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One in 10 New Zealanders over 50 at risk of scurvy because of low vitamin C levels

Friday, 10 November 2017 4:08pm

More than one in 10 New Zealanders over the age of 50 have such low Vitamin C levels they run the risk of getting scurvy, according to a University of Otago, Christchurch study.

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Kids in Space Study: Where do our children go?

Thursday, 9 November 2017 9:04am

New Zealand children stick close to home, innovative research from Otago, Auckland and Harvard Universities has revealed.

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Otago research aims to fill gap in views on assisted dying

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 2:24pm

A researcher at the University of Otago is hoping to ascertain, for the first time, the collective views about assisted dying from people who are terminally ill and nearing the end of their lives.

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He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 1:30pm

The Spring 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter

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First New Zealand study of pathological hoarding

Monday, 6 November 2017 4:30pm

An estimated 35,000 New Zealanders have clinically severe hoarding behaviour, according to the country’s first snapshot of the debilitating mental illness. A further 56,000 people are likely to have sub-clinical hoarding behaviours that could later develop into a diagnosable condition.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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Threat of antibiotic resistance worse for Māori, says researcher

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 12:41pm

A University of Otago PhD student is doing his bit to curb antibiotic resistance and subsequently reduce the threat of infectious disease among Māori communities.

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Dean's Bequest recipients 2018

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm

DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.

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Study shows NZers who cycle and walk for transport are more physically active

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:37am

New Zealanders who walk and cycle for transport are much more likely to have adequate levels of physical activity than those who drive cars.

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Reproductive race: Males rapidly adjust sperm speed to beat rivals

Monday, 30 October 2017 8:22am

Joint research by the University of Otago and University of Canterbury has revealed that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce.

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No smokefree signs at New Zealand racecourses, study shows

Friday, 27 October 2017 12:25pm

A survey of New Zealand racecourses and sports grounds with stands has found no smokefree signs at the racecourses and signage at less than half the sports grounds.

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Inherited heart disease: you're not doomed by your DNA

Thursday, 26 October 2017 3:20pm

Dr Anna Pilbrow says we are not doomed by our DNA – and that having a healthy lifestyle can help offset genetic risks.

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Osteoarthritis no knees-up for many NZers – Otago research

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 4:14pm

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) causes adult New Zealanders to lose a total of 467,240 quality-adjusted years of life (QALY) across their lifetimes, new University of Otago research shows. One QALY equates to one year in perfect health.

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Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers

Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:14am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that only six per cent of Wellington City children’s playgrounds have drinking water fountains.

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New urine test can save lives by detecting kidney disease much earlier

Thursday, 19 October 2017 2:48pm

A new urine test being trialled by University of Otago, Christchurch scientists could one day save lives.

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Dunedin School of Medicine Teaching Awards 2017

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 2:07pm

Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates recipients of the 2017 Teaching Awards

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Many NZ mums not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid: Otago research

Monday, 16 October 2017 11:13am

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (MOH) rarely recommends using supplements, but does urge mothers to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding, to help avoid neurodevelopmental problems in their babies.

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New Zealand's sex industry model 'as useful as a burst condom'

Sunday, 15 October 2017 2:42pm

Associate Professor Gillian Abel, who has studied sex work in New Zealand for two decades, says Julie Bindel denies women actively choose to do sex work.

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Opportunity to learn about 3D printing with local expert

Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:00am

Associate Professor Tim Woodfield has developed a 3-day introductory 3D Printing in Medicine course for the local medical community. It will run November 20 to 22 in Christchurch and include talks by international and national experts.

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NZ kids can’t escape alcohol marketing next to bread and milk

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 4:19pm

New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on nearly every visit to the supermarket, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.

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New research shows NZ children are surrounded by junk food ads

Monday, 9 October 2017 5:25pm

New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.

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Improving assessment of acute abdominal pain

Friday, 6 October 2017 3:08pm

Surgical admissions for people with abdominal pain to Wellington Hospital’s department of general surgery have nearly doubled over the past decade, a University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) study has found.

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Christchurch student develops App prototype

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 2:43pm

A student from Otago’s Christchurch campus has taken part in a 48-hour competition to develop a medical education learning application at the world’s biggest and best medical education conference.

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Shoddy sunbeds on the second-hand market in New Zealand: Otago findings

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 2:26pm

New Zealand regulations around commercial sunbeds have been tightened in recent years, but they can be purchased on TradeMe where no regulations apply at all, according on to ongoing University of Otago research.

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New Zealand teens’ risky behaviour rates reduced since the 1990s

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:38am

Overall today’s adolescents are ‘better behaved’ than teens in the 1990s, says a University of Otago, Wellington researcher.

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University of Otago, Christchurch campus profiled at Showcase 2017

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 5:07pm

The Canterbury public enjoyed laboratory tours, a debate on whether we can all live to be 120 years, and the chance to hear about latest health research at Showcase 2017.

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World-leading cancer geneticist to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 9:43am

Professor Parry Guilford, an internationally renowned cancer genetics and biology expert, has been selected as the University’s latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction.

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October 2017 digital calendar

Monday, 2 October 2017 2:47pm

A rainbow appeared in the sky behind a distillery in Scotland just as Alice Milnes began photographing it – making the photo which has become this month’s digital calendar.

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Actors and manikins used in medical training

Friday, 29 September 2017 1:17pm

Christchurch medical students are working with actors and a high-technology manikin to practise dealing with acute patient scenarios before encountering them in the real world.

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Internationally pioneering Otago microbiology group honoured

Thursday, 28 September 2017 4:06pm

A world-leading team of microbiologists, whose work on a novel new way to fight TB infections shows great promise, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Otago’s latest Research Group Award.

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Undeclared steroids found in products sold in NZ

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:25pm

Athletes and the body-conscious beware – at least six sports supplements on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain anabolic steroids not declared on their labels.

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Lactation hormone also helps a mother’s brain: Otago research

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:11pm

The same hormone that stimulates milk production for lactation, also acts in the brain to help establish the nurturing link between mother and baby, University of Otago researchers have revealed for the first time.

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US video shines light on Otago research into the mystery of how glowworms glow

Monday, 25 September 2017 5:40pm

Otago Department of Biochemistry glowworm bioluminescence research was recently showcased internationally on a US public radio website.

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New study shows General Practices at health training capacity

Friday, 22 September 2017 10:17am

A comprehensive survey in the lower North Island and South Island has revealed that general practices, although crucial for teaching our future health professionals, are at training capacity.

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New research shows surge in outdoor smokefree action around NZ

Friday, 22 September 2017 9:42am

Local outdoor smokefree action is rapidly growing around New Zealand, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Book shines spotlight on our cities

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:02pm

A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.

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First study of inflammatory bowel disease rates in NZ children

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 3:53pm

Rates of debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as Crohn’s disease among South Island children are up to three times higher than their North Island counterparts, the first New Zealand prevalence study has found.

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New medical device for brain monitoring at the bedside

Monday, 18 September 2017 10:26am

A University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) team has been awarded an MBIE Endeavour grant this week to develop a non-invasive and cost-effective device to diagnose and treat stroke and other brain injuries.

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Research into 3D-printing to better heal broken bones

Friday, 15 September 2017 2:48pm

Christchurch researchers are growing veins in the laboratory as part of a project aiming to create large 3D-printed pieces of bone for use in orthopaedic surgery.

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Professor Tony Dowell interviewed for RNZ Documentary on Mental Health

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 2:22pm

Professor Tony Dowell from the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice was recently interviewed as part of the RNZ Insight Programme, entitled "NZ’s Mental Health at Breaking Point?"

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Up-and-coming Otago researchers’ excellence recognised through awards

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:41pm

University of Otago researchers Dr Simon Jackson and Dr Anna Pilbrow were recently honoured with awards bestowed by the organising bodies of the prestigious Queenstown Research Week.

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Dawn of agriculture linked with poor start to life in ancient Atacama, Chile

Monday, 11 September 2017 9:29am

Learning to cultivate crops and other agricultural food – rather than relying on hunter-gathering – is often thought of as a key milestone in the history of humanity.

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Canterbury quake damage increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:48pm

A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets  reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.

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Otago researchers investigate new stroke treatment

Friday, 8 September 2017 1:56pm

New Zealand stroke survivors are being sought by University of Otago researchers for an innovative study that holds promise for restoring their arm and hand function.

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Study shows mould in bedrooms causes asthma in young children

Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:02am

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) have shown that leaking and mouldy homes may lead to the development of a first attack of asthma in young children living in them.

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Otago researchers makes "natural born killer" cell discovery

Friday, 1 September 2017 11:29am

An unexpected role for a white blood cell called the Natural Killer (NK) cell – a critical cell for ridding the body of infection and cancer, has been discovered by University of Otago researchers.

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Positive outlook for couples with fertility difficulties

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:01am

Young couples who fear they are infertile may just need more time rather than costly treatments, University of Otago research shows.

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Helping healthcare practitioners to work with language interpreters

Monday, 28 August 2017 11:44am

A team of researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has just launched a unique on-line eLearning module to provide realistic and practical guidance for clinicians working with spoken language interpreters in primary health care.

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Otago brain health researchers delve into dopamine

Friday, 25 August 2017 4:03pm

University of Otago researchers studying learning processes affected in brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have made new discoveries about how nerve impulses form memories, findings which have implications for developing new therapies for these conditions.

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Study shows most NZ playgrounds lack smokefree signs

Thursday, 24 August 2017 3:48pm

A new study of the smokefree signs at 63 New Zealand playgrounds has found that less than half of the playgrounds (44 per cent) had any such signs. Even when present, many of the signs were small and poorly designed, with some being only postcard sized.

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Students deliver “Medical Toolbox” in Christchurch

Monday, 21 August 2017 2:49pm

Christchurch medical students are helping to improve the health of a vulnerable group by giving health checks and advice to people on probation.

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Quitline is good value-for-money - new study

Monday, 21 August 2017 10:52am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.

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Christchurch campus cookbook launched

Thursday, 17 August 2017 2:50pm

A group of cancer researchers from the University's Christchurch campus have shared their favourite recipes to raise money for charity.

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Studying a new treatment for a common men’s condition

Thursday, 17 August 2017 9:16am

A New Zealand-first research study happening in Canterbury could make treatment of a common male condition easier and less painful.

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New discovery could help prevent preterm birth in at-risk pregnant women

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:58pm

Otago University researchers have discovered a new trigger that stimulates the release of oxytocin from the brain in pregnancy – the hormone responsible for contracting the uterus during birth.

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'Big data' study shows high impact of childhood respiratory illnesses on primary care practices

Friday, 11 August 2017 2:48pm

A study using ‘big data’ has found that childhood respiratory illnesses, especially during the first two years of life, have a big impact on New Zealand primary care general practice (GP) workloads.

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Obstetric providers need greater support for new prenatal screening test

Friday, 4 August 2017 2:47pm

A new study shows most New Zealand obstetric providers need more support when providing a revolutionary genetic prenatal screening test because of its complexity and because it is not publicly funded.

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Secrets of ancient Irish funeral practices revealed

Friday, 4 August 2017 12:17pm

New insights into the lifeways – and death rites – of the ancient people of Ireland are being provided through funerary studies led by a researcher at the University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy.

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Legendary rural GP remembered at RNZCGP conference

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 9:45am

Dr Garry Nixon, Director of the Rural Postgraduate Programme awarded the coveted Eric Elder Memorial Medal

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New Zealand is falling far short of its Smokefree 2025 goal

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 12:02pm

Smokefree 2025 will be Smokefree 2065 unless urgent government action is taken.

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New Centre for Translational Physiology launched in Wellington

Monday, 31 July 2017 4:08pm

A unique centre that will forge new links between health researchers and clinicians, working on solutions for complex diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke, is being launched at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) this week.

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Otago finding new ways to beat an old and enduring enemy - TB

Monday, 31 July 2017 4:26pm

An innovative approach in drug discovery in combating one of the world’s greatest health scourges – tuberculosis (TB) – is being pioneered by an international research group that has Otago microbiologists as key leading members.

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No evidence higher doses of cholesterol-lowering drug increase risk of acute kidney damage

Monday, 31 July 2017 3:37pm

New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, do not appear to have a higher risk of acute kidney damage than those taking a lower dose, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.

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Youth more likely to discourage than promote smoking among peers

Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm

Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Fussy fish use genetic compatibility to pick partners from afar

Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:17am

When salmon spawn, the sperm of competing males are in an all-or-nothing race to be the first to reach and fertilise the eggs.

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He Kete Kōrero – Winter 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 1:42pm

The Winter 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter

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Otago cemetery research reveals insights into lives of early settlers

Monday, 24 July 2017 4:58pm

In the first research of its kind in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers are gaining fresh insights into the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in St. John’s Burial Ground, in Tokoiti, Milton.

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Bowel-cancer screening cost-effective but does not reduce health inequalities

Thursday, 20 July 2017 9:13am

Bowel-cancer screening in New Zealand will improve health cost effectively, according to University of Otago research just published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

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Modified baby-led weaning shows benefits for infants – Otago research

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:11pm

Babies who feed themselves as soon as they have started eating solids appear to be less fussy eaters, new University of Otago research has found.

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Thousands of NZ children continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke in cars

Friday, 7 July 2017 11:28am

New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars, and that exposure even increased in 2015.

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Study predicts future burden of Parkinson’s disease in New Zealand

Friday, 7 July 2017 9:14am

Numbers of people with Parkinson’s disease will double over the next 25 years, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch’s specialist brain research group.

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Health Research Excellence Awards Recipients

Monday, 3 July 2017 10:29am

The Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern DHB warmly congratulate recipients of the Health Research Excellence Awards

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Men of different ethnicities needed for Wellington weight loss study

Thursday, 29 June 2017 2:33pm

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) are seeking 20 men from different ethnic backgrounds for a study to find out how well people of different body shapes and different ethnicities respond to a weight loss diet.

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Pathways to achieve Smokefree NZ – new study

Thursday, 29 June 2017 9:04am

New modelling research has shown the major ways for reducing smoking on the path to New Zealand’s smokefree goal by 2025. University of Otago, Wellington researchers are calling for these new measures to be considered by the New Zealand Government.

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Christchurch Māori Institute wins international award

Monday, 26 June 2017 3:04pm

Christchurch’s Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) has won a prestigious international teaching award for the third time in a row.

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Closing the border in extreme pandemics worthwhile – Study

Monday, 26 June 2017 1:07pm

It may sometimes make sense for island nations like New Zealand to temporarily close their borders in extreme pandemic situations, a new study by Wellington researchers suggests.

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The fine line between playing God and saving species

Friday, 23 June 2017 12:57pm

New Zealand conservation workers are keen on gene-editing to eradicate pests but would rather avoid “playing God” with native species, a University of Otago study suggests.

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Washing hands after gardening could protect against Legionnaire’s disease

Friday, 23 June 2017 11:42am

Washing hands after using compost could protect gardeners from contracting a common but dangerous strain of Legionnaire’s disease, new University of Otago research shows.

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Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

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Updated guidance urgently needed for antipsychotic drug clozapine

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:04am

Drug-safety regulators and manufacturers need to take urgent action over serious adverse effects of the valuable antipsychotic drug clozapine, a new study shows.

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Significant HRC funding boost for Dunedin School of Medicine

Monday, 19 June 2017 1:29pm

The Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates researchers who have been awarded $4.25M in HRC funding.

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‘Trojan’ females may hold key to pest control

Friday, 16 June 2017 1:54pm

Pests like mice and wasps may one day be eradicated using a new technique which scientists have just proven in the laboratory on fruit flies.

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Researchers funded to investigate possible adverse effect of a common lung disease treatment

Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:23am

The University of Otago’s Dr Lianne Parkin and colleagues will receive a Health Research Council grant to investigate whether particular drugs used to treat a common lung disease put people at greater risk of heart attacks.

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Major funding for innovative University of Otago health research

Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:30am

University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $24M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

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Research finds flu is a major killer in New Zealand with Māori, Pasifika and low-income earners most vulnerable

Friday, 9 June 2017 12:27pm

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, and the risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men and those living in relative poverty.

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Way to make cancer treatment safer wins Otago innovation competition

Thursday, 8 June 2017 11:48am

A new technique to make modern cancer treatment safer was the winner at the University of Otago annual Proof of Concept competition.

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Queen’s Birthday Honours surprise Otago staff

Thursday, 8 June 2017 2:50pm

Three Otago professors honoured on Queens’s Birthday describe a moment of puzzlement upon receiving a curious looking letter in a gold embossed envelope from New Zealand’s Government House.

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Teachers using own DNA for human evolution studies

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:38pm

School students who may have wondered where their teachers came from may not have to wonder much longer.

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Being overweight or obese in childhood closely linked to heart health risk in middle age: Otago research

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 8:47am

Being overweight or obese from as early as three years of age is associated with measures of cardiovascular risk in early midlife, according to new findings from the world-renowned Dunedin Study.

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Setting the world on a course toward sustainable development

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:26pm

Not all good policies, in isolation, lead to an overall good outcome. Interactions and linkages between policies are what will lead us towards a more sustainable world, according to a new International Council for Science (ICSU) report.

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University of Otago, Christchurch, geneticist awarded Queen’s Birthday honour

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 3:29pm

Professor Vicky Cameron, a renowned geneticist and Deputy Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch, has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this Queen’s Birthday honours list.

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Experts call for urgent changes to tobacco sales

Friday, 2 June 2017 4:48pm

Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.

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Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

Thursday, 1 June 2017 11:59am

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body.

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Christchurch Heart Institute and the Heart Foundation first to work with cardiovascular charity partnership

Thursday, 1 June 2017 8:36am

The Christchurch Heart Institute is working alongside the Heart Foundation as part of an innovative approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD) research, following a significant donation of $330,000 from Ryman Healthcare yesterday.

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HIV diagnoses in New Zealand in 2016 highest ever

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 9:28am

Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.

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Chlamydia more common in New Zealand than thought

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:46am

One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.

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Medical student off to mountain running world champs

Monday, 29 May 2017 2:51pm

Christchurch-based medical student Sabrina Grogan is New Zealand’s Senior Women’s Mountain Running Champion – and training to compete in the World Championships title in July.

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‘Missing DNA’ could hold clue to why some get breast cancer young

Monday, 29 May 2017 9:52am

A University of Otago, Christchurch, discovery of missing DNA in women who develop breast cancer at a young age could hold the key to helping them beat the disease.

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Cannabidiol shown to be effective for a severe form of Epilepsy

Thursday, 25 May 2017 4:48pm

The first ever Class 1 clinical trial of the drug cannabidiol has shown it is effective at reducing convulsive seizures in a severe type of epilepsy in children.

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New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:31am

Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic disease, an international collaboration led by University of Otago researchers has found.

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Do Community Treatment Orders violate human rights?

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 9:54am

Researchers from New Zealand and Australia have claimed that a standard practice used in psychiatry may be ineffective and violate international human rights conventions.

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Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding

Monday, 22 May 2017 12:05pm

Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today.

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He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017 1:50pm

The Autumn 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter.

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Improvements to healthcare system needed to manage multimorbidity

Friday, 12 May 2017 9:06am

Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.

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New funding for Otago immunotherapy breast cancer research

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:24am

A University of Otago biochemistry researcher has been awarded nearly $200,000 to study the potential of immunotherapy to treat breast cancer.

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Off-label prescription of proton pump inhibitors to New Zealand infants is common

Thursday, 4 May 2017 12:09pm

Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research.

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Study on tensions between street-based sex workers and their communities

Thursday, 4 May 2017 11:58am

Better understanding tensions between street-based sex workers and communities is part of a new study by a University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher into the impact of decriminalisation.

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New Zealand fish and chips hold human DNA clues

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 9:27am

Before you pop that piece of battered fish in your mouth, be aware it might just hold the key to understanding the origins of a form of DNA memory critical to human development.

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Turning healthcare around: Health professionals learning together makes for better healthcare

Thursday, 13 April 2017 8:41am

Poor communication between clinicians can turn health care into a bad experience. The University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) is turning this around through an interprofessional education (IPE) programme introduced in recent years for students across the disciplines – dietetics, medicine, physiotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Study to develop faster way of detecting antibiotic resistance

Monday, 10 April 2017 3:17pm

New Zealand researchers are about to develop a radical new way of helping doctors detect antibiotic resistance faster that could save patients’ lives and change the way antibiotics are used around the world.

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Christchurch Campus hosts awards for research excellence and values

Monday, 10 April 2017 12:50pm

A gastroenterologist, rheumatologist and longitudinal researcher were awarded the Christchurch campus’s top research honour at a ceremony to welcome new staff and students held last month. 

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Injured Māori face higher rates of long-term disability

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:36pm

Māori experience considerable longer-term disability after injury, new University of Otago analysis of patient-reported and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows.

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Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:06pm

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar.

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Health Research Council supports Otago researchers

Thursday, 30 March 2017 8:18am

Several University of Otago researchers have gained feasibility grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) in its latest funding round. The HRC yesterday announced a combined total of $2 million worth of these grants, up from $1.05 million in 2016.

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New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

Thursday, 30 March 2017 8:46am

Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.

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Christchurch Medical students conduct free health checks

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:09am

Pacific Island Medical students from the University’s Christchurch campus recently volunteered their time - giving free medical checks to people attending the Polyfest event.

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‘Quake brain’ affecting our memory and ability on simple tasks

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 9:55am

Cantabrians cognitive abilities – or their ability to do simple tasks – appear to have been significantly affected by exposure to earthquakes, new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch, has found.

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Evidence supports nationwide roll-out of home safety measures

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:28pm

New evidence from the University of Otago, Wellington shows that government social investment in safer housing would be justified to prevent falls.

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New national School of Rural Health proposed

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 8:45am

The creation of a new national School of Rural Health (SRH) is being investigated by New Zealand’s two medical schools at the University of Otago and The University of Auckland, in association with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network (NZRGPN) in a joint initiative which has the potential to begin to address the country’s chronic shortage of rural health professionals.

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Researchers developing next-generation sanitisers to control bovine mastitis in the dairy industry

Friday, 17 March 2017 11:10am

Researchers from the Universities of Otago and Auckland have teamed up with a leading New Zealand animal health innovator, Deosan, to develop new sanitisers for mastitis management. The development and implementation of new sanitisers will continue to enhance New Zealand’s position as a global leader in milk quality by improving performance in mastitis prevention and guard against the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

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Major science event presents latest research on our “Diabesity” epidemic

Friday, 17 March 2017 9:32am

Getting teenagers more active and how our gut hormones impact on obesity are just two of a wide range of topics being discussed at a major gathering of top national and international researchers at Auckland City Hospital today.

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Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:56am

The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.

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Major support for Otago health research provided through latest lottery grants

Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm

University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Otago research suggests child obesity can be tackled by simple sleep interventions

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 12:34pm

Families who receive brief interventions about how to improve their children’s sleep have infants who are much less likely to be overweight, a University of Otago study has found.

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Specific immune cells predict bowel cancer outcomes

Monday, 6 March 2017 12:37pm

A pilot study by University of Otago researchers suggests that people with colorectal cancer that have a certain type of immune cell in their tumour may have increased survival rates.

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Flexible sigmoidoscopy test just once greatly reduces life–time risk of bowel cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017 3:14pm

A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening approach.

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Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017 2:18pm

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says.

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Hormone could predict those at risk of hospital readmission or death after cardiac event

Friday, 3 March 2017 10:46am

Accurately predicting the likelihood of readmission or even death following a heart attack is now more possible, according to recently published findings by the Christchurch Heart Institute (CHI).

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Otago researchers receive new joint pharmaceuticals research funding

Thursday, 2 March 2017 4:32pm

Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).

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Downward trend in disaster events causing mass deaths in NZ (1900 to 2015)

Thursday, 2 March 2017 7:45am

Fewer New Zealanders are now dying in large-scale disaster events but that is not the case across the Tasman, a University of Otago, Wellington study has found.

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Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:04am

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists.

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Young nation’s leader to discuss public health initiatives with his former University

Monday, 27 February 2017 4:44pm

The Timor-Leste Prime Minister, who is a University of Otago alumnus, will visit the campus this week to explore possible collaborative projects.

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Otago gains funding to engage young minds with science

Friday, 17 February 2017 12:22pm

Four University of Otago initiatives are among the latest projects to be successfully awarded a total of $2m in the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds funding round. The fund particularly focuses on projects that engage young New Zealanders who have fewer opportunities to be involved with science and technology.

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Vitamin D supplements may protect against the flu and a nasty cold

Friday, 17 February 2017 9:19am

Taking vitamin D supplements can lower your risk of acute respiratory infections such as influenza or the common cold, latest research shows.

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Cold homes harm NZ youth health and schooling

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:29am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing.

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New App helps health professionals learn medical terms in Te Reo

Friday, 10 February 2017 11:52am

Learning Te Reo relevant to a health environment is now easy thanks to an innovative App and interactive game developed at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Wellington researchers awarded Long-Term Condition funds to tackle diabetes

Thursday, 9 February 2017 9:07am

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. This was recognised in today’s announcement by the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith for multi-million dollar funding on research to tackle diabetes.

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From CERN to the University of Otago, Christchurch

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 1:49pm

The first student from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has begun their PhD at the University of Otago, Christchurch, working on developing the next generation of medical scanners.

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Public health leaders speaking in Wellington through February

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 9:08am

The 21st Public Health Summer School starts at the University of Otago, Wellington today. As part of the Public Health Summer School, the University will host four free evening talks by leading international public health experts throughout February. The Wellington lectures are free and open to the public.

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Researchers call for ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport

Friday, 13 January 2017 9:01am

Watching televised sport means watching advertisements for alcohol, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).

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Cantabrians help find gene changes associated with poor Crohn’s disease outcomes

Thursday, 12 January 2017 8:49am

Christchurch researchers and their international collaborators have identified genetic markers that could predict those who will suffer most from Crohn’s disease.

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Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura, woven flax bassinets

Monday, 9 January 2017 4:19pm

Infants sleeping in wahakura (flax bassinets) are relatively safe when compared with bassinets, a joint study between the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic has found.

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Epigenetic changes promoting cancer metastasis identified: Otago research

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:25pm

Latest University of Otago research is shedding new light on why and how cancer cells spread from primary tumours to other parts of the body. This phenomenon – known as metastasis – causes about 90 per cent of all cancer deaths.

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Mystery of Southland's high bowel cancer rates may be solved

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:50am

Professor Brian Cox receives funding to investigate Southland's high rates of bowel cancer

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Medicinal Cannabis – harms or benefits? Who decides?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:25am

Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine.

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Rachael Taylor promoted to full professor

Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:30am

The Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates Rachael Taylor, the Department of Medicine's Deputy Head of Department, on her promotion to full professor

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Biomedical Sciences staff celebrated with awards

Thursday, 15 December 2016 9:51am

A ground-breaking paper on bee fertility, passionate research into the bioarchaeology of children in the past, and outstanding service to the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences were among the achievements celebrated at an awards ceremony yesterday.

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Otago academics made full professor

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm

Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.

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Milestone Māori Medical graduation inspires staff

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 8:52am

The weekend’s milestone graduation of 45 Māori medical students was a momentous occasion for those who have worked to support these students during their years of study at Otago.

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What has art got to do with Public Health?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 4:40pm

What has art got to do with public health? How can people be “nudged” to better health using behavioural economics? And what emerging infectious diseases should we really worry about?

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Boxing: what lies beneath

Monday, 12 December 2016 2:27pm

Dr Jane Millichamp from the Dunedin School of Medicine discusses the dangers of repeated injuries to the brain

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Otago scientists gain Neurological Foundation funding

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:02pm

Several University of Otago researchers have gained funding to pursue innovative projects in the Neurological Foundation’s latest grant round announced today.

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Brian Cox: a cancer beater – and we're not using it

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm

A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.

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Māori medical student graduates create history

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:56am

The largest number of Māori medical students in New Zealand’s history will graduate from the University of Otago on Saturday 10 December.

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New Zealanders need high quality cancer information

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm

There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.

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Men’s pornography use and its impact on intimacy

Friday, 2 December 2016 12:25pm

The more frequently men use pornography the less sexually intimate they are with their partners, latest University of Otago, Christchurch, research shows.

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NZ banning sunbeds will have little impact on jobs

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm

Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Values emphasised at Wellington awards ceremony

Thursday, 1 December 2016 2:27pm

Staff and students at the University’s Wellington campus attended a wonderful student awards ceremony on Friday 18 November to finish off what had been a difficult week of earthquakes and floods in the Wellington region.

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Otago research uncovers role of “cancer bubbles” in deadly clotting

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:51am

Chemotherapy stimulates the release of tiny bubbles from the surface of cancer cells that cause potentially fatal blood clots, new University of Otago research has found.

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University of Otago receives grant to support severe typhoid research in Tanzania

Monday, 28 November 2016 1:17pm

The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern Tanzania.

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Medical Evacuation from the South Pole

Monday, 28 November 2016 2:27pm

One of our graduates from the Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport at UOW featured recently in a story on Otago alumni. Dr Hamish Wright was the medical physician at the South Pole this winter and he assisted in a world-first medical evacuation of two patients in extreme conditions in the middle of winter this year.

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Adult stem cell types’ heart repair potential probed

Friday, 25 November 2016 10:17am

New University of Otago research is providing fresh insights into how a patient’s adult stem cells could best be used to regenerate their diseased hearts.

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Wellington and Christchurch staff thanked for earthquake efforts

Thursday, 24 November 2016 12:48pm

Staff and students at the University of Otago’s campuses in Wellington and Christchurch are being praised for their patience and hard work following last Monday’s major earthquake.

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Glimpsing the “Future Face of Healthcare”

Thursday, 24 November 2016 7:13am

A public lecture series launching this evening aims to highlight the positive relationship between the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Southern District Health Board and showcase some of the fascinating research being done in Dunedin.

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Amazon humidity and Everest Base Camp altitude...in Wellington

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:29am

Researchers can now explore complex health questions in a unique environmental simulation suite at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Triple Marsden success for DSM researchers

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 12:15pm

Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in Marsden Fund grants.

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Otago academic honoured by NZ AIDS Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 4:10pm

An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.

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Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Thursday, 3 November 2016 4:05pm

University of Otago, Christchurch, MRI expert Dr Tracy Melzer has been awarded $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to study changes in the brain that could predict dementia.

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Major Marsden funding for Otago researchers

Thursday, 3 November 2016 2:38pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $13.7M in the latest annual Marsden Fund round to undertake 23 world-class research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in their fields.

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Akoranga pūtaiao i roto i te reo Māori

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 1:54pm

Viewing eyeballs through a microscope and discovering the huge numbers of cells in a “single eyeball slice” was one of the highlights for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna students on a recent visit to the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Cost-effectiveness of Herceptin® for early stage breast cancer varies by age and tumour type

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 9:33am

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) found that the cost-effectiveness of the drug trastuzumab (known more commonly as Herceptin®) in treating early stage breast cancer was highly variable depending on the disease characteristics and age of the woman.

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University of Otago and Ngāti Toa Rangatira renew partnership

Monday, 17 October 2016 12:22pm

The University of Otago this week renewed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira. The MoU was signed at a ceremony at the University of Otago Wellington by Te Taku Parai, chair of Te Rūnanga, Sir Matiu Rei, Te Rūnanga Executive Director, and John Ward, Chancellor of the University.

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Otago researchers probe HPV’s manipulation of immune system

Friday, 7 October 2016 9:55am

University of Otago researchers have gained fresh insights into how one of the main viruses that cause cervical cancer evades its hosts’ immune systems.

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Large Otago study shows New Zealand maternity system needs improvement

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 7:38am

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have released the findings of a major five-year study of New Zealand’s maternity outcomes. 

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Disparities in insulin pump use by New Zealanders with type 1 diabetes: Otago research

Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am

There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.

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Study reveals joint replacement surgery inequities

Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am

The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.

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BLITZ study: A youth vision for Porirua City

Monday, 19 September 2016 1:38pm

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, with a unique angle and focus in Porirua city has found that better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.

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Kids'Cam in Tonga

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 1:03pm

Researchers from the University’s Wellington campus have started working with camera and GPS-wearing children in Tonga.

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Otago scientists win national medals

Friday, 9 September 2016 12:02pm

Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at the New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards Night, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country's science community.

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Otago scientists win national medals

Friday, 9 September 2016 9:23am

Two current and one former University of Otago staff members received medals at last night’s New Zealand Association of Scientists Awards function, which recognises outstanding contributions by members of the country’s science community.

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Vaccine complacency alert

Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am

Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.

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Study suggests NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid

Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am

Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.

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CVD-targeted screening for the 'silent killer' AAA

Friday, 26 August 2016 3:04pm

Targeted screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patients' cardiovascular health shows promise for improving detection and treatment of this potentially deadly condition, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Cycling and walking in NZ cities

Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:00am

Cities with higher levels of cycling and walking have better overall population health, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Otago rugby team assisting with ground-breaking concussion research

Thursday, 25 August 2016 8:48am

The University of Otago is conducting ground-breaking research in to the forces exerted on heads of the Otago rugby players as they compete during the Mitre 10 Cup on Thursday, 25 August. The University researchers are testing whether neck strength is a crucial factor in preventing concussion in the sport.

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New Deputy Dean for Christchurch campus

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:08pm

Professor Vicky Cameron is a firm believer in scientists’ responsibility to share findings with the community - particularly their research participants. This is one of the reasons Professor Cameron is excited about becoming the Deputy Dean of the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus.

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Most homeless people working or studying

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:02pm

More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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Geneticist and keen sportsman to lead big research department

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 7:30am

Genetics researcher Professor Martin Kennedy is the new head of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Department of Pathology.

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General Staff Award

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:51am

Two people have won this year’s University of Otago General Staff Award — Human Nutrition Laboratory Supervising Technician Kieran Columb and Anatomy Teaching Laboratory Manager Fieke Neuman.

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Many pregnant NZ women are in the dark about healthy weight gain in pregnancy

Friday, 5 August 2016 4:34pm

A large proportion of pregnant New Zealand women are at higher risk of poor health outcomes because they don’t know how much weight they should be putting on during pregnancy, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Radical new law needed to ensure the Smokefree 2025 goal

Friday, 5 August 2016 2:37pm

Sweeping changes to the Smokefree Environments legislation are proposed by University of Otago researchers in a newly published article in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

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Monitoring for Congenital Zika Syndrome to start in New Zealand

Friday, 29 July 2016 9:25am

From August 2016, paediatricians are being asked to report all cases of infants and children less than six months of age with microcephaly or other brain abnormalities, whose mother, or her partner, has been in a country with active Zika virus transmission during (or just before) her pregnancy.

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Otago global health researchers to tackle fevers in Asia

Monday, 11 July 2016 9:08am

A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

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I whakaputaina he Tirohanga Hauora mō ngā Poari Hauora a-Rohe i roto i te reo Māori

Friday, 8 July 2016 3:02pm

I whakaputaina e Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, he rīpoata whakarāpopoto i ngā tatauranga hauora Māori mō ngā Poari Hauora a-Rohe o te motu nei. Koinei te wā tuatahi kua puta ēnei momo tatauranga i roto i te reo Māori.

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‘Amazing food machine’ pioneer awarded Carl Smith Medal

Friday, 1 July 2016 11:48am

Christchurch gastroenterologist Professor Richard Gearry is this year’s winner of the Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award, which recognises outstanding research performance from University of Otago staff early in their research career.

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Christchurch educator : an 'extraordinary Māori talent'

Monday, 27 June 2016 3:57pm

Christchurch educator Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama was named as one of our country's 'extraordinary Maori talents' in the inaugural Matariki Awards.

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New partnership formed to improve health of New Zealanders

Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:39am

A new partnership comprising the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) has been formed to invest in research that will improve understanding, treatment and prevention of long term conditions.

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Funding body gives strong support to Otago’s health research

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 2:30pm

University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $43.8M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

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Innovative Tairāwhiti programme scores well

Monday, 13 June 2016 12:35pm

A new study has shown that a rural health professional programme on the East Coast of the North Island near Gisborne is highly successful for students, patients and the local community.

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Otago health researchers honoured by HRC

Thursday, 9 June 2016 9:12am

A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.

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Garry Nixon rewarded for Dunstan Hospital, rural health work

Monday, 6 June 2016 4:30pm

Dr Garry Nixon has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

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Māori health expert tops list

Monday, 6 June 2016 4:01pm

Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Homelessness accelerates between censuses

Friday, 3 June 2016 11:54am

At least one in every 100 New Zealanders were homeless at the latest census in 2013, compared with 1 in 120 in 2006, and 1 in 130 in 2001, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.

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New teaching rooms at Banks Peninsula marae

Friday, 3 June 2016 3:57pm

The University of Otago has contributed to the building of a new wharekai (dining hall) and teaching rooms at Onuku Marae on the Banks Peninsula.

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Unique forensic study of early Otago farmers proposed

Monday, 30 May 2016 2:31pm

University of Otago researchers are hoping to shed new light on the quality of life and identity of Otago’s early European settlers and farmers through a proposed study that would involve excavating and analysing skeletons from unmarked graves in Tokoiti, Milton.

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Ancient DNA study finds Phoenician from Carthage had European ancestry

Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:20am

A research team co-led by a University of Otago scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the “Young Man of Byrsa” or “Ariche”, whose tomb was discovered within a hill in Carthage, Tunisia in 1994.

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High level of HIV diagnoses in New Zealand persists in 2015

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am

224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.

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Obesity's impact on breast cancer

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 8:27am

A team of specialist cancer researchers have joined forces to focus on the impact of obesity on breast cancer.

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Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 9:46am

A study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington shows that smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler.

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Otago studies supported by Health Research Council

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm

Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.

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Latest Lottery grants fund wide range of Otago health research

Thursday, 14 April 2016 10:28am

University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $1.7M in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies focusing on improving New Zealanders’ health.

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Improving the breast cancer journey for women with experience of mental illness

Monday, 11 April 2016 2:13pm

Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington are seeking participants for a study to investigate the breast cancer care journey for women with mental illness in order to improve their care.

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Australasia’s top health education award goes to Otago

Thursday, 7 April 2016 9:22am

The man driving innovation in training Otago medical students has won Australasia’s highest health education honour.

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Otago research holds promise for Alzheimer’s diagnostic blood test

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 11:50am

University of Otago researchers have discovered a promising new marker that could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease — and all that might be required is a simple blood test.

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University and Kura experiment with science in te reo Māori

Monday, 4 April 2016 3:07pm

Experiments that extract DNA from saliva and use disclosing tablets to look at plaque on teeth may not be new, but the University of Otago, Wellington, and Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna are doing these experiments in te reo Māori.

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Barriers to contraception for indigenous Māori teenage mothers

Thursday, 31 March 2016 3:20pm

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that there are health system barriers for young Māori mothers when trying to access timely contraception.

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Sun protection poor for NZ secondary school students: Otago research

Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am

A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.

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First evidence found that “cryptic female choice” is adaptive

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 1:12pm

University of Otago researchers studying chinook salmon have provided the first evidence that “cryptic female choice” (CFC) enhances fertilisation success and embryo survival.

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Medical centre in Michigan offers exercise program developed at Dunedin School of Medicine

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:42am

Thirty people improved their health and well-being this past year by participating in Otago, a simple, individually tailored, home-based exercise program to improve strength and balance that was offered by Cuyuna Regional Medical Centre (CRMC) in Crosby [Michigan].

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Caution urged over planned introduction of new cervical screening test

Friday, 11 March 2016 9:10am

The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.

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Vaccine cuts rate of major disease in African children in half

Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm

A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.

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Lecturers’ teaching excellence rewarded

Monday, 29 February 2016 11:59am

Four outstanding lecturers have been honoured in this year’s University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards, presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower building this afternoon.

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New Zealand children’s cycle safety scrutinised

Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:11am

A new University of Otago study of 8–12-year-old New Zealand children’s bicycle safety has found that many children aged under 11 are unable to safely complete a practical cycling skills assessment.

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Antipsychotic drug clozapine found to have significant gastrointestinal side effects

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:36am

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, and Capital and Coast Health District Health Board (CCDHB) shows that the antipsychotic drug clozapine dramatically slows bowel function. Rarely, this can lead to serious or life-threatening consequences.

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Arthritis researcher receives top honour

Friday, 19 February 2016 8:52am

A Christchurch rheumatologist awarded one of Arthritis New Zealand’s highest honours says her success would not be possible without the dedication of research participants, and clinical and research colleagues.

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Sigmoidoscopy bowel-screening method urged for New Zealand

Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm

An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.

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Is austerity bad for your health?

Thursday, 18 February 2016 8:52am

Austerity measures are seriously bad for our health, according to Oxford University Professor David Stuckler, visiting Wellington this week as part of the University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School. 

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Response to global crisis in indigenous mental health

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 3:23pm

Innovative approaches to address traumatised indigenous communities will be described by Australian educators Barbara Wingard and Dr David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre for Narrative Therapy in Wellington tomorrow.

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Promising advances in prevention of rheumatic fever

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 12:45pm

Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling  rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Working to improve public health in New Zealand

Monday, 1 February 2016 1:32pm

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Hormone’s effect on neurons linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 8:41am

University of Otago researchers are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may act in the brain to cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.

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Government failing to adequately address tobacco harm for Māori

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:38pm

Māori smoking rates have barely changed since 2011, and the Government is not doing enough to address tobacco-related harm amongst Māori, say leading tobacco researchers and public health advocates.

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Wellington start-up in top three at Paris Climate Conference

Monday, 21 December 2015 1:49pm

A Wellington e-commerce start-up with a unique eco-idea to lower CO2 emissions has been placed second in a worldwide competition to tackle climate change at COP21, the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.

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Otago and Queen’s University to collaborate on veterans’ health research

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm

The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.

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Rental ‘Warrant of Fitness’ to start in Wellington and Dunedin

Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:35am

The University of Otago, Wellington is working with Wellington and Dunedin City Councils on a rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) to be introduced next year.

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“Hunger hormone” may treat severe peripheral artery disease

Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:39am

A new study by a team of researchers from the University of Otago and Japan suggests that the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin could be used clinically for the early treatment of critical limb ischemia (CLI), an advanced form of peripheral artery disease.

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NZ Vietnam War vets’ health scrutinised

Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago Pacific health researchers scoop HRC Career Development Awards

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:18pm

Twenty of the 36 budding Pacific health researchers funded in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Pacific Career Development Awards programme are based at the University of Otago.

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HRC Career Development Awards announced

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:22pm

A University of Otago brain cancer researcher has gained a prestigious Sir Charles Hercus fellowship in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) latest Career Development Awards.

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What drives urban change in New Zealand?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 9:38am

A new report about the drivers of urban change in New Zealand by the MBIE-funded Resilient Urban Futures Programme has been launched in Parliament by MPs Nicky Wagner and Grant Robertson. The report ‘Drivers of Urban Change’ brings together the views of key decision-makers and cutting-edge research.

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Christchurch’s leading woman of science celebrated

Monday, 7 December 2015 4:17pm

International scientists will today celebrate the exceptional career of Professor Christine Winterbourn, whose research in the area of free radical science has spanned more than four decades.

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Bodies and bugs: Curious kids doing cool science

Friday, 4 December 2015 8:23am

A pilot project that will help connect children’s innate curiosity with real life science is about to start at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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New Healthier Lives Challenge takes aim at NZ’s major killers

Friday, 4 December 2015 11:31am

Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.

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Improving baby's sleep during weaning through novel dietary fibres

Thursday, 3 December 2015 8:42am

A University of Otago scientist has received $1M to lead research into extending energy release from food to allow a better night’s sleep for babies during weaning.

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Infertility a common problem for Otago-Southland women

Friday, 20 November 2015 10:23am

Infertility is common amongst women aged 25–50 years in the south of New Zealand and significant health resources go towards helping them become mothers, new University of Otago research suggests.

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Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:24pm

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The findings open the way for developing potential new treatments to prevent subsequent full strokes, the researchers believe.

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Do New Zealanders still want the quarter-acre dream?

Monday, 2 November 2015 1:38pm

New Zealanders are moving towards the idea of mixed-use development where housing is within walking and cycling distance of key amenities like work, school or shopping, according to a survey carried out by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

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Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic marks 25 years

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 8:14pm

A Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic where final year students get hands-on experience has celebrated 25 years of existence.