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Silverline recognised at Minister of Health Volunteer Awards
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
University of Otago mental health and wellbeing initiative Silverline is the joint winner of the Youth Health Volunteer Team Award at the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

Results of self-driving tourist report of ‘great concern’
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
There is a “serious gap” in the knowledge of New Zealand’s road rules among self-driving international visitors to New Zealand, a report produced by the University of Otago concludes.

High quality websites and apps could help those in chronic pain to manage symptoms, researcher says
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Smartphone apps and pain management websites could fill a significant gap in helping to support the one in five New Zealanders living with chronic or persistent pain, a pain researcher from the University of Otago, Wellington says.

Spotting Otago skinks goes global
Monday, 17 June 2019
A University of Otago student is taking science into people’s homes to help increase understanding of the endangered Otago skink.

Otago scientist wins $50k animal research ethics award
Monday, 17 June 2019

University of Otago scientist Dr Damian Scarf has won a $50,000 grant for his novel research project which will see pigeons tested for cognitive abilities in a free-range environment, rather than in a laboratory.

Butting Out: Researchers gauge public opinion on tobacco product waste
Friday, 14 June 2019
Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.

Dentistry faculty gives schools 150 mouthguards to celebrate University’s 150th birthday
Thursday, 13 June 2019
The University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary by donating 150 custom-fitted mouthguards to schools and promoting the use of mouthguards among students when playing sport.

Ability of computers to select leaders powerful but risky – Otago study
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
In the near future, machines are going to have a say in who we select as leaders in organisations – an Otago-led study calls for caution in this brave new world.

More awareness needed about lead exposure from firearms, researchers say
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Researchers are warning that lead-based ammunition is posing a risk to firearms’ users and their families, with a culture of denial about the issue among the firearms community.

Events provide insider’s perspective of brutality of Manus Island prison
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
When Manus Island detainee and award-winning novelist Behrouz Boochani is interviewed at the Dunedin Public Library on 23 June, he hopes his harrowing story will increase awareness of the inhumane Australian border regime.


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