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

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Both Taiwan and New Zealand have successfully eliminated COVID-19 with world-leading pandemic responses. By taking a particularly proactive approach, Taiwan’s response was probably the most effective and least disruptive of any country’s, researchers say.

Dates announced for Drybread Cemetery Bioarchaeology Project

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Friday, 16 October 2020

The historic Drybread Cemetery will be the focus of the latest University of Otago and Southern Cemeteries Archaeology research project, planned to begin on 16 November 2020. On-site work is expected to take around 4 weeks, with subsequent bioarchaeological laboratory research expected to take a further twelve months.

Otago appoints new head of External Engagement

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Leading historian Professor Tony Ballantyne, FRSNZ, has accepted a new role at the University of Otago as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), effective from next year.

Medical students capture New Zealanders’ COVID-19 experiences

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Third-year medical students have been given a unique opportunity to become field assistants for a COVID-19 research project, conducting virtual interviews with community groups about the impact of the pandemic on their organisations.

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

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

The University of Otago announced this afternoon that Professor Harlene Hayne is leaving her role as Vice-Chancellor in April 2021.  Professor Hayne has been appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

Making a world of difference

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Thursday, 1 October 2020

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

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

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Instagram users who post self-harm content online are choosing ambiguous hashtags in an attempt to circumvent the social media platform’s ban on harmful content, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

Funding success for Otago in 2020 Health Research Council grants

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Ten University of Otago proposals have been awarded funding through the Health Research Council’s (HRC) new Health Delivery Research Investment round. The 32 research grants are the first of two funding announcements for the HRC’s new Health Delivery Research portfolio.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2020

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Monday, 24 August 2020

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

Infectious diseases expert awarded University’s highest honour

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Thursday, 20 August 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged global co-operation and highlighted the importance of science-based policy in preventing the devastating impact on communities and economies by novel infectious diseases, according to the winner of the University of Otago’s highest honour.

Food peels pure science for new PhD graduate

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Some people turn their fruit and vege peels into compost. Some turn them into garbage. But new University of Otago PhD graduate Dr Risha Jasmine Nathan has spent the last three and a half years learning how to turn those peels into purifiers.

Christchurch researchers secure lion’s share of new health funding

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Friday, 14 August 2020

Christchurch researchers investigating the ongoing impact of mosque attacks, a better test for Legionnaires’ disease, and ways of predicting dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients are among the recipients of more than $830,000 of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) funding.

Otago scientists secure more than $26m for health research

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

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.

COVID vaccine role for Christchurch Dean

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

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.

University offers training in refugee and migrant health

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Friday, 5 June 2020

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.

Otago and COVID-19: Playing our part

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Friday, 5 June 2020

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.

Responding to the global pandemic – Otago’s story

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Friday, 22 May 2020

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.

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

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

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.

Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

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Monday, 18 May 2020

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.

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

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020

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.

Giving sports teams an edge

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

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.

Marine Studies Centre Activities go online 

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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

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.

He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2020

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

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