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Greenspace therapeutic for refugees
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
From sweeping beaches to a neighbourhood park, therapeutic landscapes are beneficial for former refugees’ health and wellbeing, a University of Otago study has found.

Professor Michael Baker wins Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Professor Michael Baker MNZM, from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington has won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize.

Medication-related harm ‘common’ in New Zealand - Otago study
Monday, 12 April 2021
Older people and those prescribed multiple medications are most at risk of medication-related harm, a new University of Otago study shows.

Research identifies new cultural threads in goldfield early settlers
Friday, 9 April 2021
University of Otago research analysing skeletal remains has found evidence of a range of ethnicities present on the Goldfields of Otago, proving some assumptions of the cultural make-up of early settler New Zealand to be inaccurate.

Silver linings in lockdown
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Tuatara eggs hatch for Easter at Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Thursday, 1 April 2021
A rare sighting of five new hatchling tuatara emerging at Orokonui Ecosantuary has been caught on camera by University of Otago researchers who were undertaking a routine inspection of the nest at the time.

World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake ground-breaking community rugby head impact study
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Underscoring the continued commitment to furthering head injury prevention in rugby, World Rugby is partnering with New Zealand Rugby, the University of Otago and Prevent Biometrics to undertake a ground-breaking study to understand the nature and frequency of head impacts in men’s and women’s community and age-grade rugby.

Forum strengthens NZ-China non communicable diseases research collaborations
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
An impressive range of joint research projects between Chinese and New Zealand cancer, brain and modernisation of traditional medicine scientists may receive further support from the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre (NCD CRCC).

Otago research seeks to answer youth bedtime dilemma: To stream or not to stream?
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Does streaming before dreaming make for a worse night’s sleep? That’s the question University of Otago researchers are hoping to answer when they monitor young people’s screen-use at bedtime to see if it impacts sleep quality.

University of Otago sets up new health training course on West Coast
Monday, 29 March 2021
Te Tai o Poutini is to benefit from an interprofessional learning programme set up by the University of Otago and funded by the Ministry of Health which will bring about 50 senior students in a variety of health professions each year to the Coast.


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