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Improved food health standards linked to fewer cases of childhood gastroenteritis
Thursday, 21 February 2019
A University of Otago study reveals the incidence of non-viral gastroenteritis in New Zealand children has declined over the past 20 years with researchers concluding improved food health standards the key contributor.

Are New Zealand’s giant birds of prey just exiled Aussies?
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
An international team of researchers including scientists from the University of Otago and Canterbury Museum has brought new knowledge around how the world’s largest eagle came to live in New Zealand. The study published this week in “Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution” traces the Haast’s eagle back to Australia, but it was only after more than two million years of evolution in New Zealand that the bird became a global giant. 

Surprise te reo Māori finding in pre-diabetes research
Monday, 18 February 2019
New research from the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge has found people who speak te reo Māori have a reduced risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to diabetes.

Clues in Otago research as to changes in babies’ brain formation in obese mothers
Monday, 18 February 2019
University of Otago researchers have discovered a clue as to why there are changes in the way babies’ brains are formed in mothers who are obese during pregnancy, which can potentially lead to an elevated risk of mental illness, including autism spectrum disorders.

Sustained University efforts lead to fewer student offences in 2018
Monday, 18 February 2019
The University has released the 2018 discipline statistics showing a significant and steady downward trend in student offences.  For the first time in many years, no discipline cases were referred to the Vice-Chancellor by the Provost during 2018.  There was also a 14.2 per cent drop in recorded incidents since the previous year.

Student well-being paramount as year begins – Vice-Chancellor

Friday, 15 February 2019
As the University of Otago welcomes students back for the 2019 academic year, Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has some advice to ensure their experiences are both fun and safe.

Improved access to greenspace for older adults needs to be considered - Otago study

Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Older people’s inability to engage in nature can leave them feeling sad, frustrated and angry, a University of Otago study has found.

Historic characters, local sports stars and musicians kick-off University of Otago’s 150th anniversary
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
New students arriving in Dunedin are in for an extra special welcome this year, with the public launch of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary celebrations kicking-off this Friday, 15 February.

Prestigious Law Chair for University of Otago
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
The University of Otago Faculty of Law is honoured to announce the establishment of a new Chair of Jurisprudence, named after International scholar and Otago alumnus Professor Jeremy Waldron.

New Zealand leading Commonwealth into fight against ocean acidification
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Major steps to harness the collective power of the Commonwealth in the fight against ocean acidification will take place at the University of Otago, Dunedin in mid-February.


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