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Indigenous tauira the focus of new exchange programme
Thursday, 19 July 2018
A new student exchange programme aimed at creating authentic relationships between indigenous students throughout the world launched in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Otago-led research cites faulty science and ethics in DNA analyses of ‘Ata’
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
University of Otago-led international collaborative research calls into question the ethics and skeletal and genomic analysis surrounding research into the much publicised alien-like “Atacama mummy”.

Potential for Antarctica to become plastics dumping ground and home for new species
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Antarctica is not as isolated from the rest of the world as scientists have thought, new research reveals, with potential for drifting plastics to create problems in the continent in future and new species to colonise there as the climate warms.

New findings for ‘gifted’ Otago geneticist  diagnosing rare genetic disorders
Monday, 16 July 2018
Recent research undertaken by University of Otago Cure Kids Professor Paediatric Genetics, Stephen Robertson, highlights the world-leading discoveries he is making regarding rare genetic disorders affecting children and the opportunity genomic analysis is providing.

Call for consideration of New Zealand Law reform dealing with Parental Alienation
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
A University of Otago study calling for consideration of law reform in the complex field of parental alienation has been published this week in the New Zealand Family Law Journal.

Regular teen drinking leads to problems with alcohol and drug use in adulthood
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Adolescents who drink weekly before age 17 are up to three times more likely as adults to binge drink, drink drive, be alcohol-dependent, and use other drugs than their non-drinking peers, new Australasian research shows.

Forming a broader picture of New Zealand’s lost world through fossil bone DNA
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
New Zealand’s unique and relatively short history coupled with new and revealing techniques examining ancient DNA from fossil bone fragments has provided insights around the impact of humans on the environment.

First human scanned with next-generation 3D colour scanner invented by Cantabrians
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
The first human has been scanned with a revolutionary new 3D colour medical scanner invented in New Zealand by father and son scientists from the Universities of Canterbury and Otago.

Major fundamental changes required to achieve health equity
Monday, 9 July 2018
In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity.

Otago report highlights lack of progress in clinical governance in NZ’s health system
Monday, 9 July 2018
Eight years after the Government called for more clinical governance in the health system to help improve patient care and safety, University of Otago researchers have found little has changed.

 

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