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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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Improvements suggested for monitoring pregnancy weight gain

Thursday, 30 July 2020 2:11pm

Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell and colleagues have published a review outlining measures needed to improve the monitoring of weight gain during pregnancy.

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Media coverage fostered support for gun control in wake of mosque shootings, study finds

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 9:54am

Media coverage of the March 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings contributed to an increase in public support for gun control, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

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Mona Elbalshy

Friday, 24 July 2020 1:45pm

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Welcome for Biochemistry Majors

Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:12pm

The Otago Biochemistry Department welcomed students starting their biochemistry journey this week with an informal lunchtime function in the newly refitted department seminar room.

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Otago paediatricians contribute to major Oxford University work

Tuesday, 21 July 2020 12:02pm

Two University of Otago academic paediatricians have become the first New Zealand-based researchers to have a chapter published in the prestigious Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Public Health.

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Recent funding successes for EDOR members

Friday, 17 July 2020 1:01pm

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research members have been successful in the recent NZ Health Research Council funding round.

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Research to help inform Māori decisions ahead of cannabis referendum

Thursday, 16 July 2020 4:14pm

Rangatahi Māori are more likely to use cannabis or be dependent on it and more likely to be negatively affected by cannabis laws, compared to their non-Māori peers.

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Kiwis stockpile paracetamol, the basis of most calls to National Poisons Centre

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 9:40am

While paracetamol was the most common substance of enquiry for calls to the National Poisons Centre in 2018, new research reveals most New Zealanders have large quantities of the painkiller stockpiled in their homes.

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Otago researchers find link between rape and breathing problems

Friday, 10 July 2020 12:03pm

Rape and sexual trauma may have long-lasting consequences for physical health as well as mental health, University of Otago researchers have found.

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Online COVID-19 masterclass attracts thousands from around the world

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 11:40am

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

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Smokers support Smokefree 2025 goal and measures to help achieve it

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 10:30am

Most people who smoke or have recently quit smoking support New Zealand’s goal of becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington have found.

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Warren Tate becomes Emeritus Professor

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 10:49am

The 1st of July 2020 marked a significant milestone in the career of Warren Tate as he took up his new position in the Department, as Emeritus Professor.

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Less than half of schools have robust sun hat policies in place to protect children

Tuesday, 7 July 2020 10:54am

Despite schools being encouraged to implement sun protective hat wearing policy to reduce children’s future risk of skin cancer, less than half participating in a University of Otago study had robust policy in place.

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Grant successes strengthen research into neurodegenerative diseases at Otago Biochemistry

Monday, 6 July 2020 3:04pm

Thanks to the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand, two new research projects investigating neurodegenerative diseases will go ahead this year in the Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal disease laboratory at Otago Biochemistry.

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Taiwo Adebowale

Thursday, 2 July 2020 12:06pm

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Food taxes and subsidies would bring major health gains, study shows

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 1:27pm

A consumer tax on the saturated fat, salt and sugar content of food, accompanied by a 20 per cent subsidy on fruit and vegetables, would bring major benefits for the health sector, researchers from Otago, Auckland and Melbourne Universities say.

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HRC funding to help understand how our cells respond to invasion by viruses

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 10:16am

Otago Biochemists Professor Catherine Day and Dr Adam Middleton have secured $1.2 million for a new research project looking into the details of how we defend ourselves against invading viruses.

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New chapter for Healthy Homes as Otago scientists secure more than $26m in HRC funding

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:33pm

The University of Otago’s housing and health research programme He Kāinga Oranga will receive just under $5 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to continue research to maximise the health and wellbeing gains from housing.

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Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:21pm

University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.

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Fragile but beautiful: Otago academic’s COVID-19 bubble concept

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 2:59pm

The creator of New Zealand’s bubble concept, introduced early on in the COVID-19 response to ensure Kiwis maintained social distancing, has been surprised and delighted by the take up of his idea.

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EDOR members explore infant and child sleep practices among Māori whānau

Tuesday, 30 June 2020 1:34pm

EDOR researchers publish a qualitative study of perceptions of infant and child sleep practices among Māori whānau

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COVID vaccine role for Christchurch Dean

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 2:36pm

University of Otago, Christchurch Dean and infectious disease expert Professor David Murdoch has been asked to formally support the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine development effort.

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Not smoking and being socially active keys to longevity, Otago research shows

Thursday, 18 June 2020 4:31pm

University of Otago researchers have discovered some of the secrets to longevity with new research revealing not smoking and being social engaged throughout older age are common traits of New Zealand centenarians.

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NZ’s long history of decapitations and paint attacks on public statues: new study

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 2:33pm

Controversy over public statues is nothing new, with protestors taking to New Zealand’s statues with a range of weapons including an axe, a concrete cutter and a hammer over recent decades, a study by researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

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Opinion: Making driving less cool for men and biking easier for women

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 11:50pm

In an opinion piece first published on, Otago’s Dr Caroline Shaw explores the differences between men's and women’s approaches to sustainable travel – and how to get both genders out of their cars.

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Otago researchers discover the origins of the beloved guinea pig

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 11:12am

New University of Otago research sheds light on guinea pig domestication and how and why the small, furry animals became distributed around the world.

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Later bedtimes fine for pre-schoolers if they get enough sleep

Friday, 12 June 2020 12:16pm

Parents of pre-schoolers can take reassurance from new Otago research which shows early bedtimes aren’t vital for healthy development, as long as young children get enough sleep.

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Fuel walking and cycling with low carbon diets, researchers say

Friday, 12 June 2020 11:18am

Walking and cycling have many benefits and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but researchers say we need to think about what people eat to fuel their walking and cycling.

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BMI an inconsistent measure of obesity for Māori and Pacific people

Friday, 12 June 2020 11:50am

BMI (Body Mass Index) is likely to be an inconsistent measure of obesity in Māori and Pacific patients, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Pūtea Tautoko provides vital support for University of Otago students

Thursday, 11 June 2020 12:34pm

Just a few weeks since it was launched, the University of Otago student financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has provided NZD$659,156 in grants to support students facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 questions to be answered in Otago University masterclass

Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:23am

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

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Patterns of prescription medicine dispensing before and during pregnancy in New Zealand, 2005–2015

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 4:16pm

The use of prescription medicines by pregnant women in New Zealand increased substantially between 2005 and 2015.

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Women generate lower travel-related greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:39am

Women use more diverse modes of travel and generate lower greenhouse gas emissions than men, despite men being more than twice as likely to travel by bike, a New Zealand study has found.

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Otago staff and alumni receive Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 4:36pm

Otago staff members and alumni were prominent in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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NZ parents concerned children could catch COVID-19 at school – Otago study

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:17am

Parents of school-aged children were very concerned that their children may catch COVID-19 if schools were reopened at Alert Level 3 despite no evidence supporting this view, a new University of Otago, Christchurch study reveals.

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New Zealand hits zero active coronavirus cases. Here are 5 measures to keep it that way

Monday, 8 June 2020 3:44pm

Today, for the first time since February 28, New Zealand has no active cases of COVID-19.

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Otago Biochemists investigate effects of coronavirus on brain cells

Monday, 8 June 2020 12:20pm

Some sufferers of Covid-19 are reporting symptoms related to the brain and nervous system, such as dizziness, headache, seizures, and risk of stroke; this phenomenon has motivated a trio of scientists here at Otago to investigate further.

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Dunedin and Christchurch Longitudinal Studies give pre–referendum perspective on cannabis

Saturday, 6 June 2020 10:36am

University of Otago researchers have drawn from the world-class data of The Dunedin Study and similar Christchurch Health and Development Study, to provide broad analysis of the effects of cannabis ahead of New Zealand’s cannabis referendum in September.

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University offers training in refugee and migrant health

Friday, 5 June 2020 1:08pm

A post-graduate course on refugee and migrant health being run by the University of Otago, Wellington is offering primary health care professionals the opportunity to improve their training in the area, ahead of a likely increase in the number of refugees coming to the country.

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Otago and COVID-19: Playing our part

Friday, 5 June 2020 2:24pm

A campaign highlighting the role Otago’s academics and medical experts have played in shaping New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 will be released this weekend.

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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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EDOR contributes to global cholesterol study in Nature

Wednesday, 3 June 2020 1:00pm

Professor Jim Mann, Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre Co-Director, and EDOR member Associate Professor Rachael McLean, have contributed to the largest ever study of global cholesterol levels, published in the prestigious journal Nature.

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

Friday, 29 May 2020 10:58am

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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Introducing Ally Calder

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 10:39am

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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 support fund for students

Friday, 24 April 2020 4:45pm

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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Haere rā Hilda ... and thanks!

Friday, 10 April 2020 10:36am

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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.