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The challenge of reducing health inequities and improving health outcomes in New Zealand
Monday, 19 November 2018
The Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, hosted by the University of Otago,  welcomes the announcement from the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Megan Woods,  confirming funding for its 2019-2024 research strategy

New study finds link between smell and obesity
Monday, 19 November 2018
University of Otago researchers have broken new ground by identifying a link between smell and obesity. The findings will be published today in the international Obesity Reviews journal.

Proposal for National School of Rural Health remains firmly on the table
Friday, 16 November 2018
The University of Otago remains committed to the collaborative proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health.

Otago scientists’ contributions recognised nationally
Friday, 16 November 2018
Three University of Otago scientists have been recognised for their significant contributions to New Zealand’s science community with awards from the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health.

Otago research highlights need for spirituality to be integrated into the health system
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.

UK Fleming Prize to Otago microbiologist
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
A University of Otago molecular microbiologist, Associate Professor Peter Fineran, has been awarded the United Kingdom Microbiology Society’s 2019 Fleming Prize.

Boost in training health professionals rurally under ‘virtual’ school proposal
Friday, 9 November 2018
The National Interprofessional School of Rural Health that has been proposed recently is not a separate education provider, but rather an “enabling body” that would lever off the expertise of the existing tertiary institutions to undertake more teaching and research in rural communities, working in partnership with local health services.

University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success
Thursday, 8 November 2018
University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

Otago study calls for end to Government’s “soft” approach to sugary drink regulation
Thursday, 8 November 2018
People who drink sugary beverages are more likely to eat fast food and confectionery and less likely to make healthy dietary choices, Otago research has found.


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