Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am
Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.
Study of smoking among doctors and nurses shows very low smoking prevalence and Smokefree 2025 goal can be achieved
Friday, 9 March 2018 10:57am
A new study on smoking trends among doctors and nurses in New Zealand finds smoking has declined steadily within these healthcare professions. Researchers say this shows that very low smoking rates can be achieved in large occupational groups, suggesting that New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is reachable.
Friday, 9 March 2018 10:47am
A University of Otago health expert is calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact’s potential impacts on climate change and health.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 10:18am
Dr Rebecca Grainger from the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington has been appointed Chair of the Research for Life’s Research Advisory Committee.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018 11:09pm
The enthusiasm and passion of four Otago teachers has earned them recognition in this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards, which were presented at a ceremony at the Clocktower Building this afternoon.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm
School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:52am
A University of Otago, Christchurch, summer student has identified the days when patients are most vulnerable to dying from a ‘broken heart’.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:00pm
Thousands of New Zealanders can look forward to improvements in treatment and care of heart failure following new research findings that look set to alter the clinical approach and health care planning for heart failure globally.
Friday, 23 February 2018 4:20pm
A lack of support means many prisoners relapse back to smoking on release, despite many wanting to stay smokefree, a new study has found.
Unique chemistry - which one day might help fight serious disease - found in the New Zealand glowworm
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 3:26pm
University of Otago researchers have helped uncover how New Zealand glowworms produce their glow.
Friday, 16 February 2018 2:53pm
A Christchurch rheumatologist has won Medicines New Zealand's top prize for research into how increasing dosages of gout medicines can dramatically improve patients’ lives.
Friday, 16 February 2018 3:12pm
A Christchurch campus researcher has won New Zealand's top prize for using medicines to dramatically improve patients’ lives.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 4:35pm
Urgent and proactive action is needed to protect young people from the current mumps outbreak in New Zealand, says Dr Ayesha Verrall, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:47pm
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu has been appointed to the role of Associate Dean (Pacific) at the University’s Wellington campus.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:48pm
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:38am
A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 9:39am
Taking regular activity breaks while sitting for long periods does not increase your appetite, University of Otago academics have discovered.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018 2:17pm
University of Otago researchers are ready to take a significant step in the development of a new natural product that could potentially prevent diabetes.
Monday, 5 February 2018 9:05am
Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington in February. The Public Health Summer School will be officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark on 7 February.
Friday, 2 February 2018 2:03pm
New Zealand surgeons are often prepared to treat an abnormality discovered during an elective surgical procedure in the absence of patient consent, especially if the patient’s health is threatened and the risk of the additional procedure is low.
Friday, 2 February 2018 2:50pm
New research has found that only a fifth (20 per cent) of childrens’ playgrounds in the lower North Island of New Zealand had drinking fountains (11 out of 54 playgrounds).
Thursday, 1 February 2018 2:49pm
Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 1:30pm
There are substantial gaps between expert recommendations and public knowledge about risk factors for cancer, though these gaps are closing for some cancer types, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 22 January 2018 12:07pm
New Zealand women and their babies are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency and current health guidelines fall short of curbing this detrimental trend, new University of Otago research shows.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 9:53am
Primary care physicians can improve their communication to newly-diagnosed diabetes patients by offering more information specific to the patient’s experience, new research from Otago, Auckland and Victoria universities shows.
Monday, 15 January 2018 9:12am
The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.
Shade shortage in Wellington playgrounds: Otago research highlights the need to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ this summer
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 4:51pm
Children visiting playgrounds this summer may be at high risk of sunburn, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 5 January 2018 11:26am
The molecule responsible for heart disease in diabetics has been identified by University of Otago researchers, greatly improving chances of survival.
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:53am
University of Otago researchers have found that the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in New Zealand frequently does not conform to international guidelines.
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:36am
Medical professionals have a range of tools at their disposal to care for patients. New University of Otago research delves into the ethical dilemma of adding the internet to their choices.
Friday, 15 December 2017 12:25pm
The University of Otago will this year promote 23 academics to the position of Professor across its Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 4:08pm
More than 15,000 frail elderly identified as being lonely according to a world-first study of 72,000 older New Zealanders. That equates to one in five older people.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 9:31am
In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 8:24am
Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard - flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 9:32am
Christchurch newsletter. Catch up with the latest news and research findings from our Christchurch campus.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm
Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.
Monday, 11 December 2017 2:47pm
Top-ranking medical and radiation therapy students enjoyed their own version of the red carpet at the University’s Wellington campus 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Roxy Theatre last month.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:39am
A University of Otago survey of 1000 employers and employees in New Zealand has found that many things can go wrong at work social events when alcohol is involved.
Monday, 4 December 2017 2:51pm
University of Otago biochemistry researchers are continuing a fine trans-Tasman history of scientific connections by making use of the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne in their studies – a roughly football-field sized machine that can create intense beams of light a million times brighter than the sun.
Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:05pm
New research has shown governments can help improve health in low and middle income countries, simply by providing cash to people living in poverty.
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.
Thursday, 9 November 2017 9:04am
New Zealand children stick close to home, innovative research from Otago, Auckland and Harvard Universities has revealed.
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.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 1:30pm
The Spring 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter
Monday, 6 November 2017 3:18pm
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm
DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 19 October 2017 2:48pm
A new urine test being trialled by University of Otago, Christchurch scientists could one day save lives.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 2:07pm
Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates recipients of the 2017 Teaching Awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:03am
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.
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.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:57pm
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.
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 4:35pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 25 September 2017 5:40pm
Otago Department of Biochemistry glowworm bioluminescence research was recently showcased internationally on a US public radio website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
Friday, 8 September 2017 3:32pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017 9:45am
Dr Garry Nixon, Director of the Rural Postgraduate Programme awarded the coveted Eric Elder Memorial Medal
Wednesday, 2 August 2017 12:02pm
Smokefree 2025 will be Smokefree 2065 unless urgent government action is taken.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm
Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.
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.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 1:42pm
The Winter 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 3 July 2017 10:29am
The Dunedin School of Medicine and Southern DHB warmly congratulate recipients of the Health Research Excellence Awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 19 June 2017 1:29pm
The Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates researchers who have been awarded $4.25M in HRC funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:38pm
School students who may have wondered where their teachers came from may not have to wonder much longer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 18 May 2017 1:50pm
The Autumn 2017 edition of the University of Otago, Wellington newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 13 January 2017 9:01am
Watching televised sport means watching advertisements for alcohol, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:50am
Professor Brian Cox receives funding to investigate Southland's high rates of bowel cancer
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 9:25am
Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
Monday, 12 December 2016 2:27pm
Dr Jane Millichamp from the Dunedin School of Medicine discusses the dangers of repeated injuries to the brain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 12:15pm
Dunedin School of Medicine researchers have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in Marsden Fund grants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 19 September 2016 10:06am
The University of Otago’s 5th year medical students going through their Rural General Practice rotation were recently put to the test with a car crash.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 1:03pm
Researchers from the University’s Wellington campus have started working with camera and GPS-wearing children in Tonga.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Monday, 6 June 2016 11:36am
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.