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Seven inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair appointments to mark 150th

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Monday, 30 September 2019

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

From polio to post-polio

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

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.

Otago academic to head new national cancer strategy

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Monday, 2 September 2019

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.

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

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

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.

Teenagers say ‘nope’ to dope

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Friday, 16 August 2019

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

2019 OUSA Supervisor of the Year named

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Friday, 9 August 2019

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.

Otago research shines light on cancer cells

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Friday, 9 August 2019

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.

Otago researchers key to new Christchurch dementia clinic

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

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.

Treatable cancers killing thousands in Pacific

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

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.

Hotly contested 3MT finals

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Monday, 5 August 2019

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

Dementia prevention research clinic opens in Christchurch

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Friday, 26 July 2019

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).

Old vaccine brings new surprises

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Friday, 19 July 2019

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.

Otago study unlocks secrets of sex change in fish

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

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.

NZ experts play crucial role in global fight against pneumonia

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Friday, 28 June 2019

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.

Study of sexual orientation and mental health

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

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.

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

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

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.

Central Otago cemetery might be next for archaeological research

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

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.

Hard hitters share weight management knowledge

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

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.

Butting Out: Researchers gauge public opinion on tobacco product waste

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.

Health Research Excellence Awards announced

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Neurosurgeon Professor Dirk De Ridder has been awarded the prestigious Dean's Medal at the annual Health Research Excellence Awards, for his work on neuromodulation to treat brain conditions ranging from addiction to Parkinson's Disease.

Opinion: Why are taxpayers subsidising licensed firearms owners?

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

OPINION: Online comment from some local gun lobbyists after the Christchurch shooting bypassed sympathy and jumped straight to worries about government "taking our guns away". Despite such attitudes, firearm owners are happy for the rest of us to subsidise them through our taxes.

Otago’s emerging researchers secure more than $1.7 million in HRC funding

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Thursday, 16 May 2019

An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.