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Private health patients costing public system $11.5m a year

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Wednesday 24 February 2021

Taxpayers are footing an annual bill of up to $11.5 million – the cost of 760 hip replacements - for patients who need public hospital care after private inpatient treatment, a new University of Otago study reveals.

Technology accelerates advances in brain research

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Thursday 18 February 2021

The development of new brain stimulation devices, new stimulation designs and artificial intelligence is accelerating advances in the field of brain stimulation research. University of Otago Professor Dirk de Ridder says he has never been so excited about the potential to develop new treatments for debilitating conditions.

Women supporting women in making change to energy poverty

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Thursday 18 February 2021

When Dr Kim O’Sullivan returned to her high school to speak with students as part of her post-doctoral research; it was the beginning of a new chapter for (then) high school student Isobel Harris Clark.

Otago launches Medical Students’ Elective Inquiry

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Wednesday 10 February 2021

The University of Otago is launching a formal inquiry into sixth year Medical Degree electives following failure to meet attendance requirements for overseas electives by a significant number of students in the 2019 MB ChB Trainee Intern Class.

Type 2 Diabetes research questions fracture risk

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Wednesday 3 February 2021

A major study led by a University of Otago researcher challenges an established view that people diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are at increased risk of fractures.

University of Otago introduces DIVA to healthcare

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Wednesday 3 February 2021

University of Otago-designed computer software for helping surgeons monitor how their patients are doing during their time in hospital has been developed into a commercially available system.

University scanner the gold standard for Consumer tests

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Monday 1 February 2021

Consumer NZ has used the full-body DXA X-ray scanner at the University’s Wellington campus as the gold standard against which to measure the accuracy of body fat bathroom scales and body composition scans.

Targeted health messaging needed in era of vaping, researchers say


Wednesday 27 January 2021

Health authorities should develop targeted health messages for vaping product and e-liquid packaging to encourage smokers to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes and to prevent non-smokers from taking up vaping, a researcher at the University of Otago, Wellington says.

Ones to Watch: Rebekah Amitrano

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Wednesday 27 January 2021

“I’ve known for a long time that I want to do something that helps people and I decided law was a way of helping many people at once.”

HRC funding for groundbreaking cancer prevention research

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Wednesday 20 January 2021

A Christchurch-based researcher has secured funding to develop a groundbreaking alternative to invasive surgeries for cancer prevention.

Care urged before banning people entering NZ from the UK

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Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Government should be careful about banning people entering New Zealand from specific countries based on the presence of variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, given most countries are not testing for variants, University of Otago experts say.

Diverse Pathology researchers united by Marsden success

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Thursday 17 December 2020

Almost a quarter of the $17.5 million in Marsden funding recently awarded to the University of Otago was shared among five researchers in the Dunedin and Christchurch based Pathology departments.

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2020

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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Welcome to the Summer 2020 edition of He Kete Kōrero, with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Marsden Grants for Wellington research

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Monday 14 December 2020

Three researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have received grants from the Marsden Fund to conduct research into topics ranging from tissue grafting to youth substance use to energy use in a warming world.

Boost for biomedical research at Otago

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Monday 14 December 2020

The arrival of a new state-of-the-art $400,000 spectral flow cytometer on the Wellington campus will significantly enhance the University’s capacity to do biomedical research.

Long-serving manager of OMS to retire

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Monday 7 December 2020

Bruce Smith, who is retiring as manager of the Otago Medical School, says he is proud to have played his part over a long career.

Travel Medicine in a time of COVID

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Thursday 3 December 2020

With COVID-19 vaccines now on the horizon, a travel doctor and convenor of the travel medicine programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, is urging general practice staff to undertake further study to upgrade their travel medicine skills.