashes and high-fives for Wellington staff at (pre-lockdown) Dragon Boat Festival

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:53am

Much laughter and camaraderie was shared when a team of 20 staff and students from the University of Otago, Wellington banded together to compete in the Dragon Boat Festival on Wellington Harbour on 7 March.

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What it is like to have COVID-19: Otago academic shares her story

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 8:06pm

Dr Rachelle Martin, a researcher and lecturer in the University of Otago Wellington’s Department of Medicine was one of two people to share their COVID-19 story with New Zealand Doctor. We re-publish this article with permission.

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Christchurch staff continue Te Reo lessons online

Monday, 20 April 2020 11:59am

Professor Doug Sellman of the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus runs a weekly te reo Māori class for his colleagues. These are continuing via Zoom during lockdown. Communications Adviser Kim Thomas is one of about 20 Christchurch staff taking part and shares her experiences with the Otago Bulletin Board.

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Otago researchers making major contribution to Covid-19 response

Friday, 17 April 2020 12:35pm

A University of Otago molecular biologist has received new Government funding of $235,746 for Covid-19 related research to develop an effective point-of-care test for the infectious disease.

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Prescription medicines with potential for foetal harm: how often are they used during pregnancy in New Zealand?

Friday, 17 April 2020 11:03am

The use of prescription medicines during pregnancy that carry an increased risk of foetal harm was generally low, but increased in New Zealand over an 11-year period according to PhD candidate Dr Sarah Donald and other University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.

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Professor David Murdoch discusses a COVID-19 vaccine

Thursday, 16 April 2020 12:45pm

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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Potential food insecurity issues highlighted by COVID-19 shortages

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 2:32pm

Professor Jim Mann has highlighted an important aspect of food security in New Zealand, as revealed in the flour shortages reported during COVID-19.

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Christchurch team gets wacky in the name of team building and morale

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 2:58pm

Hearing her husband laughing up riotously from his home office was Professor Vicky Cameron’s inspiration for a ‘freaky Friday’ dress-up Zoom meeting with her Christchurch research colleagues.

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Smokers turned off by plain packs, survey shows

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 12:47pm

Plain packaging is making tobacco products less appealing and warning labels more noticeable, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Tougher rules needed to prevent lead poisoning of shooters: researcher

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 8:37am

The Government must impose tougher regulations on indoor firing ranges to keep shooters and their families safe from lead poisoning, says a public health researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Delivering a message from the world to the world

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 9:31am

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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Christchurch med students support Covid-19 fight

Monday, 6 April 2020 9:19pm

Christchurch medical students are providing childcare to the families of health professionals as a way of contributing to the fight against Covid-19.

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Science under lockdown

Monday, 6 April 2020 11:21am

Despite the lockdown and the scramble to get the Department’s teaching online, Otago Biochemistry research teams are continuing their science…

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Less sleep in children who use devices before bed and who choose their own bedtimes

Friday, 3 April 2020 11:59am

Intermediate school-aged children who use a device just before bedtime and decide what time they go to sleep, achieve less sleep and feel more sleepier the following day than their peers.

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Silke Morrison

Thursday, 2 April 2020 10:40am

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PPE an ‘ethical imperative’ for front-line health workers – Otago ethicist

Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:48am

Personal protective equipment for front-line health workers is an ethical imperative, University of Otago ethicist Dr Elizabeth Fenton says.

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Self-isolating for coronavirus is impossible for tens of thousands of New Zealanders – unless we help them fast

Friday, 27 March 2020 10:15am

In less than 48 hours, all people in New Zealand will have to self-isolate, unless they are essential service workers. This is our best chance to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Otago experts warn pandemic risks accentuating rural-urban health inequities

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 3:37pm

The current pandemic risks further accentuating the rural – urban health inequities that exist in New Zealand, University of Otago rural health specialists warn.

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Work continues during Covid-19 lockdown!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 11:03am

Lectures will continue online after a one-week break, as Otago Department of Biochemistry staff work from home during the Level 4 Covid-19 alert.

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'Overjoyed': a leading health expert on New Zealand's coronavirus shutdown, and the challenging weeks ahead

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 4:35pm

Professor Michael Baker on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challenging weeks ahead

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NZ must urgently build contact tracing for COVID-19 to make nationwide lockdown worthwhile, infectious diseases expert says

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 2:58pm

New Zealand must urgently build its capacity for COVID-19 case identification and contact tracing capacity, as the country goes into ‘lockdown’, Dr Ayesha Verrall, an infectious diseases doctor and epidemiologist at the University of Otago, Wellington, says.

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University of Otago responds to COVID-19 Alert Level rise

Monday, 23 March 2020 5:11pm

The University of Otago has updated its response, and is accelerating its move to online delivery of teaching following this afternoon’s change in COVID-19 Alert Level.

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Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus

Friday, 20 March 2020 11:39am

With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can food or drink taxes protect our health?

Thursday, 19 March 2020 3:34pm

EDOR researchers have contributed to a review of food or beverage interventions involving taxes or subsidies, both in New Zealand and overseas.

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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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Covid-19 contingency planning

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:06pm

The Department of Biochemistry is busy planning for teaching to continue during any disruption of the university due to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

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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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Evidence clearly favours taxing sugary drinks – new study

Friday, 13 March 2020 3:42pm

New Zealand should follow the UK and more than 30 other countries in introducing a tax on sugary drinks to tackle obesity and reduce deaths from chronic diseases, leading researchers say.

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More academic achievement awards for Otago Biochemistry students

Friday, 13 March 2020 12:50pm

Congratulations to the Otago Biochemistry students who received scholarships from outside the Department in recognition of their academic achievements as undergraduates last year.

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High fibre benefits those with diabetes or prediabetes

Thursday, 12 March 2020 12:12pm

EDOR researchers have found that found high-fibre diets are a key aspect of diabetes management.

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Christchurch staff play key role in public meeting on COVID-19

Thursday, 12 March 2020 7:42pm

University of Otago, Christchurch staff played a key role in one of the country’s first meetings to inform the public about COVID-19 and the response to it.

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Misinformation on vaccines readily available online, study finds

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 11:44am

Parents researching childhood vaccinations online are likely to encounter significant levels of negative information, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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New Zealand must learn lessons from China’s success in managing Covid-19

Monday, 9 March 2020 10:42am

While the world has been focused on Covid-19’s spread to new countries many might not have noticed that the outbreak in China is slowly being brought under control.

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Biochemistry’s Associate Professor Stephanie Hughes takes over as Director of the Brain Health Research Centre.

Monday, 9 March 2020 1:14pm

Associate Professor Steph Hughes undertook her first task as the new Director of the Brain Health Research Centre last week: chairing the Centre's launch of 2020’s Brain Awareness Week.

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COVID-19 has now reached New Zealand. How prepared is it to deal with a pandemic?

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 12:29pm

New Zealand joined 48 other countries affected by the novel coronavirus last week when health authorities confirmed the first COVID-19 case.

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It's World Obesity Day - and sleep is on the menu!

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 12:00pm

World Obesity Day 2020 is today, Wednesday 4 March. The EDOR DREAM team is looking at a novel intervention approach for childhood obesity.

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Watch presentations from the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Friday, 28 February 2020 11:49am

View recordings of the Evidence to Everyday research symposium presentations, held in Wellington on 20 September, 2019.

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New Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Christchurch

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:47pm

Helping medical students get the most out of their “intensive and challenging” final years of undergraduate study is a key focus for the Christchurch campus’ new Associate Dean, Student Affairs.

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Otago researchers shed light on ‘arms race’ between bacteria and viruses

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:41am

University of Otago researchers have contributed to an international study which helps improve the understanding of bacteria and viruses.

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Methamphetamine use and its impact on violence laid bare in world-first study

Monday, 24 February 2020 3:25pm

Almost a third of middle-aged New Zealanders have tried methamphetamine at least once, according to a new University of Otago, Christchurch study looking at the link between using the drug and violence in the general population.

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New Zealanders need to work together in preparation for likely coronavirus pandemic, Otago expert says.

Monday, 24 February 2020 12:03pm

The likelihood of New Zealand remaining coronavirus-free is low and the country should be preparing for a pandemic, a University of Otago, Christchurch infectious diseases specialist warns.

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Rosie Jackson

Friday, 21 February 2020 11:36am

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Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 4:14pm

The papers of pioneering medical researcher and Otago alumna Dr Muriel Bell have been accepted into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Dr Bell graduated MB ChB (1922) and MD (1926) from Otago and was awarded an HonDSc from the university in 1968.

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EDOR researcher using Heart Foundation fellowship to improve health through diet

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 2:24pm

Dr Andrew Reynolds, an EDOR research fellow, has been granted a three-year fellowship from the NZ Heart Foundation.

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It’s International Women’s Day soon and we’re celebrating!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:52pm

It’s International Women’s Day soon and we’re celebrating!

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Register for the 2020 NZSSD annual scientific conference

Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:48am

The New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Wellington 6-8 May.

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University of Otago, Christchurch researchers lead study to help those most affected by mosque attacks

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 10:09am

A new Health Research Council-funded study is about to get underway to help understand the psychological and physical effects of the March 15 Mosque attacks in Christchurch last year and to link those directly affected with additional support, if needed.

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Biochemistry student wins University of Otago’s top undergraduate prize

Friday, 7 February 2020 12:23pm

Jennifer Palmer, Otago Biochemistry’s top 300-level student in 2019, has also been awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Prize.

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A new professor and two new associate professors at Otago Biochemistry

Thursday, 6 February 2020 12:06pm

As of February 1st, three lecturers at Otago Biochemistry have new titles; Richard Macknight is now a professor, and Peter Mace and Paul Gardner are now associate professors.

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Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell speaks at the BEATS symposium 2020

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:59am

Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell spoke about the dietary patterns of teenagers and obesity-promoting food environments at the BEATS symposium 2020.

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The changing of the guard: a new Head for Otago Biochemistry

Wednesday, 5 February 2020 10:26am

Another chapter in the history of the Department of Biochemistry has passed, with its leadership handed over at a special dinner last Friday at Plato Restaurant.

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Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index

Thursday, 30 January 2020 2:11pm

Damp and mouldy housing has been included as an indicator of socioeconomic deprivation in New Zealand by University of Otago researchers developing the latest version of the New Zealand Index of Socioeconomic Deprivation (NZDep2018).

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What does the coronavirus epidemic mean for New Zealand?

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 2:26pm

Unlike armed conflict, here we are fighting an external threat to global health where collaboration and sharing of information benefits all nations.

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Cycling to work? You may live longer

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:52am

People who cycle to work have a lower risk of dying, a New Zealand study has found.

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Academic awards for 2019 Biochemistry students

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 1:15pm

The Otago Department of Biochemistry is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 student academic awards: Jennifer Palmer (300-level Edson Prize), Helena Cooper (400-level Edson Prize), Sarah Robinson and Jasper Struwig (joint winners, Petersen Prize), Shannon White (Mervyn Smith Prize).

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High school students come face-to-face with Biochemistry

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 2:08pm

High school students from across New Zealand got to explore their own personal biochemistry last week, when they visited the Department and sampled life at Otago University.

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Weight loss and health improvements with Mediterranean, fasting and paleo diets

Friday, 24 January 2020 10:46am

There were some weight loss and health benefits for overweight adults who followed the Mediterranean, Intermittent Fasting and Paleo diets, though adherence to the diets dropped off considerably during the one-year study, new University of Otago research shows.

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Dr Rachael McLean talks to The Listener about salt

Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:03am

EDOR researcher and public health physician, Dr Rachael McLean, discusses how we can reduce our salt intake in the latest edition of the NZ Listener.

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Climate-friendly food choices protect the planet, promote health, and reduce healthcare costs

Thursday, 23 January 2020 9:34am

Increased uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while greatly improving population health and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in the coming decades, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Caitlin Morton-Burns wins ANZCCART 2019 essay prize

Thursday, 23 January 2020 4:44pm

Caitlin Morton-Burns from the University of Canterbury has won the ANZCCART 2019 essay prize

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Untimely access to diagnosis not main reason why Māori are dying of cancer: Otago research

Monday, 20 January 2020 11:50am

Māori have poorer access to early diagnosis for some key cancers including breast and colorectal cancers though, this is not the case for all cancers and is not necessarily why more Māori are dying of cancer, new University of Otago research shows.

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HPV vaccine reduces rates of cervical abnormalities, likely to result in less cervical cancer

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:27am

The HPV vaccine has led to a significant reduction in the rate of cervical abnormalities in young New Zealand women, which is likely to result in reduced rates of cervical cancer in future, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Best practice treatments for chronic pain overlooked as media focus on opioids and medicinal cannabis

Friday, 17 January 2020 10:07am

Media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found.

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Unconscious bias in medicine

Thursday, 16 January 2020 10:43am

A lecture by Associate Professor Angela Ballantyne

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Otago researcher’s discovery paves way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:36am

A University of Otago researcher has made an innovative discovery which paves the way for advances in treating cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure.

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Call for volunteers as development of diabetes supplement progresses

Monday, 13 January 2020 1:12pm

Development of an innovative dietary supplement to combat diabetes with a natural extract derived from the dahlia plant has reached a second round of human trials, with volunteers required in the Wellington region.

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Otago global health institute invests in research with Fiji and East Timor

Monday, 13 January 2020 9:16am

The Otago Global Health Institute, a flagship research centre of the University of Otago, is investing in new research initiatives in collaboration with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor to help address health problems in these countries.

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Otago researchers ponder selling tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies

Thursday, 9 January 2020 2:39pm

The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.

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Tragedy led young Fijian doctor to change her country

Monday, 23 December 2019 4:02pm

Sometimes things happen that are so tragic, so traumatic, there is no way to forget them.

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Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:07am

A remarkable 5000-year-old skeleton suggests human dwarfism was both accepted and respected in life and death in ancient China, research by a University of Otago bio-archaeologist shows.

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Otago Biochemistry celebrates 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019 1:30pm

On Wednesday afternoon, Otago biochemists assembled at the Alhambra Union Rugby Football Club to celebrate the many successes of 2019, drown the memories of failed experiments, and to thank the many people who work so hard to support the Otago Department of Biochemistry and its students.

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Flowers in memory of donors

Thursday, 19 December 2019 3:00pm

Staff from the department's Clinical Anatomy Research Group today lay flowers in memory of those who have donated their body to the Department for medical science teaching and research.

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He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2019

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 9:08am


Welcome to the Summer 2019–2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with recent highlights from the Wellington campus.

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New Wellington Dean passionate about research, teaching and capital connection

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 9:41am

Associate Professor William Levack from the Department of Medicine has been appointed as Dean and Head of the Wellington Campus.

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Christchurch longitudinal study wins prestigious award

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 9:44am

A group of Christchurch researchers has won a prestigious New Zealand Medical Journal award for their study identifying the childhood factors most likely to predict obesity later in life.

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Remove profit motive from tobacco to deal with mass addiction, researchers urge

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 11:12am

Governments worldwide need to create non-profit supply systems for tobacco and nicotine products because of their potential to cause significant and avoidable harm, researchers from the University of Otago say.

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Biomedical Sciences awards recognise outstanding Physiology staff

Monday, 16 December 2019 2:51pm

Three Physiology staff were amongst the winners at the School of Biomedical Sciences annual awards this week.

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Sharp drop in birth rate as a result of miscarriages in 1918 flu pandemic, study finds

Monday, 16 December 2019 11:05am

The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand resulted in thousands of fewer births, particularly in the 1919 year, largely because of miscarriages from influenza infection during pregnancy, researchers have found.

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Otago Biochemistry graduation party December 2019

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:10pm

Crowds of graduands and their families descended on the Otago Department of Biochemistry this week to celebrate the completion of degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences and Applied Sciences.

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Experiences of Boko Haram women focus of PhD

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:10pm

After working with women displaced by Boko Haram, a University of Otago graduate wants to walk alongside them as they work to improve their communities.

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Biochemistry awards at the Otago School of Biomedical Sciences end of year celebrations

Thursday, 12 December 2019 9:38am

On Tuesday afternoon, the School of Biomedical Sciences held its annual Awards & End of Year Celebration at the Hunter Centre.

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New Professors for EDOR

Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:14am

Three EDOR researchers have been made Professor or Associate Professor in the recent University of Otago promotion round.

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Otago researchers discover new viral strategy to escape detection

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 9:44am

University of Otago researchers have discovered how viruses that specifically kill bacteria can outwit bacteria by hiding from their defences, findings which are important for the development of new antimicrobials based on viruses and provide a significant advance in biological knowledge.

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30 new Professors for the University of Otago

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm

Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.

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Prescribers be aware of fatal risks of methadone and clozapine

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:26am

New Zealand prescribers should be aware of the high risk of death associated with two prescription medicines, methadone and clozapine, University of Otago researchers warn.

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Jelly and kiwifruit help kids learn about biochemistry

Monday, 9 December 2019 12:59pm

Kids from five Dunedin primary schools were plunged into the world of molecules that keep us alive when scientists from Otago's Department of Biochemistry visited in the past few weeks.

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Sex, drugs, smokes and booze the focus for PhD thesis

Monday, 9 December 2019 12:17pm

She didn’t quite manage to get ‘sex and drugs and rock and roll’ into the title of her PhD thesis, but researcher Jude Ball from the University of Otago, Wellington, came close, using the Ian Dury lyrics to introduce her first chapter.

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Our Director Dr Emma Wyeth has been promoted to Associate Professor!

Monday, 9 December 2019 10:11am

We are super proud to announce that our Director Dr Emma Wyeth has been promoted to Associate Professor!

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Marsden Fund success for EDOR members

Friday, 6 December 2019 12:30pm

Several EDOR members have been successful in the gaining funding from the Royal Society Te Apārangi's Marsden fund in 2019.

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Alternatives to State foster care need to be seriously considered, Otago researcher says

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:56am

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care shows New Zealand has failed to protect a generation of children and alternatives to foster care need to be seriously considered, an Otago researcher says.

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Nineteen new Associate Professors for Health Sciences

Friday, 6 December 2019 2:03pm

A swathe of the University of Otago Division of Health Science’s finest staff have been promoted to Associate Professor.