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Otago Biochemistry graduation party December 2019

Friday, 13 December 2019 12:54pm

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 4:24pm

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 2:14pm

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 10:08am

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

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Wellington Dean prepares to sign off from ‘best job in the world’

Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:04pm

After almost nine years at the helm as Dean and Head of Campus at the University of Otago, Wellington, psychiatrist and researcher Professor Sunny Collings leaves the role at the end of this year.

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Urology gets a boost at Otago

Friday, 29 November 2019 3:00pm

Research in the specialist area of urology will take a leap forward thanks to a $1 million donation and the arrival of a new Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Otago.

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The 2019 Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration

Friday, 29 November 2019 2:23pm

As the Dunedin heat built up last Friday, many scientists were found to be sheltering from the unusual weather conditions in the cool comfort of the Fullwood Room, in the Dunedin Town Hall. The Otago Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry Research Celebration is held every two years, and encourages researchers from the two departments to meet en masse, prising themselves out of their labs to share their research stories and find out what is happening in the building next door.

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Uncontrolled online marketing of e-cigarettes putting youth at risk, study finds

Friday, 29 November 2019 9:08am

Only 10 per cent of New Zealand websites selling vaping products require proof of age before purchase, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

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Watch presentations from the Evidence to Everyday research symposium

Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:51pm

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

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Fewer Kiwis will die of bowel cancer if new screening tool introduced, Otago research reveals

Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:15am

Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Otago academic selected to chair key indigenous health committee

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 9:28am

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama, Director of the Christchurch-based Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI), has been appointed as the first chair of the Australian Medical Council’s (AMC) Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori Committee.

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Real world focus for postgrad primary health care curriculum

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 11:04am

The convenor of refreshed postgraduate qualifications in primary health care at the University of Otago, Wellington, has brought years of experience working as a field medic for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in such global hotspots as Afghanistan and Sierra Leone – as well as on-the-ground work in rural and urban New Zealand - to the task.

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Excavating skeletons in backyards all part of the job for Otago scientist

Monday, 25 November 2019 1:45pm

An Otago scientist has been digging up human remains in the backyards of Uzbek villagers to discover how people lived in the Middle Ages.

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BEATS Team recognised for promoting physical activity amongst teenagers

Friday, 22 November 2019 12:20pm

The Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) Research Team, including EDOR member Associate Professor Kirsten Coppell, has been awarded the University of Otago 2019 Research Group Award.

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Spirituality and Mental Health Symposium

Thursday, 21 November 2019 3:51pm

A symposium being held at the University of Otago, Wellington on Monday 25 November offers a chance to tackle some of life’s most fundamental questions, including the nature of reality and the meaning of life.

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Be aware of potential for complications following tongue-tie surgery in babies, paediatrician warns

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:30pm

Complications following a procedure to treat tongue-tie in babies are occurring that can result in admission to hospital, something a University of Otago paediatrician says needs to be better understood by both health practitioners and parents.

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See what's on for World Diabetes Awareness Month

Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:46am

World Diabetes Day is November 14 and this year is part of Diabetes Awareness month.

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Call for a new funded palliative care model as more Kiwis admitted to rest homes to die

Thursday, 14 November 2019 2:49pm

Increasing pressure on both public hospitals and hospices is resulting in more patients being “admitted-to-die” into aged residential care facilities (rest homes), which are not typically set up to provide specialist palliative care services.

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Fantastic year for ‘blue skies’ research at Otago Biochemistry

Friday, 8 November 2019 4:38pm

Otago Biochemists are celebrating the results of the 2019 Marsden Fund applications this week, with five imaginative and exciting projects led by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry chosen for funding support.

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New funding awarded to develop a sleep toolkit for tamariki and their whānau

Thursday, 7 November 2019 1:03pm

A new strategic research project led by EDOR Director Professor Rachael Taylor, with the aim of improving sleep for pepi and their whānau, has been awarded $1.7 million over three years from A Better Start National Science Challenge.

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Dairy owners’ lack of knowledge about e-cigarettes may undermine smoking cessation

Thursday, 7 November 2019 9:14am

Convenience store owners who lack knowledge of the e-cigarettes they sell may undermine, rather than support, smoking cessation.

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Otago researchers recipients of inaugural $3m Marsden Fund Award

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 9:42am

University of Otago researchers are the recipients of an inaugural Marsden Fund Council Award worth $3 million to investigate genetic predisposition to metabolic diseases like diabetes and gout among Pacific people.

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Otago researcher wins fellowship to uncover lives of forgotten colonial settlers

Thursday, 31 October 2019 9:58am

A University of Otago researcher is hoping to discover how long-forgotten colonial settlers and miners lived, after being awarded an important research fellowship.

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$3.8 million to Otago researchers in Career Development Awards

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:42am

The Health Research Council has awarded 23 University of Otago researchers $3.8 million in Career Development Awards.

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From Massachusetts to mass success in Otago, New Zealand

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 9:50am

One is something that has ensured we survive, the other is something we fear could kill us. Yet University of Otago researcher Dr Erin Macaulay is combining the two into compelling research.

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First New Zealand study of cannabis use in people with spinal cord injuries

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:17pm

Using cannabis helps people with spinal cord injuries better tolerate almost constant and excruciating pain and participate in community and family life without feeling like ‘zombies’, a new study has found.

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Significant association between use of long-acting contraceptives and unprecedented decline in abortion rate, study finds

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:24pm

A shift towards the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, particularly by young women, is associated with declining abortion rates in New Zealand, new research has found.

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Otago scientist wins award for stomach cancer research

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 1:42pm

A University of Otago researcher has won a fellowship to undertake cutting-edge research on stomach cancer survival, using technology not yet available in New Zealand.

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Diabetes-related admissions in two Southern hospitals costs $41m in one year

Friday, 25 October 2019 9:38am

The cost of diabetes-related hospital admissions to Dunedin and Southland Hospitals for the 2016/2017 financial year was $41 million, new University of Otago research reveals.

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Passion for staff wellbeing recognised

Thursday, 24 October 2019 11:51am

The mental health and wellbeing of those around her is important to Rachel Kinnaird.  Her dedication and commitment to provide a healthy work environment for her team and raise awareness of positive wellbeing within the Department of Anatomy has seen her awarded the University of Otago Excellence Award in Health and Safety (Individual) for 2019.

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Biochem helps bring Being Brainy to Central Otago

Monday, 21 October 2019 12:29pm

Children in Central Otago learned about the wonders of the human brain earlier this month, thanks to an initiative by Brain Research New Zealand, and volunteers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.

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EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins national award

Friday, 18 October 2019 4:05pm

EDOR researcher Dr Lisa Te Morenga wins the Royal Society Te Apārangi Hamilton Award, which was presented at the Research Honours Awards Aotearoa in Dunedin on the 17th October, 2019.

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Otago psychiatrists call on colleagues to say ‘no’ to euthanasia

Thursday, 17 October 2019 11:12am

The impact of legalising euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move.

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Future the focus for General Practice and Rural Health HOD

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:03pm

Relevant experience is not something the University of Otago’s new Head of Department of General Practice and Rural Health is lacking.

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Hear a recording of the Cost of Food panel discussion

Friday, 11 October 2019 1:42pm

The Cost of Food panel discussion, held at the Evidence to Everyday symposium on 20 September, 2019, was recorded by Radio NZ and is now available on their website.

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Social audit as a social accountability mechanism for strengthening governance and service delivery in Nepal

Friday, 11 October 2019 9:57am

Social audit is a mechanism used to hold frontline health service providers accountable. This study explored the role of social audit in facilitating direct accountability between service providers and community.

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New Otago Medical School Dean brings international expertise

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 2:29pm

A prominent neuroradiologist and nuclear medicine physician with a wealth of international experience has been named the new Dean of the University of Otago medical school.

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Translational Research Grant applications sought

Friday, 4 October 2019 2:15pm

All academic staff in the Division of Health Sciences are eligible to apply for the Translational Research Grant.

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Burden of knee osteoarthritis costs predicted to almost double to $370 million

Friday, 4 October 2019 9:24am

Public health measures to reduce obesity rates would help slow the rising burden of costs associated with knee osteoarthritis, projected to almost double to $370 million by 2038.

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Prof Jim Mann comments on controversial red and processed meat research

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:44am

Professor Jim Mann has commented on a series of reviews suggesting that there are very few health benefits to cutting your consumption of red and processed meat.

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Cannabidiol gel reduces seizures in children with severe epilepsy, Australasian trial shows

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 10:56am

A cannabidiol gel has been shown to reduce epileptic seizures in children in a clinical trial conducted in New Zealand and Australia.

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New Zealand could be lifeboat to save humanity from extinction in a catastrophic pandemic, researchers say

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 10:32am

New Zealand, Australia and Iceland could act as island refuges to save humanity from extinction in the event of a catastrophic global pandemic, researchers have found.

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Seven inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair appointments to mark 150th

Monday, 30 September 2019 3:22pm

In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).

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Scientists and artists peer into each other’s worlds

Monday, 30 September 2019 11:08am

Otago Biochemistry research into a seaweed protein and ice formation have inspired the creation of two beautiful artworks: a knitted cowl and a piece of contemporary embroidery, part of a recent exhibition of art inspired by science held at the Otago Museum.

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Milestone celebration as Pacific Office opens at Wellington campus

Monday, 30 September 2019 2:49pm

A formal ceremonial and multicultural celebration was held at the University of Otago, Wellington in July, to mark the official opening of the school's first Pacific Office.

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From polio to post-polio

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:21pm

When Anne Fitzpatrick, an assistant research fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington, got the chance to give a personal account of surviving polio to the readers of the New Zealand Medical Journal’s online Digest, she leapt at the opportunity to tell her story.

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Less flowering, better farming the goal of Otago research

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 12:06pm

A quintessential Kiwi landscape usually includes green pastures dotted with livestock munching on healthy, vibrant grass.

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Otago study first to report benefits and safety of FODMAP diet in children

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 9:12am

The low FODMAP diet, a diet low in carbohydrates that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating and stomach pain, is a useful treatment in children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems, new University of Otago research confirms.

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PhD, Postdoc & Beyond …

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 3:26pm

Yesterday, the newly-minted University of Otago Postdoctoral Association hosted a very successful careers symposium for early career scientists. The keynote address was given by Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.

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Through the haze: smoke-free laws failing to protect bar staff, patrons 

Monday, 23 September 2019 3:10pm

Patrons and workers continue to be exposed to hazardous tobacco smoke in bars, restaurants and cafés, despite legislation designed to protect them, researchers have found.

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From Evidence to Everyday: translating nutrition research for a healthy Āotearoa

Friday, 20 September 2019 12:26pm

"From Evidence to Everyday: Translating nutrition research for a healthy Aotearoa", a symposium organised by the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, was held on Friday 20 September, 2019, at the Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington.

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Staff and students give thanks

Thursday, 19 September 2019 12:35pm

The Department of Anatomy held its annual Thanksgiving Service in Dunedin recently.  Family and friends of our donors, along with staff and students attended the service to honour and remember those generous people who have donated their body to medical science teaching and research. 

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2019 Endeavour Fund Success for Otago Biochemistry

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 3:22pm

Otago Biochemistry is celebrating this week after finding out that Associate Professor Richard Macknight and Dr Lynette Brownfield have successfully won funding from the Endeavour Fund for their project to improve New Zealand’s most important source of food for cows and sheep: ryegrass.

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Awards recognise integral role of Dunedin School of Medicine’s teachers

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:43pm

Some of the country’s best medical teaching and teachers were celebrated this week at the University's Dunedin School of Medicine 2019 Teaching Awards.

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Otago scientists awarded NZ$38.5 million in largest national research grants

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:28am

University of Otago scientists have been awarded almost NZ$38.5 million from the Government’s Endeavour Fund to tackle major issues from climate change to antimicrobial resistance.

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Otago Biochemistry at Queenstown Science Extravaganza

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 9:55am

Queenstown Research Week this year was bustling with Otago Biochemistry researchers, who contributed as invited speakers, poster presenters, general delegates, and organisers. The biological science extravaganza is a cluster of meetings co-ordinated into one week, held each September. Attendees come to learn about the latest research carried out around New Zealand, do a little science networking, and enjoy the bonus of some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.

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Awards recognise integral role of Dunedin School of Medicine’s teachers

Monday, 16 September 2019 8:36am

Some of the country’s best medical teaching and teachers were celebrated this week at the University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine 2019 Teaching Awards.

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Remove nicotine from cigarettes, smokers say

Monday, 16 September 2019 10:35am

New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found.

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Smokers concealing cigarette packs’ graphic warnings, study finds

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:48am

Smokers are less likely to display packs of cigarettes and tobacco on tables at cafés and bars now that standardised packs with larger graphic health warnings have been introduced, according to a new study.

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He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2019

Monday, 9 September 2019 4:05pm

The Spring 2019 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Monday, 9 September 2019 12:02pm


I tērā wiki i whakanui mātou Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

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Otago scientist fears many Kiwis unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer

Thursday, 5 September 2019 9:08am

A University of Otago scientist is concerned there could be a considerable number of Kiwis unaware they have ALK positive lung cancer as Pharmac is looking to fund Alecensa, a drug to treat this particular cancer.

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Otago researchers to compete in Falling Walls Lab

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 12:43pm

Three Otago researchers are set to compete in Falling Walls Lab New Zealand this month.

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Otago academic to head new national cancer strategy

Monday, 2 September 2019 12:33pm

The new interim National Director of Cancer Control, University of Otago academic Professor Diana Sarfati, believes lives will be saved as a result of the new National Cancer Action Plan.

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World’s largest army is brutal, but could be beneficial

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 9:01am

Is there a solution to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics? One answer may be found by studying the world’s largest and most brutal army, new University of Otago microbiology research shows.

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Young people with chronic illness find health system doesn’t meet their needs – Otago study

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 8:55am

New Zealand’s adult-centred health system appears ill-equipped to meet the needs of chronically sick young people, a University of Otago study has found.

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Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States

Thursday, 22 August 2019 11:04pm

Three PhD students will be winging their way to the United States next year to study and collaborate, thanks to a University of Otago fellowship.

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Micronutrients affect gut bacteria associated with ADHD in small but promising study

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 12:14pm

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took micronutrients had lower levels of a bacteria linked to the psychological disorder, and a healthier range of bugs in their gut overall, new research shows.

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Otago scientist helps unlock mysteries of Laos’ megalithic jars

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:50am

The mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks in part to work done by a University of Otago palaeopathologist.

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New research collaboration to fight cancer in New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 8:57am

University of Otago cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand.

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Teenagers say ‘nope’ to dope

Friday, 16 August 2019 11:18am

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has shed light on the declining use of cannabis use by teens.

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Dr Karl Iremonger named 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Research Medal winner

Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:47am

Dunedin neuroscientist and physiologist Dr Karl Iremonger has been awarded the 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal.

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Healthier homes could cut hospital stays for young children, researchers find

Thursday, 15 August 2019 2:58pm

Almost 20 per cent of hospital admissions of young children with acute respiratory infections could be prevented if their houses were free from damp and mould, researchers have found.

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Monkey malaria breakthrough offers cure for relapsing malaria

Thursday, 15 August 2019 2:53pm

A breakthrough in monkey malaria research by two University of Otago scientists could help scientists diagnose and treat a relapsing form of human malaria.

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Moving house related to behavioural difficulties in four-year-olds, study finds

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:02pm

Moving house is linked with increases in emotional and behavioural difficulties in four-year-olds, with the problems compounding each time a family moves, researchers have found.

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Professor Peter Dearden talks to Q+A about new genetic technologies

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 10:53am

In an interview with Jack Tame on TVNZ's Q + A programme last night, Professor Peter Dearden clearly explained why it is time for New Zealand to re-think genetic technologies.

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Milestone celebration as Pacific Office opens at Wellington campus

Monday, 12 August 2019 10:43pm

A formal ceremonial and multicultural celebration was held at the University of Otago, Wellington late last month, to mark the official opening of the school’s first Pacific Office.

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2019 OUSA Supervisor of the Year named

Friday, 9 August 2019 7:04pm

It was only a “few” years ago Dr Susan Wardell was watching her supervisor be awarded the OUSA Supervisor of the Year. Now it has come full circle, with Dr Wardell being given the top nod at the awards.

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Otago research shines light on cancer cells

Friday, 9 August 2019 11:39am

New University of Otago research into tell-tale markers of cancer cells could help doctors identify whether the cells are more likely to spread to other parts of the body.

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Study finds fish preserve DNA 'memories' far better than humans

Friday, 9 August 2019 10:23am

We are all familiar with the common myth that fish have poor memory, but it turns that their DNA has the capacity to hold much more memory than that of humans.

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Otago researchers key to new Christchurch dementia clinic

Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:35pm

A Dementia Prevention Research Clinic has officially opened in Christchurch, providing affected Cantabrians access to detailed neurological assessments and the opportunity to be part of a study aimed at identifying factors influencing the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Statement from New Zealand public health experts on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs (relating to Consumer NZ poll)

Thursday, 8 August 2019 2:56pm

The new Consumer NZ Poll shows the majority of the New Zealand public support banning drug advertising, otherwise known as direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines (DTCA).

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Graduate entry nursing: learning, teaching and practising

Tuesday, 6 August 2019 12:20pm

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Treatable cancers killing thousands in Pacific

Tuesday, 6 August 2019 10:53am

People living in the Pacific Islands are dying regularly from highly treatable cancers because of a lack of cancer care services around the region, researchers say.

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Hotly contested 3MT finals

Monday, 5 August 2019 8:25pm

Robotic spiders and endometrial cancer – two very different topics, but two very happy graduate students.

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RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India

Monday, 5 August 2019 2:50pm

RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India.  Dr Kaaren Mathias is medical doctor who's been living in India since 2006. She's working in community health and development as well as being involved in a number of other projects helping to improve both the physical and mental health of the people in communities in Uttarakhand.

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A 20-year service to science recognised by Royal Society

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:45pm

When Dr Judith Bateup recognised New Zealand school leavers had an alarming lack of microbiology knowledge she decided to do something about it.

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Māori rates of subsequent injury disproportionately high

Friday, 26 July 2019 12:31pm

A ground-breaking University of Otago study has found Māori experience disproportionately higher rates of subsequent injuries within two years of their initial injury.

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Simple Otago invention could reduce barriers to contraception

Friday, 26 July 2019 12:44pm

A device that could help decrease the global burden of unwanted pregnancy has been invented by University of Otago academics.

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Dementia prevention research clinic opens in Christchurch

Friday, 26 July 2019 9:13am

The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic officially opened in Christchurch today (26 July) – the third in a national network of clinics established by Brain Research New Zealand| Rangahau Roro Aotearoa (BRNZ).

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IUD device wins 2019 Proof of Concept competition

Friday, 26 July 2019 9:39am

A device that could help decrease the global burden of unwanted pregnancy has won Otago Innovation Ltd’s $60,000 Proof of Concept competition for 2019.

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Christchurch students develop cultural awareness initiative

Thursday, 25 July 2019 9:46am

Staff and students from the University of Otago, Christchurch visited a Hare Krishna temple recently as part of an initiative to raise awareness of different cultures.

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Chch campus recognises academic success and values

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 9:51am

A record number of Christchurch staff were presented with the campus’ highest award for research excellence at this year’s celebration of campus success and spirit.

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Old vaccine brings new surprises

Friday, 19 July 2019 9:23am

New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.

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Massive potential health gains in switching to active transport – Otago study

Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:24pm

Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a study from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Otago researchers call for gender binary in elite sports to be abandoned to cater for trans-athletes

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:50am

Existing gender categories in sport should perhaps be abandoned in favour of a more 'nuanced' approach in the new transgender era, University of Otago researchers say.

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National Bowel Screening age limit harms Māori - Dr Sue Crengle talks to the ODT

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 8:59am

National Bowel Screening age limit harms Māori - Dr Sue Crengle talks to the ODT

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EDOR researchers comment on link between mental health, diabetes and obesity

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 3:43pm

EDOR researchers comment on a mental health and life expectancy report published in The Lancet.

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New Zealanders involved in global study showing genetic predisposition for anorexia

Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:23pm

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers played a key role in new global research showing the causes of the eating disorder anorexia are likely metabolic as well as psychological.

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New data on e-cigarette use among New Zealand adults

Monday, 15 July 2019 12:59pm

Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 per cent are using them currently, a national survey has found.

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Otago experts concerned lost opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm

Friday, 12 July 2019 9:14am

University of Otago mental health experts are upset another Government has missed an opportunity to curb excessive drinking and reduce harm, by taking a recommendation from the recent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction off the agenda.

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Otago study unlocks secrets of sex change in fish

Thursday, 11 July 2019 2:11pm

A University of Otago-led study is heralding advances in our understanding of one of the most startling transformations in the natural world – the complete reversal of sex that occurs in about 500 species of fish.

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Session on Muslim culture for mental health professionals

Friday, 5 July 2019 10:30am

The University of Otago, Christchurch recently played host to more than 200 mental health professionals keen to learn about the Muslim faith and how to better support patients.

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Science-keen secondary students visit Christchurch campus

Thursday, 4 July 2019 10:14pm

The University of Otago, Christchurch recently opened its doors to more than 200 Canterbury secondary school students to showcase the campus and options for a career in health science.

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Introducing the Evidence to Everyday symposium speakers and chairs

Thursday, 4 July 2019 12:04pm

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Eliminating waiting lists for cataract surgery prevents falls and is cost effective

Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:21am

Eliminating waiting times for cataract surgery would be a cost-effective health system intervention, largely driven by the falls prevention benefits related to improved vision, a just-published New Zealand study has found.

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NZ experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

Friday, 28 June 2019 9:05am

New Zealanders played crucial roles in a global pneumonia study pinpointing the deadliest forms of viruses and bacteria, and identifying one vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies and young children.

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Cycle Challenge to help Heart Foundation

Friday, 28 June 2019 9:20am

Cycling at the end of July may not be everybody's cup of tea but when you are raising money for the Heart Foundation and doing it indoors, anyone can join in – and you don't even have to wear lycra!

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Study of sexual orientation and mental health

Thursday, 27 June 2019 3:40pm

Gay, lesbian and bisexual New Zealanders are on average more than twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts as heterosexuals, new research shows.

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Otago Biochemistry receives $3.6 million for research into gout, neurodegenerative disease, and new antibiotics

Thursday, 27 June 2019 10:19am

Three projects lead by principal investigators based in Otago Biochemistry have been awarded funding of about $1.2 million each, which will push forward exciting research at the molecular level that will one day underpin improved treatments for a diverse range of diseases.

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HRC Grants of almost $35 million to Division of Health Sciences researchers

Thursday, 27 June 2019 9:40am

Beta blockers, smoking cessation, stress suppression in motherhood and synthetic cannabinoid signalling are just a few of the areas of University of Otago Division of Health Sciences research to receive a total of almost $35 million in funding this year from the Health Research Council.

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Māori-led research at Otago awarded more then $3m in HRC funding

Thursday, 27 June 2019 1:49pm

Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori - including our very own Dr Emma Wyeth.

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Māori-led research at Otago awarded more than $3m in HRC funding

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 3:10pm

Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori.

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HRC grants $40m to Otago research tackling issues from climate change to heart failure

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 4:06pm

Climate change and its impact on people’s health and using DNA to help predict who may suffer heart failure are just two of many University of Otago-led research projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of more than $40 million.

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Central Otago cemetery might be next for archaeological research

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 2:34pm

With successful operations in the small Otago towns of Milton and Lawrence complete, the University of Otago’s Otago Historic Cemeteries Bioarchaeology Project is now looking to partner with the historic Drybread Cemetery, deep in the heart of Central Otago.

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Sugary drink taxes reduce consumption, major review shows

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 2:32pm

A 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks has cut the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10 per cent in places it has been introduced, a just published major review shows.

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We hosted the wonderful Dr Donna Cormack for our Matariki seminar today

Monday, 24 June 2019 1:44pm

We were so privileged to host the fantastic Dr Donna Cormack last Monday who presented about data (in)justice and Māori data sovereignty in a datafied world.

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Infant sleep and nutrition studies attract HRC funding

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 3:04pm

Infant sleep and nutrition studies, co-led by EDOR Director Professor Taylor, have gained significant funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Hard hitters share weight management knowledge

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 10:13am

A postgraduate distance education paper in Obesity Prevention and Management run by the University of Otago, Wellington has enlisted help from some hard hitters in a quest to improve the management of patients in the community.

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High quality websites and apps could help those in chronic pain to manage symptoms, researcher says

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 1:06pm

Smartphone apps and pain management websites could fill a significant gap in helping to support the one in five New Zealanders living with chronic or persistent pain, a pain researcher from the University of Otago, Wellington says.