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College of learning inspires PhD journey

Wednesday 18 May 2022

As someone who researches the importance of sleep to diet, Silke Morrison is quick to highlight that she prioritised maintaining a normal sleeping pattern during her PhD. 

$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.

When medicine and literature meet

Thursday 12 May 2022

Professor Dick Sainsbury has enjoyed a distinguished forty-year career as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine as well as a researcher, teacher and mentor at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Scholarship just the beginning 

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Anika Moana Kite Perenara is the recipient of a scholarship for Māori students in their second year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme.

Otago boosts economy by $1.79 billion

Tuesday 10 May 2022

The University of Otago contributed $1.79 billion in total value added to the New Zealand economy last year, a new report has revealed.

Knighthood for EDOR Co-Director Professor Jim Mann

Friday 6 May 2022

Professor Jim Mann received his Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit from the New Zealand Governor-General, in an investiture ceremony held at Government House this week.

Dr Latika Samalia's teaching excellence recognised

Friday 22 April 2022

Dr Latika Samalia was presented with the korowai Rauaroha to formally acknowledge the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award of the 2021 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

Gavin Bishop - Mixing it up in medicine

Thursday 21 April 2022

Medical student Gavin Bishop is taking a year out from the traditional medical school pathway to carry out a research project on dual practice.

Call for pipe upgrades after Asbestos found in Christchurch drinking water

Wednesday 13 April 2022

A new study concludes ageing underground pipes in many Christchurch suburbs are leaching asbestos fibres into the city’s main water supply; and although raising no immediate concerns for public health, the results are prompting calls for a prioritised pipe replacement programme.

Study calls for urgent regulation of unhealthy home deliveries

Wednesday 6 April 2022

Ordering an online Uber Eats, other food, alcohol or vaping delivery from the comfort of your couch is hugely popular – but a new study is calling for urgent Government action, due to concerns unregulated, on-demand home deliveries may be damaging the nation’s health.

The price of keeping kids warm at night

Wednesday 30 March 2022

The cost of heating a child’s bedroom through the night in a Wellington winter would run through 46 per cent of the government’s Winter Energy Payment, which is paid to qualifying beneficiaries and all superannuitants to help with heating costs, a study by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

UOC Shares Painting Gifted to Christchurch Muslim Community

Thursday 17 March 2022

The University of Otago, Christchurch, has shared a painting with staff and students – artwork which was gifted by the campus to the local Muslim community at a special March 15th 2019 remembrance service held two years ago.

Continuing the legacy

Tuesday 15 March 2022

It’s always a win when a young woman realises her dream and has the support of other women to make it a reality.

Prestigious award for Associate Professor Khoon Lim

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Associate Professor Khoon Lim, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, has been awarded the European Society for Biomaterials' coveted Jean Leray Award for 2022

Nitrate levels in drinking water and bowel cancer

Friday 4 March 2022

The formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the gut could be at the heart of understanding how high levels of nitrate in our drinking water contribute to increasing the risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer, New Zealand researchers say.

Volleyball champions take out top spots

Thursday 17 February 2022

The ultimate summer plans involve days in the sun surrounded by golden sand and waves, which is exactly what was on the cards for teams attending the University Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ) Beach Volleyball Championship.

Pathology team wins cancer research award 

Tuesday 15 February 2022

A project that has the “potential to bring direct benefit to New Zealand lung cancer patients” has won the 2021 Roche Translational Cancer Research Fellowship Award.

New Dunedin School of Medicine Dean appointed

Friday 11 February 2022

Professor Joanne Baxter (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) is the new Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine, at the University of Otago.

New Dunedin School of Medicine Dean appointed

Thursday 10 February 2022

Professor Joanne Baxter (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) is the new Dean of the Dunedin School of Medicine, at the University of Otago.

Lack of support for women who have early miscarriages, study finds

Thursday 3 February 2022

Women are not being offered the mental health support they need after experiencing a miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy, despite healthcare workers recognising it as a significant loss, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Professor Vicky Cameron – Chasing Genes and Climbing Mountains

Thursday 3 February 2022

Professor Vicky Cameron has devoted her distinguished University of Otago career to scientific discovery, or, in her own words, “the hunting of tiny things”- from larval tapeworms in fish, to brain cells expressing newly-described hormone genes, and culprit gene variants contributing to human heart disease.

Reimagining school uniforms

Thursday 27 January 2022

School uniforms need a radical redesign to better meet the needs of students, particularly for girls, who are often forced to wear uniforms that prevent them from being physically active in their lunch breaks and from cycling to and from school, a public health researcher says.

Cancer cohort supports wide range of research

Tuesday 25 January 2022

A Dunedin School of Medicine research programme which flies under the radar is credited with supporting two Rutherford Fellowships, Marsden-funded studies and numerous other significant projects seeking improved outcomes for colorectal cancer patients.

Addressing inequities in cancer care

Friday 21 January 2022

Three Otago researchers have secured significant grants for research aimed at addressing the stark inequities in cancer care and survival for Māori and Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Call to report bottled water quality results on labels

Thursday 13 January 2022

Bottled water is often perceived as clean and free of contaminants compared to tap water, but University of Otago researchers believe water quality results need to be printed on the label.

Discrimination placing LGBTIQ+ people at risk of homelessness

Tuesday 21 December 2021

Discrimination in the housing market, as well as structural issues such as poverty, racism and instability, are placing Takatāpui and LGBTIQ+ people at higher risk of homelessness, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Cook Islands doctor upskills with Otago diploma

Friday 10 December 2021

A doctor who grew up in Myanmar and now practises in the Cook Islands has become just the second Pacific Islands based clinician to complete a University of Otago postgraduate diploma in Rural and Provincial Hospital Practice.

Christchurch medical graduand juggles study and motherhood

Friday 10 December 2021

Malisa Mulholland is too modest to call herself a trailblazer but the final stages of her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) certainly paved the way for other medical students to follow in her footsteps.

Which diet is best for treating type 2 diabetes?

Thursday 18 November 2021

EDOR members Professor Mike Lean and Dr Andrew Reynolds, along with international colleagues, have published a study on the most effective diets for achieving remission of type 2 diabetes.

Housing researchers win the Rutherford Medal, NZ’s top research honour

Thursday 18 November 2021

Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman CNZM QSO FRSNZ and researchers at the He Kāinga Oranga – Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, have been awarded the 2021 Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

$2.9m HRC funding for Otago

Monday 15 November 2021

Two Otago researchers have been awarded prestigious Sir Charles Hercus Fellowships in this year’s Health Research Council Career Development Awards.

Mobile COVID-19 clinics highlighted

Monday 8 November 2021

A new video produced by Ngāi Tahu and the Canterbury DHB is showcasing an important University of Otago-led initiative helping Māori get vaccinated in culturally safe spaces.

Excellence in teaching, research and service

Thursday 4 November 2021

Excellence in teaching, research and service have been celebrated with the announcement of the 2021 Otago Medical School – Dunedin Campus (Dunedin School of Medicine) Teaching and Research awards.

Students shave for a cause

Friday 29 October 2021

This year, ten students took on the Shave for a Cure campaign, saying goodbye to their locks and raising more than $18,000.

Helping each other PASS

Friday 29 October 2021

Peer Learning Programmes such as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) and Peer Assisted Numeracy (PAN) are weekly interactive study sessions aimed at supporting student success, facilitated by second or third-year students. The programmes are offered through the Student Learning Development, part of the University’s Higher Education Development Centre.

Pathology Department desktop DNA sequencer first in NZ

Thursday 28 October 2021

A new desktop DNA sequencer in the Pathology Department, believed to be the first of its particular model in New Zealand, plus an automated DNA extraction instrument, are some of the key parts of an envisaged new facility that will soon be available for wider medical school use.

Māori dished out pills to mask chronic pain, study finds

Friday 8 October 2021

Māori adults who experience chronic pain are being prescribed painkillers at the expense of best practice treatments and are not being offered referrals to specialists, research from the Māori community health provider, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust and the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Urgent need to tackle smoking rates in Pacific adults and youth

Thursday 30 September 2021

New Zealand needs to take urgent action to reduce smoking in Pacific adults and youth if the country is to achieve its goal of reducing the number of smokers to less than five per cent of the population by 2025 according to a new report.

A road map to ending diesel vehicle pollution

Friday 17 September 2021

Researchers have developed a road map to accelerate the removal of light diesel vehicles, including cars, utes and vans, from New Zealand roads in a quest to clear the air.

Dual treatment increases risk of heart attack – study

Friday 13 August 2021

People using two different inhalers for common chronic lung diseases are more than 50 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those on just one, new University of Otago-led research reveals.

Ones to Watch: Indira Fernando

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Just by being here as a sick, queer, woman of colour I make it easier for other people. This is what I would say to other students from minority backgrounds who want to pursue studies here.”

Football team makes history

Tuesday 10 August 2021

The Otago University Football Club recently made history as the first Otago team to progress to the quarter final of the Chatham Cup.

Ones to Watch: Nic Sinnott

Friday 6 August 2021

A career that serves others is the dream for a medical student who believes that health care can be adapted to better reach high-risk communities.

EDOR members feature at ANZOS meeting

Friday 23 July 2021

Professor Rachael Taylor and other EDOR members have contributed to the recent virtual Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) meeting.

Have doctor’s bag, will travel 

Monday 12 July 2021

Dr Jenny Visser has led the postgraduate interdisciplinary travel medicine programme from the Wellington campus since 1999.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed at University of Otago

Thursday 1 July 2021

The University of Otago announced this morning that Professor David Murdoch will be its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Murdoch, a distinguished academic and recognised world-leader in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, particularly pneumonia and other respiratory infections, is currently Dean and Head of Campus, University of Otago, Christchurch.

$1.64 million for Otago in HRC funding rounds

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie says Otago is grateful for HRC’s ongoing support which enables the University to continue its world-leading research.

Otago projects receive $1.64m Health Research Council funding

Monday 31 May 2021

Better outcomes for women suffering from New Zealand’s most common gynaecological cancer and a bioactive toothpaste that will mean fewer visits to the dentist are just two University of Otago projects funded by the Health Research Council this week.

NZ a key exporter of sugary drinks to the Pacific Islands

Friday 28 May 2021

Associate Professor Lisa Te Morenga comments on research showing an increase in sugary drink exports from NZ to the Pacific Islands, despite chronic diet-related disease being the number one cause of death in this part of the world.

New Zealand housing lacking basic amenities, new report finds

Thursday 13 May 2021

Five per cent of New Zealand houses lack at least one of six basic amenities including drinkable tap water, electricity, a toilet, and a kitchen sink, a new report from the He Kāinga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Investigating epilepsy in Māori

Wednesday 5 May 2021

Understanding the reasons behind the higher burden of epilepsy experienced by Māori children is the focus of a Health Research Council (HRC) funded research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, led by PhD student and paediatric registrar Dr Ngaire Keenan.

Pūtea Tautoko steps up for Otago’s students

Tuesday 4 May 2021

International PhD students Grace Duke and Jessica Valisa say the support they received from Otago’s Pūtea Tautoko fund has made it possible for them to finish their degrees.

Health sector not ready to provide best practice abortion care

Friday 30 April 2021

Aotearoa achieved a major milestone in sexual and reproductive health and rights with the decriminalisation of abortion, but a University of Otago academic argues abortion care is still not being provided within the full extent of the law.

EDOR welcomes health system reforms

Thursday 22 April 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre welcomes the NZ Health system reforms announced on the 21 April, 2021.

Researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan

Thursday 15 April 2021

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, have welcomed and endorsed the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 released by Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall today.

Silver linings in lockdown

Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Christchurch ceremony celebrates values and success from 2020

Thursday 1 April 2021

A long-serving head of department was celebrated along with researchers, educators, staff and students who showed excellence and a commitment to the values of the Christchurch campus during its annual Academic Welcome ceremony.

Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday 25 March 2021

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

Monday 15 March 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

Monday 15 March 2021

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

Pump up the volume on quality school PE, researchers urge

Friday 12 March 2021

Increasing the amount of time schools devote to physical education each week could dramatically reduce the number of children who are doing only minimal levels of exercise, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Sport New Zealand have found.

We must have a better plan for the next pandemic, say Otago researchers

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s next pandemic plan needs a completely different approach to our previous plan that was focussed on influenza, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington in a new article that identifies key lessons from the COVID-19 response for managing future major outbreaks and pandemics.

Christchurch doctors develop fat-firming plastic surgery technique

Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Otago’s Dr Khoon Lim and Mr Jeremy Simcock speak on TV’s NewsHub about their innovative fat grafting research, promising another option for reconstructive plastic surgery. Their research proposal recently won a Translational Research Grant and $50,000 funding from the University.