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Further decline in prevalence of obesity in 4-year-olds
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Obesity among New Zealand 4-year-old children is continuing to decline, but one in three children are still considered overweight, a new University of Otago study shows.

Early detection of Alzheimer’s possible – research
Thursday, 19 May 2022
University of Otago researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that could assist with early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Snacking impacted by smells and tastes – Otago study
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
What we smell and taste can trigger substantial changes to food choices later in the day, a University of Otago study has found.

Long COVID could cast a decades-long shadow, symposium organiser says
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
The shadow of lasting illness could be with us for decades once the acute phase of the COVID‑19 pandemic has passed, the convenor of a University of Otago symposium on Post-Acute COVID‑19 Syndrome (PACS) is warning.

Bad behaviour set in stone
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Anyone waiting for a sociopath to grow up or calm down should give up; they will not change, a new study has revealed.

Honorary degree for visionary business leader Sir Ian Taylor
Monday, 16 May 2022
Visionary innovator, storyteller and business leader Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pāhauwera) KNZM, CNZM will be recognised for his contribution to business and to Dunedin, and for his service to the wider community, with the conferring of an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Otago.

$900,000 funding for Otago health researchers
Thursday, 12 May 2022
Six Otago researchers have each been awarded a $150,000 Health Research Council Explorer Grant to support transformative research ideas that have a good chance of making a revolutionary change to managing New Zealanders’ health.

Decline in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand
Thursday, 12 May 2022
The number of people being diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand continues to decline, figures released today by the University of Otago’s AIDS Epidemiology Group show.

DNA provides unique look at moa and climate change
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Ancient moa DNA has provided insights into how species react to climate change, a University of Otago study has found.

Otago records second-largest domestic enrolments in its history
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
The University of Otago is on track to secure the second-largest enrolment of domestic students in its history this year, but due to the ongoing impact of COVID‑19 disruption, international enrolments have dropped for a third successive year.


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