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Otago researchers claim inaugural Māori researcher fellowships

Monday, 30 April 2018 2:25pm

Two University of Otago researchers of Ngāpuhi descent are being rewarded with new prestigious four-year fellowships aimed at providing better health and well-being for Māori.

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What helped and hindered Pacific university graduates to complete their degrees

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 1:36pm

A newly published National Centre for Lifecourse Research paper reveals factors that Pacific university graduates describe as having helped or hindered their degree completion.

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Study reveals childhood factors which contribute to adult obesity

Friday, 23 March 2018 1:21pm

Otago researchers reveal childhood predictors of becoming overweight or obese

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The NCLR is supporting a free community 2018 Tai Tokerau Speaker Series in Whangarei

Saturday, 3 March 2018 1:47pm

The NCLR is supporting a free Tai Tokerau speaker series at the Whangarei Library. NCLR Co-director Professor Richie Poulton will be talking about "The science of wellbeing for children and young people" on 11 April.

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TSB Community Trust award major research funding to NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa,

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 11:41am

NCLR partner, Te Pou Tiringa, has been awarded $870,000 from the TSB Community Trust. This is the trust's first step in strategic philanthropy. The hope for the project, a collaboration between Te Pou Tiringa and the NCLR, is that it will lead to better outcomes for Māori children and whānau.

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Otago University breakthrough in the war on sugar

Thursday, 7 December 2017 11:35am

Distinguishing naturally occurring sugars in a person’s diet from those added as sweetener has been challenging – until now, thanks to a new method developed by the University of Otago.

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NCLR forum brings together lifecourse experts

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:30am

Lifecourse research leaders from around the country met at St Margaret’s College at the University of Otago on Tuesday to discuss the future of lifecourse research in New Zealand.

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University of Otago researcher wins HRC Liley Medal for research into oral health inequality

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 2:45pm

University of Otago researcher Dr Jonathan Broadbent was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Liley Medal at the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Honours in Auckland last night. The award recognised Dr Broadbent's research into oral health inequality.

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How well will a kid fare in life? Dunedin Study offers clues

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 2:35pm

Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, Dunedin Study Director and National Centre for Lifecourse Research Co-Director, is currently in Singapore to deliver the CJ Koh Professorial lecture at the National Institute of Education.

"The early years are absolutely critical for how a person's life turns out, and if you really want to make a difference to people's lives, intervening early is key. That's where governments should put their money. That is where their focus should be" Poulton says. Professor Poulton explains that the Dunedin study singles out children's self-control as a clear target for prevention policy, apart from all other influential features of children's backgrounds, such as their family life, socio-economic status or the child's intelligence. He notes that interventions early on in life can make a difference.

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Pasifika mums suffer psychological distress from housing problems

Monday, 9 October 2017 2:08pm

More than half of the nearly 1000 mothers interviewed for the AUT study reported a significant major housing problem such as cold homes, inadequate size and cost.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:44pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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University of Otago flagship research centres launched

Thursday, 3 August 2017 3:21pm


The University formally launched its reconfigured line-up of 12 flagship research centres this week at an event during which each centre concisely showcased its often world-leading activities.

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Early childhood education linked with better outcomes at age 35 years

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 11:31am

Attendance at early childhood education is associated with benefits for later cognitive and academic outcomes over the life course.

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New evidence of personal and social benefits of university education for Māori and Pacific Island graduates

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 11:22am

Latest research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) suggests that graduating from university may not only change the individual lives of Māori and Pacific Island graduates, but also positively impact on their families, communities and society in general.

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Special lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM, leader of the Dunedin Study

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 3:08pm

"Staying ahead of the curve: best practices in the Dunedin Study". A special free public lecture by Professor Richie Poulton CNZM on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at 6pm at the Dunedin town hall.

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HRC funding success for NCLR partners

Friday, 16 June 2017 2:21pm

Health Research Council (HRC) funding success for NCLR partners - the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study and COMPASS

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Two Division of Sciences staff members recipients of 2017 Queen's Birthday honours

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 12:37pm

Professors Richie Poulton (Psychology) and Sally Brooker (Chemistry) have been named as recipients of the 2017 Queen's Birthday honours list.

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Queen's birthday honours for Professor Richie Poulton, CNZM

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 1:13pm

NCLR Co-Director Professor Richie Poulton has become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).

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Celebrating postgraduate success for Māori in Psychology

Monday, 15 May 2017 10:23am

This week, three Māori Master of Psychology students; Jacob Ashdown, Paris Pidduck and Penny Tipu graduated. All three students were supervised by NCLR investigator Dr Gareth Treharne, and supported by Dr Tia Neha.