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Breakthrough research to revolutionise internet communication
Thursday, 18 April 2019
A team of University of Otago / Dodd-Walls Centre scientists have created a novel device that could enable the next generation of faster more energy efficient internet. Their breakthrough results have been published in the world’s premiere scientific journal Nature this morning.

Busting barriers to dental care – Pasifika adolescents hold the answers
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Sitting at the forefront of inequalities in oral health care, Pasifika youth are well placed to provide solutions to the problem, a unique University of Otago study has found.

Otago global health researchers to tackle tuberculosis in Indonesia
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Researchers from the Otago Global Health Institute have secured funding from the e-Asia Joint Research Programme and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve the management of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia.

Wood is good, research on 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake shows
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
New research has found that only three per cent of deaths in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake occurred in people’s homes, almost all of which were at that time constructed from wood.

Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Oral cancer is known for its high mortality rate in developing countries, but an international team of scientists hope its latest discovery will change that.

Call for lawyers to test New Zealand’s potential online courts
Monday, 15 April 2019

The arrival of online courts in New Zealand may see a significant rise in claimants appearing without a lawyer by their side, which would raise big issues about access to justice, University of Otago researchers say.

Study highlights concerning financial situation for retirees who don’t own a home
Monday, 15 April 2019
University of Otago research investigating the impact housing plays on the financial situation of New Zealand retirees shows that non-homeowners are in a worse position financially, and action is recommended before the problem grows.

Public health experts call for use of “tie-down” practice to be abolished in NZ prisons
Friday, 12 April 2019
A University of Otago public health physician and researcher and her Australian colleague welcome news that the use of “tie-down” practice will be abolished in New Zealand prisons.

Study reveals Dunedin’s energy use and high uptake of electric vehicles
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Transport uses half of the energy consumed in Dunedin and produces most of the city’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, a new University of Otago study reveals. However, it also shows the city boasts the highest rates of electric vehicle ownership in New Zealand.

Otago records enrolment gains in humanities, commerce and science
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
The University of Otago has secured another year of enrolment growth, with 2019 enrolments currently totalling 17,633 EFTS (equivalent full-time students), which is 166 EFTS up on the same time last year.


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