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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.

Christchurch staff continue Te Reo lessons online

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Monday, 20 April 2020

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.

Professor David Murdoch discusses a COVID-19 vaccine

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

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.

Delivering a message from the world to the world

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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

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’.

New Associate Dean, Student Affairs for Christchurch

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

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.

Pioneering academic’s papers get UNESCO status

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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.

Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

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

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

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Monday, 13 January 2020

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

Ancient dwarfism skeleton tells story of acceptance

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Friday, 20 December 2019

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

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2019

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019


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

Experiences of Boko Haram women focus of PhD

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Friday, 13 December 2019

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.

Otago researchers discover new viral strategy to escape detection

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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.

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

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Monday, 9 December 2019

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.

Urology gets a boost at Otago

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Friday, 29 November 2019

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.